Made in Costa Rica

  • An cushion with personality!!

     
     
    The first time I saw them was at a design fair at Antigua Aduana.  Their products caught my attention immediately because of their great taste and creative design. 
     
    I am talking about MA HOME, a Costa Rican brand of custom accessories for the home and the bed. MA HOME juxtaposes modern and sober fabric that ultimately end up in a distinctive product for your room, office or any other space that you want to make stand out.
     
    Its attractive designs are inspired by the shapes and colors of the urban environment, nature and autochthonous themes  from Costa Rica such as the “Yiguirro” and other national symbols. 
     
    The materials used are yute, silk and leather which makes it an excellent choice for a gift to carry when you return home.
     
    For more information: www.facebook.com/marioartaviaHome
     
     
  • Costa Rican jewelry design

     
     
    Ximena Esquivel is a young Costa Rican that ventured into jewelry since she was 19 years old. Strongly influenced by her mother and aunt, she started working her first pieces with her hands motivated by what she thought her target audience might like. She created original pieces inspired by the Costa Rican nature and incorporating great textures. 
     
    In May this year, this entrepreneur opened the doors of her own store "Ximena Esquivel Joyería" in Plaza Tempo Escazú, close to Cima Hospital, with the support of her parents, as she commented, based on the knowledge she acquired on advertising design and goldsmith at the national and international level.
     
    Her collections are not what we are used to find in the different jewelry stores. She describes her style as "classic- versatile- original". It means that any piece of jewelry that you purchase from her you can use it if you are looking for a formal or more informal look. It would fit your needs accordingly. 
     
    She uses mostly pearls, crystals and sterling silver for her jewels. All of them are hand-made in Costa Rica and completely original. She also uses stones brought form all around the world and always preserves the natural shape of the stones she uses.
     
    According to her, her success is due to a lot of effort, proper management, constant and up to date training, and being autodidact. For these reasons, you can find her art in different art and design stores, in the Costa Rican airports and renowned hotel chains. Be sure to visit this interesting jewelry store when visiting our country. Location: Plaza Tempo, Escazú. For more information:  www.facebook.com/ximenaesquiveljoyeria/
     
     
     
     
    With only 26-years of age, Ximena Esquivel has already worked her way up the Costa Rican hand-made jewelry business.
     
  • Exotic plants in Costa Rica

     
     
    In our country you can find exotic plants that will capture your attention immediately due to their colors and extravagant shapes. Usually, you can observe them when you are driving, you can observe them near the street, in gardens of houses, flower shops or clandestine street sales, and they are there just for you to take them. 
     
    Among these exotic and exuberant plants you will find the so-called "Ave del paraíso" (Paradise bird), the "Ginger" and the "Heliconia". These three long stemmed flowers are widely used to decorate a vase or to make flower arrangements for special events, where the color plays an important part. They are often used in our country's cultural activities during the year. 
     
    The most interesting aspect of this exuberant plants is that they last longer than the majority of the plants you can find in the market. They can last even a week if you keep them with fresh and sufficient water. These types of plants develop easily in tropical regions such as our country, and of course, they are part of our decorative culture. 
     
    Our advice is that..."do no" stop admiring the beauty of these plants or taking them to the room or the place you are staying at. 
     
    Some of the brands in Costa Rica that use these exotic flowers as part of their concept are "Hotel Eco Boutique", located in San Pedro, very close from the city  (www.avedelparaiso.com), and also "Diseño Floral y Eventos Ave del Paraíso" (Floral Designs and Events Ave del Paraíso) https://www.facebook.com/Floristaeiaf/?fref=tsv.
     
     
     
  • Great Sculptures Exhibition

     
     
    • The works are located in San José’s main avenues.
     
    • This exhibition has been declared of touristic and cultural interest by the Costa Rican government.
     
     
    It is possible that when you are in Costa Rica, you would want to visit San José City, in San José Province. Here, there are a lot of restaurants, historical parks, museums, the government’s main offices, and the famous Central Market.

    But now, we tell you a great news, because currently, downtown San José is awarded with an important exhibition called “The Sphere’s Strength and Universality,” made up by 27 monumental sculptures of the Costa Rican sculptor Jorge Jiménez Deredia. These ones are made of marble and bronze.

    These works’ inspiration lies in the origins of the pre-Columbian Culture called “Boruca” whose civilization used stone spheres with astronomical, social, and artistic purposes. 

    For the artist, the universality of the sphere means union and continuity, contrasting other cultures like the Inca and the Aztec that build pyramids. The most predominant sculpture is one made of marble that weighs 40 tonnes called “Costa Rica’s Genesis.” Its main objective, as the sculptor has commented, is to awake the interest and to call the attention within the globalizing process that we are living.  

    Other works with other formats are being completed with activities of the Museo del Oro del Banco Central (Central Bank Gold Museum) and the Museo de Jade (Jade’s Museum) in San José. Of course, these works have the honor of being admired and photographed while taking an entertained walk during your visit to Costa Rica, mainly in these times that the weather is warm, in full summer. 
     

    Photo by:  Blog Life and Travel in Costa Rica

     

     

     

  • Part 1: A Natural Treasure to Visit


    In San Bernardo de Bagaces lowlands, in our Guanacaste Province, there is an incredible and maybe called “the only one” for many visitors. Its name is “Río Perdido Hotel & Thermal River.”
     
    It becomes more special, due to the elevated peninsula, formed by two converging canyons. This means that the cold-water-river “Río Blanco” (White River) joins the thermal waters of “Río Perdido” (Lost River), making a final “touch” in a third tributary.
     
    An interesting data is that the trees that grow in these canyons are huge, because they have an annual nutritive, mineralized water source. They grow up to 10 times more than the dwarf trees that are on the dry soils located in higher lands. These big trees can be as tall as the same canyon. This is a wonderful experience in sight!!

    In the rainy season, when all the foliage is plentiful and green, the canyon practically disappears from the eyesight. In addition, a bird flying over the same canyon could not be seen due to the plentiful river’s camouflage. It is indeed a lost river… This is the origin of its name: “Río Perdido” (Lost River). 

    This natural treasure was greatly inspiring this project’s development. Several years were dedicated to work in order to make this place accessible to the visitors in a sustainable way in which its natural beauty would be never endangered. It joins all the key elemental services in one main building, with three areas that cover less than the 1% of all the nature reserve. It uses almost all the existent trails, avoiding the deforestation. Next week, we will be back with the second part of this interesting project.     
     

    Photo by:  Río Perdido Hotel & Thermal River

     

  • Santa Bárbara de Heredia...A short and Attractive One-Day

     
     
     
     
    This time, we went to Santa Bárbara de Heredia to know more about de local coffee production, visiting a family’s local coffee plant. This family is always working on it. 
    This opportunity, we were accompanied by Diego, an experienced local resident who loves the coffee’s theme. He has also studied this. Besides that, he has his own coffee shop whose name is Castilla. The same one offers a list of the country’s different gourmet coffees. Here, the foreign visitors can savor each coffee and know more nearly about each coffee and its characteristics because of Diego’s knowledge. 
     
     
    Before going out of that place, Diego told us “You should visit the Famous Bombi’s Old Masquerade Museum, located near the park.” We walked some squares from the coffee shop and we met Bombi (the local artist’s diminutive name). He opened kindly his workshop to know more about the Costa Rican Masquerade History and the way they are made. They are always ending with happiness in many country’s parties as the tradition is.  
     
     
    Well, so, we arrived to the local tour at the family coffee farm where the coffee harvesting is carried on yearly. The coffee is prepared for its national and international use. This relaxed and personalized tour showed us the daily reality of people who grow coffee at this zone.
     
     
    They love and respect primarily the coffee production in their prosperous agricultural lands. Coffee is one of Costa Rica’s main exporting products, besides banana. Coffee is presented in different forms like ground or whole bean. There are also candies, chocolates with coffee, and many other products.     More information:  https://www.facebook.com/cafeteriacastilla/
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Photo by:  Blog Life and Travel in Costa Rica 
     
  • September in Costa Rica

     

    September’s weather is standing out in our country because it is very rainy and sunny. In the morning, since 5 o’clock you can see the strong sun that is entering through your room’s window. But, the afternoons can be very rainy or cloudy. You could also feel some unexpected small earthquakes, generally due to the fact of the drastic temperature’s change. 

    For the same reason, we suggest you to use very fresh clothes during this season. These can be cotton clothes or another fresh fabric. Do not forget to bring sandals or comfortable shoes, sunglasses, sun block, and also a kind of shoes that protect you from the water when it arrives. You should drink a lot of water to avoid being dehydrated. It is also important to take a little umbrella into your handbag and a cropped sweater to protect yourself from the unexpected rain that is coming during the afternoons. Of course, you should not forget the repellent, because depending on where you are, you can have a weather change that can produce the mosquitoes’ presence. 

    For the same thing, if you would take a tour or a walk, we would suggest you to take advantage of the early morning, because the afternoons could change your plan, or you could not fully enjoy the chosen route because we are in the rainy season. But, in the same way, a simple plastic raincoat would not exceed among the things you should take with you, if you want to take full advantage of the entire day.

    Costa Rica is a small country and the most curious datum is that the weather on its different and near provinces can be so variable at the same time. 

     

     

  • Some common phrases...You would listen to!!



    In Costa Rica, as in many other countries, we have our own words or phrases. They identify us when we are talking. One of the more famous among them is “Pura Vida” (“Pure Life”) that means that I am doing so fine or that everything is very well in my life. It is very common when the people meet for the first time or are greeting each other. 


    For example, we call the gas stations “Bombas” (it would be literally translated from Spanish into English as “Bombs”). Another one is to call somebody “Bombeta” that means that this person is in everything or participating in everything, it is heard everywhere, it is a sarcastic and funny term.


    It is very common to hear “voy a alistarme” (“I am going to get ready”) that means that I am getting ready to go out of home, or getting ready to go to a specific place.

    Another very heard term is “estoy de cabanga” (“I am feeling blue”) that means that I am sad or suffering nostalgia. And of course, the word “chinear” (“pamper”) cannot be missing. This means to treat kindly somebody or a group of people. This word is very used in our country for the tourists or visitors from other countries in different places. If we say “Vamos a chinearte” (“We are going to pamper you”) it means that we are going to assist you in the best possible manner!

    In addition, at nightfall, or better said, when daylight is over, the most common way to greet is saying “Buenas noches, ¿cómo está?” (“Good evening, how are you?”).  

     

    Photo by:  Blog Life and Travel /Cahuita-Limón 
     

     

  • TICA TRAVELLERS

    This is a collection inspired by the traditional Costa Rican costume and by the color and designs of the Costa Rican oxcart, which is the national symbol for culture, art, peace and work, as well as Heritage or Humanity.

    "These dolls are made out of pure love, and they carry a message of peace, freedom, and all the sweet emotions I feel while creating them, and which I hope to convey to you" explains its designer Laura Soto Loaiza, in Costa Rica.

  • Tourism destination whithout traffic jam

     
     
    *Nature Air in Costa Rica
     
    If you wish to go to your destination tour in a faster way and perhaps avoiding long hours on the road and a very common traffic jam, we have for you an excellent option of air transportation through Nature Air, which goes daily to different tourist destinations in the country. 
     
    This airline is connected with 12 destinations within the national territory. Among them are: Arenal, Liberia, Tamarindo, Nosara, Tambor, Quepos, Bahía Drake, Puerto Jiménez, Golfito, Tortuguero and San José. 
     
    The airline uses LET 410 UVP-E20, LET INDUSTRIES aircrafts with a capacity for 19 passengers and able to reach 181 knots of maximum speed. The crew of these aircrafts is normally composed of two persons: the captain and the first officer, according to Sho Suzuki, Chief of Pilots and Director of Operations of Nature Air. The fleet was renewed on December 2015. Nature Air has distinguished itself in the Costa Rican market due to the customer service, punctuality, comfort of the aircraft, the versatility of the itineraries, and above all, the fact that it operates from two airports in the Metropolitan Area (Juan Santamaría airport and Tobías Bolaños airport). 
     
    For more information regarding promotions during this summer call 2299-6000 or you can write an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  https://www.facebook.com/NatureAir/?ref=br_rs