Ballena Tales Magazine & Travel Guide - Library

Ballena Tales is a Magazine and Travel Guide for the South Pacific region of Costa Rica based in Uvita on the Costa Ballena since 2008. It connects companies of Costa Ballena and Osa - South Pacific with the rest of Costa Rica and the world. We are a multi-lingual and multi-professional team and are proud of our open and long-standing cooperation with national and international partners.

In Ballena Tales Magazine & Travel Guide you will find useful and entertaining information about sights, hotels, restaurants, bars, lifestyle, wildlife and adventure of the Osa Peninsula and Costa Ballena.

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Remaining in balance

Practicing a lot of one particular sport can lead to muscle generation in the areas of frequent use, leaving other parts of your body left to compensate. For example, surfers build most of their muscle in the upper body, lacking relative leg strength. For cyclists, legs get most of the workout, and the opposite can occur.

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chirripo valley

The Chirripo Valley

Taking a walk through this place not only recharges you with good energy and happiness, but it is also a gift for the soul to appreciate such beautiful views. The diversity in attractions is fascinating. You can enjoy from the newly opened Butterfly Kingdom, fresh trout, hot springs, Swiss cheeses, chocolate factory, to delicious artisan bread. Restaurants offer unique cuisine, hotels, trails and birdwatching.

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Beth Sylver in Costa Ballena

Laughter is the best medicine

I remember one of my first was experiences with an ATM here. The ATMs are, naturally, in Spanish, and this made doing something simple like withdrawing money complicated. One day I entered the booth to use the ATM to take out 160,000 colones. My first problem was, and sometimes still is, was entering all those zeros!

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birdwatching, mindfulness


Just take a deep breath, actively concentrate and put all our senses alert to discover these light life partner. Appreciate their teachings and let us be surprised by their intelligence.

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salvavidas, lifeguards

Jr. Lifeguards and Open Water Swim Clinic

The Costa Ballena Lifeguard Association is growing and as we’ve grown, we’ve been able to network and meet other individuals from like-minded organizations in Costa Rica. We’re all working together to help make Costa Rica’s beaches safer and take drowning off the list as the 2nd leading cause of accidental death in the country.

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Walking on hairy feet

Like all arboreal geckos, they have specialized feet; with these, they can adhere to any surface except for Teflon. They even can walk upside down thanks to the microscopic hairs or setae. They increase the ‘Van der Waals Forces’, which is the distance-dependent attraction between atoms or molecules, between its feet and the surface. The molecules interact with each other and create an electromagnetic attraction.

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osa, support

The more we support each other, the better we will be!

Costa Rica is far and above the rest of Central America in terms of development, security, and quality of life. Those benefits come at a cost, and we must be willing to pay it. A significant portion of our local economy has been cash-based, meaning taxes not collected or paid, and therefore funds for essential services are sparse.

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The importance of spay and neuter

Total costs, including medications, range from $22 to $45, depending on the size of the animal, and if it is in heat or if there are other complications. These clinics are for Costa Ricans who cannot usually afford to spay or neuter their pets.

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New Corporation Law

As of September 1st, significant corporate changes go into effect for SA and SRL corporations, among others. The President, Manager, or anyone with a general power of attorney has to report shareholders with 15% of a corporation to the Costa Rican government.

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bruce weigel

From all over the Globe

Sometimes acting on impulse can work out fine; if you want to emigrate to a foreign country, it helps to do a little research. The documents required to apply for residency in Costa Rica take time and effort to accumulate and are only valid for six months from the date of issue.

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ballena, whale

The Whales are back

They use a unique way to hunt, called bubble net feeding. A group of whales swims in a shrinking circle blowing bubbles below a school of prey. Some whales blow the bubbles, some dive deeper to drive fish toward the surface, and others herd prey into the net by vocalizing.

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entrenamiento fisico

Physical Training

To achieve the desired level of performance, training in a gym starts from the genetic potential of the person. It is a planned process that seeks to create favorable conditions for the progress of the individual through the use of body exercises and mental preparation.

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Pejibaye Spread Recipe

Pejibayes are one of the staples of nutrition in Costa Rica.
These iconic fruits from palm tree native of the wet zones have been regarded with amazing nutritional and health benefits.
They are full of vitamins B1, B2, B6, B12, vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin E. Each fruit also contains 2.6 grams (about a tenth of an ounce) of protein.

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Diamante Verde Waterfall

Our natural paradise

Tourism in Costa Rica is one of the main sources of economic activity and therefore of social welfare. The country strategy is based on the promotion of its natural wealth.

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fuerza publica

The police recommends

Do not resist. If you are the victim of an assault, you may be in danger and above all, your life is invaluable. Try to observe the characteristics of the offenders (clothing, skin color, height, tattoos, etc.). These details are important in the detection process.

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A Nose full of Quills

Several sources state that Coendou mexicanus is found everywhere in Costa Rica except the southwestern Pacific zone, which includes the Path of the Tapir Biological Corridor, Costa Ballena, and the Osa Peninsula. This information is erroneous.

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looking back at costa rica

Looking back

Costa Rica is a paradise where you can manifest your dreams and reawaken your calling. The best part of Costa Rica is experiencing it!

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stam cafe ojochal

Stam Café Ojochal

On April 19, 2019, the Stam Café in Ojochal opened its doors and offers more than thirty Belgian references. The draft beers like Stella, Leffe, and Hoegaarden White are also part of our tasting offer.

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To me, eating locally is as vital to social justice as eating organically is to protecting the environment and healthy living. The Feria Tinamastes has become a wonderful space for our community to gather and connect. And, I hope, to reflect upon Vida Auténtica’s vision of a world where earth honoring agricultural practices foster the growth of healthy communities and sustainable food production.

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Turmeric is a perennial, flowering plant, also called Indian saffron, and belongs to the ginger family. It occurs mainly in India and China. Marco Polo (13th century) mentioned its use, and there are also Sanskrit texts from the 5th and 6th centuries that describe turmeric.

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eco feria dominical

Magic Made Local

At the Eco Feria Camino Real Dominical, each entrepreneur writes a beautiful story. They strive to provide fresh, healthy, locally produced and cultivated food and products.

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