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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.

Walking Around

Cities tout new buildings, new neighborhoods, and new modes of transportation. Dynamic urban agglomerations hold themselves as paragons of progress and development. Artists, musicians, designers, thinkers, and coattail riders flock to the city center to be a part of whatever’s the next big thing. Cities are change writ large in glass,

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bocas del toro, panama
Panama

A veces vale la pena salir de la casa y conocer a los vecinos. Este fin de semana podrá acercarse más a nuestro vecino del sur, ya que se celebra la primera feria turística de Panamá en Costa Rica. El Panama Travel Show, con el patrocinio de la Autoridad de

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monteverde view
Monteverde

Getting to Monteverde is about to become a whole lot easier. By the middle of 2018, the Costa Rican government hopes to have transformed eighteen kilometers of dirt road into an asphalt ribbon complete with new signage, drainage ditches, retention walls, and demarcation, according to a contract signed two weeks

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Dining

I eat gallo pinto every day. Gallo pinto is Costa Rica’s signature breakfast dish, a blend of rice, beans, and spices, that fills the bellies and hearts of Ticos and savvy travelers every day. For spices, you’ll generally find onion, garlic, sweet pepper, and cilantro (I order mine without cilantro

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san jose rainy season
General

Driving in any city in Costa Rica is challenging enough in perfect conditions. But when it rains – and the traffic lights fail – even a short jaunt across town can feel like a perilous journey. In Costa Rica, there are around 1,300 different traffic light “systems” or nodes that

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A panoramic view of Estadio Antonio Escarré in San José.
Walking Around

I enjoy wandering around San José on Sundays. It’s the only day getting around on foot in the capital can be considered a stroll. Traffic, both vehicular and pedestrian, is light, so navigating crumbling sidewalks and uneven roads is less of a stressor and more of a game. With less

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Hotels

Travelers from around the world are starting to discover the wonders of Rio Celeste. The river’s stunning shade of blue, hiking trails, waterfalls, and wildlife have proven a great draw. But this doesn’t have to be a day trip. Rio Celeste Hideaway brings glamor and luxury to Volcán Tenorio National

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raindrops on a fern
Weather

It’s been raining a lot in Costa Rica lately, and it won’t stop anytime soon. The National Emergency Commission released this statement this morning: The IMN (Instituto Meteorológico Nacional) is following a low-pressure system that is around 500 kilometers (310 miles) off the northern Pacific coast of our country. Current

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poas eruption
Volcanoes

Poás Volcano, located on the western edge of the Central Valley, erupted in a plume of steam last night, with emanations continuing throughout the morning. According to Eliécer Duarte, a volcanologist at the National Volcanological and Seismological Observatory (OVSICORI) the volcano’s activity “has been quite accelerated in terms of the

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News

I know we’re a day late on the May the 4th be with you stuff, but this morning we were walking through Barrio Aranjuez, just northeast of downtown San José, when we saw the above sign. Nice chalk art, and we appreciate the little play on words with Yoda selling

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