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Peter Majerle

Peter Majerle is a native Minnesotan (U.S.A.) who splits his time between the Twin Cities and the tropics. His work has been published in over a dozen media. Peter is a student of North American and Latin American culture, politics and society. He is a native English speaker, fluent in Spanish, and speaks broken Portuguese.

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Travel

Travel shouldn’t be stressful. Unfortunately, we often make it that way. With to-the-minute itineraries, overly ambitious travel goals, and tons of unnecessary gear, we create obstacles to actually experiencing our surroundings. Instead, try to be like this dog. What does he do to be such a relaxed traveler? 1. He’s

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Lodging

Travelers with a mid-range budget will find that La Fortuna’s Downtown Inn nicely bridges the gap in lodging between the myriad budget hostel and cabinas scattered throughout town and the luxury lodges that sit at the base of Arenal Volcano. Rooms are spartan but clean and sufficient for anyone who wants

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Travel

Most people traveling to Costa Rica by air will have to pass through the United States at some point, and that already unpleasant activity may become even more difficult. With travel bans enacted against several countries, increased scrutiny placed on other travelers (including journalists, U.S. citizens, and musicians, among many

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The second Sunday in March in Costa Rica is Día Nacional del Boyero, which celebrates oxcart drivers (boyeros), their colorful carts, and an important part of the country’s folklore. This year’s event takes place on Sunday, March 12th. Come to San Antonio de Escazú to experience a colorful parade of

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Beaches

The weekend is coming up – and so is Semana Santa. That means that people are thinking about the beach. What is your favorite method of exploring Costa Rica’s beaches?

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Beaches

Playa Uvita, located within Ballena National Marine Park, is one of our favorite beaches on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast. Uvita is good for surfing and swimming and accessible year round, this is a popular beach with travelers and locals alike. As you can see from the image above, it’s an

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Bridge Traffic Jam Costa Rica
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Most people will agree that the traffic in San José is bad, but once you get out of the metro area things tend to calm down. And even when there’s a bit of traffic, the surroundings are interesting enough that a slight delay can even be refreshing. Take this scene, for

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Sunset in San Jose, Costa Rica
City Living

I think we can all agree that sunsets at the beach are spectacular. The awe-inspiring visual appeal of watching our closest star drop below the horizon often causes us humans to stop and simply absorb the grandeur of nature for a few moments. And when combined with a soundtrack of

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Lodging

There is a hotel in downtown San José called Momentos. It has no website. You won’t find it listed in any mainstream guidebook, now can you book it on Tripadvisor. It’s not the kind of place where you enjoy the view, explore the city, and make a home base for

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A shot of Turrialba's activity recently. Photo by Andrés Madrigal.
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If you’ve noticed a fine coating of ash around, you’re not crazy, nor has housekeeping fallen asleep on the job. It’s genuine volcanic ash, spewed from Turrialba Volcano’s active main crater. OVISCORI, the Costa Rican Volcanological and Seismological Observatory, keeps a close eye on the massif’s doings. Because activity has

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