Creative Culture

Abel Pacheco

Abel Pacheco

Abel Pacheco is the author of Paso de tropo, Una muchacha, and De la selva a la embajada.  His story “Deeper Than Skin” was originally published as Más abajo de la piel, and an excerpt appears in Costa Rica: A Traveler’s Literary Companion.  This excerpt includes twelve short vignettes about the characters, animals, and landscapes […]

Guiones Surf Photo of the Week

Guiones Surf Photo of the Week

  Whether the wave is large or small, positioning reveals intimate knowledge about any rider’s approach.  Graceful bottom turn around the critical section is the same on a playful longboard day at the beach or triple overhead Pipe.  Leaning hard on the inside rail to project down the line. photo provided by Surfing Nosara

Yolanda Oreamuno

Yolanda Oreamuno

Yolanda Oreamuno’s work is collected in A lo largo del corto camino and La ruta de su evasión.  Her story “El espíritu de mi terra,” which appears in Costa Rica: A Traveler’s Literary Companion as “The Spirit of My Land,” was originally published in the influential literary journal Repertorio americano, in which Oreamuno began publishing […]


Guiones Surf Photo of the Week

Guiones Surf Photo of the Week

High speed backhand top-turn aka “slash”.  The arc of spray “out the back” of the wave testifies to both the Surfer’s agility and the forces at play.  He has re-set his edge, ready to turn off the bottom again and traverse the next section of unfolding wave.   photo provided by Surfing Nosara

Guiones Surf Photo of the Week

Guiones Surf Photo of the Week

The Empty Wave as Icon, Totem, Object of Desire.  A Force to both Thrill and Fear.  Could You? Would You?  Where are the Others?  Sleeping In?  Sitting Outside?  Each person, with a singular approach… Worthy through effort, regardless of outcome.   photo provided by Surfing Nosara

"When New Flowers Bloomed"

“When New Flowers Bloomed”

Carmen Naranjo‘s stories both open and close Costa Rica: A Traveler’s Literary Companion.  The final story in the collection, “When New Flowers Bloomed,” was originally published in When New Flowers Bloomed: Short Stories by Women Writers from Costa Rica and Panama (1991).  With Naranjo’s beautiful nature imagery and powerful storytelling, it is not surprising that […]


Guiones Surf Photo of the Week

Guiones Surf Photo of the Week

We surfers are often so focused on waves, that seeing a bigger picture can elude us.  But once cured of our myopia, we embrace the larger context, often celebrating the overall spectacle and beauty of where land meets sea.  Here, ghosting rain tails along the low tide beach, transforming the seemingly mundane surf zone into […]

Guiones Surf Photo of the Week

Guiones Surf Photo of the Week

  Reduce wave riding to its essence !  Minimalist, Purist, Luddite- call him what you will, but less is more sometimes.  The Body, without the tech, for sheer Joy and Thrill…   photo provided by Surfing Nosara

Carmen Naranjo

Carmen Naranjo

Like Pastor in Carmen Lyra’s “Pastor’s Ten Little Old Men,” don Fulminante, also known as the Fulminating Fib, is a storyteller.  Carmen Naranjo’s tale about this character, “Believe it or Not,” is the opening story in Costa Rica: A Traveler’s Literary Companion.  Don Fulminante, who tells his stories in La Fortuna, begins each tale with, […]


Guiones Surf Photo of the Week

Guiones Surf Photo of the Week

The simple beauty of fundamentals.  A long, sturdy craft to guide on a clear trajectory in the morning light, through a shifting wave face, doing its best to look like molten fractured glass. Amen.   photo provided by Surfing Nosara

Carmen Lyra

Carmen Lyra

Carmen Lyra’s “Pastor’s Ten Little Old Men” is a story about the power of storytelling.  When Soledad meets Pastor, he is talking to the “old men,” his ten toes.  He tells Soledad the stories of these old men, from their days turtle fishing at Tortuguero to their days pearl diving in the Gulf of Papagayo […]

Guiones Surf Photo of the Week

Guiones Surf Photo of the Week

As incongruous as it might initially seem, anyone lucky enough to have enjoyed the thrill of downhill skiing cannot deny the remarkable similarity of this surfer’s scathing cutback on a foamy face to a skier tightly clearing a gate on some well marked course. In both, the forward leg is leading and lifting the edge. […]


Max Jiménez

Max Jiménez

In his story “The Palmitero,” Max Jiménez personifies the palmetto, the fan palms that stand “with slender trunks, their feathery green tops waving like plumes,” those trees that are cut down by the palmitero to retrieve the delicious hearts of palm: You have to hear the screams as each palm splinters to earth, as it […]

Guiones Surf Photo of the Week

Guiones Surf Photo of the Week

Hope you stretched and are in good paddling shape !  The beauty belies the physical work to get out there.  Three lines of white water, the inside about to unload, and the feathering, marching outside wave…as final destination.  Rarely does a photograph at paddler’s level depict the arduous journey of the surfer’s trip from shore […]

Guiones Surf Photo of the Week

Guiones Surf Photo of the Week

The long months of rainy season transform the Pelada headland from dusty brown to verdant green, no doubt invoking the mindset of those ship-bound Westerners who first laid eyes upon the already Indigenously peopled coast: Costa Rica !  What else could have come to mind? Soon, the rain and mostly onshore wind will yield to […]


Guiones Surf Photo of the Week

Guiones Surf Photo of the Week

We’re not always trying to catch only waves in the surf zone, the ordered chaos of tumbling rollers rushing toward shore.  It is a cauldron of energy, boiling with nutrients and marine life.  Here, the work of throwing the cast net becomes Art.  For the net to elegantly “spread” when thrown, it must first be […]

Guiones Surf Photo of the Week

Guiones Surf Photo of the Week

Drawing clean lines, the back leg is the crucial pivot point when going “off the lip”. Here, we also see the value of the paddle blade as secondary fulcrum when SUP-ing…  Same physics, different tool !   photo provided by Surfing Nosara

Guiones Surf Photo of the Week

Guiones Surf Photo of the Week

There’s nothing quite like having paddled into  a “maybe” wave, only to have it pitch on the inside for a curtain call.  Nice reward for keeping the faith!   This inside zipper qualifies as “the worth it wave” of the session…   photo provided by Surfing Nosara


Guiones Surf Photo of the Week

Guiones Surf Photo of the Week

Launching just to break free from gravity has its merits. But, as with most things in Life, Function is Beauty.  Feet, Body and Board all focused on re-engaging with the momentum of a continuing wave peeling to the inside… Functional Air at its best.   photo provided by Surfing Nosara

Louis Ducoudray

Louis Ducoudray

Louis Ducoudray is the author of the short story collection El agua secreto, for which he won the Premio Nacional Aquileo J. Echeverría in 1976.  The author is also one of the founders of modern architecture in Costa Rica. His story “Here” is a strange, Orwellian-like science fiction in which “the wings”–“two wings joined together […]

Guiones Surf Photo of the Week

Guiones Surf Photo of the Week

The visual was so striking… please pardon the pun : HairSpray ! Talk about being”In Synch”…   photo provided by Surfing Nosara


Fabián Dobles

Fabián Dobles

Fabián Dobles is featured twice in Costa Rica: A Traveler’s Literary Companion, and both stories show how disagreements can divide family or close friends. His first story, “The Targuá Tree,” begins at the hearth of a dying fire as an old man arrives to make amends with his brother, whom he has not seen in […]

Alfredo Aguilar

Alfredo Aguilar

Alfredo Aguilar is the author of Morir dos veces, a collection of stories for which he won the Primer Certamen de Literatura Joven Centroamericana in 1988.  “Mint Flowers,” a short story found in this collection, follows the character Manuela as she moves about her town to settle all her affairs before dying.  Manuela knows to […]

Exploring Costa Rican Literature

Exploring Costa Rican Literature

Photo Credit: Abee5 / CC BY 2.0 In addition to travel guides, maps, history lessons, and exploration, you can learn much about a country by diving into its literature.  When packing your bags, consider Costa Rica: A Traveler’s Literary Companion, edited by Barbara Ras, to enjoy the colorful and rich stories of Costa Rica’s authors. […]