At Grand Masonic Lodge, some of Costa Rica’s best-kept secrets remain just that
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At Grand Masonic Lodge, some of Costa Rica’s best-kept secrets remain just that

Elizabeth V. Soriano - August 22, 2016

While recently perusing Facebook I noticed an upcoming event that piqued my attention: a tour of the Grand Masonic Lodge of Costa Rica, organized by a group…

PHOTOS: ‘Haunted’ Sanatorio Durán is really, truly creepy
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Archaeology
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PHOTOS: ‘Haunted’ Sanatorio Durán is really, truly creepy

Karl Kahler - August 8, 2016

PRUSIA, Cartago — On the way home from visiting Sanatorio Durán, the abandoned old hospital said to be the most haunted place in Costa Rica, I received…

Sarchí: Making Costa Rica’s splendid oxcarts is 120-year tradition
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Sarchí: Making Costa Rica’s splendid oxcarts is 120-year tradition

Karl Kahler - August 4, 2016

SARCHÍ, Alajuela — Sarchí is the birthplace of the brilliantly painted oxcarts that are a national symbol of Costa Rica, and the Eloy Alfaro oxcart factory is the epicenter.…

Santa Ana antiques dealer, architect specializes in people
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Santa Ana antiques dealer, architect specializes in people

Karl Kahler - July 19, 2016

SANTA ANA, San José — The soul of this place comes alive when viewed through the blue eyes of Héctor Aguilar — architect, antiques dealer and prolific profiler…

Santa Ana history: Was this Spain’s first town in the Central Valley?
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Central Valley
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Santa Ana history: Was this Spain’s first town in the Central Valley?

Karl Kahler - July 7, 2016

SANTA ANA, San José — It’s a geographic mystery 455 years in the making, but most historians agree that the first Spanish settlement in Costa Rica’s Central Valley…

Drinking contraband guaro with Sámara’s living legend, Don Polo
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Drinking contraband guaro with Sámara’s living legend, Don Polo

Michael Krumholtz - May 27, 2016

When the 89-year-old man with his belly protruding from his half-buttoned tropical shirt poured me a full shot of contraband guaro at 10 o'clock in the morning,…

Santa Rosa: Costa Rica’s stunning 1856 victory in 14-minute battle
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Santa Rosa: Costa Rica’s stunning 1856 victory in 14-minute battle

Karl Kahler - September 15, 2015

SANTA ROSA NATIONAL PARK, Guanacaste – On March 20, 1856, some 400 mercenaries from the U.S., Germany and France arrived at Hacienda Santa Rosa in northwest Guanacaste after…

Rivas, Nicaragua: Costa Rica’s most famous battle happened where?
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Rivas, Nicaragua: Costa Rica’s most famous battle happened where?

Karl Kahler - September 10, 2015

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story, as noted below, mistakenly said the Rivas Museum was the site of the key battleground of the Second Battle of Rivas…

Monteverde history: Giant sloths, Quakers and cheese
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Monteverde history: Giant sloths, Quakers and cheese

Karl Kahler - May 25, 2015

MONTEVERDE, Puntarenas — Long before the Quakers, the giant ground sloths came — giraffe-size creatures towering 6 meters, leaf-eaters in one of the world’s leafiest places. Mammoths…