Editor’s Note: Our #LocalInsiderTips interviews give you a peek at local gems and top travel tips from influential travelers in the know.

 

This week, we are chatting with Pruvo’s vice president, Doron Nadivi who is based in San Antonio de Belén, Costa Rica. Nadivi is head of marketing and business development at Pruvo, a company that allows you to save money on hotels by tracking price drops after you book your room.

 

Best Local Food in San Antonio de Belén:

Hotel La Riviera has a great variety of classy food along with some of the best deserts and pastries that you can find in Costa Rica.

 

Don’t Drink the Water in San Antonio de Belén, Drink Coconut Water Straight From the Coconut:

Few things are as refreshing as a cold “pipa” water, or coconut water. These are available all year round and can be bought in small grocery stores and in chain supermarkets. If you happen to be walking on the streets and see a stand that sells fruits and vegetables, those are your best options for the freshest pipas of the day.

 

Doron Nadivi and His Wife, Sofia Rojas, at Poas Volcano National Park - Photo Courtesy of Doron Nadivi
Doron Nadivi and His Wife, Sofia Rojas, at Poas Volcano National Park – Photo Courtesy of Doron Nadivi

 

Best Things to Do in San Antonio de Belén:

San Antonio de Belén is close to two of my favorite nature activities in the Central Valley:

  1. Poas Volcano National Park – Make sure to visit before 9:00am in order to beat the clouds. A cloudless crater will provide you with some of the best photos of your trip to Costa Rica. (Make sure to consult your hotel before planning a ride up the volcano, since recent eruptions have caused limited access on certain days.)
  2. Bajos del Toro – This is a beautiful, luscious green area that is about two hours from San Antonio de Belen. It is not on most traveler´s lists… but it should be! This area is filled with waterfalls and celestial blue rivers. There is no national park there, so you have to pay a ridiculous (by local standards) US$2 to US$6 entrance fee to a private property that has trails that lead to many of the waterfalls.

 

——Now Let’s Take This Interview Abroad——

 

Tasman Glacier in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park, New Zealand - Photo Courtesy of Doron Nadivi
Tasman Glacier in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park, New Zealand – Photo Courtesy of Doron Nadivi

 

Stamp My Passport Again Please:

Even though I’m not a kiwi nor do I live in New Zealand, there is no place on Earth that evokes positive emotions in me like New Zealand. It doesn’t hurt that my wife and I spent our honeymoon there.

 

Yep, the Water is Really That Blue - Doron Nadivi and His Wife, Sofia Rojas, at Varadero Beach, Cuba - Photo Courtesy of Doron Nadivi
Yep, the Water is Really That Blue – Doron Nadivi and His Wife, Sofia Rojas, at Varadero Beach, Cuba – Photo Courtesy of Doron Nadivi

 

Travel Experience that Most Left an Impression on You:

Cuba. It´s one thing to hear or read about a socialist country, it’s a whole other story to actually see it with your own eyes. This incredible nation deserves to exit poverty as soon as possible. Don’t miss an opportunity to mingle with the locals.

 

Dream Destination:

Iceland. New Zealand helped me realize that I am a nature person, not a sun and beach person, so my dream destination has to be a place heavily populated by mountains, snowy peaks, glaciers, geysers, waterfalls, forests and volcanoes… which makes Iceland my perfect dream destination. I’m excited to explore this country in 2018, since I’ve already booked an adventure to Iceland in the new year.

 

Favorite Travel Hack or Item of Travel Gear You Can’t Live Without:

I would have to say my cellphone. Constant access to technology while abroad has allowed me to find useful information at the moment I need it, make purchases through discount coupon websites, navigate while driving and communicate with locals in countries I don’t speak the language. In addition, I like to pack light, so travel pants where the bottom half is connected with a zipper allows me to have a two in one set of shorts and pants. I have been using REI’s pants and they are awesome.

 

Connect With This Globetrotter:

Facebook: Pruvo.net and Doron Nadivi

Instagram: @pruvo_net

LinkedIn: Pruvo and Doron Nadivi

Twitter: @PruvoWeb

 

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