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August 2013
Superfoods, photo by Chicago Now

Superfoods you need to know about for healthy living

What do a tomato, blueberry, onion and dark chocolate have in common? They are “superfoods,” so-called by doctors and nutrition and health experts for their amazing beneficial properties that can help you keep the right weight, fight off heart disease and cancer, live longer, and even put you in a better mood. You don’t need...
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Geothermal energy in Costa Rica, photo by the Tico Times

Geothermal power: Costa Rica’s next clean energy solution?

Long, fat, round pipes in dark brown and off-white snake along the rust red ground through the underbrush.  They remind me of giant worms from some prehistoric setting … though not quite like that terrible 1990 movie Tremors. The pipes belong to the Pailas Geothermal Power Plant at the Rincón de la Vieja Volcano in...
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Playa Nicuesa guest with a Jack fish catch

Fishing Costa Rica’s Golfo Dulce brings sweet success

I remember the first time I caught a needlefish. Its electric blue teeth and skeleton (seen upon filleting) were a shocking surprise. The needlefish is tricky to catch given its long, narrow jaws filled with needle-sharp teeth (hence, its name) that usually cut fishing line like dental floss. Once you have one, though, they are...
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People to People project at Peje Union School with Veragua Rainforest

Travel changes the world for Costa Rican schoolchildren

Travel can change the world. At least former U.S. President Bill Clinton thinks so. “The travel industry has the potential – and the responsibility – to spread peace and change the world,” Clinton told travel executives while speaking at the World Travel & Tourism Council’s 13th annual Global Summit in Abu Dhabi in April 2013....
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Palms along Coastal Highway, Costa Rica

African oil palm research may ease destruction of rainforests

As you head south along the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica from Jaco down past Quepos/Manuel Antonio toward Dominical, vast forests of palm trees stretch for miles along the highway. Lush and thickly planted, with emerald ferns growing on the trunks and a dense carpet of green underneath, the palms always remind me of a...
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Family rafting on Pejibaye River

Family vacation adventure: whitewater rafting Costa Rica

Looking for a Costa Rica family adventure out in nature? Spend a fun-filled day splashing in the mild rollercoaster rapids of the Pejibaye River. The beautiful, tropical Pejibaye River is a tributary of the mighty Reventazon River in the Turrialba Valley, just two hours from San Jose. Its low-key Class 2-3 rapids (in the lower...
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Costa Rica vegetarian casado (typical meal)

Easy tips to travel Costa Rica as a vegetarian / vegan

I had a pair of friends visit me in Costa Rica not long ago who were vegetarian and vegan. My first reaction was, “Oh, no, what are they going to eat?” I know how much Costa Ricans love their chicken, beef, chicharrones (fried pork), fish, etc. They said, not to worry. Rice and beans are...
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Exploring-Costa Rica-from-above

Sarchi artisan town is popular San Jose, Costa Rica day tour

One of the most popular day tours from San Jose, Costa Rica, is the charming artisan town of Sarchi. Called the “cradle of Costa Rican handicrafts,” both international tourists and locals alike visit Sarchi for its more than 200 stores and small family-operated woodworking and leather workshops. It is a perfect Central Valley day tour...
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