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Karl Kahler
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Tico Times travel editor, international man of mystery and rogue agent
Tico Times travel editor, international man of mystery and rogue agent

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I met the friendliest folks in Belize, and 50 of them were actually sharks.

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I knew that the Santa Ana area was known for beautiful, handmade clay pottery, but I wanted to find the workshop where the elves actually churn it out. I came to the right place. Part of the Tico Times series on "Costa Rica's Least Known Greatest Places," focusing on Valle del Sol.

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Here's Part II of our Tico Times series "Costa Rica's Least Known Greatest Places," with a history of the Santa Ana region dating to 1561, when the Spanish are believed to have founded their first settlement in the Central Valley here. Today it's one of Costa Rica's hottest boom towns, but its history runs deep.

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Today The Tico Times launched a major new series in Travel called “Costa Rica’s Least Known Greatest Places,” starting with Valle del Sol, aka Santa Ana, one of the country’s fastest-growing urban areas yet one of its most beautiful. We’ll be rolling out eight (8!) more stories on this booming region in the month ahead. See what you think of our opener. This has been a ton of work but a great education. I hope our next destination has a beach!

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Where does a Costa Rica travel writer go on vacation? With scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking, ziplining and a luxury villa to share with friends, the Honduran island of Roatán proves to be a virtually perfect retreat.

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A visit to the controversial Costa Rica zoo turned into something of a project when I learned that new laws are about to totally change the landscape of wildlife management in this country. And it may be the supposed anti-zoos, animal rescue centers, that have to make the most changes.

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Craziest story ever? Puerto Viejo resident Monica Mercedes Pérez Jiménez is the daughter of a 1950s Venezuelan dictator and a German CIA spy named Marita Lorenz who was a lover of Fidel Castro and was recruited by the CIA to kill him — but she loved him too much. Then she got involved with Lee Harvey Oswald and future Watergate burglar Frank Sturgis on a mysterious mission to Dallas in 1963. And if you think that’s strange, when Monica was 15, she tried to shoot Sturgis on the streets of New York City because she thought he was coming to their apartment to kill her mother. You can believe it or not, but first you've got to read it. Sometimes truth really is stranger than fiction.

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Terminator to his wife: "Going to the store. I'll be back."
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Our ancestors evolved in trees, you know. Here's my story about humans returning to the trees.

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Last week I went whitewater rafting on the Pacuare River, courtesy of activists trying to save it from being dammed. Now that's my kind of reporting assignment.
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