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Vanessa Willing

Vanessa always has a bag packed and ready to go! Vanessa decided early on that the best education was to see the world and meet its people! Born and raised on the West Coast of the United States she grew up exploring the Pacific on camping trips with her family. After some work with event planning, she bought a one-way ticket to Chile and backpacked her way through Central and South America. Her love for travel made her seek out a position as a tour guide leading groups through Costa Rica and Central America where she fell in love with the Pura Vida spirit and decided to hang up her backpack and stay a while! Vanessa has traveled extensively from Coast to Coast in Costa Rica and is a true Destination Expert. Twenty years later she still is in love with Costa Rica and still is the first to get out her Camera when she sees a monkey!

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Costa Rican Coffee Plantations

Costa Rican Coffee Plantations

Costa Rica is a country that has countless natural resources, but, without a doubt, highlight one among all of them: its coffee plantations. These have become a benchmark and review of the country since they get the most appreciated gold for all Costa Ricans: their delicious coffee. 

The butterfly sanctuaries you should visit

Costa Rica is a country known for its biodiversity, it is important to know that this country hosts 1500 species of butterflies, almost 90% of all species of Central America and 16% of the total world population. For this reason, it is very easy to find different...

A unique and beautiful experience with sea turtles

Sea turtles have inhabited the land for more than 100 million years, in their long stay on the planet, they have managed to survive various climatic changes such as glaciations. Despite having overcome all this, today by actions caused by the same man, they are in...

The beauty of Costa Rican Hummingbirds

One of the most striking aspects of Costa Rica is its biological richness. This extraordinary wealth includes the diversity of birds that have been counted around 850 species, making the Costa Rican territory a place of great interest for biologists, scientists,...

Envision: Costa Rica’s Transformational Festival

Envision Festival is one of the largest transition festivals in Central America, Envision Festival is a 4-day musical, cultural and artistic adventure. It is one of the most popular festivals in Costa Rica. Envision Festival is more than just a music festival, it is...

Coffee: The Pride of Ticos

1720 is the probable date of the introduction of coffee to America, when the first seeds of the Arab Coffee species, the typical variety arrived in Martinique Island, Antilles, which seed were later sown in Costa Rica at the end of the 18th century. The history of...

The pride of the Ticos: Gallo Pinto

Ticos call Gallo Pinto or Pinto to a combination of rice and beans cooked with lizano sauce, coriander, and sweet pepper, among some of its ingredients. It is called Gallo Pinto because when the beans and rice come together, the rice acquires the color of the beans...