Travel to Costa Rica – Episode 116

categories: central america travel

The Amateur Traveler talks to Harry Pariser the author of “Explore Costa Rica” about the Central American country of Costa Rica.

Pariser has been writing about Costa Rica for 15 years. We talk about the best places to stay, the national parks, the food and riding zip lines through the treetops.


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Show Notes

Traveling Soon? These useful links will help you prepare for your trip.

click here to download (mp3)
click here to download (iTunes enhanced)

Harry Pariser’s books can be ordered through, by 800# (SCB Distributors: 800-729-6423), and at your local independent bookstore.

Costa Rica
Visit Costa Rica
Order Explore Costa Rica (Fifth Edition) with Paypal
Explore Costa Rica- Guidebook features
Costa Rica Travel Suggestions
Explore Costa Rica promotional flyer (PDF)
Join Harry’s news group about travel and tourism in Costa Rica
U.S. State Department brief on Costa Rica
World-Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms – stay on an organic farm in Costa Rica
Work Exchange Programs With EarthFoot Hosts – exchange your work for free ecotour experiences
Punta Mona – center for sustainable living and education
Hacienda Baru
San Jose, Costa Rica
Gold Museum – San Jose, Costa Rica
Costa Rica National Park map
Rara Avis Lodge
Caño Negro National Wildlife Refuge
Laguna Lodge
Playa Zancudo

Internet Resources – create an interactive travel plan


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Chris Christensen

by Chris Christensen

Chris Christensen is the creator of the Amateur Traveler blog and podcast. He has been a travel creator since 2005 and has won awards including being named the "Best Independent Travel Journalist" by Travel+Leisure Magazine.

7 Responses to “Travel to Costa Rica – Episode 116”

Nathan Lott


Have you heard Dawn and Drew talk about their latest trip to Costa Rica? Fascinating stuff. Sounds like the trip from hell, though. Episodes 680-686 sans 683.



Sorry, this was one of the more boring podcasts I’ve listened to of yours… the guest didn’t talk about anything to do, but rather just listed a bunch of cities. It’s clear he loves nature, but seems to hate the people that go to costa rica. Blech.



Sorry you did not like it.

marina villatoro


Hi, great website, so informative and personal. I’ve listened to your podcasts before, and had a listener ask for recommendations, and I recommended you guys!
The Travel Expert(a) and an Expat with a Twist



Thanks for the endorsement!

Jessica W Magellan


I am really disappointed by this guest. Costa Rica is amazing! The food, the people and feeling of it. I have been there 4 times and the tourist issues of having people sell you or scam you are the same as you would experience in Hawaii. This guy doesn’t know Costa Rica the way I do at all. He doesn’t even mention the AMAZING wildlife that is EVERYWHERE YOU GO. I wish you would interview me instead! I feel like I have so many more useful tips and understanding of the country.

Chris Christensen


Jessica, we have a more recent show on Costa Rica and one in the making.

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