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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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Eco Feria Dominical: Circular Economy

A new model of economy is emerging from the people who love the land, who create with their hands in small family businesses. Each day they join the concept of “Circular Economy,” betting on a local offer, reducing the pollution associated with the  consumption of products transported from faraway places. This way we have become […]

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Art: Artist, Open Our Eyes!

Art: Artist, Open Our Eyes!

An artist’s vision always goes beyond the eye of a mere mortal. Let’s observe the case of the painter Vincent Van Gogh, who began his artistic career at the age of 27. He made 900 paintings and 1600 drawings with a technique of unique impressionism not understood in his time and managed to sell only […]

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Costa Rica: Angry Birds

Costa Rica: Angry Birds

In a film of angry birds in Costa Rica the main protagonist would be the striking Red-headed barbet (Eubucco boucieri). This small bird weighing only 15 cms provokes mixed feelings, since its brilliant scarlet head draws attention, resembling a round, angry red human face. We usually find these birds, curiously related to the toucans, in […]

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Tropical Insects: Amazing Leaf-Cutter Ants

Tropical Insects: Amazing Leaf-Cutter Ants

I never cease to be amazed by the leaf-cutter ants. The most common species of tropical insects in Costa Ballena is Atta cephalotes, and it has been accomplishing some truly astounding feats for millions of years. Let’s have a look at a few. Leaf-cutting ants harvest around 15% of all the green matter produced by […]

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Education: Awakening the True Mission

“As parents, teachers, mentors, or families and community members, we often want our children/students to develop an awareness of themselves and those around them. How do our children have a sense of their worlds as well as a sense of their place in the environment and the community that surrounds them”? Alys Robinson thought in […]

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Green Asparagus Recipe

Currently, we have excellent options to prepare recipes, full of life. With the desire to make the most of seasonal vegetables, we found fresh green asparagus at the Uvita Fair. It is worth integrating the green asparagus in our menu, and this is why. Compounded by 90% water and with only 25 Kcal per 100g, […]

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Ecological Detergents: Florex Gives Value to Sustainability

Florex products are especially elaborated for the restaurant and hotel sector that is opting for sustainability practices, guaranteeing control of environmental impacts and efficient and economical cleaning. Customers also have the advantage of receiving certifications from the company, as well for the type of products they use and as for the collection of empty packaging. […]

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Our Guys in Argentina – World Rafting Competition

We started the trip by flying to Chile; from there we drove to Aluminé (Argentina) where the rafting event took place. It was an experience full of joy for us since we had not experienced snow. The people received us very well. We stayed in a wonderful place with unique landscapes and snow-capped mountains. The […]

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Blood moon – Total lunar eclipse

By Celine Weber For the first time in Costa Rica and we were already allowed to be part of such a fantastic experience. Even though we hoped to see a more colouring moon and some clouds blocked our view in the meantime, it was an unforgettable evening for us. Outside in the garden under the […]

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Palmar Sur Airport Aeropuerto Osa

Osa: Palmar Sur Airport

This is the second and final stage of the airport plan which was approved approximately 10 years ago. Beginning in early 2019, travelers to the Southern Pacific and Costa Ballena regions of Osa in Costa Rica will have the option of flying into the new and expanded Palmar Sur regional airport terminal. Palmar Sur (airport code […]

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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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Flutterby House Anniversary Aniversario

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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