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Jade in Guanacaste

The use of jade as a precious stone was popularized in Costa Rica around 500 B.C. Jade was so special in fact that it was considered more important than gold by the ancient inhabitants of Costa Rica. Although Costa Rica is widely recognized as the country in Central America with the best known tradition of […]

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Links We Like: December 12, 2012

Hanukkah in Latin America looks a bit different. As a testament to this statement, check out this link to some traditionally Jewish recipes for the well-known holiday with a tropical fusion. Costa Rican and Central American cuisine in general is arguably a bit bland, but these Jewish foods, which incorporate ingredients found in this part […]

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Fights, Legends and the Virgin of Guadalupe: La Festival de la Yeguita

  December 12 marks an annual celebration in Guanacaste called Fiesta de la Yeguita. Fiesta de la Yeguita, or Celebration of the Little Mare, commemorates an event that occurred many years ago in which a small black mare parted two brothers fighting over the same woman.  Depending on the legend followed, the mare suddenly appeared […]

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Leadership Update Dec 7

The Leadership Semester students spent last week in Panama getting scuba certified and exploring the depths of the Caribbean Ocean. When they weren’t studying for their scuba certifications, the group took turns wake boarding and also spent a day sailing on catamaran. The Leadership students are switching gears and heading out to raft the rivers […]

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Protecting Costa Rica’s Wildlife: About the Jaguar Rescue Center

Costa Rica is known world-wide for its conservation efforts that protect its rich biodiversity. With policies such as its recent ban on recreational hunting, it is no question that the country is especially passionate about saving its wildlife. Here at Outward Bound Costa Rica, we are lucky to have opportunities to explore Costa Rica and […]

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Links We Like: December 5, 2012

It’s hard for us to imagine being able to climb El Capitan (located in Yosemite National Park, California) let alone wanting to fall and swing from a rope attached to the mountain’s peak! But that’s exactly what the climber depicted in this video did, and he survived unscathed! We’re slightly frightened by the events in […]

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Tri-Country Update Dec 4

The Tri-Country Semester group has been soaking up the Caribbean sun on Solarte Island in the archipelago of Bocas Del Toro, Panama. After this past week, most of the students are NAUI-certified scuba divers! The students now know about dive equipment, the science of diving, responsible diving practices and the Bocas Del Toro underwater environment. […]

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Leadership Update Nov 30

The Leadership Semester students spent last week getting TRRO (Technical Rope Rescue: Operations Level) certified. Throughout this training they learned about several different knots you can make with ropes, and how to create anchors with those knots. They also learned how to use several different ropes and knots to create rope systems that will effectively rescue […]

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Tri-Country Update Nov 27

This past week, Tri-Country Semester students spent their nights in a local homestay at the Grajal family in Santo Domingo. During the day, they journeyed to the Río Savegre to paddle their way through whitewater rapids in kayaks. Check out the video from this phase: On Saturday, they had a final run down the Río […]

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Leadership Update Nov 23

During the first part of their hiking phase, the Leadership students hiked during the day and then camped at night. This past week however, they spent their evenings in the warm, welcoming homes of our homestay families. This gave students the opportunity to get a real taste of rural Costa Rica living. Some of their […]

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Feliz Día de Acción de Gracias!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! At Outward Bound Costa Rica, we always have plenty to be thankful for (we live in Costa Rica after all!). Last night some of the crew, and some visiting friends, took some time to cook up a traditional American Thanksgiving Dinner. We had turkey, homemade stuffing, green bean casserole, carrots, butternut squash, cheddar […]

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Links We Like: November 21, 2012

Outward Bound has been hosting adventure-based wilderness courses for 50 years and welcomes students from all over the world. The program has grown to incorporate Outward Bound schools in 30 different countries and participants include adolescents, adults, professionals, scouts and families. It’s hard to believe that for several years after its inception, Outward Bound courses […]

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Tri-Country Update Nov 20

Tri-Country Semester students finished up the last leg of their whitewater rafting phase with a three-day trip on the Río General, rafting by day and camping along the river by night. But they’re not finished battling whitewater rapids just yet! They’re now spending nearly a week on the Río Savegre learning how to whitewater kayak. […]

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Leadership Update Nov 15

After wrapping up their time at the beach, the Leadership group came back to base to prep for their hiking phase. With everything they’ll need for hiking strapped on their back, they headed out early Sunday morning into the beautiful Costa Rican rainforest.

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Links We Like: November 14, 2012

As our Semester courses are either wrapping up or have recently finished the surfing portions of their trips, we have been thinking a lot of catching some gnarly waves. We came across this intriguing article about a young, prodigal surfer and were inspired by how much this Australian-native has accomplished in such a short period […]

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Tri-Country Update Nov 13

Tri-Country students have been busy battling rapids for the past week! They’ve been spending their time rafting three well-known rivers in Costa Rica: the Sarapiquí, the Pejibaye and the Pacuare.

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Tell Us About Talamanca!

A much loved and must see part of Costa Rica is the Talamanca region. Talamanca is one of the most bio-diverse regions in all of Costa Rica, displaying a large number of native plant species and wildlife that lures nature lovers from all over the world for a visit. Some spectacular sights that can be […]

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Leadership Update Nov 9

Leadership students have been spending most of this past week at the beach. They started their American Red Cross Lifeguard training at a pool in Tres Ríos to learn basic rescue techniques and later went to Playa Manuel Antonio to finish up their training at the beach. Check out a video of our instructors practicing […]

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Links We Like: November 7, 2012

Outward Bound Costa Rica has two bases where students stay to receive instruction and do teambuilding activities while not out in the field. One of our bases is our “rainforest base” here in San Ramon de Tres Rios, right outside of San Jose. Here we are surrounded by the lush canopies of the mountains surrounding […]

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Tri-Country Update Nov 6

Our Tri-Country students have been having an amazing time during their surf phase. The group started learning the surfing basics at Playa Avellanas, then headed to Manuel Antonio, before wrapping up their surfing expedition in Playa Tulín. We’re pretty sure they’re ready to sign on for a pro-tour with all the practice they’ve had. As if […]

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