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Franklin Chang Díaz
Costa Rican Franklin Chang Díaz, one of the most prominent astronauts and scientists in the world, was enthralled by Sputnik and the birth of space exploration at the young age of six. Franklin thought people would someday travel to other planets and he wanted to be one of those explorers.

Oil Palm Plantations in Costa Rica
In Costa Rica I explored the two hundred miles of Pacific coastline. In the central Pacific, particularly around Quepos, I was impressed by boundless forests of palm trees extending for miles along the highway. Curiously, the trees appeared to be aligned diagonally.

Hotel Hacienda Guachipelín, a Review
Hacienda Guachipelín in Guanacaste, Costa Rica, is a working cattle and horse ranch founded in the 19th century. Now, still a working ranch, the Hacienda is home to the most delightful hotel with a friendly and helpful staff, great food, and numerous adventure, nature and relaxation tours.

Hispanic Gardening
Latin Americans have a long standing tradition of backyard or kitchen gardens used to grow food for the family and a little extra, “un poco mas” for sharing with friends. Mesoamerican gardening practices and techniques are quite ancient, dating as far back as 8000-2000 BCE.

Costa Rica's Oil Palm Plantations
: In Costa Rica I explored the two hundred miles of Pacific coastline from the north Pacific area of Liberia to the central Pacific area of Quepos. In the central Pacific, particularly around Quepos, I was impressed by boundless forests of palm trees extending for miles along the highway.

Costa Rica's Mangrove Forest on Isla Damas
One of Costa Rica’s most important mangrove forests is on Isla Damas that lies just off Costa Rica’s central Pacific coast near the town of Quepos. I had the opportunity to explore the mangrove swamp on Isla Damas currently one of the most important remaining mangroves in Costa Rica.

Gabriel García Márquez, 1927-2014
Gabriel García Márquez, a great Latin American journalist and novelist, was born in the town of Aracataca, Colombia on March, 6 1927 and died April 14, 2014 in Mexico City, Mexico. Marquez, known affectionately as Gabo the world over, is deeply mourned by millions of readers around the world.

Ancient Tiahuanaco at Lake Titicaca
Thousands of years ago a highly sophisticated society created the great city of Tiahuanaco on the shore of Lake Titicaca. It is believed that the people of Tiahuanaca were the ancestors of the Incas and other cultures of South America. Tiahuanaco became the seat of a powerful pre-Columbian empire.

Our Lady of Guadalupe
On December 12, Catholics the world over, especially in Latin America, celebrate the feast day of the Virgin of Guadalupe. She is called La Reina de Mexico and is quite a cultural icon. In 1999 Pope John Paul II proclaimed Our Lady of Guadalupe a patron saint of all the Americas.

One Calamitous Spring - A Review
One Calamitous Spring: A Novel of Santa Fe is Edward F. Mendez’ debut novel. The story of the Silverton-de Baca family is at times hilarious, other times heartbreaking and always poignant. A non-polemic view of several societal issues, Mendez dexterously resolves the issues to an uplifting finish.

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