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Montserrat de Coronado, filled with surprises

Visiting Montserrat de Coronado means entering the cloud forested mountains of the Central Volcanic Mountain Range. It is a magical and wonderful place that...

The story of La Llorona, but not the one you know

It’s such a small stone for such a big name. La Llorona: she who cries. A massive, creepy presence in our legends, in the minds...

Bajos del Toro, a photographer’s playground

Imagine yourself in the mountains. You hike along crystal clear streams while breathing in cool, clean air. Where do you imagine yourself to be?...

We played our hearts out, he and I

If only we'd come prepared, I thought when we came across the soccer field on the potato farm, seemingly by accident. But I was the...

Corcovado: synonymous with biodiversity

  Corcovado National Park is one of the places in Costa Rica with the greatest wildlife biodiversity. I've visited it several times in the past,...

Los pasitos, a Costa Rican Christmas tradition.

I was 10 years old when I became part of the family tradition. My great-grandmother learned it from her dad, my grandmother officially introduced...

Arenal, the hill the became a volcano.

It was around 1 am on Monday, July 29th, 1968. Adita Vargas Pérez, then 21 years old, remembers how she was awoken by what...

Baile de los Diablitos, a Boruca tradition.

“Man, it is something that one carries in the blood. You are born, live and grow with that in your blood, your blood boils...

The Diquís spheres, a legacy of the indigenous people of Costa Rica.

In the southwestern Pacific zone of Costa Rica, specifically in the delta between the Térraba and Sierpe rivers known as the Delta del Diquís,...

Where have all the trapiches gone?

In the early 1900s, Costa Ricans sweetened their meals with tapa de dulce. There was no interest in granulated white sugar; instead, people would...

Costa Rica’s indigenous art

Whether you’re here on a short business trip or a long backpacking adventure, or you live here... you may want to bring home something...

Conqueror of our time, San Gerardo de Dota is born.

San Gerardo de Dota, a beautiful basin of oak forest and Quetzal birds, was baptized by Caridad Zúñiga after Saint Gerard, the patron saint...

Handy with cheese

“This machine that our hands are, is the only one that can do the job well,” said Reynaldo Villalobos, referring to the production of...

The story of olive-ridley turtle town, Ostional

I still remember, very clearly, the first time I got to Ostional, one of four places in the world that hosts the amazing, massive...

Barra Honda, wonders under the earth.

Butterflies, dragonflies and beetles of many colors and sizes flutter around the trails of the Barra Honda National Park. Their eye-catching colors make us...

The Typical Costa Rican Carreta, a symbol of work and tradition.

A loud metallic ring marks a slow and almost relaxing rhythm which is interrupted by sporadic cries and snoring. It is the harvest time...

Tortuguero National Park, a paradise surrounded by water.

There is something about Tortuguero National Park... I love traveling and I try to avoid going twice to the same spot: too much to...

Boruca’s traditional food

On the other side of the Rio Grande de Térraba, where there is no inter-American street or electricity, lives Celedina Maroto Leiva, a 66-year-old...

Annexation de Guanacaste, a territory that decided to be Costa Rican.

When you are in Guanacaste and you hear someone screem "¡Bomba!", it's not a call to fear, but to laughter and joy. Imagine music...

Toucans, six species in one country, Costa Rica.

Besides some childhood memories of a fruit loop eating toucan named Sam, what do we really know about the toucan? Lately, Costa Rican toucans have...

Tamales. A Costa Rican holiday tradition none should miss.

It all starts with careful planning to make sure the right ingredients are at hand. Then, families gather to put together a production line...

Cahuita National Park. South Caribbean of Costa Rica.

Cahuita is a very unique national park in the south caribbean cost of Costa Rica. Founded in 1970, the park encloses treasures from both...

Palo Verde, refuge of the dry tropical forest.

It is five in the afternoon on a hot April day in the dry tropical forest. It is the end of the dry season...

Yigüirro, the national bird of Costa Rica

Let us introduce to you the famous Yigüirro. Yes, this simple bird is famous: it is the national bird of Costa Rica. You might...