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Costa Rica: Life after Intel

Rodrigo Aguilera | Posted 07.01.2014 | World
Rodrigo Aguilera

The recent decision by Intel to close its microprocessor assembly plant in Costa Rica has caused quite a storm over the past few weeks, in some ways souring the jubilant electoral victory of Luis Guillermo Solís of the PAC, which took place just 48 hours before the US tech giant's announcement

Climate Change This Week: Super Cheap Solutions, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 06.17.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Apr 17 2014 How unusua...

Relax on the Edge of Forever: 8 Breathtaking Infinity Pools

FlipKey | Posted 06.16.2014 | Travel
FlipKey

Many homes today have a swimming pool, but how many homeowners can boast that they have a luxury infinity pool with the perfect view? Curious about wh...

Greenwashing Away Minority Land Rights in Costa Rica

Adam Cernea Clark | Posted 06.14.2014 | Politics
Adam Cernea Clark

Last week, a landmark bill was finally signed into law by outgoing Costa Rican president Laura Chinchilla. This tenuous victory is but the latest chapter in the trials and tribulations of the oft forgotten Afro-Descendant minorities that make their home on the shores of the Caribbean Sea.

Bullish on Bitcoin: These Travel Companies Want Your Virtual Money

Mark Chesnut | Posted 06.11.2014 | Money
Mark Chesnut

Even as the currency's potential suffered a blow following the collapse of Mt. Gox, some early adopters in the travel and sports industries are still bullish about the value of this new way of doing business.

Symbiotic Travel: A Yogic Eco-Immersion

Crawford Hill | Posted 06.11.2014 | Travel
Crawford Hill

As an educator, I have long aspired to teach by turning students on to extreme, compelling storylines and whenever possible, fusing those with actual ...

LOOK: This Costa Rican Town Is Exploding With Color

The Huffington Post | Sara Gates | Posted 04.10.2014 | Good News

It may have looked like a scene out of a dream, but, for one day last year, a town in Central America was covered in 8 million flower petals. Whil...

Climate Change This Week: Clean Energy Calls, Science Signals, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 05.27.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Mar 27 2014 4 How unusual has the weather been? No one event is "caused" by climate chang...

God Loves You as You Are: A Message for All Gay and Transgender Latinos From an American Missionary in Costa Rica

Richard M. Weinberg | Posted 04.30.2014 | Latino Voices
Richard M. Weinberg

I cannot fully understand what it means to be an LGBT Costa Rican (or an LGBT Latino, for that matter) because I don't live here and I'm not Latino. Still, I do believe that there are certain things that we LGBT people around the world who have grown up in a faith community have in common.

23 Latin American Destinations That Prove There's A Lot More To See Than Rio And Buenos Aires

The Huffington Post | Gabriela Kruschewsky | Posted 02.10.2014 | Travel

It's no secret that Latin America houses many of this planet's most jaw-dropping destinations. Spotlight countries such as Brazil continue to be among...

Attempted Predation by Puma on Howler Monkeys in Costa Rica

Rob Pringle | Posted 04.06.2014 | Green
Rob Pringle

A short stroll before dinner last Thursday yielded a once-in-a-lifetime wildlife sighting -- along with the photos necessary to prove that it really happened.

The Kardashian Index: On the "How" and "Why" of International Development Work

Ming Holden | Posted 04.06.2014 | Impact
Ming Holden

I wondered what the tenuous connection was between Britney Spears the breathing human and the faded sticker bearing her image thousands of miles away.

A New Kind of Family Vacation!

Crawford Hill | Posted 03.18.2014 | Travel
Crawford Hill

What we are talking about is maximizing the diminishing opportunities we all have to be together as a multigenerational family in a unique and stimulating setting.

Montezuma, Costa Rica: Volunteering to Save Solitary Nesting Olive Ridley Sea Turtles

Keith Peterman | Posted 01.15.2014 | Green
Keith Peterman

It's a tough life for an Olive Ridley Turtle. We can thank the conservationists and volunteers at Montezuma for making life just a bit easier.

5 Stargazing Spots That Will Take Your Breath Away

The Huffington Post | Lisa_Miller | Posted 01.25.2014 | Travel

There's nothing like looking up at a clear night sky and getting lost in the stars. Whether or not you can name the constellations, stargazing is ...

Making an Impact One Person at a Time: This Week in Seeding the Change

Ari Nessel | Posted 03.11.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

We would like to introduce you to several people who made such an impressive impact with their grant that we've awarded them another grant to continue seeding the change.

The Ultimate (Affordable!) Tropical Vacation

Budget Travel | Posted 03.09.2014 | Travel
Budget Travel

We can almost guarantee that if you haven't been to Costa Rica yet, one of your travel-crazy friends has. And they've told you all about it, right? The beaches and the rain forests. The food. The eco-resorts. And, of course, the zip-lining. Yes, it really is as great as your friends say it is.

WATCH: Woman Catapulted Into Air By Raging Bull

Posted 01.23.2014 | Weird News

The bull must have been seeing orange. At the Zapote Bull Festival in Costa Rica this past week, a bystander standing inside the ring had quite th...

Confessions of an Ecotourism Pioneer in Costa Rica

Ethan Gelber | Posted 03.03.2014 | Travel
Ethan Gelber

The contrast between the imagined urban cacophony below and the tranquil urban removal is part of what makes the latter so glorious.

Through a Humanitarian Lens: An Unusual Year

Chris Herlinger | Posted 02.26.2014 | Religion
Chris Herlinger

If we look at 2013 through a humanitarian lens, what do we see?

Climate Change This Week: Arctic Thermal Hole, Megadrought Now? and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 02.18.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Find the news below grim? Remember that you can make a difference by switching to clean energy, whether or not you own a home. Check out how others ar...

Cowboys vs Pirates: A Weekend in Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

Jeff Jones and Gay Haubner | Posted 02.15.2014 | Fifty
Jeff Jones and Gay Haubner

I try not to tell people our horse got bitten by a snake and died -- it tends to put some people off the idea of visiting us here. It also put me off horse owning for a minute, even though one of the reasons we chose to retire here is that Costa Rica is a horse-y country.

If You Want the American Dream, Go to Finland

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 02.13.2014 | Politics
Blake Fleetwood

The American dream --- the notion of equal opportunity for all, the chance to pull yourself up by your boot straps and make something of yourself --- is gone.

Living La Pura Vida: What Eight Days In Costa Rica Can Do For The Soul

Melissa Jun Rowley | Posted 02.10.2014 | Travel
Melissa Jun Rowley

Being in Costa Rica, meeting change makers there and reconnecting with mother Earth, opened me back up to my purpose, and expanded it even more.

5 Incredible Grand Tours You Can Actually Afford

Budget Travel | Posted 02.04.2014 | Travel
Budget Travel

Sometimes a one-week vacation just isn't enough, especially when you wake up the last morning of your trip and don't want to leave yet -- it's too soon, and you've just begun to discover what makes your destination so special.