Costa Rica has just approved a new tourist tax plan which will be implemented over a 4 year period, to replace the current 13% sales tax with a new Value Added Tax applicable to most goods and services.
This means that services such as transfers, car rental, tours, entrance fees, and guide services which were previously exempted from taxation, will be taxed starting in the second year of the staggered application period of the new law – in 2020.
Starting on July 1st, 2020, tourist services will be taxed up to 4%; from July 1st, 2021, they will be taxed up to 8% and finally from July 1, 2022, all tourism services will be fully taxed.
Be the early bird, and book your Costa Rica travel, before spaces sell out for this coming year.
A brand new, really, really long distance trail has just been inaugurated in Chile. Known as ‘the route of the Parks’ it sets out to join no less than 17 National Parks that will protect valuable, precious natural habitat for some of Chile’s most vulnerable species while bringing visitors and revenue to the outback communities in this sparsely settled region of the country.
To Outdoor aficionados of all stripes, it is no secret that Chile is one of the best hiking destinations on the planet! The long Andean chain, which forms the spine of the country, is an amazingly diverse mountain range, stretching 4000km north to south. From the driest desert mountains in the far north to the stark rocky pinnacles of Torres del Paine, Chile is a showcase for different types of mountain terrain.
And now this glorious new trail! Although the new trail ‘only’ covers the southern half of the country that will still amount to 2800km, From Puerto Montt to Cape Horn. This is not just spectacular. This is epic!
Get a taste of it:
About Kat Morgenstern
Hi, I am Kat Morgenstern, your personal travel consultant. I am a passionate adventurer and I love creating unique, bespoke travel experiences for my clients. My heart beats for eco-travel, which I see as a great force for good in the world.
When I am not at my desk, you’ll likely find me roaming the woods or hills, somewhere.