Past edition - The Trailblazers

Forward hard!

Series by Katherine Stanley Obando and Mónica Quesada Cordero, with additional reporting by Mayela López and Thomas Enderlin. Seventh part in our series on...

Can the government of Costa Rica rescue rural tourism?

Text by Mónica Quesada Cordero and Katherine Stanley Obando, with additional reporting by Mayela López and Thomas Enderlin. Sixth part in our series on...

What would Costa Rica be like without rural tourism?

Text by Mónica Quesada Cordero and Katherine Stanley Obando, with additional reporting by Mayela López and Thomas Enderlin. Part Five in our April series...

Orchids, mysterious plants.

    Orchids inevitably arouse curiosity and admiration. They used to be unusual, but today it is common to see them in homes and even for...

For Costa Rica, there’s no time to lose

I'm an introvert. When I travel, I like to hide away with a book. But despite all that, every so often, sometime extraordinary happens...

For the love of fire

Heat explodes in the mouth: he laughs as understanding dawns over a visitor's face when she recognizes that what she is tasting is a...

Travel & Living

The love among guides

They go it alone, like schoolteachers: the forest their classroom, the tourists their students. When the tourists disappeared, they kept going out, walking the...

The love among guides

They go it alone, like schoolteachers: the forest their classroom, the tourists their students. When the tourists disappeared, they kept going out, walking the...

Handmade tortillas: culture on your palate

When I eat a criollo corn tortilla, I know we are eating the same thing our ancestors ate. I was fortunate to meet my...

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Voices

Philanthropy: the tourism product we aren’t offering in Costa Rica

A funny thing happens when I mention that my work is focused on Costa Rica. I hear stories about fantastic vacations, honeymoon dreams, or...

Where two rivers start, a mission was born

How did a specific concern for the health of two rivers grow into a project that affected multiple communities’ schools and economies, the role...

For Costa Rica, there’s no time to lose

I'm an introvert. When I travel, I like to hide away with a book. But despite all that, every so often, sometime extraordinary happens...

Online sales in Latin America: the challenges behind the opportunity

You have a great product that you’re certain will sell in the thousands if it only were available to all those international buyers. You...

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Past editions

The Trailblazers

Forward hard!

Series by Katherine Stanley Obando and Mónica Quesada Cordero, with additional reporting by Mayela López and Thomas Enderlin. Seventh part in our series on...

Can the government of Costa Rica rescue rural tourism?

Text by Mónica Quesada Cordero and Katherine Stanley Obando, with additional reporting by Mayela López and Thomas Enderlin. Sixth part in our series on...

What would Costa Rica be like without rural tourism?

Text by Mónica Quesada Cordero and Katherine Stanley Obando, with additional reporting by Mayela López and Thomas Enderlin. Part Five in our April series...

Orchids, mysterious plants.

    Orchids inevitably arouse curiosity and admiration. They used to be unusual, but today it is common to see them in homes and even for...

Lessons learned

‘We students need your patience’

I will never forget the moment in March 2020 when they passed out the printed announcement at the Liceo de Uvita, telling us that...

They are the school

Rebeca. Ariel. Ingrid. Gabriela. Silvia.  Rebeca surrounds herself in flashcards and pens and laminated charts, even if she is the only one who can touch...

Searching for a Renaissance

The final installment in our four-part series on education and the pandemic in Costa Rica, inspired by a 2006 series by our co-founders that...

Learning liberated: The movement for innovation in education in Costa Rica

The first thing that strikes you as you enter HeartSong Community of Free Learners is how different it looks and feels from a conventional...

Women not numbers

In the shadows, a dazzling light

The birth of your child gives your life an arc. In fact: pregnancy. From the first strange soreness, sudden nausea, you begin to measure...

Eva is the seed

Eva Morera Ulloa died at the age of 19. She was murdered by her ex-partner and the father of her son, who was then...

Our daughters and the poisoned apple

“I want to disappear,” my daughter said. “What?” My hand, resting on her shoulder, tightened its grip instinctively to match the squeeze of my heart. “It’s...

Sexual harassment and the University of Costa Rica

We couldn't close out our February edition, focused on some of the most serious issues that affect the life and death of women in...

Coffee and Coffee

‘One cup of coffee can make a difference’

A month spent focusing on the Costa Rican coffee industry and the financial struggles faced by small coffee growers would not be complete without...

The path ahead

The final installment in a six-part series. Read Part I, “A harvest turned upside down,” Part II, “The 48-hour journey,” Part III, “Second home...

Coffee micromills break new ground

“As long as producers are not aware of their position within the model, they will not be able to leave. Because the model is...

The coffee dream

Read Part I, “A harvest turned upside down,” Part II, “The 48-hour journey,” Part III, “Second home in a strange land,” and Part IV,...