Posts By iylana

Ubud is a foodie haven, especially if you're vegan, gluten-free or just appreciate a delicious healthy meal. You would think the culture of juicing and veganism came to Ubud with the yoga fanatics, but the fact is that Balinese eat incredibly healthy (suckling pig aside). The great thing about eating out in Ubud is that you can get a taste of…

The first time I saw a photo of a Balinese candi bentar was on Pinterest, and my first thought was, "That can't be real." The photo I had seen was from Pura Lempuyang, which is known as the Gate of Heaven. It's the only gate which looks out toward the next mountaintop with nothing but sky and clouds beyond it, evoking a surreal and truly heavenly…

No Ubud itinerary would be complete without a visit to the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary. The preserve is home to three Hindu Temples built in the 1300s, and more than 600 Balinese long-tailed monkeys (Crab-eating macaque) who are completely comfortable with human interaction. As you can imagine, 600 monkeys climbing over ancient temples makes for some incredible photo opportunities in a Jungle…

Bali, Island of the Gods; also known as the island of a thousand puras (temples). Religion is interwoven throughout the fabric of Bali, from small neighborhood shrines to centuries old sustainable irrigation channels serving both temples and farms. If you're visiting Bali you simply have to carve out time to visit temples, and if you're in the Ubud area, these…

If your Costa Rica trip is as jam-packed with adventure as ours was, you may find yourself with little more than a day in the capital city—typically the day you fly in or out of the country. When we arrived, we picked up our rental car from the airport and drove straight out of town, so it wasn't until the…

If Manuel Antonio National Park is on your list to see in Costa Rica, you'll want to stay in Quepos or Manuel Antonio Finca to access the park. There are plenty of hostels and hotels to cater to every budget, but we found that the proximity to the park made Hotel San Bada stand out above the rest. You literally…

Arenal National Park is one of the most popular Costa Rican destinations for nature-seekers. The conservation area is home to many of Costa Rica's wildlife, its most beautiful waterfalls, and its biggest volcano. From backpacker hostels and zip-lines to luxurious resorts and hot springs, the little town of La Fortuna that has sprung up around the park caters to every type of tourist looking…

When trying to decide where to visit for one week in Costa Rica, I had to come up with a priority list of what I really wanted to do and see—and number one on my list was to sleep in a treehouse. Now there are plenty of treehouses in Costa Rica, from airbnb rentals to exuberantly priced resorts and even a treehouse…

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