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Photos: A weekend in Puerto Viejo

Tico Times photographer Jacob Spetzler recently spent a weekend in Puerto Viejo.

PHOTOS: Snapshots of Costa Rica’s Independence Day Parade

San José celebrated Costa Rica's Independence Day with a traditional parade along Avenida Segunda that – as usually is the case – was full of music and color, with hundreds of students from different schools marching.

PHOTO REPORT: The Sagrado Corazón de Jesús mass

Each year on June 25, San José celebrates the the Sagrado Corazón de Jesús mass, honoring the patron of both the Mercado Central and the Mercado Borbón.

PHOTO GALLERY: A changing tide for Costa Rica’s artisanal fishing communities

Adrian Arguijo Valdez is an artisanal fisherman. His weathered hands are a testament to countless years of direct exposure to sun and wind on the Golfo de Nicoya, off Costa Rica's north-central Pacific coast. Threads dance off the edges of his loose clothing, but there is still great strength in his presence. “I used to be a fisherman but times have changed,” he says.

Photo exhibit documents Costa Rican diversity

Portraitist Lucas Iturriza has spent the past half-decade capturing faces on film and talking with his subjects about their lives. The purpose of the project has been to celebrate the diversity of Costa Rica – not just as faces and skin colors, but as backgrounds and lifestyles.

PHOTOS: A Holy Week children’s procession in Heredia

As part of Costa Rica's Easter Holy Week activities, the Church of Santo Domingo de Heredia on Tuesday held an annual procession that featured kids as leading actors.

PHOTOS: Dry season brings a blast of color to Costa Rica’s treetops

It's the time of year for many of Costa Rica's flowering trees to show their stuff.

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