He asked: Ligia, I want to know things to do in San José that are not a shopping center. I want to meet locals. Mr. Yves was bored in his hotel room in San José. After doing some loops in the lobby, he came to check out the tour desk. I was sitting there with not much to do. Sunday afternoon was … Read more about Cultural One Day Tour at Nacientes Palmichal in Costa Rica
The little-known side of San José: Nacientes Palmichal, a rural lodge pioneer in water conservation.
Wait. ecotourism in San Jose? It is not a secret that some people don't think that San Jose is the prettiest city in Central America. People usually don't come to Costa Rica thinking to spend much time exploring San Jose. I have to admit that, like many people, I am guilty of bad-mouthing San … Read more about The little-known side of San José: Nacientes Palmichal, a rural lodge pioneer in water conservation.
Pura Vida Costa Rica....(pronounced poo-rah vee-dah) “Pura Vida” refers to the very relaxed lifestyle where people do not worry about money, luxury or materialism; but just enjoy life. Costa Ricans are very laid back, unhurried, educated, non-violent and friendly people.¹ When I started to … Read more about Pura Vida Costa Rica: More Than a Phrase, a Lifestyle
Well, this topic has a lot of fabric to cut? ... Mucha tela que cortar? What? No, that didn't translate quite right! Probably because I am trying to translate a phrase that is part of Costa Rican slang! In Costa Rica, we have a lot of words and phrases that can basically create a second … Read more about 17 Most Popular Costa Rican Slang Terms
Alright! Every new post I am getting more fascinated by the topics of non-verbal communication and cultures. I love thinking about Costa Rican customs a little deeper, but don't worry: I won't get to the point of an academic/scientific research article. **Now I have my coworkers saying that I … Read more about Why do Costa Ricans love invading your personal space?
Your own way to do thing might not be always the right–or the only correct–way to do something. As a Costa Rican, I have to learn things like being on time, being more direct in my communication or just explaining our sense of humor to someone else. Costa Rica is well-known for people's … Read more about The 3 most frustrating facts about Costa Rica culture
Costa Rican people are so nice! Always helpful! No one gets annoyed to be asked about things! Ticos (Costa Ricans) are kind, patient etc.... Most of the articles that I have found on the web about Costa Rican culture make it clear that we are very hospitable people! Costa Rican people rules … Read more about Costa Rican people are very hospitable
Crossing between cultures and navigating cultural differences is so important for world travelers. Culture can be compared to an iceberg because so much goes undetected. The influence of culture on communication needs to be taken into consideration. Especially to understand unexpected … Read more about 7 things you must understand about Costa Rican culture
There are several interesting things that happened throughout history on September 15: -On September 15, 1998, Google.com was registered as a domain name. (Random fact that I found interesting.) -On September 15, 1928, Scottish bacteriologist Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin while … Read more about Living Costa Rica Independence day as a Tico
San Ramon is one of those towns that keeps a lot of the traditions of Costa Rican culture. Traditional festivals in Costa Rica have already started, and they make me realize how much people from San Ramon enjoy this time of the year. It means a time where the families will hang out together, … Read more about Traditional Festivals in San Ramon, Costa Rica
When I (Ligia) started working in tourism, one of my first jobs was as a volunteer coordinator. I was in charge of orientations and city tours to help volunteers to know the town of San Ramon. I was even the go-to tour guide for my friends coming to visit from San Jose! This guide is based on the … Read more about Self-Guided City Tour in San Ramon, Costa Rica
Pura vida EVERYONE! Well first of all, I NEED to say: I am so happy about my first blog, I can say that this is like buying a new camera for me… (P.S: I love photography). It’s like get a new toy on Christmas. So you can imagine how I excited I feel. From now on I want to show … Read more about The sweetest tradition in Costa Rica: Traditional process of Sugarcane