Bursting with wildlife and breath-taking tropical landscapes, few countries captivate the essence of adventure and nature like Costa Rica. Central America’s beating heart continues to keep captivating travellers, but is there a different way to get up close to Costa Rica’s treasures? How can you discover everything it has to offer without beating the same tourist trail? From animals to activities, landscapes to local cultures, Costa Rica promises plenty for travellers, so join our panel as we take a look at the best ways at getting the most of this inspiring destination..
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Emma is a regular contributor to National Geographic Traveller (UK) and for the magazine spent two weeks traversing the length and breadth of Costa Rica by car to report back on its off-the-beaten-track sights and new roads opening up to travellers who want to explore the country by 4×4. Even travelling during the thick of the rainy season didn’t dampen her enthusiasm for this eco-tourism leader. @emmasthomson
Tom is Pura Aventura‘s co-founder, setting up the specialist tour operator ten years ago. His inspiration behind the company was his travels across Central and South America in the early 90s, which saw him opening a cafe in Mexico and working for the UN in Santiago, before turning his attention to Costa Rica, a firm favourite of his.
Having previously been an adviser to the Costa Rican government, Wilhelm is now director of a travel agency focusing on environmentally responsible adventures in Costa Rica. A native Costa Rican, he has a wealth of experience of travelling his country on his beloved motorbike, and has plenty of advice for those looking to get off the beaten track.
Maria is the editorial director of National Geographic Traveller and will be presiding over our panel, adding her own personal tips and tales throughout the evening.
When: Where: wallacespace Covent Garden, 22 Dryden Street, London WC2E 9NA
Tickets: £10 — includes a free glass of wine, a beer or soft drink, plus nibbles.