A spider monkey sits inside its cage last month at the Simon Bolivar Zoo, which recently celebrated its 97th anniversary, in San Jose, Costa Rica.
Hector Retamal/AFP/Getty Images
August 5, 2013 The minister for the environment said it was time for the country to move beyond caging wild animals and seek a more natural experience.
May 28, 2013 Prosecutors called the website the "PayPal for criminals," saying it allowed users to transfer money without leaving a trace.
Luis Fernando Vasquez has been a coffee farmer in the central valley of Costa Rica his entire life.
April 24, 2013 It doesn't take much effort to find bags of coffee with labels that promise social and environmental improvements. But each one of these certification programs promises something different for the farmer and the land — and every promise involves some compromises.
<iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/177757797/178675978" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no">
According to the Terraba tribe, anise leaves are rich in iron and help with circulation.
Courtesy of Terraba.org
January 24, 2013 To help the an indigenous community in Central America preserve their culture and traditions, journalism students have built a website exploring how the tribe uses medicinal plants to treat everything from a cold and sunburns to cancer.
September 5, 2012 An estimated 7.6-magnitude earthquake in Costa Rica raised alerts for the Pacific coasts of Costa Rica, Panama, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala and Peru.
NPR thanks our sponsors
Become an NPR sponsor