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How to live like a Local in San José
One walk down its quaint streets, one sip of its celebrated coffee and Costa Rica was home for Lonely Planet Local Maria Esther Abissi. Seven years in and the city of San José is only getting better. Whether it's a night of dancing at one of the bars on Barrio Escalante, dining at the trendiest restaurants or a lazy afternoon spent at a city museum, Pura Vida (the simple life) is always within reach.
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In pursuit of pura vida: peaceful escapes in Costa Rica
Pura vida. Pure life. You’ll hear the expression frequently throughout your visit to Costa Rica, as a sincere wish for your time in this natural wonderland. It’s a valediction, an affirmation and a state of mind, reflecting an appreciation for the awesomeness of nature and our role in it. This concept – pura vida – is what makes Costa Rica a perfect destination to relax, rejuvenate and renew your spirit. Here are some unique ways to do it.
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Adventure awaits in Costa Rica’s national parks
Covering some 10% of Costa Rican territory, the country’s national parks protect a stunning array of landscapes – wetlands and forests, caves and volcanoes, and habitats for creatures galore. This is the country’s greatest natural resources, and it’s all yours to discover: summit cloud-shrouded peaks or delve into dense jungles; trek overland or barrel down mountainsides; spot a scarlet macaw or hear a howler monkey. Choose your own adventure, pick a park, and you’re off on a wild ride in Costa Rica.
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