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LatAm Hopes to Boost Regional Development by Focusing on Cultural Identities, Tradition

LatAm Hopes to Boost Regional Development by Focusing on Cultural Identities, Tradition

Latin American culture ministers are promoting an agenda based on strengthening their countries' identities and restoring their traditions as a fundamental element of regional development. continue reading »

7.9 Earthquake Strikes Costa Rica, Tsunami Warning for Most of the Americas

7.9 Earthquake Strikes Costa Rica, Tsunami Warning for Most of the Americas

A 7.9 earthquake has rattled Costa Rica, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), this morning with the epicenter occurring some 5 miles from the Costa Rican coast line and some 95 miles west of the capital city of San Jose. continue reading »

Today’s WTF Moment - Surprise Guest Drops in on Costa Rican Classroom (VIDEO)

Today’s WTF Moment - Surprise Guest Drops in on Costa Rican Classroom (VIDEO)

A classroom at Costa Rica's University of Peace received a surprise visit from an interesting guest. Who (or what) could it be? What would you do if this happened? * continue reading »

INFOGRAPHIC: Housing Quality in Latin America

INFOGRAPHIC: Housing Quality in Latin America

How many families are homeless or live in poor quality houses? Despite the strong economic performance Latin America and the Caribbean has enjoyed in the past decade, the lack of adequate housing for low income people remains a serious development problem for the region. continue reading »

Beloved Mexican Singer Chavela Vargas Remains in Serious Condition

Beloved Mexican Singer Chavela Vargas Remains in Serious Condition

The health of Mexican singer Chavela Vargas remains "unchanged," with no favorable progress to report, though she still shows the "fighting spirit that characterizes her," her doctor, Jose Manuel Nuñez, told Efe on Saturday. continue reading »

INFOGRAPHIC: Latin America’s Best Cities to Live In

INFOGRAPHIC: Latin America’s Best Cities to Live In

The ranking system is based on a report by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) using a spatial adjusted livability index. The EIU ranked 70 cities internationally, Hong Kong ranked the highest and Harare, Zimbabwe ranked the lowest. The other scores (ie- education) are out of 100. continue reading »

Costa Rica’s ‘Finca Bellavista’ is Tree Lover’s Paradise (PHOTOS & VIDEO)

Costa Rica’s ‘Finca Bellavista’ is Tree Lover’s Paradise (PHOTOS & VIDEO)

A trip to Costa Rica and a Colorado couple's dream of owning land and saving beautiful land from from deforestation has resulted in something absolutely incredible. continue reading »

U.S. ‘Poker Refugees’ Hiding Out in Costa Rica

U.S. ‘Poker Refugees’ Hiding Out in Costa Rica

Since April 15, 2011, more American men in their 20s have been flocking to Costa Rica. They did not go there on vacation, but are doing something now nearly forbidden in the U.S. continue reading »

INFOGRAPHIC: Where is Innovation Happening in Latin America?

INFOGRAPHIC: Where is Innovation Happening in Latin America?

The Global Innovation Index (GII), a composite indicator that ranks countries/economies in terms of their enabling environment to innovation and their innovation outputs. Globally, Latin America ranked between 39 and 118 (out of 141). continue reading »

City in Peru Named ‘Time+Leisure’ Magazine’s Top City in Latin America

City in Peru Named ‘Time+Leisure’ Magazine’s Top City in Latin America

Each year, Travel+Leisure magazine rate the best cities in Latin America and this year a Peruvian city moved up the list to take the top spot. Coming in at number two on last year’s list, the city of Cusco climbed to the top of continue reading »

Costa Rica Mattress Fire in Prison Set by Men With Ties to Mexican Drug Cartel

Costa Rica Mattress Fire in Prison Set by Men With Ties to Mexican Drug Cartel

A fire at the jail of a courthouse in Costa Rica was reportedly set by eight men with ties to a Mexican drug cartel. Saturday, jail cell mattresses at the courthouse, the Tribunales de Goicoechea continue reading »

1.2 Tons of Ingredients Used to Cook Up Biggest Chop Suey in Costa Rica

1.2 Tons of Ingredients Used to Cook Up Biggest Chop Suey in Costa Rica

A team of 23 cooks in Costa Rica prepared what they described as the "biggest chop suey in the Americas," aiming to feed some 10,000 people, organizers said. continue reading »

INFOGRAPHIC: How Does Latin America Rank in Happiness?

INFOGRAPHIC: How Does Latin America Rank in Happiness?

Latin America proves to be home to some of the happiest places on earth. While Costa Rica is the global leader, some other countries did not fare as well. continue reading »

Costa Rica Arrests Mexican Cocaine Kingpin Who’s Wanted in 8 Countries

Costa Rica Arrests Mexican Cocaine Kingpin Who’s Wanted in 8 Countries

A high-ranking member of Mexico's Gulf drug cartel was arrested Thursday in Costa Rica, the Central American country's top counternarcotics official said. continue reading »

More Mysterious Stone Spheres Discovered in Costa Rica

More Mysterious Stone Spheres Discovered in Costa Rica

More ‘Los Bolas’ as they are known in Costa Rica have been discovered during construction excavation on a banana plantation. These stone spheres are just the latest discovery, there are over three hundred of these spheres in Costa Rica. The balls, which are perfectly formed, range in size from a few inches in diameter to over six feet in diameter. The ones found recently, in the province of Puntarenas in the Osa fifth canton, will be protected and shipped to the National Museum located in San Jose. There will they will be analyzed and aged. Inside Costa Rica is reporting that pre-Columbian pottery and tools were also discovered at the same location where the spheres were found. The petrospheres have been attributed to a Pre-Columbian indigenous culture of Costa Rica that existed between 700 CE and 1530 CE. continue reading »