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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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Adventure

Quietly strolling down a paved trail is all fine and dandy, but if you want to dive head-first into Costa Rica’s untamed countryside, you’ll have to move off the beaten path. Desafio Adventure Company, based in La Fortuna, runs what it bills as “Costa Rica’s most extreme tour.” Does it

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City Living

May 1st is El día del trabajador, or Worker’s Day, in Costa Rica. Most businesses outside of essential services and tourism will be closed. Costa Rica has a long tradition of honoring workers. The country adopted Worker’s Day as a national holiday in 1913, and today no worker is obligated

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Volcanoes

The National Emergency Commission (in Spanish, CNE) has shared the infographic above so that people can take precautions if they are in an area with falling ash. Currently there are two active volcanoes in the Central Valley, where most of Costa Rica’s population resides: Turrialba and Poás. Below is a

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Playa Conchal in Guanacaste is a draw for beach lovers from around the world.
EnvironmentUncategorized

Discovery Communications, the parent company that owns Discovery Channel and Animal Planet, announced yesterday that they are going license their name as part of a $1-billion ecotourism park in Guanacaste. The park, which is scheduled to open at the end of 2020, will be located at four different points around

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Volcanoes

Poás Volcano continues its heightened activity, according to a statement from the National Emergency Commission (in Spanish, CNE). “Activity continued through last night into the morning with at least 13 registered eruptions,” the statement on the CNE’s Facebook page reads. “These [eruptions] have been smaller than the one that happened

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Volcanoes

Poás Volcano, located 30 kilometers from downtown Alajuela, has shown a dramatic increase in activity over the past several days. The massif erupted this morning shortly before 8:00 am, sending a plume of ash and gasses over three kilometers skyward. Parque Nacional Volcán Poás, the second-most visited national park, is

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Semana Santa

Semana Santa, or Holy Week, is here. A peak time to vacation in Costa Rica, public employees and schools are off all week, and the majority of other businesses close their doors from Thursday until Sunday. City streets will be all but deserted as Ticos and foreigners flock to the

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Photo Essay

Outside of downtown San José, tucked into a lot on a side street, is this odd Mercedes-Benz graveyard. It’s an odd place to be. The sign flapping in the wind advertising designated drivers is far from any bar or restaurant. In fact, all that’s around are houses. For some reason,

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Dota

If the heat is getting to you, relief is right around the corner. Or up the hill. San Gerardo de Dota is nestled into the foothills of the Talamanca mountain range, and its highland location means that it’s kissed by cool breezes and crossed by crystalline streams. Because the temperature

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Culture

Semana Santa, or Holy Week, begins on Sunday, April 9 and ends on Saturday, April 16. Much of Costa Rica shuts down towards the end of the week as Ticos gather their families and head to the beach. It’s a tradition here: the streets of San Jose will be nearly

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