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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downtown san jose costa rica
City Living

For years, San José has been a purgatory for backpackers and travelers alike: a necessary layover on route to Costa Rica’s sunnier destinations. It’s true that “Chepe,” as the city is affectionately known, can appear hectic and intimidating at first, and its gritty stereotype keeps even the more experienced travelers

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Tourism

The tourism industry is constantly changing, and in Costa Rica, that means rapidly developing in order to fit the needs of the increasing number of tourists that arrive every year. Travelers and tourists across the globe are looking for variety: ecotourism is booming and adventure and educational packages are on

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Costa Rica Day TripsUncategorized

Ah, 5:00 a.m. Not an ideal time to start the day, but necessary if you want to trek to Isla Tortuga in time to embrace the sunshine. With its sugary sand beaches, emerald waters and swaying coconut canopies, Tortuga provides a perfect landing point for one of the most sought-after

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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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poas eruption
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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News

It’s been almost 70 years since women gained the right to vote in Costa Rica, and although a gender wage gap still persists, the country has made significant progress towards gender equality in the workforce. The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development places Costa Rica second highest for pay equity,

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Environment

In the first three months of 2017, Costa Rica produced more than 99 percent of its electricity by using renewable energy sources, according to data from the National Energy Control Center (in Spanish, CENCE). Between January 1 and March 31, 2017, water, wind, and geothermal activity — employed according to

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