If there’s one defining symbol of Costa Rican culture, it has to be the oxcart (ok, apart from football jerseys, coffee and cerveza Imperial, that is). The importance of the oxcart, or carreta, dates back to the mid-nineteenth century. The elaborate, hand-painted carts were first used as a means to transport coffee beans. While coffee is now … [Read more…]
Church bells clang, railroad tracks rattle and laughter leaps down the street. On a Sunday morning, the sounds of San Jose, Costa Rica waft through the gated window in my room at Hotel Colonial, landing on my bed along with the sun’s warm rays.
Note: The following is a guest post from my mom, Lea Ann Christenson, who graciously — and safely– drove us around Costa Rica during her recent visit. Recently, I had the pleasure of visiting my daughter Lauren in Costa Rica. To see more of the country and maximize our time together, we decided to rent … [Read more…]
“Don’t touch anything in the forest,” a guide says to an eager-listening group of visitors on a sunny day in the rainforest of Caribbean Costa Rica. “The forest is like a museum,” he adds. “You don’t touch anything.” This is the main lesson a visit to the Jaguar Rescue Center in Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica … [Read more…]
It’s hard to believe, but today I am celebrating 6 months in Costa Rica! I moved to a rainforest base (relatively) near San José, the country’s capital, for a job with Outward Bound Costa Rica, an educational organization that helps students learn to push their limits in the Outdoors. Celebrating 6 Months in Costa Rica It’s … [Read more…]
Costa Rica is the most bio diverse country in the world, being home to 5 percent of the world’s species. This is a fact that Costa Rica boldly, and proudly shouts at the top of its lungs in all of its guidebooks, tourism marketing materials and the airport signage that greets you upon your arrival to … [Read more…]