Latin America and the Caribbean

Wandering in Costa Rica

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Wandering in Costa Rica evokes the rainforest: brilliant butterflies and twisting lianas, poison dart frogs and tropical quetzals, fearsome snakes and opulent orchids. And it introduces Ticos: determined farmers, a menacing outlaw, kindly caregivers, a machete-wielding jungle guide, and a Monkey Whisperer, to name a few. The intimate voices …

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Olmec exhibit at the de Young

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Considered the mother culture of Mesoamerica and recognized as America’s oldest civilization, the people known today as the Olmec developed an iconic and sophisticated artistic style as early as the second millennium BCE. Their monumental head sculptures remain among ancient America’s most awe-inspiring and beautiful masterpieces.

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Costa Rica: See Before You Go

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See Costa Rica before you go: This 92-page book illuminates San José, the Butterfly Farm, the Macaw Rescue Center, mysterious espheras (spheres), wildlife diversity at Corcovado on the Osa Peninsula …

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Jamacian Eatery

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Jamaica has some interesting eating establishments, but none as strange, nautical, authentic — and fun — as Floyd’s Pelican Bar.

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Costa Rica Butterfly Farm

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At the Butterfly Farm you can see all phases of a butterfly’s life, from egg to caterpillar to larva to butterfly. Watch them crawling, pupating, munching, sipping, chasing each other, mating, fluttering, drinking, fighting the wind, resting, and just hanging around.

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