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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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You bought your Home in Paradise. Let us Do the Worrying Usted compro su casa en el paraíso. Déjenos sus preocupaciones

You bought your Home in Paradise. Let us Do the Worrying!

Osa Property Management and its commitment to providing world class property management services date back to Nick Halverson’s first trip to the Bahia Ballena area of Costa Rica in March 2005 to purchase some land with a group of investors. “Back then it took 2.5 hours to drive from Quepos to Dominical. Yet, it was […]

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¿Mascotas en un Parque Nacional? Pets in a National Park?

Pets in a National Park?

Most families have a pet; a dog or a cat, or both and these animals have become an important part of the family nucleus. As responsible owners we must take care of them, love them and respect them as living beings. Now what happens when we disrespect the laws of the country and do not […]

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Ojochal preservation, nature preservacion pasión

Choosing Change

Someone asked me the other day; if I had one message to share, what would it be? My answer was this: We always have a choice.We love change when we choose it. A new haircut or a change of scenery is fresh and maybe even exciting. A new toy, car or home gives us domain […]

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Prana, Yoga practicing girl

Yoga: Tips to increase our Prana

In terms of Yoga, there’s a vital energy that’s inside all living creatures that keeps us healthy and content, that’s our Prana. Iyengar and Yogananda (two of the best known yoga teachers) said that low Prana originates all illness, opening the door for disease to manifest in a physical, mental or emotional level. When our […]

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It Looks Like a Stick and Sings Like a Sloth | Parece una estaca y canta como un perezoso

Bird: It Looks Like a Stick and Sings Like a Sloth

Poo-oo-oo-oo-oo rings the sorrowful wail through the warm summer night. Everyone told me it was a sloth calling. In the late 1980s a visiting ornithologist enlightened me. “That sorrowful wail comes from the Common Potoo (Nyctibius griseus)” he told me, “one of the best camoflaged birds in the world.” We walked through the night toward […]

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Sloth Costa Rica Perezoso

Costa Rica: Richie the Sloth Follow Up

Richie, the one-armed, two-toed sloth, had his story shared in March about how he was brought into Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary with bite wounds sustained from a dog attack. As a result of these injuries, he had to have his right arm amputated. After months of rehabilitation he was able to move well and we decided […]

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La buena vida en Dominical Todo al alcance de unos pocos metros | Dominical - The Good Life - All in a Few Hundred Meters

Surf Dominical – The Good Life – All in a Few Hundred Meters

Throughout my travels I’ve searched for locations capable of providing the best in day to day life-style. A good quality of living for me includes environmental cleanliness, social interaction, access to leisure activities and health & safety. When you can find all of this is a close proximity, or better yet, within a few hundred […]

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Another Great Life Party! | ¡Otra gran fiesta por la vida!

Another Great Life Party!

Beach Safety Tip: SWIM SOBER! Alcohol affects your ability to assess or react quickly to dangerous situations. The ocean can be dangerous even when you’re sober – please don’t put yourself and others at risk by drinking alcohol there. On July 1, 2018, over 300 people gathered once again at Roca Verde to celebrate the […]

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Snakes Serpientes Inmovilizadores con colmillos traseros | Rear fanged immobilizers

Snakes: Rear fanged immobilizers

Colubrid snakes are mostly harmless snakes, having an aglyphous dentition, lacking fangs that deliver venom. Just like the boas and pythons, the boids, they kill their prey by suffocation, but some even seem to swallow the prey alive. The Colubridae is the largest snake family, including two-thirds of all snake species. Other members of this […]

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The New Trincheras in San Isidro | Las nuevas Trincheras en San Isidro

The New Trincheras in San Isidro

Trincheras (trenches) is an independent and self-managed cultural and artistic project, located in the heart of San Isidro de El General. It was born in 2012 with the idea of promoting art, culture and books, and supporting any other theatrical manifestation. In the beginning the project had to be sustained by its members, family and […]

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We Sell Paradise: Listing Agreements Contratos de Exclusividad

Listing Agreements

Open Listing: Some sellers may think an open listing means that all of the listing brokerages are working to sell the property but the result can be that no one is really working for the seller. In reality, an open listing is almost no listing at all. Few brokerages are willing to invest time or […]

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Drake Bay has an Airport Drake estrena aeropuerto

Drake Bay has an Airport

The Drake Bay community is premiering its airport, and it is not just any landing field! According to representatives of the air transport company SANSA, it is the third best airport in the country, preceded only by the international airports Daniel Oduber, in Liberia and Juan Santamaría, in Alajuela. It is not yet completely finished. […]

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Golfo Dulce y los Delfines Golfo Dulce and the Dolphins

Golfo Dulce and the Dolphins

The Golfo Dulce is a small gulf, enclosed by land ropes. It is a tropical fjord of Costa Rica located on the southern coast of the country, in the waters of the Pacific Ocean. On the south side it borders the Osa canton and to the north with Golfito. This gulf is home for several […]

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Expat adventure costa rica expatriados aventura costa rica

Expat: Costa Rica is our Adventure

“You have to be into it or you won’t last.” This is certainly correct in the case of Overton Pratt and Michelle DiCogno, an expat couple living in Cinco Ventanas. After seeing the discovery show “Edible Adventures”, filmed in Costa Rica, they felt a call to come and volunteer at the Permaculture Farm called Punta […]

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Jardinería de coral en el Golfo Dulce Coral Gardening in Golfo Dulce

Coral Gardening in Golfo Dulce

Golfo Dulce, in the southeastern Pacific coast of Costa Rica, is home to coral reefs and communities that have been affected by  different factors in the last three decades. In a recent attempt to conserve these important marine ecosystems that are threatened worldwide, coral gardening is becoming a useful tool to help restore the corals; […]

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DAWG saving dogs: Canela’s Tale DAWG ayudando perros: La Historia de Canela

DAWG saving dogs: Canela’s Tale

In 2016, a friend Mona Meier alerted DAWG that a homeless dog with a litter of pups was living on Bahia beach. With help we  located the hiding pups. For over a week, two volunteers went to the beach every day and waited for mom and her pups. Soon the ups started to appear but […]

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Excelente servicio con honradez y honestidad

Uvita: Excellent Service with Honor and Honesty

Our specialty is tire sales, but we also take care of mechanical services and maintenance of new Mazda, Kia, Toyota and Nissan vehicles among others. Some of our main services are oil changes, alignment with 3D technology, scanner and computer diagnostics and preparation for RTV (Technical Review.) 30 years ago, in small garage in San […]

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Playa Cativo Hotel Golfito Boutique Paradise Paraiso

Playa Cativo: First Five Star Hotel in the South Pacific

As a preface to your soothing adventure in the Golfo Dulce, a boat takes you through the magnificent blue waters to Playa Cativo Boutique Hotel. There, you are welcomed by the amiable staff that will discretely take care of you during your stay. The stunningly upscale beach lodge embedded in the untouched Costa Rican rainforest, […]

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Join the Movement “Zero Plastic Bags” Únase al movimiento “Cero bolsas plásticas”

Join the Movement “Zero Plastic Bags”

The Tinamaste Farmer’s Market is joining the movement of zero single use plastic. To achieve this we must unite the efforts of sellers and customers who visit our Market every Tuesday. Little by little, seller by seller, we are in transition towards the elimination of single-use plastics. This has been a progressive effort that we […]

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Pre-Columbian Rock Art at the Alexander Skutch Biological Corridor Arte rupestre precolombino del Corredor Biológico Alexander Skutch

Pre-Columbian Rock Art at the Alexander Skutch Biological Corridor

During the month of July, the division of Community Rural Tourism of the Association of Women of the Alexander Skutch Biological Corridor, received the archeologist Iphigenia Quintanilla, recognized for her research on pre-Columbian stone spheres. Near her, we visited special places in the community of Santa Elena where we found rock art engraved in stone, […]

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Hotel Cristal Ballena with Art and Culture: Baroque Nomade Ensemble Arte cultura Emsamble Musica Barroca

Hotel Cristal Ballena hosted Baroque Nomade Ensemble

The brilliant interpretation of the “Baroque Nomade Ensemble” resounded through the air of the Cristal Ballena Hotel and was rewarded with copious applause by the audience. Doña Herta and Don Waldemar, owners of the hotel, are art lovers, especially of music. For many years they have hosted concerts in the hotel’s elegant facilities. Last August “Le […]

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Mandala Experience

A Mandala Experience

Michael is a professional photographer and creator of mandalas (which means “circle” or “wheel” in Sanskrit.) He recommends us “to Contemplate these geometrical designs such as the Flower of Life to align our thoughts, visions and perceptions to perfection”. “The flower gives the meaning and origin of all the information of the universe”! The DNAs […]

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Costa Rica Team Rafting world championship Campeonato mundial equipo

World Rafting Championship in Argentina: Adrenaline Guaranteed

From November 4-11 the “World Rafting Championship” will be held in the Aluminé River in the Patagonia of Argentina. The river is born in the lake of the same name and crosses the Neuquén province from north to south, parallel to the Andes Mountain Range. The riverbed is narrow, surrounded by high mountains and has […]

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Restaurant Mystic Sushi Restaurant

Mystic Sushi Restaurant: A delicious experience

We arrived around 7 pm. A couple of diners were enjoying their meal in the restaurant with a large open terrace, nice breeze, soft lighting and relaxing background music. For those who have not yet visited the recently opened Mystic Sushi in Uvita, they will be surprised to be greeted by Rocío Chaverri and Juan […]

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Catuosa Libre de plastico free of plastic

CATUOSA – Free of plastic

While the media is warning that the country discards 564 tons of plastic a day, Osa sets an example by promising to become the first plastic-free canton in Costa Rica. Andrés Vargas, one of the forerunners of the “Osa Libre de Plástico” movement and member of the Board of Directors of CATUOSA (Osa Chamber of […]

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