Tagged: Costa Rica

Photo Diary: Works from the collection at MADC, Costa Rica.

Testimonio, 2003, by Isabel Ruiz, from Guatemala. Painted on 23 handkerchiefs are testimonies of violent incidents during Guatemala’s Civil War, from 1960-96. (All photos by C-M.)

The Museum of Contemporary Art & Design (MADC) in San Jose, Costa Rica is the single biggest, most important center for contemporary art in Central America — with a permanent collection that is focused on the region. I’ve been to the museum countless times, but this time I was lucky enough to stumble into a show of works from their permanent collection. (It’s a small institution, so display areas are usually occupied by temporary exhibits.) Always refreshing to see work by artists operating outside of the Bermuda Art Triangle.

Colección MADC is now on view.

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C-Mon Giveaway Extravaganza: LP Costa Rica.

Hey Folks:

The latest edition of Lonely Planet’s guide to Costa Rica is out and it’s got several chapters by yours truly. So, if you want to know where to find the best effing cinnamon rolls in San José or are looking for the spiciest Caribbean chicken in Tortuguero or simply want to know where to take a hike in the Central Valley, then this is the book for you.

As always, I’ve got an extra copy to give away. Leave a comment below and this little baby could be yours.


The Digest. 12.20.10.

Huellas del silencio, 2003 by Paulina Ortiz, in the spa at the Four Seasons, Costa Rica. (Photo by C-M.)

Video Diary: What a daily commute looks like when you work for Lonely Planet.

In Tortuguero, on the country’s northeast coast – a network of lowland, rainforest canals (no roads) – with our 10-year-old boat captain, Toñito. I spent all day being hauled around by this incredible kid, who learned how to pilot a boat when he was four.

I’m on an industrial-strength deadline for a Lonely Planet guidebook right now – and am in the process of reliving my November trip to Costa Rica, where transport is always entertaining. I’ve put together a short video diary of a few memorable episodes. Sadly, I did not get any film of the one-armed taxi driver who took me – full speed – on a winding mountain road while talking on his cell phone and driving stick.

Catching a ride on the back of an ATV with Jason, on our way to the Green Gold lodge in Parismina, on the Atlantic Coast.

Making our way to Bajos del Toro in the Central Valley, with a little Janis cranking on the radio.