Viva Tropical


Travel & Leisure





November 2015
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Josh just returned from a Nicaragua trip and he breaks down the investment and living potential for the northwest corner of the beautiful country. The area is called Chinandega and has mostly flown under the radar as a place to live for expats.

Josh discusses the area attractions, prices, building and why he loves it.

There is also an interview with Jannene Harker a New Zealander with the first planned development of the area. She discusses how she settled into the area and why she decided to create her own project.

Find out why this area is sure to boom and why you should consider it before it's too late and gets expensive. 

Tune in now.

Direct download: Chinandega_AZUL.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:36pm EST

Ecuador is one of the most popular up and coming retirement and investment locations. The problem is that is difficult to find good and accurate information. In this episode we try to fix that by speaking to Jesse Thomas who is an investor, expat and all around great source of information. From his home in Loja, Ecuador they discuss many different angles on why Ecuador is great fit for many.

Direct download: VT_046.mp3
Category:Travel & Leisure -- posted at: 9:20am EST

Park and Josh look for a large tract of land for their next project. After combing through hundreds of options and locations they have narrowed it down the Southern Zone of Costa Rica or Nosara, Costa Rica. Join them as they discuss the pros and cons of each site while walking around on the property. Listen in as they discuss the process of deciding what direction to take or not take on a particular property. The initial stage of deciding what property is the best for them is only the beginning, the next steps of figuring out a plan and how it will work is where the rubber meets road in this special episode from the road.

Direct download: VT_045.mp3
Category:Travel & Leisure -- posted at: 4:21pm EST

After escaping Prison in 2001 Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman became the most wanted criminal in the world. The DEA, FBI, and Mexican Authorities were hunting him, but for some reason they couldn't find El Chapo. 

Film Maker Angus Macqueen doubted that these authorities with virtually limitless resources couldn't find El Chapo, so he set out with a camera to find him and make a movie about it. This episode details what he did it and how he survived the process.

Direct download: VT_044.mp3
Category:Travel & Leisure -- posted at: 10:17am EST

Hanli Prinsloo is a Freediver and Ocean Conservationist. Freediving is the practice of diving below the surface of the ocean on a single breath. Professionals can go hundreds of feet down and there are depth competitions, but freedivers also get to see things surface dwellers never even dream of experiencing. Like looking into the eye of a 60ft sperm whale, swimming with sharks, or a finding a deeply meditative place calm place.

On this episode Josh and Hanli discuss how yoga and free diving have a lot in common, what it is like to swim with the giant animals of the sea, and why this sport could be the best hope for bringing awareness to the life in the oceans.

Hanli also takes us through a 200ft dive, what it feels like, and how you prepare to do it. Listen and hear a great example of someone following their life long dream.

Direct download: VT_043.mp3
Category:Travel & Leisure -- posted at: 10:45am EST

Located 1200m (3900ft) above sea level this little mountain has the perfect climate. It is obvious why it is such a hit with expats and retirees. Great climate, lots of restaurants, and a walkable small town feel.

Paul McBride joins the show to discuss the real estate market, how the area has changed over the last decade and where you should be looking for investment opportunities. We also discuss Boquete's enduring appeal, why you should consider it even if you want to be near a beach.

We also discuss cost to build a home, local market prices, and why he has called Boquete, Panama home for over a decade.

Direct download: VT_042.mp3
Category:Travel & Leisure -- posted at: 4:02pm EST

Our guest today, Juani, travels the world providing Ayahuasca ceremonies for people looking for a spiritual breakthrough. He talks about why people attend, and how they gain valuable insight into their lives using a traditional plant mix. He also talks about why this relatively obscure amazon practice is gaining popularity in the modern world.

Josh also speaks with Juani about his job as an Ayahuascero, traditions from the ceremony, his training, and much much more. 

This your chance to go inside a real ceremony and hear the traditional music called Icaros usually reserved for ceremonies only. 

Juani talks about his approach and how he mixes modern with traditional practices to help people grow, change, and live a healthier life. 

A great show for anyone interested in a mystifying subculture that is gaining popularity world wide.

Direct download: VT_041.mp3
Category:Travel & Leisure -- posted at: 11:31am EST

Peter Chapman Financial Times reporter and author of Bananas joins the show to discuss the subject of his book. The rise of one of the most powerful companies in the world during the early to mid 1900's The United Fruit Company. Listen how the creator of the Banana Republic and purveyor of the yellow fruit would stop at nothing to maintain control of their business.

For 100 years the company controlled most of Central America, they rigged elections and massacred people, while building a banana empire.

It is a fascinating story and has inspired many from the Latin region to speak up, from Che Guevara to Pablo Neruda. Peter also talks about how United Fruit set the blue print for all multinational companies today. Enjoy the show.

Direct download: VT_040.mp3
Category:Travel & Leisure -- posted at: 11:23am EST

Free diving championships in Greece, 2500ft under water in a DIY submarine, and learning the language of whales. 

Author of Deep, Free Diving, Renegade Science, and What the Ocean Tells Us about Our Selves, James Nestor joins the show. 

Listen as he describes his journey from surface dweller to swimming with Sperm whales. James also tells us that he learned the human body is uniquely adapted to the underwater environment. Tune to hear all this and more and add a little adventure to your day.

Direct download: VT_039.mp3
Category:Travel & Leisure -- posted at: 1:55pm EST

In this episode we cover The Southern Zone of Costa Rica, an area on the Pacific coast stretching from Manual Antonio south to the border of Costa Rica and Panama.

Casey Stamps, investment specialist, comes back on to do a deep dive into this very large and diverse region. 

We discuss building costs, where he thinks the opportunities are located, what is making this region grow, and the investment and buying strategies that are working today. We also discuss who would really love this stretch of coast and why.

Direct download: VT_037.mp3
Category:Travel & Leisure -- posted at: 10:23am EST

Mayan Scholar Dave Schaefer drops by to discuss the Mayan calendar, The Mayan creation book the Popol Vuh, and how modern Mayan people aren't being recognized. Dave talks with Josh about his favorite ruins and how he got started studying Mayan hieroglyphs in Guatemala. If you are interested in Mayan history or just want an introduction to Mesoamerican culture this show is for you.

Direct download: VT_036.mp3
Category:Travel & Leisure -- posted at: 11:22am EST

Learn what you need to know before you build the house of your dreams in the Latin Tropics.

Scott Nichols joins the podcast to discuss his trials and tribulations of the building process in Central America. He is currently in the middle of building a house and stopped by to tell us what he has learned so far. 

Josh and him discuss how to find a builder, what to know before you design a house, and why certain materials are more expensive. A must listen for anyone who is considering building a house in the Latin Tropics for living or investment.

Direct download: VT2035.mp3
Category:Travel & Leisure -- posted at: 7:23am EST