Costa Rica’s stone balls join World Heritage

Costa Rica’s iconic stone spheres have been recognized for their value to World Heritage by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), bringing more international attention to the southern region’s mysterious past, as well as its contentious future. No one knows who made a single one of the preColombian stone spheres, let alone why more than 300 were sculpted to near geometric perfection more than 1,000 years ago. Like Stonehedge and Easter … Read More

Emily CuretonCosta Rica’s stone balls join World Heritage

Amazing corn

We loaded our plates with fresh empañadas, cheesy tortillas and sweet chorreadas, unwrapping huge banana leaves to reveal steaming tamales filled with  veggies and meat. We ohhed, ahhed and salivated over the tamal asado, a sticky sweet cornbread that frankly put me over the edge of satisfied, too full to try any more typical Costa Rican dishes made from maize, the star ingredient in this Tuesday tasting class. When … Read More

Emily CuretonAmazing corn

Events: Football and more

Cool upcoming events include an international food fair in Coronado, more than 100 activities in the capital and of course the World Cup. Food: “Feria Internacional De Comida Típica” Sick of “Gallo Pinto,” yet?  Or maybe ready for another serving? The International Fair of Typical Food offers Costa Rican favorites, and also Caribbean and Latin American specialties from 10am to 6pm this Saturday, … Read More

Susanna KowalzikEvents: Football and more

¡Oé, oé, oé!

When Costa Rican player Marco Ureña sent a third point into Uruguay’s goal during Saturday’s World Cup game, a nation of spectators already thought to be the happiest people on earth became the most elated people on earth. No one expected the Costa Rican team to hold its own against Uruguay, let alone trounce the 2010 semifinalist team in a 3-1 upset. We watched the exciting second half of … Read More

Emily Cureton¡Oé, oé, oé!

¿Qué pasa, San José?

Here’s a round-up of cool stuff to do around the capital for the month of June: Exhibit: The recently completed Jade Museum opens its doors Pre-Columbian objects as well as Jade carvings shine light into the lives of our ancestors. Check out the new modern 4-story and interactive exhibits. The Museo de Jade welcomes visitors daily from 10 am to … Read More

Susanna Kowalzik¿Qué pasa, San José?

A crocodile kind of day

If the crocodile cares when a tourist throws a coconut at him from the Rio Grande de Tárcoles bridge, his face betrays nothing. He lunges and snaps instinctively, but promptly discards it, coconuts being among the few things an American Crocodile won’t eat. Still, there is no trace of disappointment in his reptilian eyes, no sigh like annoyance in the breath he may … Read More

Emily CuretonA crocodile kind of day

A fresh take on fruit

Studying takes a turn for the delicious at Academia Tica’s fruit tasting class, where we sample some of Costa Rica’s most sumptuous offerings. After an hour at this mouth-watering table we know our mangos from our mangas, our guanabanas from our guabas, our nances from our elbows. In Costa Rica fruit is a USD $1.5 billion a year industry, accounting … Read More

Emily CuretonA fresh take on fruit

Season discounts June 2014

The  sloth brings good news! We’re offering a few discounts for this season: Surf and Spanish course now $495 per week for the first two weeks and $465 for every extra week. 10% discount over the Main Group course for bookings of 2 weeks or more (Jacó Beach and Coronado) 10% discount over single rooms at the Shared Apartments (Jacó … Read More

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