T R A V E L C O.
T R A V E L C O.
Life is a journey, and let's face it, the road can get rough. Finding a true oasis along the way can be difficult with the mirage of rejuvenation, recreation, and rest offered by multimedia, technology, and even vacations that leave us feeling just as fatigued upon our return as we did when we left. At Pura Vida Travel we take a different approach to travel, focusing on wellness of mind, body, and soul with personally crafted experiences to help you get away from it all and return with a renewed sense of self and a fresh outlook on the world we live in.
Commonly used as a greeting to express a state of wellness, this mantra of the 'Ticos' is also a way of life; a unique interaction between humans and their environment resulting in a 'pure life' of happiness and abundance envied by the outside world.
From thrilling white water rafting to active volcanoes, nesting sea turtles to post card worthy sunsets, the 'rich coast' is a paradise for nature enthusiasts, a playground for adventurists, and a romantic escape for lovers. We invite you to explore this jewel of Central America and discover your own Pura Vida.
The Maya word for "fire mountain" also used to name their mountain god thought to be a deity of fire, has meaning for Guatemala's past as well as present. Home of the Maya, this sacred landscape offers awe inspiring volcanoes, towering ruins, and a diversity of culture that has endured for centuries. From bustling towns and markets to Maya villages seemingly frozen in time, the power of Lake Atitlan to the tranquility of Tikal, Guatemala touches even the most experienced of travelers.
Embark on an unforgettable journey in search of balance, self discovery, and inner peace. Experience the undeniable energy of Guatemala's natural wonders and 'catch fire' for an irresistible culture as the influence of the ancient Maya continues to burn bright.
What may first appear as a clever motto is quickly discovered to be the law of the land as moving too fast along the sandy streets of Caye Caulker can attract a friendly scolding from the locals. Far from sloth, these words to live by allow Belizeans to stop and smell the roses...or rather the salty ocean breeze, fresh caught lobster on the grill, and rising coconut bread in the oven!
For us, it means downshifting a few gears from the pace of life we are accustomed to back home, least we pass by and leave the country's natural wonders unnoticed. With one of the most biodiverse marine ecosystems on the planet, ancient jungles ruins and an extensive network of inland caves, Belize is worth stopping to take a second and even a third look at. Cast off and set sail for island hopping, camping, and caving as we 'go slow' and enjoy this aquatic paradise down to the very last drop.
A phrase you will hear at least once a day during your stay in Panama, the affirmation is loosely translated as 'ok, go for it'. Panama is a country on the rise offering an ever expanding tourism infrastructure combined with a wealth of natural resources, diverse culture, and rich history. Often overlooked by visitors to Central America, this hidden gem of the region boasts dense tropical rainforest, post card worthy islands along with shimmering skyscrapers nestled alongside the magnificent Panama Canal.
Long gone are the days of Captain Morgan and Manuel Noriega as we can assure you the closest you'll come to pirates and guerrillas will be parrots and capuchins. Don't miss this captivating escape as we celebrate indigenous cultures, diversity of wildlife, modern engineering and more in Panama. ¡Dale pues!
The Maya word used to identify an accessible source of groundwater from which the name 'cenote' was later derived. Yucatec Maya believed their rain god Chaak lived within these massive limestone sinkholes, providing and storing their precious rainwater. As natural wells, cenotes allowed the Maya to develop a system of agriculture, vital to the sustenance of a civilization spread across a landscape with no surface water bodies and a long dry season.
Today these true oasis of the Yucatan continue to attract us with their natural beauty and ancient mysticism. Then again, that just about sums up our view of Mexico as a whole. As the Aztec capital of Mexico-Tenochtitlan survives as present day Mexico City, so does the rich history and culture of Mexico highlighted by timeless destinations. From Day of the Dead celebrations in Oaxaca to Maya ruins in the jungles of Palenque, embrace the past and present with an experience of Mexico like no other.
While our signature itineraries raise the bar on unique and original travel experiences, we realize that the creative, adventurous, or seasoned traveler may be looking for a more personalized escape. In addition to our standard travel experiences, we offer tailor-made itineraries, a combination of your personal input and our professional touch to create the ideal getaway down to the last detail.
Celebrating the diversity of travel in Central America, we encourage and empower you to break free from the bondage of standard vacations, reach for the stars and realize the potential for your next great escape. With options for multi-day white water rafting, island hopping, yoga retreats, student trips, destination weddings, honeymoons, culinary tours, birding excursions and more, the possibilities are truly endless. Take some time to browse some of our favorites below or contact us today with your next big idea and make your travel dreams come true!