Costa Rica’s Sloths Take Center Stage on 60 Minutes
This Sunday on 60 Minutes, correspondent6 Sharyn Alfonsi will take viewers into the jungles of Costa Rica to uncover the evolutionary secrets that have allowed sloths to survive unchanged for 60 million years. Teaming up with a sloth expert, Alfonsi observes both two-toed and three-toed sloths in their natural habitats, exploring their unique traits and lifestyles. She reveals how being nature’s couch potatoes has paradoxically been the key to their longevity despite themselves. The episode celebrates the wonder of these captivating creatures while reaffirming 60 Minutes’ commitment to inspiring curiosity about the natural world. Tune in Sunday at 7:30pm ET to watch this fascinating story on CBS.
Kevin Costner Vacations in Costa Rica
On Monday, acclaimed actor Kevin Costner arrived in Costa Rica, touching down at Juan Santamaría Airport on a private jet along with a group speculated to be family and friends. The 68-year-old star, best known for films like “Dances with Wolves” and “Field of Dreams,” was recognized by airport staff member Ariel Ortiz Hinojosa, who was able to snap a photo with Costner during his brief time in the terminal. While Costner’s exact location in Costa Rica’s lush natural landscapes remains unknown, the country is sure to provide a beautiful backdrop for the two-time Academy Award winner’s vacation. The versatile Hollywood icon’s visit sparks excitement and intrigue in Costa Rica.
Costa Rica Highlighted in the 21 Days of Latin Music
Costa Rica is a country with a rich and diverse musical history. Influenced by its indigenous people, European settlers, and African slaves, Costa Rica has a variety of genres including marimba, trova, cumbia, samba, reggae, and rock. This Hispanic Heritage Month, World Cafe has curated a 21 days of Musica Latina mix to explore the distinct genres born on Costa Rica’s contrasting coasts, from the Caribbean side’s calypso and its modern offshoots to the contemporary blend of reggae, soca, and soul from the Pacific side. Popular Costa Rican musicians include Debi Nova, Habacuc, Gandhi, Inti-Illimani, and Los Ajenos. This mix is a great opportunity to learn more about Costa Rican music and culture.
Ancient Mayan Site in Guatemala Joins UNESCO World Heritage List
On Monday, UNESCO added the 1,700-year-old archaeological site of Tak’alik Ab’aj in Guatemala to its World Heritage List. Located in a tropical forest, Tak’alik Ab’aj was a major commercial hub inhabited first by the Olmecs and later the Maya during the transition from Olmec to early Mayan civilization. According to UNESCO, the site played a key role in this cultural shift, containing artifacts and architecture fusing elements of both. With its cosmological layout and continued sacred importance for visiting Indigenous groups, Tak’alik Ab’aj provides invaluable insight into Mesoamerica’s formative period and joins Antigua, Tikal and Quirigua as Guatemala’s World Heritage Sites.