Pura Vida Travels - A Guide To Travel In Latin America


The following links are to photos of my various travels around the world. I hope you enjoy looking at them as much as I enjoyed taking them. Originally, I put the first set of photos on a free hosted website but there were several problems with that. First, I only had enough space on the server to store about 100 pictures. Second, so many people were visiting to look at the pictures I kept getting nastygrams from the hosting company about exceeding my bandwidth allocation causing them to shut down the site and redirect the visitors to their own advertising. Third, the hosting company I was using was less than reliable. After looking at a number of options I decided to just buy a domain name and pay for hosting rather than continue trying to juggle free hosted accounts.

Thus, PuraVidaTravels.Com was born. What self-respecting computer geek doesn't have his own domain name these days? In case you haven't figured it out yet Pura Vida literally means Pure Life in Spanish. It's also sort of the national slogan in Costa Rica. Until you've experienced Latin America for yourself it's very difficult to understand the concept of pura vida. The culture of Latin America is similar to that of the US yet vastly different at the same time. The people there seem to have been born with an understanding of the concept of one day at a time. Every time I return from anywhere in Latin America I feel totally at peace with the world and have a feeling of serenity about my lot in life. How can merely going to some "place" have that great of an effect on me? I have no idea and I don't want to know because I feel the very reason this place is magical for me is because of the mystery.

Pura Vida has another meaning for me. I really feel that for the first time in my nearly 41 years on this planet that I am truly living pure life. I finally decided to quit talking about things and actually do them no matter what other people think. It is amazing what you can accomplish when you set your mind to something. I have done a lot of travelling in my life but I have always been encumbered in the past by the limitations I had placed on myself of why I couldn't do things. Today I focus on how I can do things and the results are vastly different. It's truly been a life changing year and I continually feel blessed for all of the opportunities I have been given.

A lot of people ask me how I can travel so much and there's a very simple answer. I can do my job from anywhere in the world as long as I have an Internet connection. It's amazing how much the Internet has changed the way we live. On my second trip to Costa Rica I was sitting in my hotel room "chatting" with my boss via instant messenger, reading my email, and working on a problem in one of our plants in Mexico all at the same time. At that moment this thought occurred to me, "Why do I work in Pittsburgh when I could be anywhere in the world and do the exact same thing?" As I began to think about it I realized there is absolutely no reason that I need to be in Pittsburgh other than that's where my cubicle is. The more I thought about it, the more I realized what a great opportunity I had to do something very few people can do. I knew I had a chance to see the world and get paid while doing it.

Now fully convinced that I was onto the greatest idea since sliced bread I needed to convince my boss that it was a great idea as well. As you might imagine my request was met with a response of "You want to do what?" Fortunately for me I work for a company that allows people to work remotely from home. All I was proposing that was different was changing where my "home" would be 1 week each month. After working remotely from Costa Rica a couple of times on a trial basis my plan was finally approved and my dream had become reality.

As you can see, I have plenty more trips scheduled this year so I should have a lot more photos to post. Then again, a few whack job Muslims could change my plans in a hurry. I hope at the end of the year I have a lot of great memories rather than a huge credit balance with Delta airlines. Oh well, it's not in my control so all I have to say is:

Pura Vida!!!

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Photo Essays With Commentary: (5792 Photos/298 Videos In Total)
Nicaragua Trip 14 - AK-47's At The Beach (17 Photos/3 Videos)
Nicaragua Trip 14 - A Visit To The Accupuncture Clinic And A Bitter Midget Shuts Off Our Power (26 Photos/2 Videos)
Nicaragua Trip 14 - PLC Party In Acoyapa, Nicaragua (30 Photos/3 Videos)
Nicaragua Trip 14 - Day Of The Dead In Acoyapa, Nicaragua (21 Photos/2 Videos)
Nicaragua Trip 14 - A Quick Trip To Ometepe Island (64 Photos/3 Videos)
Nicaragua Trip 14 - The US Embassy And We Search For Tisma (32 Photos/1 Video)
Nicaragua Trip 14 - A Long Journey To The Voting Booth (67 Photos/4 Videos)
Nicaragua Trip 13 - Visiting Pueblos Blancos Outside Masaya (37 Photos/1 Video)
Nicaragua Trip 13 - Storm Damage In San Juan Del Sur (35 Photos/2 Videos)
Nicaragua Trip 13 - Meeting The Great Cornholio In Juigalpa (34 Photos/2 Videos)
Nicaragua Trip 13 - In Search Of The Famed Acahualinca Footprints (32 Photos/2 Videos)
Nicaragua Trip 13 - Touring The Palacio Nacional (35 Photos/1 Video)
Nicaragua Trip 13 - Visiting The National Musuem (38 Photos/1 Videos)
Nicaragua Trip 13 - Playing With The Animals At The National Zoo (32 Photos/3 Videos)
Nicaragua Trip 13 - Visiting The Cross In San Juan Del Sur (33 Photos/2 Videos)
Nicaragua Trip 13 - Fixing A Flat Tire And Getting A Shoe Shine (24 Photos/4 Videos)
Nicaragua Trip 13 - Going To The Rodeo In Acoyapa (54 Photos/4 Videos)
Nicaragua Trip 12 - Pottery Shopping In San Juan De Oriente (20 Photos/1 Videos)
Nicaragua Trip 12 - El Coyotepe Prison In Masaya, Nicaragua (50 Photos/1 Videos)
Nicaragua Trip 12 - A Trip To The Beach At Poneloya, Nicaragua (39 Photos/3 Videos)
Nicaragua Trip 12 - Amazing Beach House In Poneloya, Nicaragua (41 Photos/1 Videos)
Nicaragua Trip 12 - A Quick Trip To San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua (24 Photos/2 Videos)
Nicaragua Trip 12 - Taking The Kids To The Beach In San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua (41 Photos/3 Videos)
Nicaragua Trip 12 - Furniture Shopping In Masatepe, Nicaragua (47 Photos/1 Videos)
Nicaragua Trip 12 - Birthday Party In Masaya, Nicaragua (45 Photos/2 Videos)
Nicaragua Trip 12 - Mirador Tiscapa In Managua, Nicaragua (45 Photos/2 Videos)
Nicaragua Trip 12 - A Birthday Party At Our House In Managua, Nicaragua (33 Photos/3 Videos)
Nicaragua Trip 12 - Dia de la Revolucion In Managua, Nicaragua (34 Photos/4 Videos)
Nicaragua Trip 11 - Lunch in Granada, Nicaragua (36 Photos/2 Videos)
Nicaragua Trip 11 - Pottery Shopping In San Juan de Oriente, Nicaragua (38 Photos/1 Videos)
Nicaragua Trip 11 - Buying Rosquillas In Somoto, Nicaragua (46 Photos/4 Videos)
Nicaragua Trip 11 - A Quick Visit To Ocotal, Nicaragua (55 Photos/2 Videos)
Nicaragua Trip 11 - The Boat Dock In San Jorge, Nicaragua (30 Photos/4 Videos)
Nicaragua Trip 11 - Looking For The Beach Near Tola, Nicaragua (28 Photos/3 Videos)
Nicaragua Trip 11 - Visiting The Steaming Volcano In Masaya, Nicaragua (41 Photos/2 Videos)
Nicaragua Trip 11 - Hurricane Alma Hits Nicaragua (22 Photos/3 Videos)
Nicaragua Trip 11 - Celebrating Mother's Day In Acoyapa, Nicaragua (53 Photos/3 Videos)
Nicaragua Trip 11 - Visiting A Finca Somewhere In The Nicaraguan Jungle (54 Photos/4 Videos)
Nicaragua Trip 11 - Swimming And Hauling Water In The Nicaraguan Jungle (59 Photos/3 Videos)
Nicaragua Trip 11 - I Manage To Get A 4x4 Stuck In The Mud (28 Photos/1 Video)
Nicaragua Trip 11 - Taking In A Baseball Game In Acoyapa, Nicaragua (51 Photos/2 Videos)
Nicaragua Trip 10 - Driving To San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua (47 Photos/3 Videos)
Nicaragua Trip 10 - A Day At The Beach In San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua (50 Photos/2 Videos)
Nicaragua Trip 10 - Trips To Rivas, Pochomil, and Masachapa, Nicaragua (69 Photos/5 Videos)
Nicaragua Trip 10 - Driving To Esteli, Nicaragua (38 Photos/2 Videos)
Nicaragua Trip 10 - Looking For Cigars In Esteli, Nicaragua (35 Photos/1 Video)
Nicaragua Trip 10 - Exploring Esteli And Sebaco, Nicaragua (47 Photos)
Nicaragua Trip 10 - Making A Coffee Run To Matagalpa, Nicaragua (35 Photos)
Nicaragua Trip 10 - Lost In A Cemetery In Matagalpa, Nicaragua (28 Photos)
Nicaragua Trip 10 - Chicas Playing Volleyball In San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua (32 Photos/3 Videos)
Nicaragua Trip 10 - Awesome Photos Of San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua (42 Photos/2 Videos)
Nicaragua Trip 10 - Heading To Juigalpa, Nicaragua (32 Photos/1 Video)
Nicaragua Trip 10 - A Fiesta In Juigalpa, Nicaragua (45 Photos/1 Video)
Nicaragua Trip 10 - A Day In El Rama, Nicaragua (46 Photos/3 Videos)
Nicaragua Trip 10 - Visiting Friends In El Rama, Nicaragua (43 Photos/3 Videos)
Nicaragua Trip 9 - The Story Of El Arbol (28 Photos/1 Video)
Nicaragua Trip 9 - A Night At The EXPICA Farm Show (30 Photos/4 Videos)
Nicaragua Trip 9 - Dinner At La Taquiza (14 Photos/1 Video)
Nicaragua Trip 9 - Driving to El Almendro, Rio San Juan (28 Photos/1 Video)
Nicaragua Trip 9 - 4 Free Condoms In Every Room (39 Photos/2 Videos)
Nicaragua Trip 9 - Guns & Cheese In The Jungle (45 Photos/2 Videos)
Nicaragua Trip 9 - Let's Go Visit The Neighbors Finca (45 Photos/1 Video)
Nicaragua Trip 9 - Cathedrals & Death Threats In Leon (47 Photos/1 Video)
Nicaragua Trip 9 - More Churches, Revolutionary Murals & Threats In Leon (44 Photos/1 Video)
Nicaragua Trip 9 - A Trip To Masachapa Beach (31 Photos/1 Video)
Nicaragua Trip 9 - My Wife Looks Good In A Bikini... (31 Photos/1 Video)
Nicaragua Trip 9 - Why Budget Rent-A-Car SUCKS! (8 Photos/1 Video)
Nicaragua Trip 8 - Opening Christmas Presents In Managua, Nicaragua (37 Photos/3 Videos)
Nicaragua Trip 8 - Mayoreo Market In Managua, Nicaragua (54 Photos/2 Videos)
Nicaragua Trip 8 - A Mariachi Band Stops By The House To Celebrate My Birthday (57 Photos/5 Videos)
Nicaragua Trip 8 - Taking A Walk To The Las Americas Mall (37 Photos/2 Videos)
Nicaragua Trip 8 - Masaya, Granada, And A Twilight Cruise On Lake Nicaragua (58 Photos/2 Videos)
Nicaragua Trip 8 - A Trip To The United States Embassy In Managua (33 Photos)
Nicaragua Trip 8 - Trying To Find A Tennis Club In Managua Isn't Easy (30 Photos/1 Videos)
Nicaragua Trip 8 - Lunch, Pharaoh's Casino, Then Adios Nicaragua (16 Photos/1 Videos)
Nicaragua Trip 7 - Our New House In Managua, Nicaragua (18 Photos/2 Videos)
Nicaragua Trip 7 - Why Socks Suck... (21 Photos)
Nicaragua Trip 7 - Coffee, The Most Dangerous Crop In Nicaragua (15 Photos/4 Videos)
Nicaragua Trip 7 - Cops Gaurding Manhole Covers? (21 Photos)
Nicaragua Trip 7 - My Thoughts On The Consejos del Poder Ciudadano (CPC) (38 Photos/2 Videos)
Nicaragua Trip 6 - Arriving In Managua, Nicaragua (36 Photos/2 Videos)
Nicaragua Trip 6 - A Trip To Mercado Huembes In Managua, Nicaragua (36 Photos/3 Videos)
Nicaragua Trip 6 - Cooking Up A Feast In Acoyapa, Nicaragua (39 Photos)
Nicaragua Trip 6 - Getting Ready For Our Wedding In Acoyapa, Nicaragua (53 Photos/1 Video)
Nicaragua Trip 6 - The Wedding Of The Millenium In Acoyapa, Nicaragua (34 Photos/6 Videos)
Nicaragua Trip 6 - Our Honeymoon At The Bacelo Montelimar Beach Resort, Nicaragua (93 Photos/3 Videos)
Nicaragua Trip 6 - A Day Trip To Masaya And Granada, Nicaragua (61 Photos/2 Videos)
Nicaragua Trip 6 - Visiting Family In Managua, Nicaragua (61 Photos/1 Video)
Nicaragua Trip 6 - Opening The Wedding Gifts In Acoyapa, Nicaragua (44 Photos/1 Video)
Nicaragua Trip 6 - Packing Up And Heading Home From Nicaragua (33 Photos/3 Videos)
Nicaragua Trip 5 - A Quick Trip To Acoyapa, Nicaragua (21 Photos/2 Videos)
Nicaragua Trip 5 - Making Tortillas In Acoyapa, Nicaragua (27 Photos)
Nicaragua Trip 5 - What's A Fresco? (18 Photos)
Nicaragua Trip 5 - Taking Grandma To The Doctor (15 Photos/3 Videos)
Nicaragua Trip 5 - The Miss UPONIC Contest (30 Photos/4 Videos)
Juarez, Mexico Trip 1 - A Brief Trip To Juarez, Mexico (34 Photos/1 Video)
Nicaragua Trip 4 - A Brief Visit To El Salvador Then On To Managua (27 Photos/4 Videos)
Nicaragua Trip 4 - Getting Ready For The Wedding (34 Photos/1 Video)
Nicaragua Trip 4 - Going To The Finca To Meet The Family (42 Photos/2 Videos)
Nicaragua Trip 4 - Milking Some Cows In Acoyapa, Nicaragua (39 Photos/1 Video)
Nicaragua Trip 4 - A Horseback Ride Through The Jungle (40 Photos/3 Videos)
Nicaragua Trip 3 - Mariachi Bands And The Trip To Chontales, Nicaragua (27 Photos/2 Videos)
Nicaragua Trip 3 - Swimming With The Fishes In The Nicaraguan Jungle (35 Photos/3 Videos)
Nicaragua Trip 3 - Getting Engaged To The Most Beautiful Girl In The World (43 Photos/1 Video)
Nicaragua Trip 3 - A Trip To The Finca In Acoyapa, Nicaragua (50 Photos)
Nicaragua Trip 3 - Going To A "Sopa" In Masaya, Nicaragua (43 Photos/2 Videos)
Nicaragua Trip 3 - On Top Of The World In Masaya, Nicaragua (26 Photos/2 Videos)
Nicaragua Trip 3 - A Day Trip To Montelimar Beach, Nicaragua (46 Photos/2 Videos)
Bonus - 2007 US Open At Oakmont Golf Club (34 Photos)
Medellin, Colombia Trip 3 - Exploring El Centro (21 Photos/2 Videos)
Medellin, Colombia Trip 3 - Exploring El Centro (15 Photos/1 Video)
Medellin, Colombia Trip 3 - Museo Antioquia And Botero Plaza (21 Photos)
Medellin, Colombia Trip 3 - Education Protest In Medellin (12 Photos/1 Video)
Medellin, Colombia Trip 3 - Dancing In The Streets Of Medellin (31 Photos/3 Videos)
Nicaragua Trip 2 - Arriving In Managua, Nicaragua (18 Photos/2 Videos)
Nicaragua Trip 2 - A Day Trip To Granada, Nicaragua (42 Photos/2 Videos)
Nicaragua Trip 2 - The Malecon Area (Beach) in Granada, Nicaragua (27 Photos/2 Videos)
Nicaragua Trip 2 - Boat Tour Of The Isletas Of Lake Nicaragua (87 Photos/2 Videos)
Nicaragua Trip 2 - Getting Stopped By La Policia Nacional In Granada, Nicaragua (38 Photos/2 Videos)
Nicaragua Trip 2 - The Junieth Page (27 Photos/1 Video)
Nicaragua Trip 2 - Nicaragua Wrap Up (28 Photos/4 Videos)
Peru Trip 2 - The Journey To Cusco, Peru (60 Photos/2 Videos)
Peru Trip 2 - The Journey From Cusco To Machu Picchu (21 Photos)
Peru Trip 2 - Machu Picchu Part I (48 Photos)
Peru Trip 2 - Machu Picchu Part II (54 Photos)
Peru Trip 2 - Aguas Calientes, Peru (15 Photos)
Peru Trip 2 - A Train Ride Through The Andes Part I (33 Photos)
Peru Trip 2 - A Train Ride Through The Andes Part II (33 Photos/1 Video)
Peru Trip 2 - Tour De Cusco Part I (36 Photos/1 Video)
Peru Trip 2 - Tour De Cusco Part II (30 Photos)
Peru Trip 2 - Flying From Cusco To Lima, Peru (27 Photos)
Peru Trip 2 - The Sights And Sounds Of Lima, Peru Part I (30 Photos/2 Videos)
Peru Trip 2 - The Sights And Sounds Of Lima, Peru Part II (21 Photos)
Peru Trip 2 - Video Footage From All Over Lima (5 Videos)
Medellin, Colombia Trip 2 - Girls, Girls, Girls (17 Photos/1 Video)
Medellin, Colombia Trip 2 - More Girls, Girls, Girls (23 Photos/1 Video)
Medellin, Colombia Trip 2 - Pictures From Around Medellin (23 Photos)
Medellin, Colombia Trip 2 - Bullfight (47 Photos)
Medellin, Colombia Trip 2 - Bullfight Videos (12 Videos)
Managua, Nicaragua Trip 1 - Arriving In Managua (33 Photos)
Managua, Nicaragua Trip 1 - New Cathedral And The Malecon Area (24 Photos/3 Videos)
Managua, Nicaragua Trip 1 - Malecon Area And Loma De Tiscapa Park (48 Photos/4 Videos)
Managua, Nicaragua Trip 1 - Photos From Around Managua (30 Photos)
Costa Rica Trip 7 - Fiesta De Palmares (42 Photos/7 Videos)
Costa Rica Trip 7 - Fiesta De Palmares Bullfights (24 Photos/7 Videos)
Managua, Nicaragua Trip 1 - Managua From The Air (36 Photos/2 Videos)
Managua, Nicaragua Trip 1 - Conclusion To My Tour De Managua (21 Photos)
Costa Rica Trip 6 - Cafe Britt Coffee Plantation (44 Photos/1 Video)
Medellin, Colombia Trip 1 - First Day In Colombia (23 Photos)
Medellin, Colombia Trip 1 - Riding The Metro Cable (34 Photos/1 Video)
Medellin, Colombia Trip 1 - Publito Paisa (27 Photos)
Medellin, Colombia Trip 1 - Poblado (8 Photos)
Medellin, Colombia Trip 1 - Falling In Love At The Airport In Panama City, Panama (4 Photos/1 Video)
San Jose, Costa Rica Trip 6 - Dancing Chicas (15 Photos/1 Video)
San Jose, Costa Rica Trip 6 - Christmas Time In San Jose (13 Photos/5 Videos)
Lima, Peru Trip 1 - Miraflores & The Beach (35 Photos)
Lima, Peru Trip 1 - Lima At Night (11 Photos)
Lima, Peru Trip 1 - Surquillo Mercado (14 Photos)
Lima, Peru Trip 1 - Eating In Lima (25 Photos)
Lima, Peru Trip 1 - Huaca Pucllana (29 Photos)
Lima, Peru Trip 1 - Lima Wrapup (23 Photos)
Costa Rica Trip 5 - Poas Volcano (37 Photos)
Costa Rica Trip 5 - La Paz Water Gardens (81 Photos)
Costa Rica Trip 5 - Independence Day (55 Photos)
Costa Rica Trip 5 - Cartago/Basilica de Los Angeles (35 Photos)
Costa Rica Trip 4 - National Theatre & Museum (63 Photos)
Costa Rica Trip 3 (17 Photos)
Costa Rica Trip 2 (18 Photos)
Costa Rica Trip 1 (50 Photos)
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