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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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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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FlyingTravel Tips

Some travelers are going to have more time on their hands. The United States and the United Kingdom have implemented bans on using electronic devices from a number of Muslim-majority countries. What will people do with their time in the skies? Fortunately, Royal Jordanian Airlines has created this helpful infographic

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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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