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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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Nature: Piedras Blancas National Park

The Piedras Blancas National Park (PNPB) is one of the most recently created protected areas and one of the least visited in Costa Rica. It protects both continental (14,147 ha) and maritime (1,200 ha) area. It was created in 1991 (Executive Decree No. 23153-MIRENEM) to protect the last remnant of tropical rain forest in Golfito […]

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Krisa, A Family Business

Krisa is dedicated to the manufacture, sale and installation of curtains, blinds, vertical and retractable awnings. Our flagship product is motorized blinds or awnings. This means that when purchasing a motorized product, at the touch of a button, you can raise or lower the blinds from anywhere in the home. You can also add an […]

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Anniversary: 10 years of the Flutterby House

It’s not easy starting a business; no one knows that better than sisters Pam and Kim Andreasen from California. As the founders of The Flutterby House in Bahia, the popular eco-friendly beach hostel, bar and restaurant that just celebrated its 10-year anniversary, these women understand the true meaning of hard work and dedication. They have […]

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Market: First Anniversary of EL MERCADO

In December 2018, the market “El MERCADO“ celebrated its first anniversary in the presence of many buyers, visitors and artists like Phil Swain, Gabi Camino and Ellie Dufresne who cheered the party on with their music. Costa Rica is a country where opportunities for entrepreneurship and the freedom to create new projects for travel, study, […]

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DAWG: The Life Of Shawnell Lisa Parker

Shawnell Parker who in September 2018 crossed the “Rainbow Bridge” was honored in December when the DAWG community held a memorial at Roca Verde. In every community exist a few special souls, people who are “known” by all for what they do; yet “known” by so few for whom they are. In the Costa Ballena, […]

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Paved Street in Dominical Beach

While some will long for the days of dirt roads, much of the town feels this upgrade is overdue and is excited for what the change will bring in the high season. Dominical now has a paved road leading from the main entrance down to ICE. A once sleepy surf town at the end of […]

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Festival Envision 2019: A Plastic-free Event

Every February Playa Hermosa in Uvita, is transformed into a small village where more than 7000 people from all over the world coexist. During these 4 days they can participate in permaculture and natural medicine workshops, yoga and meditation classes and others. The exhibition of art and exchange of cultures and the delicious organic food […]

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Expat: Moving to Costa Rica

Thousands of expats consider Costa Rica their home. With affordable living, beautiful terrain and the excitement found in adventure activities, it’s no wonder that people love the ‘Pura Vida’ lifestyle found here. Bringing Your Life to Costa Rica. If you have already had time to speak to a realtor and found a home in Costa […]

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Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays! What does that mean? The holidays represent distinctive celebrations for different people. Both Canada and the US have their historical Thanksgivings commemorating the beginnings of their nations, giving thanks for the good harvest and bountiful success of their ancestors. To my Jewish friends, it means the eight-day observance of Hanukkah or the celebration […]

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Boruca: Cultural Heritage

The cultural heritage of a nation or region is not solely composed of monuments and museum collections, but also of living intangible expressions inherited from our ancestors and passed on to our descendants. The definition of intangible cultural heritage (ICH) is made up of oral traditions, performing arts, social practices, rituals and festive events, knowledge […]

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Look Good and Feel Good

Feeling good and looking good are both very important. Helping people #LookGood and #FeelGood is a very satisfactory line of work. Many people seek consultation because of different  signs of aging like wrinkles, deep creases,sun spots, skin laxity or sagging skin, even skin lesions. All of these conditions have different types of treatment options. Some […]

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Safe Costa Ballena

The Southern Pacific Zone of Costa Rica is a beautiful place to live. The area between Dominical and Ojochal is especially appealing to ex-pats and many people have made the big move to this region. There is a genuine sense of small town connectedness here and people work beautifully together on a number of local […]

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Petanque in Ojochal: Much More than a Game

According to Michele Moutquin, petanque has a longstanding tradition in Ojochal. French speakers from Canada, France and Switzerland met in 2005 at La Palmeraie, then at El Coco, the previous El Fuego, Fabricio’s Pizzeria, the Sud restaurant and the Pancito Café parking lot. Finally they have found their home in the Hotel Diquis, where the […]

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White faced monkey: Research concluded!

Alice is a fifty-five-year-old French lady who has traveled a lot in the company of her husband. When they visited Costa Rica it was “love at first sight.” To be sure that it was not a vacation love, they came back several times. “This is where I want to live!” Said Alice after two days […]

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Innovation: New Ideas to Shape a Town - Playa Dominical Beach innovación: nuevas ideas dan forma a pueblos

Innovation: New Ideas to Shape a Town

Those who have lived in Dominical more than 10 years have seen the town go through various changes. As a result of the global recession in 2008, times got tough for Dominical for several years. More businesses were closing than opening and a stretch of dirt road still separated us from the central coast. Since […]

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Is a Feast Compatible with Good Health?

In every celebration, we can enjoy an exceptionally healthy meat. A lamb, less than a year old and fed with grass is very soft and exquisite and is compatible with the paleodiet. It is very rich in various nutrients, such as protein, iron, vitamin B3 and B12, zinc, selenium, niacin and is low in saturated fats.

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Perry Gladstone: Super Stoked!

Each of us has a unique superpower, a particular way we see and respond to things that pique our interest and make things happen in our world. It’s the thing we cannot help but do when called to action, the way we’re wired. The great thing about our superpower is that it’s available to us […]

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Alturas Wildlife Sancturary: Positive Reinforcement Training

Over the past couple of months, Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary has begun positive reinforcement training (PRT) with some of the sanctuary´s resident animals. PRT is used widely in a number of accredited zoos and sanctuaries worldwide. It is valuable in enabling animals to cooperate voluntarily with a keeper through rewarding good behavior, most commonly with a […]

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RE/MAX Motorcycle for Miracles – Ends of the Earth Ride

We are proud to know RE/MAX agent Bruce Johnson and his daughter Holly (17), a father-daughter team dedicated to raise awareness and funds to support Sick Children’s Hospitals throughout the Americas and to report on their achievements. Mary Johnson and daughter Jocelyn (14) are also very involved and work behind the scenes coordinating the Johnson […]

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The People of Dominical

Blessed with the friendship of some of Dominical´s best tour operators, Linda had the chance to visit the mangroves, the famous whale’s tail, Ventanas, to practice SuP at the Barú River, and hike to Nauyaca Falls.

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Restaurant: The Smell of Fresh Bread

Philippe and Mireille, owners of Pancito Cafe, are well known in Ojochal. Early in the morning, delicious aromas emanate from the place, the smell of fresh bread, croissants and freshly brewed coffee. They serve breakfast on the large terrace overlooking the garden, covered, with lush vegetation and the river just passing by. The clients arrive, […]

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Organic Feria: Tinamaste Invites You!

Tinamastes Fair is a place where the community is strengthened, not just a market where you make your purchases of local and organic products. The Tinamastes Fair is an initiative of Vida Auténtica, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to education about organic agriculture, health, green economy and the environment. Every Tuesday morning, you can […]

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Jose Leon: From Inmate to Writer, an Unusual Case

Accused and condemned for the theft of the Virgin of the Angels in 1950, José León Sánchez, whom La Nación would call the  monster of the Basilica, regained his freedom on June 8, 1970. After a  ew years of “disoriented adolescence,” stuck in the world of juvenile misdeeds and condemned to more than thirty years […]

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