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Lizano Sauces – the Best of Costa Rica

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Costa Rica

Though I was sorely disappointed by the touristy nature of Costa Rica, I did return with one bit of true Tico culture, a giant bottle of the Costa Rican national condiment, Salsa Lizano. No kitchen or serving table in Costa Rica is complete without this slightly spicy, slightly sweet brown sauce, which usually…

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A Nine Day Tour of the Top Tourist Sites in Costa Rica

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Costa Rica

Following a disappointing week at the beaches of the Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica, I hopped on a bus back to San Jose, where I met up with a group of people for a nine-day tour. As an independent traveler who wanders with no set schedule, I have never been on an organized…

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Costa Rican Rodeo – A Drunken Brawl Where People Are the Targets

This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Costa Rica

Attending a rodeo seemed like an opportunity to witness a bit of local culture in an otherwise culture-less visit to the Nicoya Peninsula of Costa Rica, so I agreed to split the $60 round-trip taxi fare from Santa Teresa to Cobano with five other people. The bull riding was routine, except for the…

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Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula – More Than A Little Disappointing

This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series Costa Rica

The old saying, “Expectations are resentments waiting to happen,” is perhaps the best way to describe my recent trip to the Nicoya Peninsula of Costa Rica. For years I’d heard tales of the beautiful beaches around Montezuma and Mal Pais, so when I won a nine-day tour of Costa Rica, I decided to…

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Restoring Our Tropical Rain Forests

Often, my strong urge to travel has to do with seeing something before it disappears. For years I felt that way about going to Africa; I wanted to go on safari before it was too late to see the animals in the wild. I was painfully aware that in many areas of Africa…

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