Costa Rica Inside Out

Costa Rica Inside Out

A month when we turned the keys over to Directory 506. These pieces are shaped by El Colectivo 506, but generated by the rural tourism and nonprofit leaders we’re here to serve. Behind the scenes, we made surveys and forms, tools, and editing procedures, all designed to help us develop stories not just about, but also with rural organizations.

May 2021.

The promise of a book

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What is your first memory of a book in your hands? Your fingers trailing along a shelf, touching the spines? That distinct, strangely loud sound...

Handmade tortillas: culture on your palate

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

A day in the life of a young artisan

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Angie Flores López is one of the young women who collaborates with the Fundación Construyendo Sonrisas. She is 14 years old and lives in...

Where two rivers start, a mission was born

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

The love among guides

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

From consumption to conservation: the story of Carlos

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What does it take to protect wildlife in Costa Rica? When we imagine the needs of wildlife organizations, we often think of funding for...

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

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

From multilingual chatter to the songs of birds

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Even when he was at home in Bolivia, his passport was always within reach, a journey always being planned: to forests, beaches, deserts, mountains...

The Bribri cosmovision and our relationship with nature

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Nature sustains us. It is our home, our culture, our sense of self, and our food source. That is the relationship that Bribri people...

A treat for all the senses: birding in Coronado

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Bird watching can happen anywhere: you just have to be curious and pay close attention. This is well known to all bird lovers, including...

AGUINADRA and COVIRENAS: a solution to hunger and illegal hunting

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During the pandemic, the Association of Naturalist Guides of Drake Bay (AGUINADRA), where I serve as president, has carried out two fundraising campaigns with...

When your talent is dreaming big

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Sometimes, you’re drawn to another person by his talents or skill. For her, it was the sheer scale of his dreams, and the way he...

A day in the life of Jafet, a proud recycling collector

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For two years and six months, Jafet Vilegas has been getting up every weekday at 6 am. He takes his time to say hello...

‘We must take advantage of Costa Rica’s young talent’

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The Luis Jorge Poveda Álvarez Arboretum, on the Osa Peninsula, is a place to dream. I have been dreaming here since my childhood, and...

Hope, in a heartbeat

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Even when the world stops, life goes on. Not fear, not death—not even a pandemic full of death—can keep hope from poking through, new...