Costa Rica by Matthew Firestone, Carolina A Miranda, Cesar G Soriano

By Matthew Firestone, Carolina A Miranda, Cesar G Soriano

Incluye:_78 mapas detallados y fáciles de usar_Capítulos en colour sobre observación de l. a. fauna y actividades al aire libre_EcoÍndice con opciones de turismo sostenible

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During the fighting, a drummer boy from Alajuela, Juan Santamaría, was killed while daringly setting fire to Walker’s defenses. The battle became national legend and Santamaría was exalted as a Costa Rican patriot and immortalized in statues (and in an airport) throughout the country. After returning to Nicaragua, Walker declared himself president of the country. However, Walker’s popularity was waning on all sides and soon he found himself being repatriated to the USA. Of course, Walker’s messianic ambitions were far from realized, and after a brief hiatus he set out once again for Central America.

In all cases, you’ll be surprised how far your colones can stretch. If purchased directly from the source, arts and crafts generate income from the ground up and encourage communities to maintain their traditional practices. Spend your money where it counts and help ensure a culture’s future. In Costa Rica, there are also a number of cooperatives that purchase indigenous crafts from villages around the country, sell them at a premium, and return the profits to the artisan. An excellent example of this commendable practice is Galería Namu (Click here) in San José, which is regarded as the premier indigenous art boutique in the country.

For the more discriminating or time-pressed travelers, minivans with air-con, domestic flights and charters can reach even the most remote corners. Accommodations also range from bargain-basement cabins, campsites and hammock hotels, all the way up to 1st-class resorts loaded with every conceivable luxury. See the Directory for more information on climate (click here) and festivals (click here). Lodging is abundant throughout Costa Rica, and it’s usually easy to find someplace to stay when you arrive in town.

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