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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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DAWG: Great Progress !Éxito! Gran progreso

DAWG: Great Progress

In the days before DAWG, our beaches and streets were covered with homeless, neglected and abused dogs and cats. Before DAWG there were individuals that tried to help, primarily by spaying and neutering strays, but it is the community support and donations that have helped us really make progress. We are now in our rainy […]

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La Asociación de Desarrollo de Uvita en acción The Development Association of Uvita in Action

Development Association of Uvita in Action

The Development Association of Uvita inaugurated a beautiful children’s playground next to the Bahía Community Center. It was built with the support of the Municipality of Osa and PANI (National Children’s Trust). Numerous parents with their children attended the event and witnessed the cutting of the ribbon. In her words, the representative of the Pani […]

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The Silencio Archeological Site: Curing of a Sphere Sitio arqueológico El Silencio: Curación de una Esfera

The Silencio Archaeological Site: Curing of a Sphere

One morning in May, collaborators of the National Museum of Costa Rica, residents of Osa and representatives of the indigenous community of Boruca met at El Silencio Archaeological Site to visit the largest sphere discovered so far. In 1992 the existence of the El Silencio sphere was recorded for the first time. In 2012, its […]

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Parque Nacional Marino Ballena Team Work trabajo en equipo

Marino Ballena National Park : Team Work

Currently, efforts have increased in the management of the waste that visitors leave at the Marino Ballena National Park. The officials of the protected area separate valuable waste such as cardboard, plastic, cans and glass, so that this waste will not be buried in a dump or even worse, reach the sea. This waste is […]

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Leaders of the Future Forjando futuros líderes

SELAL: Leaders of the Future

With the purpose of promoting sustainable local development, this July nine and ten-year students of the La Uvita High School, will participate in a program that seeks to connect training, ecological awareness, environmental conservation, English and leadership with employment options especially in the local economy. The program SELAL (Environmental Leadershiwp and Language Program at Stanford […]

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Micro plástico, un elemento sorpresa Micro plastic, a Surprise Element

Micro plastic, a Surprise Element

Costa Rica has numerous organized communities that participate regularly in beach cleanups representing a great social evolution. These activities are very important to mitigate the tons of waste that are polluting the oceans. However, we must not lose sight of the details, among which is the micro plastic. This term distinguishes the plastic that has […]

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Yoga and Living Sustainably Yoga y vivir sosteniblemente

Yoga and Living Sustainably

Patanjali (known as the father of yoga) proposed a “code of conduct” for those in the pursuit of spiritual growth. This system is known as the E ight Limbs of Yoga. The first limb is called: the Yamas. Basically, they are recommendations that outline a way of life, which leads to spiritual progress for everyone. […]

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Chicas y Caballos Horses and Girls

Girls and Horses

It is amazing when like-minded people unexpectedly unite. In the story of Chicas y Caballos (Girls and Horses), four women met and realized they had something in common— their lifelong love of horses. They shared stories about how the horse ranch was their happy place for peace and play. The benefits they experienced with horses […]

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Sail Cargo Carbon Negative Marine Freight Carbono Neutral Velero pionero

La Ceiba, a Pioneer Sail Cargo

The first rays of tropical sun begin to heat the day not long after the earliest light at the eco-shipyard in Punta Morales, Costa Rica. Ceiba, the pioneer sailing tall-ship of this project, will have a cargo capacity of 350 cubic meters. She will be carrying environmentally-friendly, ethical goods by the wind power up and […]

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Eco Feria Camino Real

Eco Feria Camino Real

Dominical of Costa Ballena has its Eco Fair, located in the area behind the Patron’s Restaurant. It is called Camino Real as the crossing from north to south and from east to west used by travelers and vendors alike. A good example is the famous Guayaba National Monument. Four beautiful women, Mrs. Estela, Keyna, Krishna […]

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Maracuya Street Food & Cocktail Bar

Restaurant Maracuya: Street Food & Cocktail Bar

Maracuya “Street Food & Cocktail Bar” (formerly La Casona) has all the flavor and color of a “trendy” restaurant. The attractive décor is pleasantly surprising with comfortable, relaxing sofas and a large terrace to observe the passers-by. The menu offers “Street Food”, which means a gourmet version of fast food served in food trucks and […]

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Ojochal preservation, nature preservacion pasión

Tropical Paradise in Ojochal: Passion for Preservation

Ojochal is the idyllic fantasy of a community where mountains, sea and friendly people are intertwined in a single space. Named for the abundance of the native tree “the eye of the tropical forest,” its most notorious feature is the forest cover that surrounds this particular community of the southern Pacific coast of Costa Rica. […]

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Tommy, el racoon mapache

Tommy, the rescued Raccoon

This is Tommy, a rescued racoon. He and his littermates came to me in 2014 as small babies. It became apparent that one of the babies (Tommy) had a bad problem in his rear legs, they seemed paralyzed. The decision was made to give him some time to see if the problem would correct itself […]

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Blue Flag Bandera azul ojochal

Ojochal: Another Blue Flag, this Year with 3 Stars!

Ecological Blue Flag (BAE) award (Communities category), and this year earning three stars. This prestigious annual award recognizes the effort and voluntary work of the committees for the Ojochal Blue Flag and the community. It is very special considering that since 2015, Ojochal is the only community participating in this category in the Canton of […]

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citrus Chef creating with love and passion

Citrus: Creating with Love and Passion

Chef Marcella has not only made a name for herself in the South of Costa Rica but also internationally. This year, shortly after celebrating the tenth anniversary of her famous restaurant Citrus in Ojochal, she participated in the fourth edition of the “Taste of / Goût de France” event, organized by the Ministry of Europe […]

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Alturas Crossing Group New Bridge for the Monkey Capuchin Community

New Bridge for the Monkey Capuchin Community

Over the past few months, Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary have been monitoring a wild group of Capuchin monkeys in the area of Dominicalito. We noticed that this troop crosses the main road every day, often coming close to death due to the heavy traffic on the Costanera road. After receiving community support and collecting over 200 […]

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Paloma Coronado Ama tierra

Ama Tierra

Paloma Coronado Manrique and Sara Luz Abarca are two women with many desires to share their magic. Paloma is from Peru, raised in Mexico and for six years has lived in Costa Rica. Sara is Tica, and both are neighbors in the Valley of Las Tumbas (by an old indigenous cemetery near Tinamaste). They joined […]

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sustainable living in Costa Rica el fuego Brew

Fuego Brew Co.’s Mission

At Fuego Brew Co., in Dominical, drinking responsibly is your choice but operating responsibly is ours. The mission is not only provide fresh artisan beer & food, but to create a correlation between craft beer and the eco-sustainability movement. From the brewery’s water treatment systems, to the recycling of bi-product and using eco-friendly products we […]

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Puma Biodiversity Costa Rica Costa Ballena

Biodiversity in Costa Ballena

The word “biodiversity” is a recent addition to our language having first appeared in the Merriam-Webster dictionary in 1985. The word takes on a special meaning when referring to the Costa Ballena, because this is one of the few places in the world where the biodiversity is actually increasing. It is a privilege to live […]

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Little Red Riding Hood, an Amazing Production

Little Red Riding Hood, an Amazing Production

The young students, children and teenagers at the Happy Feet Ballet & Performing Arts School in Dominical (related article) gave an excellent presentation of their incredible talent. The very hard work six days a week, not only training ballet, but singing and performing as well, paid off. Little Red Riding Hood carried the spectators at […]

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concert charity

An All-Day Charity Concert Event

When rainy season rolls around, locals and tourists are always looking for something to occupy their time. Birdhouse Productions has the perfect solution. “Jugadores en la Playa” is an all-day charity concert event that will be held on September 16th of this year at the Rum Bar and the Rio Lindo Pool Bar. “We wanted […]

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Mother's day

August – Mother’s Month

In Costa Rica, Mother’s Day is celebrated on August 15. The tradition is to go visit mother, take her a gift, invite her to eat, and pamper her a lot. It is common among mothers to behave like adolescent birds when they see all their chicks gathered, cackling with pure happiness. This behavior is also […]

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Southerners of Strain and Heart

Southerners of Strain and Heart

There is nothing more important than learning to be well with one’s self and others in order to live together and be happy. We see that natural balance exemplified in Mother Nature, who is wise and benevolent. In “Pachamama” are the best kept secrets of evolutionary life and in each of them the grace of […]

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Reticulated Python

Giant Snakes at Reptilandia

We all hear stories and see fake photos on social media about the enormous snakes that slither around in the world’s tropics, snakes that swallow whole cows and are lifted by huge cranes. Well, I have to disappoint you. Until this day the 10 plus meter snake has still not been found. The longest snakes […]

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Andrew Shahan KABE

Kabe academy forging bilingual innovators and critical thinkers

The changes in our exponentially technological world are so rapid that they require constant growth. In the innovative, bilingual academy in Uvita, your child will develop love and commitment to the curriculum, complemented by practical periods in contact with nature and the Tico and international community. They will learn the real world skills necessary for […]

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