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Costa Rica might be a small country but it is full of funny surprises. If you are a student here at our Heredia Campus, for sure you will see things on the streets you would never expect to see back home. As a former student or traveler in Costa Rica you might have even some of your own truly unique shots!

In case you didn’t get enough of the Christmas fiestas, January continues the action with the famous Fiestas de Palmares.  

Palmares is a pueblito just about an hour from San José.  The Palmares fiestas are different from the fiestas found everywhere because they feature a series of concerts.  Artists come from far and wide, both Costa Rican and international, to grace the stage.  

It also hosts several nights of rodeos and a Gran Tope, a type of horse parade where the experienced riders show off their horses’ unusual dance-like gait.

If you find yourself travelling to Costa Rica during December, you’ll be able to take part in one of the most exciting times of the year!  You won't find any snow around, but there are plenty of Christmas celebrations, light festivals, and lots of their traditional tamales!  


This past weekend a friend of mine was visiting from the U.S. and of course wanted to bring back some great souvenirs to her friends and family that were unique to Costa Rica.  After spending a good while searching on the internet, I decided to ask a few Ticos instead- all of which pointed me in the same direction, to San Jose’s Mercado Artesania.

Looking for something adventurous to do this weekend? White water rafting in rainy season rivers might just be your thing.

Halloween is tradition that seems to have found its way into Costa Rica.  Trick or treating is not usually part of the festivities here, however Costa Rica’s youth still seem to take advantage of this ghoulish holiday to dress up in a variety of costumes, anything from angels to demons, and pirates to witches.  Nevertheless, Costa Rica has its own tales of horror and ghostly things. 

It’s all about the basics when you’re cooking Costa Rican food- staple ingredients like proteins, carbohydrates, and vegetables are all beautifully combined on one plate.  It is easy to fall in love with all of the amazing dishes that Costa Ricans prepare in their everyday lives. 

If you're planning to travel to Costa Rica this winter, take advantage of some offers from lesser-known airfare websites!  When booking your ticket, remember that Juan Santamaria (SJO-International Airport in San Jose) is closer to the Heredia campus and that the international airport in Liberia (LIR) is closer to our beach campus in Samara.