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A community dresses for success and GreenSpot is part of it

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Off to a quick visit to my hometown. As you all know, I was born and raised under the shadow of the majestic Arenal Volcano in Costa Rica, in the small town of Chachagua, located just 15 minutes from La Fortuna. Last week my mom informed me that the President of the Community Board, wanted to get in touch with us as he knows GreenSpot is trying to help the town of  Chachagua to become the next sustainable tourism destination in the area. It is important to mentioned that so far, La Fortuna is the most visited town in the Arenal Area, but one of Green Spot’s goals and vision is to help nearby communities to benefit too, but this time by helping them to create and offer sustainable tourism, where they can have a closer interaction with the culture, by having the clients visiting local families to learn how to make tortillas, having local meals, and by visiting the local schools. 

Because of our vision, the president extended us an invitation to be part of the committee, who on Saturday morning would be inaugurating the museum that would offer every visitor the opportunity to learn how the Arenal Area was founded. 

Learn in more detail about the project on the following days. Keep tuned.

Win two photographs by award-winning Peter Guttman

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In an effort to spread the word about Brazil’s natural beauty, GreenSpot.Travel and EMBRATUR (the Brazilian Tourism Board) are giving away two framed photographs (The value of each photo is about $800) by Peter Guttman.  A magazine reviewer recently proclaimed, “View the world through Peter Guttman’s eyes once and chances are you’ll want to wear those glasses for the rest of your life.” The photos were displayed as part of the annual meetings at the United Nations last year.

How to participate?
We are looking for the most creative picture that describes the beauty of the Amazonian country of Brazil. Every picture should have an explanation of what you as a “photographer” captured on that moment, trying to explain what’s really the beauty behind that picture. 
Don’t have a picture taken in Brazil? Described in a paragraph what would be the perfect place to go in Brazil and why.
Please submit your entries at info@greenspottravel.org

New U.S Flights Regulations

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Came back from Costa Rica, three days ago, and to our surprise the airline had new regulations while flying. According to the flight attendant, the rules apply to all of the airlines while entering the U.S.

 No iPhones, Blackberrys, etc for the duration of the flights.

– You can’t stand up for the last hour of an international flight. You are not even allowed to go to the bathroom.

-Nothing should be on your lap, or/and hands for the last hour of the flight either.

-You are not allowed to talk or interact with first class passengers and vice versa.

My Christmas time in Costa Rica

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The Arenal Volcano is clear.  You can see the smoke coming out of the crater, and the tourists in town taking pictures, as well as the locals like me.
Christmas in the tropics is different, at least that’s what I think.  People look happier, there’s lots of hugging involved, jokes, loud conversations, people laughing, and the ambiance is just a happy one. My family and I ended up having a barbecue in the open patio, the sky was covered with starts, there was a cool breeze, and the smell of meat on the grill made it to the neighbor‘s houses, who later on stopped by to have a bite with us.
The time to open the presents arrived. I think my sisters and I were as excited as our two little niece and nephew about opening their presents. We headed to the little Christmas tree, in my Mom’s living room, which had a few presents under it. It made me think of my childhood, and the JUST one present that my sisters and I used to get or even share for Christmas, but we knew that gift was so precious, and we will make it last forever. Hard times, but definitely unforgettable ones for us.
Back to the 2009 Christmas at my Mom’s, the two little ones started opening presents, their faces all happy, and Allison the oldest one, was so excited that she actually cried and said “makes me so happy to open all these presents” I couldn’t hold myself, and I cried as well…

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas time with your families and friends, and that the new year that is about to come, fill your lives with many blessings and lots of more memorable family times, which at the end is the most important thing in anybody’s life.

When I left, everyone said I was NUTS! Nicaragua?

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 But the images that people have are all wrong!!!! The country and the people of Nicaragua were AWESOME.  The sliding down the flank of Cerro Negro and the Ferry to the Volcanic Island of Ometepe was a once in a life time experience.  Something I’ll always remember. Julio, my guide probably lost some blood circulation, when I was going down Cerro Negro, in his left shoulder, I was holding on so tight at least at the beginning. The culture and Masaya Volcanothe history in Leon were very impressive, the murals incredible.  Also, I met the owner of LaPerla, James Peterson, there, and had a great chat. I had the pool all to myself at Morgan’s Rock.  That was a very nice place!

Julio and my driver Yamal were Super Terrific!!!!!  I met their wives one night and we went out for/filebin/masaya-volcano.jpg dinner.  Then, we went out dancing.  They kept me entertained and laughing. The best way to experience the Nicaraguan culture. One of the wives gave me embroidery napkins and a CD of a singer named Paquita La del Barrio.  Funny, very funny. Every time I play the CD, it gives me back memories of my Nicaraguan trip.

So far 3 for 3, once more I had a FANTASTIC time.   You really know how to pick the right spots.  

Thanks Again For A Great Time!!!

Jeanann F.
Greenspot Repeat Client

 

Costa Rica Adventure
August 14 –22, 2008

Cloud Forest and Rain Forest in Costa Rica
April 9 – 18, 2009

Nicaragua  Adventure
August 17 – 26, 2009

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