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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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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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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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Agujas River, Drake Bay, southern Pacific of Costa Rica. Photo: Andrés Madrigal
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Drake Bay has got to be one of the most exotic and intimate destinations in Costa Rica. It is also one of the hardest to get to. Getting there is an adventure. First, we drove five hours from San José along the Pan-American Highway, passing through Palmar Norte before arriving

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San Jose, Costa Rica's Central Market
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Weaving past the vocal lottery vendors flanking the cavernous entrance, I let the dark labyrinth swallow me. This is not your typical tourist spot, I thought to myself as my eyes adjusted to their new environs. The narrow passageways are always filled with people, frantically bargaining and pointing to merchandise

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