Discovering Coffee Culture in Nicaragua

Coffee beans

Coffee has played an important role in Nicaragua since its arrival in the 1800’s. Large-scale coffee crops started making an appearance in the 1850’s and by 1870, coffee was the primary export crop of Nicaragua. According to the Equal Exchange Co-op, whose mission is to foster mutually beneficial relationships between farmers and consumers, more than 40,000 coffee-farm families cultivate coffee beans, many of which help preserve the country’s forests and threatened biodiversity. By the late 1990’s, coffee production contributed $140 million US to Nicaragua’s economy and provided the equivalent of 280,000 permanent agricultural jobs. It’s estimated that 95% of Nicaragua’s coffee farmers are micro and small-scale producers.

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March 11, 2015 by
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St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations Around the World

St Patricks Day Boston

St Patrick’s Day. The one time of year where it is totally acceptable to dye beer green. And drop green coloring into bodies of water. And strut around in head-to-toe green. It’s the day of festive parades, followed by a night of even more festiveness. All of this is done for one reason: to celebrate Saint Patrick, one of Ireland’s most well-known saints.

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March 9, 2015 by
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10 Things to Love About Myrtle Beach

Sink your toes into the sands at Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach is a favorite vacation destination in South Carolina—for good reason. With 60 miles (96.6 km) of beach known as the Grand Strand on the Atlantic Ocean, plenty of opportunities for entertainment and multiple cultural offerings, Myrtle Beach has been luring visitors for decades. A man-made island, with the Intercostal Waterway separating the city from the mainland, this separation just adds to the allure of Myrtle Beach. While there are lots of things to love in Myrtle Beach, here are our top 10 picks.

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March 4, 2015 by
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11 Festivals Worth Traveling for in March

Calle Ocho

As the cold weather begins to subside, the revelers come out of hibernation for these unique March festivals, and it isn’t just Mardi Gras they are celebrating. Whether you want a little peace and quiet or a month-long blowout, we’ve got you covered with this list of March’s best attractions worldwide.

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March 2, 2015 by
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Out of Office: Jenna’s Family Trip to Maui

Viator’s team of travel insiders is obsessed with finding the best things to do everywhere we travel. From traditional tours to once-in-a-lifetime experiences, everywhere from Australia to Zimbabwe, we spend our time scouring the globe for the best tours and activities around the world.

This week, Destination Content Coordinator, Jenna, goes to Maui.

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February 25, 2015 by
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10 Most Important Safety Tips for Travelers

Travel can be exhilarating but also scary at times. When you’re venturing into the great unknown, follow these 10 safety tips to protect yourself and ensure a happy and secure journey

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February 23, 2015 by
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Panama City and Canal Sightseeing Tour Review

Paseo de Las Bovedas

My husband, 9-week-old daughter and I embarked on the Panama City and Canal Sightseeing Tour with excitement. We knew we wanted to see the Miraflores Locks, one of the Panama Canal’s three famous locks, and get our bearings in the city where we’d be staying for the next week. The tour provided us with an unexpectedly in-depth Canal experience that gave meaningful historical context to our whirlwind visit to Panama’s Casco Viejo (“Old Town”), also known as Casco Antiguo.

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February 20, 2015 by
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Save up to 40% in Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia deals

HURRY! Book by Feb. 26, 2015 to save up to 40 percent on select tours in Southeast Asia. This exclusive offer applies to all departure times and dates through Dec. 31, 2015.

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February 20, 2015 by
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Madagascar Wilderness Guide

Beautiful Madagascar

Madagascar has long been famous for being an island of incredible natural beauty. Cut off long ago from the African continent, the island’s wildlife has evolved into some of the most unique plants and animals on the planet. Most visitors to Madagascar are there for the wilderness. This Madagascar wilderness guide is perfect for those planning a trip to the island.

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February 18, 2015 by
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7 Unmissable National Parks in Southeast Asia

Puerto Princesa Underground River

Southeast Asia is known for its warm beaches, plentiful islands, sprawling jungles, and varied wildlife. In addition to being a budget-friendly destination in a perpetual state of summer, Southeast Asia offers so much to do, and often in idyllic settings. While there are hundreds of national parks in Southeast Asia, there are a few that stand out from the pack. Some of the following are well known in the region, some are up-and-coming, and others are relatively unknown. These are some of the best national parks to target on your next trip to the beautiful countries that make up Southeast Asia:

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February 17, 2015 by
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