Costa Rica boasts 800 miles of coastline and one of the highest life expectancy rates in the world. Coincidence? Probably not. But beaches aren’t the only thing Costa Rica has to offer: San Jose, the country’s capital, is located on a plateau, and is surrounded by vibrant green mountains and fertile valleys. Ripe with European influence, the city is home to world-class museums and historical architecture.
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Featured guests include:
Allen Templeton, owner of Hotel Costa Verde 727 Fuselage, discusses how he salvaged and designed his unique hotel out of a 1965 Boeing 757.
Glenn Jampol, sustainability expert and owner of the Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation and Inn, explains certification requirements for sustainable tourism and the process and growth of sustainability in Costa Rica.
Roberto Fernandez, founding member of the Jaguar Research Program and founder and co-owner of Pacuare Lodge, speaks about the Pacuare Protected Zone, the study and protection of jaguars, and what visitors can do to help with research and conservation.
Christian Kandler, director of the National Museum, talks about the history of the museum and the exhibits open to visitors and shares some important aspects of Costa Rican culture.
Leigh Crandall, managing editor at Jetsetter, tells stories of her travel and food writing experiences from around the globe.
Francisco “Paco” Pacheco of the Bribri Indigenous Reserve, speaks about the native people’s history, language, and culture and how it remains today, and about how Fair Trade practices are beneficial to the indigenous culture.
Carlos Chaverri, third generation Ox Cart artist, tells us the tradition of the Ox Cart, his family experience with the trade, and the importance of the tradition in establishing the identity of Costa Rica.
Doris Goldgewicht, chef and TV host of Sabores, reveals her favorite Costa Rican food, including dishes you must try while traveling in the country, and offers tips on how to recreate your favorite meals when at home.
Roberto Guzman, co-founder of Chepeclates, explains the mission and history of his organization and their importance to tourism and revitalization efforts in downtown San Jose, plus he gives some of his favorite local destinations and hidden gems.
Alan Rodriquez of Rainforest Adventure Tours talks national parks and outdoor recreational activities, in addition to explaining the philosophy of his company and its many tours.
By Ashleigh Whelan for PeterGreenberg.com