MONTEVERDE – Small and soft-spoken, Gabriel Barboza leans over a fallen tree to point out a hint of greenery protruding from damp bark. Barboza, known in the small mountain community of Monteverde as “the orchid guru,” is an expert on this tiny epiphyte found only in Costa Rica. “I appreciate and love orchids. More than … Continue reading
HEREDIA, Costa Rica – Some rivers in Costa Rica are among the most polluted in Central America after decades of contamination – sewage, runoff from plantations and industry – but the Tárcoles River takes the grand prize. The Tárcoles River pollution is predominantly sewage and fecal contamination, which can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and infections in … Continue reading
Community leader Rafael Eduardo Arguedes is an active participant in Foro de Monteverde, which updates followers on the status of their initiative for improvements on a narrow stretch of road leading to Monteverde. In this interview, he discusses (in Spanish) the importance of better infrastructure. MONTEVERDE, Costa Rica – The walls of thick green forest … Continue reading
HEREDIA, Costa Rica – A short drive north of the country’s capital lies the community of San José de la Montaña. Winding roads and climbing hills lead up to the quiet and vastly green area where businesses and homes dot the roadside. Nestled on a hillside sits a small coffee farm that has been producing … Continue reading
University of Arizona journalism students travel to Costa Rica to cover the environment. Click on a place marker to view stories reported in that area.
LA FORTUNA, Costa Rica – “Señor Castro! Señor Castro!” A gate is buzzed open, and there at the front door stands Vital Castro, “the man who knows everything” about La Fortuna. The smell of wet moss emanates from plants perched alongside the zigzag walkway leading to the front door, signaling the rainstorm that is to … Continue reading