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In pictures: wild corners of Costa Rica
Macaws squawk and monkeys chatter on a hike through the Osa Peninsula — a wild corner of the country where a longstanding tradition of gold panning still shimmers in the rich and verdant landscape.

Photo story: Costa Rica

Macaws squawk and monkeys chatter on a hike through the Osa Peninsula — a wild corner of the country where a longstanding tradition of gold panning still shimmers in the rich and verdant landscape.

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Costa Rica: Not so easy rider

Aching muscles, fatigue and mosquito bites are a price worth paying on a cycle tour of Costa Rica’s Pacific coast. Its remote beaches, volcanic peaks and lush jungle are home to giant butterflies, macaws and howler monkeys — any of which could await around the next corner

Forging new culinary traditions in San José, Costa Rica

In the capital, San José, a group of enterprising chefs are turning Costa Rican cuisine on its head, looking beyond rice and beans and attempting to create a new national cuisine

How to make it: Santiago Fernández Benedetto's fish caldosa recipe

Santiago Fernández Benedetto’s recipe puts a fine-dining twist on a dish that started out as ceviche spooned into bags of tortilla chips. The fish needs to be super-fresh — check with your fishmonger
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How farm-to-fork is a way of life in Costa Rica

In Costa Rica, farm-to-fork eating isn't an empty slogan — it's the norm. One of the country's leading chefs explains how he makes it his mission to source local
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Why Costa Rica is one of the true coffee capitals of the world

It's not just the quality that sets Costa Rican coffee apart – it's the passion that the people of this country have for a good brew.

Costa Rica: In search of the quetzal

If you're looking for the elusive quetzal deep in Costa Rica's Monteverde Cloud Forest, you'll need luck on your side.

Costa Rica: Riding the rapids

With vultures circling overhead and rapids determined to get you in the water, tackling the Sarapiqui River on a raft is a veritable adventure.

Baby Sloth Rescued

After surviving high tide, this baby sloth was found pinned between two rocks—and rescued just in time.

Costa Rica: The centenarian cowboy

Beyond the rugged coastline of Costa Rica's isolated Nicoya Peninsula are the cattle-ranching communities that live there — where the sabaneros' lifestyle means they have some of the longest lifespans on earth.

We compare: Family surfing holidays

We've selected some great surf trips for families where there's more than just waves on the horizon

Costa Rica: 50 words for rain

An epic adventure in the teeny, tiny destination of Costa Rica, meeting sloths and watching turtles nest, plus a little monkeying around between rare wildlife sightings, zip-lining and volcanic lava trails. All this to find out what makes it one of the happiest places on earth — despite, and because of, the rain..