A Memorable Monkey Sanctuary Day Trip to Puerto Barillas

First and foremost, welcome to the final blog post of my El Salvador series! If you have read all of my #INElSalvador posts, we did it, Joe. I decided that it was only appropriate to end this series with the highlight of the trip, the monkey sanctuary. This encounter has become one of my top 3 travel experiences. Of course, I have seen monkeys on various occasions, but never like this. Never so close. And never so, free. Let’s rewind.

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Bucket List Things: 12 AM Swimming on a Private Beach in Teotepeque

The sea, the ocean, extensive bodies of water, they’re breathtaking sites but terrifying. Though it may appear as if I’m continuously doing some water-related activity, the reality is, I’m incredibly dreadful of massive bodies of water. The fact that the majority of water is undiscovered, the strength of the current, and combine that with me being unable to swim? It’s a recipe for disaster. But, I’m that individual who attempts everything once. At least.

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El Salvador Series: Four-Hour Hike To and From Santa Ana Volcano

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I told them, I swear I did. My friends downplay how adventurous I tend to be. I warned them that this wouldn’t be one of those cute girl trips where we sit by the beach or pool and do nothing but drink and take selfies. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. But, you can do that, anywhere.

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Bucket List Things: Flamingo Beach on Renaissance Island

If you’re here, I’m assuming that you want to know if it’s worth it. Duh! Lots of tourists who visit the beautiful island of Aruba choose not to stay at Renaissance Hotel. For hotel guests, there is no additional fee to tour the private island. Outsiders require a day pass and the process of getting to Flamingo and Iguana Beaches is a bit more tedious.

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Bucket List Things: Seabobbing in the Caribbean Sea

Big bucket list things! Starting the new year by crossing this off my bucket list was a dream. Okay, I didn’t tell the instructor this until we were far out into the sea but, I can’t swim. And life jackets aren’t a part of the experience. Potentially dangerous, yes, but I live for it. I’m also scared of going far out in large bodies of water, but I had to do this at least once. I couldn’t be happier that I did.

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Aruba Aloe

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

The aloe museum, factory, and farm was a satisfactory experience. I’m not quite sure what I expected, but it wasn’t that. I’m a plant mom of many babies, so I looked forward to this. The idea of taking a peek into the factory that turns a plant into many cosmetic products was interesting to me. The tour wasn’t long, but I believed my experience would have been much better if the group was smaller. I learned many new things. Overall, I think it’s a nice place to stop. It’s free, so why not?

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Arubiana’s UTV Rental

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Renting a UTV for a day to go around the island was one of the most enjoyable things we did on this trip. We explored areas that we would not have been able to get to with our car. I thought 8/9 hours would be more than enough time to do everything, but it wasn’t. After checking in and picking the vehicle, the staff gave us a code for their app. Arubiana’s app included a map of destinations and told us about each site. It was also able to record the trip with detailed information such as our speed, location, distance, and time. I do wish that the map was a bit more interactive for the directionally challenged like myself.

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