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Christmas in Costa Rica
During Christmas season Costa Ricans, or Ticos as they are affectionately known, enjoy a plethora of parades, fiestas, and traditions. In the true spirit of Christmas, the season begins with the annual Telethon, forty-eight hours of concerts launched to raise funds for Children’s Hospital.

Christmas in Cuba
Christmas celebration in Cuba is exclusive in character and flavor. Fidel Castro, after declaring Cuba to be an atheist nation, banned the celebration of Christmas in 1969. What has happened since then?

Christmas in Mexico
Mexico has numerous Christmas traditions some originating in Spain and others evolving from Mexico�s own history. Some of Mexico�s unique customs include las posadas, las pastelas, villancicos, Nochebuena and incredible food.

Christmas in Peru
Peruvians love the Christmas holiday and it is a very special time. Christmas celebrations in Peru are a blend of the traditions of the native American and Spanish traditions. Peruvians embrace the Christmas spirit and make it their own with their unique customs.

Christopher Columbus' Sinister Agenda
Christopher Columbus is often credited with discovering the Americas. There is a great deal of distortion around his role in history. Columbus initiated the genocide of the indigenous people and firmly established slavery in the New World, engendering the culture of distrust throughout the Americas.

Cinco de Mayo Fiesta!
Cinco de Mayo is the anniversary of the famous Battle of Puebla. Though not an important battle, it was memorable. Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of an improbable triumph against overwhelming odds. Over the years, it has become an occasion to celebrate Mexican identity, music, dance and food.

Costa Rica Retirement
Are you tired of long commutes, cubicles and time-clocks? Do you want to retire but fear that you cannot afford it? Living in Latin America can be very feasible on less money than it requires to live in the States. Costa Rica is viable choice with its excellent healthcare and climate.

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.

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.

Days of the Dead (Los Días de los Muertos)
Días de los Muertos, Days of the Dead is one of Mexico’s most important annual observances. The ritual dates back 3000 years to their Aztec forebears. The Aztecs believed that the god Quetzalcoatl created the human race by pouring his blood over the ashes and bones of his ancestors.

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