• 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? .

    Read More
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What to do?

“Chicharrones”… a dish that you should taste!

 
 
If you have in your timetable a trip to Costa Rica, obviously when this pandemic that has been affecting everyone in the world would be already controlled, we would want to recommend you to have in your traditional food list to taste the famous “Chicharrones a la Tica” (Tico Style Pork Crackling). We can call this dish with this name because everybody eats it as a temporary dish for special celebrations, or for a very well-known snack food called “Boca” (literally translated from Spanish as “mouth”).  
 
Pork Crackling is the name given to the pork cooked in small pieces into a big metal frying pan or bowl. Here, the pork is cooked in its own grease during some hours. The pork is added salt at the level considered good and also some aromatic herbs are added according to the house or restaurant cook.  
 
When pork crackling is ready and hot, it is generally eaten with manioc or with boiled or cooked green plantain. They can also be eaten with tomato chimichurri sauce and some lemon slices to spread their juice over the pork crackling. Of course, in some cases, for those who like the beer, they are eaten with a very good Costa Rican beer like Imperial, Pilsen, or with the new handmade choices of beer.  
 
It is very interesting to live the pork crackling preparation experience in any tour offered in our country for tourists. This is the case of Don Manuel Montoya at Platanar de San Carlos (it is located in the Northern Zone, near La Fortuna). He offers different kinds of tours with horse riding in his exotic property. Here, the experience of knowing the traditional recipe of “Chicharrones a la Tica” (Tico Style Pork Crackling Recipe) is included. Please, do not miss tasting a delicious pork crackling dish with any of our traditional drinks, supporting the Rural Tourism in Costa Rica. 
 
More information of this attractive tours at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and in Facebook Ralunasdesancarlos Manuel Montoya.   
 
Photo by: Ralunas de San Carlos
Our famous "Chicharrones" are ready to eat.
 

Summer...the best beaches in Guanacaste!!!

Officially, in Costa Rica, the summer vacation start when Christmas and the End of the Year are over. This is because the temperature goes up in a notable way, from 27 Celsius Degrees or higher, at the coast provinces. 
 
Sunny days are normal and since it is very early, almost before 6 a.m. one can see when it begins to get light. It is for this reason that many Costa Ricans are on their rest vacation in January and February, before primary schools and secondary schools begin their courses. 
 
The Pacific Zone where the Guanacaste Province is located (Liberia) is famous due to its high local and foreign tourists’ attendance. Its main reason is that it is an area with a great development of hotels, restaurants, and entertainment places. Guanacaste has a high number of beautiful beaches. Those ones are near one from another. So, they give us the opportunity to visit various beaches in an only day.  
 
Among the most beautiful beaches of this zone are enumerated: Conchal Beach where there is no sand, but tiny shells; Playa Grande Beach with amazing views because it is very wide, and it has big rocks; Carrillo Beach where you would enjoy the shadow given by its abundant palm trees; Danta Beach that is a little hidden and its low swell provides a big pleasure to enjoy the sea calmly; Negra Beach is famous to go surfing and for its landscape; Avellanas Beach offers impressive sunsets with beautiful cloudscapes. 
 
Other more beaches in this interesting list are: Hermosa Beach, Tamarindo Beach, Naranjo Beach, Ocotal Beach, Panamá Beach, Potrero Beach, and Sámara Beach. Some of these beaches have in its surroundings small restaurants, also known as “Sodas”. They have typical food of the zone, or fresh seafood-based dishes that you could savor with your favorite drink, or national beer. 
 
Visiting Costa Rica is to surely enjoy its beautiful beaches, its choices, and its distances. With these recommendations we are sure that you could make since right now your list of the beaches to visit.  
 
 
Photo by: Courtesy of Hazel Monge-Playa Danta in Guanacaste.
 
 

Volcan Irazú National Park

 
 
Volcanoes will always be a tourist interest due to their unique behavior and form characteristics, in every place of the world. 
 
In our country, Volcán Irazú National Park exists and it is currently “active”. It is located in Cartago, a province characterized for its very different weather and landscape compared to the other provinces. The trip to get to this National Park is quick and easy, because it is situated at 32 kilometers northward from Cartago City.  
 
Its peak has various craters and one of them has an amazing green lake, ideal to take photos of it. This is one of the most popular tourist points to visit in Costa Rica. 
During the route to get to the Park, or when you are in your route coming back from it, you can find many little restaurants of typical food to have lunch or to stop there for your coffee time.
 
This place is doubtlessly in your list!!!  
 
Photo by: Blog Life and Travel in Costa Rica
 

A Blue-Colored Special Place: Río Celeste (light blue river)

 
When you visit Costa Rica during your vacation, it is probably that you would make an itinerary before your visit to distribute your days. For this reason, I bring you this interesting tour made by Costa Ricans (“Ticos”) and it is enjoyed very much by them. 
 
Today’s chosen place for an interesting tour is “Río Celeste”, located at Guatuso, in Alajuela Province and situated in Volcán Tenorio National Park. This National Park is formed by the confluence of “Buena Vista” River and “Quebrada Agria” River. These rivers are located in Volcán Tenorio’s mountainside. 
 
This tour will give you, from the beginning, a relaxing experience for your eyesight, due to the fact that everything starts taking a walk to go to the waterfall. This walk is not complicated and in the meantime, in the forest’s trail you can observe a great diversity of vegetation and beautiful tall trees.
 
In fact, the tour guides recommend you to “embrace them” during the journey. This action would produce us a personal peace and relaxation feeling. As you can see in the pictures, this is an impressive river for its coloring: a unique blue at your view.   
 
 
Photos by: Blog Life and Travel and Rocío Lagos Trujillo.
 
 

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