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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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Sustainable Tourism Certification

Costa Ballena – two hotels have earned the top prize of Sustainability

The Sustainable Tourism Certification (CST) is a program that recognizes the hospitality companies’ commitment to the environment.  It involves the evaluation of sustainable levels based on the degree of compliance to each one of the terms such as quality standards and environmental, social, and business requirements. This year, Cuna del Angel Hotel has won the […]

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Don Fernando, Bahia’s last fisherman

In the village, they call him Casco; he came 30 years ago from Quepos to Bahia – Uvita, Costa Ballena.  Back then, he worked as captain of a 39-feet boat, with a crew of six men.  Sometimes, they spent 22 days at sea, usually only eight days because the fishing used to be very good, […]

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Passion Fruit or Maracuyá is a delicious tropical fruit

Plentiful in Costa Rica it is also a great aid for anxiety and Insomnia. Passion fruit it is also called Maracuyá.  It is the fruit of a tropical plant, well known for its vines, and its flowers. Many people recognize this plant by its scientific name “Passiflora.” It is a hardy wood vine.  It can […]

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Pelicans

What other animals walk, swim, and fly? Pelicans are famous for their enormous beak; it has a throat poach they use to scoop up the fish.  The pelicans feed on that fish by immediately tipping the beak back to drain the water and swallow the fish.  Pelicans swoop down sharply from heights up to 10 […]

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Costa Ballena Women's Network

Costa Ballena Women’s Network is the perfect forum to meet women in the Costa Ballena area.  In addition to networking, the monthly meetings provide great information on local businesses and local-area color. The club works on a variety of projects to improve the area.  Our focus is centered on education; we assist local schoolchildren on […]

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President of ADI Ojochal

Last September, Ana Herrera was re-elected as president of the Association for the Development of Ojochal. She kept positioned thanks to her dedicated work for the AMO group, the Association of Women of Ojochal. Her team, consisting of 4 Costar Ricans and 3 foreigners is new. Several projects are on her agenda; some of them […]

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Tropical Biodiversity Institute

César Barrio Amorós was born in Barcelona, Spain. He studied anthropology and music; however, his true passions are herpetology, the tropics, and the discovery of new species. In 1995, he traveled with his backpack to Mérida, town located in the Venezuelan Andes.  Right away, he discovered new species of frogs, and started sorting and classifying […]

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How to get in shape for surfing

Surfing is a sport for the whole body, using different parts in combination and in sequence.  You should train for it in the same way, creating a circuit. Flexibility is achieved through stretching exercises. Paddling requires strength: do lateral raises and straight-arm exercises, focusing on the lats.  Work your triceps with dumbbell exercises. Circles make […]

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The Spheres (2011)

The spheres are perfectly round, mysterious and have their abode in the South Pacific of Costa Rica. The spheres are a pre-Columbian Indian heritage that arouses passions, tall tales and even monumental astronomical conjectures

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Borucan women in Guatemala

Susan Atkinson, from the Pacific Edge Eco Lodge, took three Boruca ladies to Guatemala to meet their homologues.  From Guatemala City, they traveled to Chichicastenango, where every Thursday morning the largest native market in Central America takes place.  In the afternoon, they went to San Juan, near to Lake Atitlan, with the purpose of visiting […]

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The Color Purple

The murex snail provides a milky fluid that all Indian women, from the Boruca community in the Brunca Region in the South Pacific of Costa Rica use in the dyeing of their cotton yarn in purple, which will be used for the waving of their beautiful products. During the waning moon, the Borucas visit the […]

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Boruca – Old times – New times in Boruca

Susan, owner of the Pacific Edge Ecolodge in Dominicalito, has been working with the Boruca community for nearly 17 years, mainly with Marina Lazaro, selling her masks and all the beautifully hand-woven goods, they make.  About three years ago, Susan decided to reinvest the profits she made in the Roca Verde Christmas market.  She purchased […]

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Sansa Regional

With over thirty years of experience, Sansa Regional is the nation’s most traveled commercial carrier, with five high-season flights daily to Puerto Jiménez, alone. Serving ten destinations all around the country, Sansa makes Costa Rica travel planning a breeze. And with a convenient hub at Juan Santamaría International airport, international connections are a snap as […]

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Dominical in Images

Dominical is the gateway and the first beach of Costa Ballena. It has a relaxed atmosphere, and it is well known in the surfing world. If you are new to the sport, there are schools that give classes for enthusiasts. Dominical´s beaches have strong currents, so it is necessary to be cautious and swim in […]

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Ojochal in Images

Ojochal is a residential area in the middle of a huge park, offering tranquility and an ideal set for rest and relaxation. The place is becoming more and more famous for having internationally renowned restaurants. As to accommodations in Ojochal, you can choose between ecologdes, cabins, or luxury villas. Enjoy the waterfalls in the highlands […]

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Costa Ballena in Images

Costa Ballena is the place where the forest meets the South Pacific Ocean in the Osa Canton. It comprises the area from the Barú River, crossing the bridge at Dominical all the way to the mouth of Térraba River in Coronado. The following small towns belong to the area: Dominical – Dominicalito – Hermosa Beach […]

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Uvita in Images

Uvita in Images

Uvita´s beaches are beautiful.  In the Marino Ballena National Park, you can visit the Whale´s Tail, known as the third largest sand formation (tombolo) in the world.  Its length is about 700 m and 250 m wide.  At low tide, you can walk to its end surrounded on either side by the warm waters of […]

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Ballena Tales Magazine Welcomes You!

Ballena Tales Magazine is now online! Everything you need to know about Costa Ballena and Osa in the South Pacific of Costa Rica can be found here. From discovering Local artists under Art & Culture to finding a Hotel, in Tourism & Entertainment, we are here to lend you a hand. Discover the wonders of […]

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Ballena Tales' Third Anniversary

In three years our Ballena Tales magazine has positioned itself on the market. We celebrated this event with a Fiesta. Georg Kiechl of Papa Kilo – Ultralight Uvita – very generously lent us his facilities. Sunday, July 24th, was a sunny day and some two hundred guests (amongst customers, pioneers, artists and friends of Ballena […]

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Palmex

Eco-friendly palm roofs, made from by-products. (506) 2786 5126 http://www.palmex-costarica.com/ Showroom located 25 meters North of the Entrance of Ojochal

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Christophe Gstalder photographer, Boruca – A Vanishing Race and Culture

Christophe Gstalder: Boruca – A Vanishing Race and Culture

“The most beautiful landscape of the Boruca community is the humbleness of its people”I have never worked in my life!  (Christophe´s passion for photography, does not allow him to call it work).  He is originally from Marseille, France; he grew up traveling across the world with his father.20 years ago, he began working on his […]

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