Through the Eyes of a First-Timer

Through the Eyes of a First-Timer

Apr 2, 2020|Holbrook in the FieldWhere we travel| by Holbrook Travel

Nothing quite compares to the thrill and magic of experiencing a new place for the first time. What will it be like? How will it compare with your expectations? Here, we share highlights from four destinations, each told from the point-of-view of a first-time visitor.

 Howler monkey by Joaquin Garcia

Costa Rica, Arianna Aguilar: 

Being in Selva Verde was just a shock. I should have expected it by the way people described it to me, it sounded so magical. But still, just being there and hearing the howler monkeys all around you, and hearing nature constantly, it’s really amazing to just be someplace where everything is conducive to experiencing nature and seeing the wildlife at every turn. That was really memorable to me.

I really didn’t expect that I would get such an emotional connection with the guide. They get excited because they want to share their country with you. They go out of their way to make you happy and make sure you see everything. I also really loved my fellow group members, and my interactions with the local people.

 Paloma overlooking Machu Picchu

Peru, Paloma Bone:

Hiking to the top of Huayna Picchu [the mountain rising over Machu Picchu] was one of my favorite moments on the trip. The hike was really challenging – the trail is a switchback built by the Inca – but worth it because I got to see Machu Picchu from a distinct angle 1,000 feet above!

 Ryan in Galapagos

Galápagos Islands, Ryan Dunleavy:

Almost every night after dinner, I went upstairs [to the top deck of the boat] to feel the tranquility of the atmosphere around me.  The night sky in open water is better than any planetarium.

Tagus Cove was probably the highlight of the entire trip, in my opinion. We hiked Darwin Lake trail, which took about two hours roundtrip, and you get the see the scenic overlook at the top, where you have a gorgeous view of Isabela Island and the exterior of Darwin Volcano in the distance. It’s very rewarding.

 Bee Hummingbird by Stefanie Plein

Cuba, Stefanie Plein:

Visiting Nils Navaro—an outstanding wildlife illustrator and photographer—in his home was definitely a highlight, along with seeing the Bee Hummingbird up-close in Zapata Peninsula.

The warmth of the people, the vibrant energy of their culture, and the immense natural beauty, provided for an unmatched experience. The lack of internet was a welcome reprieve from my busy life. As you sit down for a drink or quick bite to eat, no one has their head stuck in their phones. Everyone is sitting back, enjoying the live music, chatting with their friends or loved ones, or simply watching the world go by. I really enjoyed connecting to the people and place without the constant distraction of my phone.

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