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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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Painter and Art’s Designer Brian Sylvester – San Martín

Before moving to Costa Ballena permanently, Brian Sylvester from Florida and his wife had traveled regularly to their dreamland.  They used to go to Nosara and Tamarindo, but on a surfing trip to Pavones in 1992, Brian fell in love with the area around Dominical. From childhood, he enrolled in all the available art classes; […]

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Procession in Honor of our Lady of the Sea

Juan Carlos Fonseca, Secretary of the Pastoral Council, remembers: After eight days of rain, Sunday, July 16th, at daybreak it was sunny with blue skies. For the first time in Bahía a procession in honor of Our Lady of the Sea (Our Lady of Carmel) was held. She is the patron of Bahía and the […]

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Ballena Tales' Third Anniversary 2011

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 leant 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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Learn to fly or love your Frustrations!

This article is only for people who feel frustrated now and then. If you are one of them, read on.  If the world is always a happy place for you, stop reading! Ok, you are still here. Good. Let me ask you a question first. What happens to you when things do not work out […]

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Conscious Creating

According to the laws of attraction, our every emotion creates the experiences of our life.  While it is our thoughts, which seed the creation of our results, our emotions magnetize them.  When we feel an emotion, it magnetizes our thoughts, in a way proportional to the charge of the emotion.  The more positive, frequent, and […]

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Identifying the Velvet Snake or Fer-De-Lance

Most people panic and kill anything that wriggles on the floor without knowing what specie they are eliminating. In Costa Rica, there are about 120 species of harmless snakes, among them the blind snakes, waterfowl, pythons, and boas. The velvet snake or fer-de-lance (Bothrops asper) is spread throughout Costa Rica being the main poisonous snake […]

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Turtle Season is at its Best!

“We were walking along the beach at night, the moon passed dim light through the clouds, little by little our eyes became accustomed to the darkness, we could see our feet and a little further. Suddenly someone in the group whispered excitedly “Turtle tracks”! Now, our night had begun. Every night from July through December, […]

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Orchids for Every Environment

Jan Erick Lackstetter, (his nickname is Lacki), is German and lives with his little family surrounded by a large garden of exotic orchids in Platanillo. In Germany, he received a very complete training as a gardener, and worked for eight years in the Botanic Garden in Cologne. The orchids bewitched him from the first moment […]

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"The Ojoche Tree" Ancient Cornucopia of Wealth

Ojochal is a name given to a large area of land populated with ojoche trees. The beautiful town by the name of Ojochal was an area covered with these trees during the mid 1930s. The first families moving into the area appreciated the trees for their fruit and shade, and decided to call the place […]

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The Shark Quest

In 2008, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) the hammerhead shark (Sphyrna lewini) was declared an endangered species. Being protected around Coco Island, there are no conservation measures along Costa Rica’s Pacific coastal areas. For this reason, the Shark Quest (Misión Tiburón) is created in 2010, with the support of International  […]

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The Scarlet Macaw or lapa is one of the world’s biggest parrots, Birdwatching and Ornithology

Scarlet Macaws

Scarlet Macaws The return of Scarlet Macaws or “lapas” as they are known in Costa Rica to Costa Ballena after many years of absence, is a source of happiness and gratitude. Now we see them flying along the beach approaching Rancho La Merced. These Psittacidae never go unnoticed due to their bustling distinctive song as […]

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Vulnerable Giants (Humpback Whales)

Each year they swim over 7,000 miles, coasting along the cold waters of Patagonia and here they are, ready to delight us with their acrobatics and singing. For them, the warm waters of Costa Ballena are a great place to give birth. Humpback whales (Megaptera novaengliae) are the queens of the Whales´ Festival in Bahia […]

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Rescuing Lives in the Water

During the last 12 years since the Foundation of the National Association of Lifeguards of Costa Rica, which is based in Grecia, Captain Luís Hidalgo has trained about 700 lifeguards. Invited by Uvita Surf School and the Tecal Camp, he and his sergeant Mery Carranza came to Bahia to train 16 young people from Matapalo, […]

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