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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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Costa Rica Vacation Itineraries

Traveling to Costa Rica with children? There are so many destinations to visit and activities to do that it’s hard to decide where to start. That’s why we put together this itinerary that we call the Classic Family Adventure. This seven-day trip will take you to active volcanoes, hot springs,

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Only in Costa Rica

Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solís got a mouthful while he was speaking in southern Costa Rica. During his declarations, a small bee fluttered near his mouth and, well, you’ll have to watch the video. But I will say this: Mr. Solís certainly handled the situation with humor and aplomb.

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Volcanoes

Poás has erupted again. Just before nine this morning, the volcano shot a plume of steam and gas 1,000 meters (3,300 feet) skyward. According to the Costa Rica Volcanological and Seismological Observatory (OVSICORI), “during the last 24 hours a constant, low-range tremor with small VT and LP type earthquakes. SO2

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Flying

Costa Rican government officials announced this morning that the location study and master plan for a new international airport are ready. Carlos Villalta, the head of the Ministry of Public Works and Transportation (in Spanish, MOPT) and President Luis Guillermo Solís held a press conference at the Jade Museum in

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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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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

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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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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