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Costa Rica Volcano and Culture Recognised


Arenal Volcano National Park recognised as the best National Park in the world

Arenal Volcano National Park was recently voted the best National Park in the world in Tripadvisor’s Travellers’ Choice Awards for 2022, in the category of “best destinations for outdoor enthusiasts.” It was victorious over 24 other destinations and was the only Latin American destination to appear in the category. One of Costa Rica’s top hiking destinations, Arenal Volcano National Park offers a range of trails that wind through wildlife-rich rainforest and old lava flows, all anchored by one of the world’s most active volcanoes.

Costa Rica was further recognised as one of the “best destinations for sun seekers,” with La Fortuna de San Carlos, nearby Arenal Volcano, appearing in 20th place. Manuel Antonio, one of the country’s most iconic beaches, was also placed within the 22 best beaches of 2022, with praise for its shiny black sand, calm waves and exotic wildlife.

Traditional Costa Rican “cimarrona” folk music awarded cultural recognition

The traditional folk music of the “cimarrona” has just been declared as intangible cultural heritage of Costa Rica, which will go towards preserving and continuing this historic part of the country’s heritage. A “cimarrona” is a small band of amateur musicians characterised by being made up only of wind and percussion instruments such as clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, bugle, trombone, baritone, tuba, snare drum, bass drum and cymbals.

The history of the “cimarronas” dates back to the 20th century where they first emerged from many different towns, influenced by the military bands of the late 19th century. Traditionally, they are known for their presence at community festivities and celebrations. Now, their status as intangible heritage will ensure that people continue to train in the art and gain support in doing so.

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Mark Bibby Jackson

Mark Bibby Jackson

Before setting up Travel Begins at 40, Mark was the publisher of AsiaLIFE Cambodia and a freelance travel writer. When he is not packing and unpacking his travelling bag, Mark writes novels, including To Cook A Spider and Peppered Justice. He loves walking, eating, tasting beer, isolation and arthouse movies, as well as talking to strangers on planes, buses and trains whenever possible. Most at home when not at home.

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