kona ~ hawaii
Kona is the name of district on the Big Island of Hawaiʻi in the State of Hawaii.
Once a small Hawaiian fishing village, Kailua grew to become the political, social, and commercial center of Kona in the 19th century.
When King Kamehameha I chose Kailua to be his final home, Kailua became the capital of Hawai`i for many years. Kona
is the home of the world-famous Ironman World Championship Triathlon which is held each
year in October in Kailua-Kona.
antigua ~ guatemala
Antigua, Guatemala (commonly referred to as just Antigua or la Antigua) is a city
in the central highlands of Guatemala famous for its well-preserved Spanish Baroque
influenced architecture as well as a number of spectacular ruins of colonial churches. It has been
designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Antigua Guatemala serves as the municipal seat for the
surrounding municipality of the same name. It also serves as the departmental capital of
puntarenas ~ costa Rica
First known as Villa Bruselas in colonial times, Puntarenas was discovered by Hernán Ponce de León
in 1519. Despite the use of the Gulf of Nicoya as an entryway to Costa Rica's inland territory, the port of Puntarenas was not developed
until 1840 when coffee production in the highlands reached exportable volumes. In 1845 the Congress of the Republic declared Puntarenas a duty free port
(with the exception of Cognac and hard liquor). Originally, the coffee was brought to port in oxcarts via a trail through the mountains. In 1879, a stretch
of railroad track was completed which connected Puntarenas with the town of Esparza (one of the country's earliest Spanish settlements,
founded in 1554, a decade before the Central Valley began to be colonized) where the oxcart trail came out of the mountains. Eventually, the railroad was built
all the way through to San José and service was inaugurated in 1910. Click any photo to launch slideshow.
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