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Caiman eyes watching

Costa Rica - Caiman eyes at Tortuguero

Caimans are smaller relatives of crocodiles, and often they're hard to spot. They can be sitting perfectly still in the water, almost submerged except for their eyes. Look back under the trees, or hidden among the floating vegetation... Read article...

Coffee, in its pre-cup phase!

Costa Rica coffee growers bail out Starbucks?

Now this is an interesting business approach... Costa Rica is widely known for its superior coffee, and now their coffee producers could help bail out Starbucks during this economic downturn. The idea would be to sell shares to the local growers... Read article...

Getting ready for our zip line adventure!

So there we were... all harnessed up

On our Costa Rica trips, many people's favorite part is the zip line adventure. It's very cool! You get fitted out in a climbing harness, and given a little instruction on what to do. Then you climb up to the highest of a series of platforms... Read article...

Please, try the blue pill

Costa Rica - Turtle eggs and Viagra

This is hilarious! Or sad, depending on how you look at it... The photo is from Tortuguero, on the Caribbean side of Costa Rica, an area where green sea turtles come to breed every year. People used to kill them by the thousands... Read article...

Costa Rica iguana in the tree (1000)

Photo: Iguana watching from a tree

One creature you're bound to see in Costa Rica is an iguana. They look so primitive - surely they're related to the creature from the black lagoon. Iguanas are big, too - up to 6 feet long! The thing that most surprised me was... Read article...

Money

Costa Rica ex-president and corruption charges

Gee, a crooked politician. Who could believe it? Former Costa Rican president Miguel Angel Rodriguez (1998-2002) is being investigated on corruption charges. Now his bank accounts, properties and cars have been embargoed... Read article...

Volcano erupting

Costa Rica finds volcano 250

Costa Rica is a relatively small country, a bit smaller than West Virginia. Now imagine putting 250 volcanoes in West Virginia! The 250th volcano in Costa Rica was just confirmed by scientists. How did something this large escape detection until now?... Read article...

Costa Rica graduates to middle class

First it was the Norwegians, then the World Bank, Canadians, Taiwanese, Dutch, Swedes and Germans. They’re all pulling funding from Costa Rica. Costa Rica is a victim of its own success. Donations from abroad are drying up... Read article...

Satellites track ancient Central Americans

Satellite imagery meshed with video-game technology allows NASA researchers to virtually "fly" along footpaths used by Central Americans 2,000 years ago on spiritual pilgrimages to ancestral cemeteries... Read article...

Costa Rica toucan ornament

So there we were... with toucans in Tucson

I'm down in Tucson for a very special occasion. Our Costa Rica Adventurous Wenches (aka the CRAWs) from 2005 got together here for a reunion. It was great! We had people fly in from New York, California, Canada, and more... Read article...