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Costa Rica by Matthew Firestone, Carolina A Miranda, Cesar G Soriano

By Matthew Firestone, Carolina A Miranda, Cesar G Soriano

Incluye:_78 mapas detallados y fáciles de usar_Capítulos en colour sobre observación de l. a. fauna y actividades al aire libre_EcoÍndice con opciones de turismo sostenible

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Keep this in mind if the opportunity arises to spend money at a locally run business or vendor. Enjoy the creativity of a local artisan. If you spot a piece on display that catches your eye, buy it instead of saying you’ll come back later. In all cases, you’ll be surprised how far your colones can stretch. If purchased directly from the source, arts and crafts generate income from the ground up and encourage communities to maintain their traditional practices. Spend your money where it counts and help ensure a culture’s future.

Costa Rica led Central America in introducing the caffeinated bean, which transformed the impoverished country into the wealthiest in the region. WILLIAM WALKER As the Spanish empire receded, another arose. In the 19th century the USA was in an expansive mood and Spanish America looked increasingly vulnerable. In 1853, a soldier of fortune named William Walker landed in the Mexican territory of Baja California with 45 men intending to privately conquer Mexico and Central America, establish slavery and mandate white control of the region.

Return to beginning of chapter CARIBBEAN COASTAL EXPLORER One to Two Weeks / Caribbean Coast The Caribbean coast is a world unto itself, and provides a striking and memorable contrast to time spent elsewhere in the country. ’ Hop on the first eastbound bus out of San José and get off at Cahuita, capital of Afro-Caribbean culture and gateway to Parque Nacional Cahuita. Stick around and get your fill of this mellow little village before moving on to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, the Caribbean’s center for nightlife, cuisine and all-round positive vibes.

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