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Sister Parks Agreement & DIY Voluntourism

Earlier this year, we had a lovely young woman from New York, Elsa, stay with us en route to her final destination of Puerto Jimenez, a town south of here on the Osa Peninsula. Elsa worked in Costa Rica all summer, specifically in the Osa Area of Conservation helping on a number of projects — her […]

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Bahia Ballena Kicks Off the 6th Annual Whales & Dolphins Festival

The next two weekends will see the town of Bahia Ballena bustling with people — both residents and visitors — who are either working or enjoying what’s come to be a very popular event in the region, the 6th Annual Whales & Dolphins Festival. This year’s festival will be held on September 5-7 and 12-14, […]

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First Impressions of Costa Rica

My aunt Janet got home the other night from a two-week trip to Costa Rica, her first time visiting the country. Only in the past few years has she really started traveling, (my definition of the word being “frequent trips, perhaps outside of one’s comfort zone”), but because she has a life-long friend who recently […]

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Ocean Conservation in South Pacific Costa Rica

Costa Rica, although relatively small, contains approximately 5% of the world’s biodiversity. It is a country with almost one-quarter of its national territory under some form of protection, yet the oceans that border Costa Rica have been largely neglected. In terms of ocean conservation, less than one percent of Costa Rican oceans are being regulated […]

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A Brief History of Uvita, Costa Rica

The history of Uvita is muddled and getting a concise version is nearly impossible. By visiting several community members you can get anywhere from five to ten different versions. John Maranon highlights this confusing history of Uvita in the book, “The Gringos Hawk”, as he writes about land possession in Morita (present-day Uvita): “…Then, newcomers […]

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10 Animals You Are Likely To See in Costa Rica

One of the most exciting things about visiting Costa Rica is being able to see all of wildlife in their natural environment. As one of the world’s leading conservationist countries, Costa Rica has done a great job of protecting the homes and dwellings of animals on land, in the ocean, and in the air. Here […]

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