Viva Tropical


Travel & Leisure





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Ecuador has a ton of coastline, but much of it isn't good for beach living due to high cliffs and industrial activities. Park and I explored Ecuador from tip to tip and covered the entire coastline. What we found was there are several spots that could be perfect to live and you have to know what is happening locally to determine where is best. So today we are speaking with Greg Gilliam long time Ecuador expat about how to approach the Ecuador market and where you should focus your time when looking for your own paradise. Greg is a builder, hotel owner, and real estate entrepreneur, who has lots of experience and a straightforward approach you are sure to learn from on the show.

Direct download: VT2033.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:11pm EST

John Acott long time broker in Belize tells you what is happening. 
Learn how much it costs to build in Belize, where the top 3 places to live and invest are located. Also a major infrastructure change on the horizon that if happens will be something you need to hear. John is from the San Ignacio, which is rarely covered and from all accounts seems to be a tremendous value for living. Tune to hear all this and more.

Direct download: VT2031.mp3
Category:Travel & Leisure -- posted at: 9:22am EST

Murder Confessions, 300 LB Tunas, and 9mm Barettas, all make appearances when Josh and Park recount some of their stories from the road. They have experienced many different colorful situations over the years while scouting out real estate investments.

Maybe the greatest job in the world, Park and Josh reminisce about some of their most memorable days while exploring the far reaches of Central America in their search for the best real estate on offer.

Direct download: VT2030.mp3
Category:Travel & Leisure -- posted at: 11:31am EST

Author Jonathon Weisberger joins the show to discuss his experience living and helping the Secoya people. What happens to culture, life, and spirituality when they develop within the jungle away from modern life. Jonathon discusses what he learned and why he continues to work with the Secoya elders. He also talks about how others can experience their sacred Ayahuasca/Yage ceremonies. Listen and enjoy an amazing opportunity to get a glimpse into a another world.

Direct download: VT2029.mp3
Category:Travel & Leisure -- posted at: 10:43am EST

On this episode we discuss Nicaragua and all its awesome potential. Barry Oliver real estate professional has over 10 years of experience in the country and it will make a difference if you are considering buying or investing there.

One of the safest countries in Central America, Nicaragua is often overlooked because of its turbulent history and lack of organization. Today's situation is much different and many have already discovered why this is one of the best options for living in Central America.

Tune in now and hear where the investment opportunities are located, how much it costs to build, how much beachfront property costs, and who buys in the biggest country in Central America.

Direct download: VT2028.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:05am EST

We talk to fellow travel lover Matthew Brumley and find out how he got started in the expedition business. Founder of Earthbound Expeditions, Matthew talks candidly about what has worked for him and how he comes up with creative ideas that provide unique travel experiences. He gives insight into why Costa Rica is one of his chosen destinations and how visiting Cuba is like Time Travel. If you ever thought about creating a travel based business or were just interested in traveling with small group of people this discussion will inspire you.

Direct download: VT2027.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:25am EST

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Brian O'Dea comes back on to finish his story of what it was like to be a professional smuggler.  This time around we get to discuss some of the nitty gritty details about chance encounters, strategy, and the steps that led to smuggling and, then, selling $300,000,000 of marijuana.

Tune in now and hear what led to the biggest drug deal in U.S. history at the time it went down.  There is no doubt why his story is beign fast-tracked to a major motion picture and will probably be a big hit.


Direct download: VT2026.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:00am EST

Eric Youngren, Off-Grid Expert, returns to expand our knowledge and this time we focus on creating an off-grid escape. Last time Eric joined the show we discussed what you need to know before even thinking about living off the grid.

This time we discuss how to evaluate locations based on their ability to produce energy. We also talk about how each of the big three technologies, solar, wind, and hydro, could help you create your own off-grid retreat.

Some of the most incredible locations in Central America are off the grid, so what are you waiting for – listen to this and then go find your perfect getaway.

Direct download: VT2025.mp3
Category:Travel-Leisure -- posted at: 11:26am EST

Josh talks to Eduardo Carillo, Jaguar expert and professor at University of Costa Rica.

The Jaguars name comes from the Native American word meaning, “he who kills with one blow.”
Eduardo has been studying their behavior for over 25 years and shares his knowledge from the field. 

Tune in and listen as he shares what he has learned and how his career began with a chance encounter with a Jaguar on a beach. Also what is being done to protect this species from extinction and what you can do help. 

We think you will agree this cat is one of the most fascinating and elusive inhabitants of the rain forest.

Direct download: VT2024.mp3
Category:Travel-Leisure -- posted at: 10:29am EST

We talk to Phil Flanagan, world traveler and overland expert. Phil sourced and converted a european van to travel world for less than $18,000 USD. He then proceeded to drive across Europe, Asia, North America then South America for the ensuing 5-6 years. In this episode Phil teaches you how to do it too, where to find a car and his minimalistic approach to maximum travel experience. The travel legends were able to to travel this way for $50 a day, this includes food for both of them, maintenance, gas, everything else. Tune and hear their inspiring story.

Direct download: VT2023.mp3
Category:Travel-Leisure -- posted at: 1:29pm EST

Christopher Minster, Latin American History expert, discusses the Maya. The ancient culture that developed reading writing and a complex society in around Mexico, Guatemala, and Honduras. He talks about their beliefs, their fascination with all things celestial and if they also sacrificed humans like the Aztecs. Christopher and Josh also talk about their favorite Mayan ruins why you should visit these sites today. Tune in and learn something new.

Direct download: Viva_Tropical-2014-10-06.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:01pm EST

3 new people, 3 new places. We talk to Mike Cobb, long time developer in Nicaragua about the real estate climate in the beautiful country. His project Gran Pacifica is located there and he also explains why the lifestyle is so attractive to expats.

Panama! Lucy Haines, founder of Panama Realtor the largest broker in Panama joins the show to give her unique perspective on where to look in Panama and why. 

And last but certainly not least, we head to one of the hottest real estate markets in Costa Rica, Nosara. Josh discusses why this place is so popular with local Jeff Grosshandler of First Choice Remax, Usually low prices drive the market, but this place isn't cheap, so we do the deep dive into the market to find out why it is what it is.

Direct download: Viva_Tropical-2014-09-22.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:51pm EST

Park joins the show to discuss his recent trip to Medellin, Colombia with his boys. Park examines the good and bad from the trip and compares his experience there to the rest of Central America. Not to be outdone, Josh recounts his recent trip to El Salvador and breaks down how the country fits into the scope of Central America real estate investment. The business partners also catch up on the recent elections in Panama and what has been happening on Boca Chica Island.

Direct download: Viva_Tropical-2014-09-15.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:42am EST

Surfing is a perplexing sport when it comes to training, on the one had if you are near the waves you can just surf. On the other hand how do you train for surfing waves on land? The sport is unique in that you ride something that is moving, but how do you replicate thosese conditions on land? What type of training can you do that will improve your skills in the water? Learn how when we are talk to Anthony Sasso creator of the program Fit2shred, he has created a program to that will help any surfer get stronger and better in the water.


Direct download: Viva_Tropical_2014-09-08.mp3
Category:Travel-Leisure -- posted at: 1:09pm EST

Esteban Pereira joins the show to discuss Biodynamic Farming. He explains what in the world Biodynamic farming means and how anyone can get started today. The practice originated from talks by Ruldolf Steiner who was also the creator of Waldorf Schools. Biodynamics was also the system that eventually lead to our current Organic Standards you will see it is an all encompassing system that is as incredible as it is diverse. If you ever think about growing your own food and living off the land then this show is a great one for you.

Direct download: Viva_Tropical-2014-08-25.mp3
Category:Travel-Leisure -- posted at: 7:00am EST

Frank Ahearn, disappearing expert and "Digital Hitman" joins the show to talk about privacy and how to disappear in a digital world that tracks everything. 
A former Skip Tracer, his old job used to be to find people and now he uses that experience to keep things hidden. Tune and hear a fascinating perspective while learning to use the information to protect yourself. Also learn why you have a chance when you move overseas to create a buffer that gives you a chance to distance your self from your current internet habits.

Direct download: Viva_Tropical-2014-08-18.mp3
Category:Travel-Leisure -- posted at: 10:15am EST

Everything you need to know about Panama residency, visas, and beyond. Ricardo Faraudo an attorney from the DENFAB firm joins todays show. He specializes in expat immigration and details all the options you have when moving to Panama. There is even one option that comes with a Panamanian passport, so find out what option is best for you or if you even need to apply for residency.

Direct download: Viva_Tropical-2014-08-11.mp3
Category:Travel-Leisure -- posted at: 10:06am EST

The Central America Real Estate report is part of series that hops around Central America to hear on the ground intel, reports, and data you can use in your hunt for Real Estate. 

In this episode we interview 3 brokers from 3 different countries, starting in Costa Rica, then on to Roatan, Honduras, and finally Lake Atitlan Guatemala. 
Topics of discussion include what is happening in these real estate markets. Where are the opportunities? How much does it cost to build? We also try and develop some historical context to give you insight on what is happening now in terms of prices and momentum. Download to start learning how things work in each of these unique places. and if they are the right options for you.


Direct download: Viva_Tropical_Central_America_Real_Estate_Report.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:49pm EST

Author Buddy Levy joins the show to discuss his book Conquistador: Hernan Cortes, King Montezuma, and the Last Stand of the Aztecs

We discuss the story of a driven conquistador and what lead to the defeat of an Aztec king. We are sure you will be entertained by the true story that ultimately became one of histories most intriguing meetings between two very different cultures. Listen to this can’t miss episode and learn what it felt like to be in Mexico 500 years ago.

Direct download: Viva_Tropical-2014-07-28.mp3
Category:Travel-Leisure -- posted at: 1:18pm EST

Founder of Nomad Capitalist Andrew Henderson joins us for a candid conversation about protecting your assets, where to get a second passport and why you need to protect yourself. You may think you are well protected, but Andrew explains that if all your eggs are in one basket you really aren’t safe.

Direct download: Viva_Tropical_2014-07-21.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 1:07pm EST

Author Martin Mitchinson tells us what it was like spending 18 months in the Darien Gap of Panama. The Darien is a roadless jungle covered gap of land that stretches from the Caribbean to the Pacific ocean covering the edge of the Panama Columbia border. It is not the biggest undeveloped jungle area but it is probably the most dangerous. People who know where it is stay away based on a history of FARC kidnappings and the fact it is home to those who don't want to be found. Martin tells how he ended up in the Darien and why it wasn't as dangerous as people say. Tune in and listen to the experiences that lead to a book called The Darien Gap, Travels in the rainforest in Panama.

Direct download: Viva_Tropical-2014-07-14.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 11:36am EST

Entrepreneur Karl Spaeth joins the show. Learn how he built a business with one product that supports his lifestyle and even got him discovered by the head of a company that just sold to Starbucks. His future is bright and it is all because of his product Temple of the White Dog ginger beer and hard work. Find out how he grew his business and get inspired to create your own expat business when you move down to the Latin Tropics. 

Direct download: Viva_Tropical-2014-07-07.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 11:07am EST

Author, Ayahuasca, and Plan Expert Jonathon Miller Weisberger joins us from his lodge located deep in the jungle of the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica. His book Rainforest Medicine is a classic study on the subject of plant medicine as used in indigenous cultures, specifically Ayahuasca and the Secoya people from the upper amazon. Find out how this plant has been being used since 2000 BC.

Direct download: Viva_Tropical-2014-06-30.mp3
Category:Travel-Leisure -- posted at: 9:42am EST

Park Wilson, professional real estate investor, founder of Viva Tropical, Emerging Terrains Investment and Island owner joins the show. You may not know him, but he is Josh’s business partner and today they talk about everything you need to know about investing in real estate that they have learned over the last 20 years. This is a can’t miss episode for anyone considering buying or investing in Central America. Subscribe to the mailing list and receive their free 55 page e-book on how to invest called Pay Dirt! on the show notes page

Direct download: Viva_Tropical-The_Ultimate_Investment_Guide_for_Central_America.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:11pm EST

Andrea Pignataro is todays guest, an attorney who specializes in residency for Costa Rica. Get the inside information straight from the source. We discuss everything you need to know about residency from the different options to costs involved, to if you even need residency at all. In this detailed discussion you will learn what is involved in the process and how to hire the right professional.

Direct download: Viva_Tropical-2014-06-09.mp3
Category:Travel-Leisure -- posted at: 10:54am EST

A discussion with off-grid specialist Eric Youngren, one part adventurer and one part alternative energy expert Eric is perfect person to talk about off-grid technology for Viva Tropical readers and listeners. With extensive experience in remote and third world locations we set out to learn some practical advice from a qualified person. Eric can install systems anywhere in the world which makes him a potential candidate for any project you might have.

Direct download: Viva_Tropical-2014-06-02.mp3
Category:Travel-Leisure -- posted at: 5:29pm EST

In this episode Josh calls up his friend Rich Lipner, owner of Dos Jefes coffee farm in Boquete, Panama. Rich has been diligently producing his own coffee called Cafe De La Luna as well as giving coffee tours on his private farm. His knowledge is very high when it comes to the world of coffee, coffee growing, and how to make excellent tasting coffee.

Think of this show as your introduction to coffee growing as you hear from two passionate coffee drinkers who love coffee.

In this episode, we discuss:

Where is the best area on the globe to grow coffee.
Perfect French Press, The exact time to wait before you press.
What are the best ways to prepare coffee.
Where the most expensive coffee in the world is grown, up to $300 a pound.
Why you should ask where the beans come from at your local coffee shop.

Direct download: Viva_Tropical-2014-05-26.mp3
Category:Travel-Leisure -- posted at: 11:10am EST

This episode could be called “Expat Start-Up How to Create a Profitable Business in Paradise”
Josh has a spunky conversation with New York Times best selling author of The Lean Entrepreneur, Patrick Vlaskovits. Learn how to use Lean business methodology to save you time and money when starting a business. The conversation touches on subjects like what you should really be thinking before you start a business to a broken board leash and harrowing rescue in Panama. Listen in and hear what you should know and the apply it to your next profitable venture. Enjoy!

Direct download: Viva_Tropical-2014-05-19.mp3
Category:Travel & Leisure -- posted at: 10:27am EST

Find out why a successful NFL agent gave up his lucrative career to pursue living in Central America. In this episode you will hear Phil talk about his epic trips around Central America, how he traveled, and what places he really liked. 

You will also learn why he isn’t very excited about the current direction of the U.S. why he is worried about it and what you can do protect your self in the future.

Direct download: Viva_Tropical-2014-05-12mp3.mp3
Category:Travel & Leisure -- posted at: 4:11pm EST

Josh has a discussion with Park Wilson his business partner about what you should know before you invest in Central America. 

They cover market stages how to identify what stage a market is in before you invest. How to approach different areas. Not every area is same and knowing the differences can go a long way making a solid choice. If you only have 72 hours to search for property how should you prepare? 

A don't miss episode that touches on several subjects for those who want to get investment right or just learn how to 20 year investments veterans do it. Enjoy.


Direct download: Viva_Tropical-2014-05-05.mp3
Category:Travel & Leisure -- posted at: 3:53pm EST