Wilson Araya Experiences Rocky Mountain High in Boulder Ironman

A full Ironman Triathlon is one of a series of long-distance triathlon races organized by the World Triathlon Corporation (WTC), consisting of a 2.4-mile (3.86 km) swim, a 112-mile (180.25 km) bicycle ride and a marathon 26.22-mile (42.20 km) run, raced in that order and without a break. Wilson Araya, the Program Director and health professional […]

Costa Rica Celebrates 70 Years With No Military

This year of 2018 will mark Costa Rica’s 70th anniversary with no armed forces. The nation consistently remains a model country of political stability, economic prosperity and contentment. It ranked first in Latin America and 12th in the world on the 2017 World Happiness Index while the Happy Planet Index ranked it No. 1 in the world. It seems […]

Traditions Persist in Costa Rica’s Independence Day Anniversary

One of the year’s most important holidays, Costa Rica celebrates its 196th Independence Day anniversary this Friday September 15th. Festivities begin traditionally on September 14th, when the Torch of Freedom arrives in Cartago. The   torch represents Central America’s freedom  from colonial Spain. Every year, it makes the journey south  from Guatemala through five nations, arriving […]

Traditions Persist in Costa Rica’s Independence Day Anniversary

One of the year’s most important holidays, Costa Rica celebrates its 196th Independence Day anniversary this Friday September 15th. Festivities begin traditionally on September 14th, when the Torch of Freedom arrives in Cartago. The   torch represents Central America’s freedom  from colonial Spain. Every year, it makes the journey south  from Guatemala through five nations, arriving […]

Farid Rueda Living His Passion One Mural At A Time

 Artify Jaco’s most recent project to cover the community walls with the work of international artists has brought the talent of painter Farid Rueda to our community. Many people have had the chance to meet him and see his work in process as he transformed the wall facing supermarket Mas por Menos’s entrance with a […]

IPAI School Connecting Strangers Through Love of Languages

Breaking Barriers August Cano moved to Costa Rica from his native Peru 27 years ago due to social and political unrest that had placed his family in danger.  He finished a Teaching and Translation degree at ULACIT, the Latin American University of Science and Technology. He founded IPAI, Instituto Pacifico de Idiomas, in the city […]

Visions Becoming Reality: Jaco Walk Focuses On Positive Growth

  Recently we had the opportunity to talk with Francisco “Chico”  Gonzalez, one of the administrators responsible for the ongoing development of Jaco Walk. Francisco is a “Jacobeño nativo,” a Jaco native. He was born in Jaco, grew up in Jaco and has deep roots here. His grandparents were part of the first family to […]

The Diverse and Historical Province of Alajuela

The city of Alajuela is also known as the “City of Mangos” due to the large number of mango trees found there. It is the capital of the second largest province in Costa Rica and located about 11 miles (17 km) northwest of  San Jose, along the General Cañas highway. The province contains one of […]

Temperamental Volcano Turrialba

The beautiful Turrialba Volcano is covered in dense vegetation and looks out over approximately 3,900 acres (1,577 ha) of mostly mountainous rain forest. It is the second tallest volcano in Costa Rica (Irazu being the first). A large area of the national park is composed of both primary and secondary rainforest, where it is common […]

Karma Tribe Celebrates Its First Year Anniversary

“How can we, in our short lives, make a significant positive impact in the world?” This was the question  David Grillot and his friend Allan Campbell were contemplating some years ago. Both were active members of Couchsurfing at the time, a website service that allows you to offer and request free travel lodging. “It occurred to […]