Visit Costa Rica From Home
Who doesn’t dream of spending some time embracing the joys of a simpler life in Costa Rica, or as the Ticos say: “La Pura Vida”. Located on the cusp of Central and South America, Costa Rica may be a short three hours flight from Florida, but feels a world away with its abundant beaches - the country has 11 times more marine territory than land - and verdant, Jurassic forest like national parks and wealth of tropical bird species and exotic wildlife. This month, join in on live, interactive tours showing off the best of this Latin American country without losing any of your creature comforts.
Enjoy the Wildlife and Nature of Cahuita National Park
National parks are everywhere in Costa Rica - there are over 30 of them - and each consists of lush primary virgin rainforests and an abundance of unique floral and fauna. The raw beauty of Cahuita National Park located on the southern Costa Rican Caribbean coast though is exceptional. The park was created in 1970 to protect its coral reefs and our guide will bring you on a jungle trek that weaves through some of the most pristine Caribbean beaches. Along the way, you may spot some two and three toed-sloths, colorful snakes, or even a restless group of monkeys and monitor lizards playing about. It’s a treat for the senses.
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Visit Manuel Antonio National Park
Howler monkeys, furry-tailed squirrels, mischievous raccoons, and sun-baking sloths, you’ll likely see them all on this live interactive tour of the jewel of Costa Rica. Located off Costa Rica’s central Pacific coast, Manuel Antonio National Park may be the smallest national park in the country but it’s packed with white sand beaches, lush tropical forests, and beautiful coral reefs. Join our guide as he takes you through a rainforest walk till a pristine beach is reached where you can sit back and soak in the gorgeous scenery.
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Trek Through Arenal Volcano National Park
One of the most visited attractions in Costa Rica, the famous Arenal Volcano is home to the Instagrammable Lake Arenal and La Fortuna Waterfall. One of the few active volcanos in the world where you can still walk on trails formed out of lava, it covers 290 square miles and is a rich conservation area with eight of Costa Rica's 12 life zones and over 850 species of birds found there. Our guide will explain more about the history of the volcano, geology, and ecology of the area - and as always, in Costa Rica, expect to spot a few animals along the way! If you’re lucky, you might even spot puffs of steam from the volcano and hear a few deep rumbles.
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Explore Downtown San Jose
A world away from the San Jose you might be familiar with, the capital of Costa Rica is a vibrant Latin American city packed with art galleries, parks, museums, and historical buildings with pockets of beautiful greenery like La Sabana Park and San Gerardo de Dota looking out to the Cordillera de Talamanca mountain range. Join in a walk through the city and observe how Costa Ricans (Ticos) go about their daily business and learn about the medicinal plants that have been used for centuries in Costa Rica.
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Walk Through A Costa Rican Coffee Farm
Here’s a fun fact: Did you know that a law was passed in Costa Rica in 1989 prohibiting the planting of low-quality beans. The only country in the world where it’s illegal to produce any type of coffee other than 100% Arabica, Costa Rican coffee is widely regarded as the best coffee in the world. Naturally blessed with ideal soil and climate for coffee beans to grow in abundance, our guide will bring you on a tour of a local coffee farm to learn all about coffee, the plant, the history, the production, even the chemistry of caffeine, and the preparation of a delicious cup of coffee in the old fashion way using a unique brewer called a chorreador, or coffee sock.
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Picture this, you’re sipping a freshly brewed coffee to the soundscape of bustling Piazza San Marco admiring the passing gondolas and watching the busy Venetian shopkeepers haggling at the morning market. Later in the day, you sit face to face with a conservationist who takes you on a tour of Kruger National Park while regaling you with stories of his close encounters with the big five.
You’ve experienced all this through a virtual tour that's taken place in your comfortable living room. By doing so, you've sidestepped the minefield of rapid tests, ever-changing country entry restrictions, and without a thought if your travel plans will be derailed by staff shortages or bad weather. While virtual tours rose to popularity during the early days of the pandemic, it’s clear that it’s a way of travel that’s here to stay. Accessible, affordable, and sustainable, it’s a supplemental (and sometimes exclusive) way for many to keep exploring while also contributing to local communities around the world.
It’s A Way To Give Back
The tourism industry has been one of the hardest hit by the pandemic and on-ground tour guides have been one of the most impacted individuals. Beeyonder provides an online space for local authentic experiences (by independent guides and tour operators) to be accessed remotely by anyone with an internet connection, regardless of location or time zone. In addition, by supporting live options like Namaste Delhi by Women for the World and the Walking Tour of Arenal Volcano National Park by Alejandro Cano Ospina it directly contributes to the livelihood of expert guides and the communities and local economies they support.
Travel Without Contributing To CO2 Emissions
According to the International Council on Clean Transportation, greenhouse gas emissions from commercial flights makeup around 2% of the world's total carbon emissions, and are expected to triple by 2050. For individuals committed to not using air travel, or reducing their reliance on it to make climate change a priority, virtual tours are a way to satisfy their wanderlust at no cost to the environment. As a bonus, virtual experiences often offer once-in-a-lifetime closer encounters and experiences that would not be easily accessible to the masses otherwise.
Unlock Exotic, Immersive Experiences, Sustainably
From the icebergs of Antarctica to the salt flats of Bolivia, Beeyonder’s virtual tours offer a convenient way to experience unusual encounters with wildlife or visit world-famous attractions that’s both affordable and inclusive. By choosing to visit a place virtually, it alleviates over-crowding from popular hotspots and vulnerable heritage sites that are in danger of being ruined by over-tourism. It also helps environmentally-conscious nature reserves, conservation centers, and wildlife foundations like the Royal Albatross Centre attract visitors to participate in their mission without overly stressing the animals.
It’s Accessible, Affordable, and Inclusive
Planning a big family vacation is a logistical nightmare. From having to juggle everyone’s work and school schedules, putting in for vacation time, and then there’s the daily hurdle of deciding what to do as a group that’s interesting and inclusive of all ages and physical capabilities. By organizing a group virtual experience, families can pick-and-choose different experiences, and still forge meaningful bonds together, without much fuss and within a budget. Beeyonder hosts a variety of shared experiences: from touring Pablo Picasso’s birthplace, exploring the Great Wall of China and City of David, or admiring the historic sanctuary of Machu Picchu from 7,000 feet above sea level, regardless of the choice/choices, beautiful shared memories are assured.
It Can Be Better Than The Real Deal
Who doesn’t want to visit Bolivia’s Moon Valley in person or trek Brazil’s Savanna, Chapada dos Veadeiros, a national park full of waterfalls, canyons, and great nature? In theory, in-person experiences may appear more memorable but they could be a total wash as well if weather conditions are not on your side, or if something unfortunate happens en-route. By choosing a curated virtual experience led by local experts it can be as impactful, immersive, and entertaining as being there itself.
Kia Ora! Welcome to New Zealand, the land of the long white cloud formed by volcanoes and cooled by glaciers. For avid travelers with a great love for the outdoors and unspoiled nature, New Zealand is a dream destination with popular spots like the powdery ski slopes of Queenstown, the glaciers of Fjordland, Tongariro National Park’s active and extinct volcanoes, and the golden sand beaches of Coromandel. This November, join us as we explore one of the most pristine, beautiful places left on earth through our collection of virtual experiences.
Get Close to a Royal Albatross
Did you know the average royal albatross flies an estimated 190,000 kilometers a year?
Endemic to New Zealand, these magnificent feathered giants are quite a sight to behold. Weighing approximately 9 kilograms with a wingspan of 3 meters, get close to them through our Virtual Albatross Experience hosted through the Royal Albatross Centre in Dunedin, New Zealand. The world's only mainland breeding colony of royal albatross, our guide will delve into the conservation work being conducted at Pukekura "Taiaroa Head" to look after the Toroa/Albatross, its unusual biology, and perhaps even treat you to the sight of one of these seabirds taking flight! Join our tour here.
Walk The Streets of Auckland
Picked by Lonely Planet as one of the world’s best cities to travel to in 2022, Auckland is New Zealand’s most vibrant city with a thriving art, dining, and culture scene and stunning nature spots a mere ferry ride away. At the heart of it is the ongoing redevelopment of Auckland's waterfront. Feel the vibe and energy of this popular spot as you embark on a walking tour of the area. Our local guide will bring you to famous landmarks such as the historic Ferry Building, the Waitemata harbourfront lined with hip restaurants, and home to superyachts, all the way down to the infamous Sky Tower and the two drawbridges of Wynyard Quarter. A great introduction to Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland’s Maori name), this tour will give you a peek of what to expect in Auckland and might prove compelling enough to book your flight over. Join our tour here.
Be a Dairy Farmer for a Day
New Zealand’s fertile soils and temperate climate make it pastoral heaven with a lush farming landscape that’s home to grazing cattle and sheep. Dairy farms are particularly prevalent (there are almost as many dairy cows as there are people) with most farms averaging at least 400 cattle. Join our unique dairy farmer virtual experience where a local farmer will show the ins and outs of manning a milking shed seven days a week while learning why dairy farming is a big business and how it’s slowly pivoting to be more environmentally sustainable. An excellent experience for families and friends who love animals, corporate events, and virtual team building, join our fully interactive and personalized tour here.
Learn The Story of New Zealand
Planning a trip to New Zealand can be a daunting experience, so it helps to have some expert insights beforehand. Our local guide has been showing off New Zealand to the world for the past two decades and has put together this educational experience to throw more insight into this island country in the South Pacific. A fully interactive and personalized experience, she’ll talk about the stunning landscapes, the culture of its people, the diverse flora and fauna, and some unique tidbits that make New Zealand, New Zealand. Join our tour here.
As global travel became easier and cheaper in the past decade, many popular tourist attractions have fallen victim to over-tourism, damaging fragile environments or landmarks and contributing negatively to the environment. To visit vulnerable tourism icons, consider a virtual tour conducted by a local expert guide that’ll allow you to experience it but in a low-impact, sustainable manner.
Trip Down the Catacombs of Paris
Visiting the Catacombs in Paris takes some pluck. Made up of over 200 miles of old, crumbling underground tunnels (some of which are in danger of collapsing any day), this unofficial mass grave holds the remains of millions of Parisians and today remains an attraction for visitors intrigued by its eerie charm. Follow along on this guided virtual experience that will bring you through the tunnels with photos, maps, and private documents. Visit the infamous Bones part where the patterns that line the walls are made out of actual bones and unusual structures like the Barrel (said to be the work of quarry miner François Décurealso) double up as an art piece and support beam. Our guide will also share anecdotes of this unique necropolis, and best of all, you will do it from the comfort of your home. Join the tour here.
Admire Machu Picchu from Afar
A bucket list trip for many, exploring this iconic archeological site located 7,000 feet above sea level has gotten a lot more complicated as the Peruvian government struggles to balance its contribution to the Peruvian economy while conserving this sacred site. With new 2021 visiting rules, tourists are now restricted to a four-hour stay and are accompanied by an official tour guide. If going there in person is not an option, join this live virtual tour to explore this breathtaking historic sanctuary from its highest viewpoint surrounded by majestic mountain peaks and valleys. Our guide will share about its unique construction using the technique of ashlar where blocks of stone are precisely cut to fit together without the use of mortar, and other interesting facts that make these ruins of the Inca Empire a must-see. Join the tour here.
Walk The Walls of Dubrovnik
Beautiful but overcrowded, the city walls of Dubrovnik have become another casualty of over-tourism thanks to its portrayal in the Game of Thrones as King’s Landing and for the spectacular views of the Adriatic sea offered from this walled city. Avoid contributing to the crowds but still explore this unique spot in detail with our live virtual tour. Stroll the 2,000 meters long walls of Dubrovnik with our guide who will take you to all six fortresses (Lovrijenac, Revelin, Minčeta, Bokar, St John and St Lucas), and share the hidden corners and stories that make this mythical and magical city of Dubrovnik a one of a kind. Join the tour here.
Explore Venice’s Colorful History
Pre-pandemic, the floating city of Venice was already feeling the weight of day-tripping hordes descending upon St Mark’s Square to gawk at this UNESCO world heritage site. As international tourism slowly starts back up, the city is pivoting to make Venice a world sustainability capital and introduce a Venice tourist tax (from 3 euros) from January 2022 to help pay for essential services like trash collection and the cleaning of public areas. Sidestep adding to the masses by taking a virtual tour around Venice’s famous neighborhood of Rialto. Our guide will show you around the banking center of Venice and the spots that inspired Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice. Full of life, color, and bustle thanks to the daily greengrocer market and busy Campo della Pescheria fish market, combined with a selection of historic photographs and videos, this live virtual experience will give you a fuller context of Venice's colorful history and leave you feeling like you were there in person. Join the tour here.
Get Close to Penguins in the Antarctic
The climate is warming, and with it, the Antarctic ice shelves have lost nearly 4 trillion metric tons of ice since the mid-1990s and will continue to melt if there aren’t any meaningful changes to our carbon emissions. The Antarctic’s growing vulnerability also presents a pressing problem for emperor penguin colonies who will be severely impacted if the loss of sea ice isn’t stopped or slowed somehow. It is estimated that as much as 70 percent of the population will be in danger by 2050 if present conditions remain as is. Learn more about these adorable torpedo-shaped birds on this virtual tour where our expert guide will share more about them – how they’re flightless birds, what their black and white plumage does to serve as camouflage while swimming – and the beautiful icy conditions they call home in Patagonia and Antarctica. Join the tour here.
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