Waterfall adventure: How to visit the Cascada de Montezuma in Costa Rica on your own

Montezuma is a small beach village on the southern tip of Costa Rica’s Nicoya peninsula. For years it has been known and visited for its free-spirit Bohemian vibe, as a result of Argentine hippies that settled here and decided to sell their handicraft bracelets and jewelry.
However, there is more to visit here. A lot of natural beauty, that is. You can find hills full of dense tropical forest, beautiful bays and mangroves. And I didn’t tell you about the waterfalls yet…

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Get wet and dirty: hike towards Cascada Arcoiris in Reserva de Biósfera Bosawás, Nicaragua

Yes, I guess you got the point while reading my blogs. My boyfriend and I love hiking.
And since the area around Matagalpa, in the Northern Highlands of Nicaragua, is home to almost 50 waterfalls, we decided to hike towards one of the biggest: Cascada Arcoiris (the Rainbow Waterfall). It is not a difficult trail, but the mud makes it very interesting.

Want to get wet and dirty? Read on.

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Cows, pigs and a lot of beans and potatoes: the rustic countryside of Miraflor, Nicaragua

Imagine greener than green hills, a blue sky and a grazing cattle in the valley below. Birds flying by, you hear a horse neigh from somewhere behind you. For a second I found myself in the mountains of Switzerland or Austria, however, we were hiking the Northern Highlands of Nicaragua.
If you want to clear your mind, get rid of the tourists in the colonial cities of Nicaragua, Miraflor is where you will have to go.

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Somoto Canyon: unmissable adventurous canyon trip in the Northern Highlands

If you ask me, I would say the northern part of Nicaragua is underestimated. Since a lot of Nica travelers fly over for about 3 weeks, they try to squeeze in a couple of cities, volcanoes and beach fun before they take the plane back.

That’s a pity, because the Northern Highlands offer misty cloud forests, idyllic country side landscapes with the best coffee and tobacco plantations, and beautiful valleys and canyons. One of those canyons is the Canyon de Somoto. If you are looking for some action in and around the river, this canyon is the place to go to.

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How to travel the national parks in the U.S.A. on a budget

Dreaming about hiking the steep paths of the Grand Canyon, visiting the enormous Salt Water Basin in the Death Valley, and measuring the huge trees in Sequoia Tree Park?

Afraid it’s out of your reach since traveling to and in the United States can get pretty expensive?

No more reasons to keep dreaming, start realizing your trip!

We enjoyed a 4 week holiday traveling through the South-West states of California, Nevada, Arizona and Utah and spent $3780 (€3300) for 2 persons including the flight ticket from and to Amsterdam.
$3600, that means less than $1900 per person for a month full of natural beauty and adventure including everything you dreamed of. Let me tell you how you can do this too!

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