• How is life and travel in Costa Rica?

    In this blog you will find all you need to know about this beautiful country; from travel tips to our culture.
    Want to know where you can find the best "pinto" in town or which beaches you should cross off your bucket list first? .

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  • How is life and travel in Costa Rica?

    In this blog you will find all you need to know about this beautiful country; from travel tips to our culture.
    Want to know where you can find the best "pinto" in town or which beaches you should cross off your bucket list first? .

    Read More
  • How is life and travel in Costa Rica?

    In this blog you will find all you need to know about this beautiful country; from travel tips to our culture.
    Want to know where you can find the best "pinto" in town or which beaches you should cross off your bucket list first? .

    Read More
  • How is life and travel in Costa Rica?

    In this blog you will find all you need to know about this beautiful country; from travel tips to our culture.
    Want to know where you can find the best "pinto" in town or which beaches you should cross off your bucket list first? .

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Culture

Costa Rica is Promoting "For a World Clean as Glass"

 

How many times I have drunk a glass of wine, but, I asked myself for the first time: Why the good wine is not bottled in a plastic bottle? I also asked myself why is not the same to drink wine in a glass of glass than in a plastic one? I think that its taste and enjoyment would be very different.

 

The glass has been the human being’s friend during 7.000 years in his different practices for a healthy and an environmental purpose. This is due to the fact that the glass is the only 100% recyclable container for infinite number of times, it is returnable, it has a lower CO2 presence, it reduces pollution and the raw materials’ exploitation, it does not spoil the food that is on it. In addition, it has exclusive characteristics like purity, impenetrability, versatility, transparency, and beauty. 

 

The Central American Glass Manufacturer (VICAL, its acronyms in Spanish) is located in our country, with a plant in Cartago. This glass manufacturer is planning for this season its 4th edition of its campaign “For a World Clean as Glass”. 85.000 metric tons of glass have been made approximately with this initiative in the country. 

 

This “Eco Logical” concept’s purpose is to make each user to ask himself/herself about the product’s contents, but also about in which material is this product bottled? Part of this campaign is that when a glass container is returned, this one is exhaustively washed to be used again. It is calculated that a glass bottle can be used again from 40 to 60 times. This reduces by 20% the air’s pollution and by 50% of the atmosphere’s pollution, compared to the traditional production.

Therefore, our Blog Life and Travel in Costa Rica is animatedly inviting you to participate in this movement for a clean planet and a better future!! More information www.grupovical.com

 

Photo by:  Grupo Vical Costa Rica 

"Costa Rica Pura Vida" is a song to listen to!!

 

Hanzell Carballo is a young Costa Rican radio speaker, reporter, and radio producer who has been dedicated to this kind of works for more than 16 years. But, we should say that she also loves her country, mainly the beautiful Caribbean beaches.

For this reason, as a singer-songwriter, she launched to the market a song with a striking video called “Costa Rica Pura Vida” (You Feel the Best in Costa Rica). This musical piece is part of a record called “LUNA” (MOON). The people loved this record because it describes very well what we feel when we are in our beaches.

This production’s line is “Pop root” that has some beachy air. As she says, we are very attracted to the beaches in Costa Rica. We can travel fast to those places to have fun; going to the beach is part of the Costa Rican Being.

This song shows on its images Puerto Viejo at the Caribbean Zone where they made a lot of the video filming. Puerto Viejo is one of this Costa Rican young woman’s favorite places because it gathers bungalows, nature, crystalline water, and fauna with a non-commercial sense. In the same way, we can see Bahía Ballena and the Irazú Volcano, remembering of course, the mountains that look to the Central Valley. In this record, LUNA, Hanzell shared her ideas with the producer Cristián Labra Valldeperas. LUNA includes fusion, ballad, and also Costa Rican rhythm salsa.

 

We invite you to listen to “Costa Rica Pura Vida” in our Blog to get excited to come soon to our exclusive and relaxing beaches. The LUNA record is available at Spotify if you want to download it and obtain it. More information: https://www.facebook.com/Hancarballo

 

Photo by:  Hanzell Carballo

Costa Rica’s Independence Day

 
*Commemorating the 196 years of the independence of our country.
 
 
September 15th is a very celebrated day in our country, because it is the Costa Rican Independence Day. It is the reason of a lot of people to go to the streets to celebrate the primary and high schools’ special parades. Those ones are competing with their clothing and their musical bands in the different country’s provinces. They also enjoy the folk dances’ demonstrations. 
 
Generally, these striking parades are carried on during the morning, taking advantage of the September’s sunny mornings. These bands that participate on September, 15th, have generally practiced during the entire year to share their best presentation on that day.
 
It is normal to receive traditional food and drinks some days before September 15th when you visit some places like banks and other public service centers. In the same way, one can see houses, high schools, primary schools, and public or private institutions decorated with the flag’s colors blue, white, and red. In this way, we can see the cars that are taking the Costa Rican Flag.   
 
In the same way, one day before, on September 14th, at 6 p.m., the people go to the “lanterns’ parade” where a lot of schoolboys and schoolgirls practice their creativity with the paper and the light. They also intone the Costa Rican National Anthem. 
 
As an interesting data: Costa Rica became independent from Spain on September 15th, 1821. Before being independent, Costa Rica was Spanish Territory and Guatemala was a Regional Government Center. On September, 1821, Guatemala became independent from Spain and, at the same time, it declared the Costa Rica’s Independence.
 
Long live Costa Rica!! 
 
 

The Delicious "Gallos" within the Costa Rican Food

Maybe you had heard about it, or the term “Gallo” was completely new for you when you visited our country. 

 
The “Gallo” or “Gallito” is a very typical meal of the Costa Rican Culinary Culture. Generally, the “Gallo” is prepared with a white or yellow corn “tortilla” (corn pancake). On this “tortilla”, we put delicious finely chopped ingredients, cheese, an egg omelette, or the favorite meat.   
 
This meal is very used in the typical parties, or in family celebrations. It is also a simple and easy home dish without the traditional rice, an ingredient that is always present in the famous “casado”, like another carbohydrate. 
 
Personally, in this blog, we love the “Arracache Gallo”, (the “arracache” is known as “arracacha” in other Spanish speaking countries). This is a very appreciated tuber in our country, that is seasoned with many spices, garlic, and some times it is prepared with meat. We also have the chopped green plantain “Gallo”, the Turrialba Cheese “Gallo”, or the palm heart “Gallo” that is very common to get while traveling to the North Region of San Carlos. There are a lot of Turrialba Cheese selling places in this route. The same one is a fresh handmade cheese.   
 
 
A dish with “Gallos” or a simple “Gallo” are very common in a typical Costa Rican menu, so you would always see them on it when visiting Costa Rica. They are present in restaurants or in traditional, home, or typical food “sodas” (“soda”: a kind of snack bar). You can find these dishes in the famous San José Central Market.    
 
It is common to receive a “Gallo” on corn pancakes called “Tortiricas”. This is a traditional and very old “tortilla” brand in our country. You can also eat them on handmade corn pancakes, prepared by a good cook. Therefore, this is something that you should taste when being in Costa Rica.   
 
You can get a delicious "Gallo"  in the "Soda Tala" in the Central Market of San Jose. More information:  https://www.facebook.com/Soda-Tala-201049860065851/
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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