Pura Vida: What It Means to Be ‘Full of Life’ in Costa Rica

Justin Maniar is a Senior Site Specialist for Latin America. Justin works with students studying abroad in Costa Rica and Brazil. Pura Vida. In Costa Rica, the people seem to live by this simple phrase. Literally translating to mean “pure life,” ISA students in San José and Heredia and ticos (another name for “Costa Rican”) alike know it means so much more. But what is Pura Vida exactly? 1. Pura Vida is the Costa Rican phrase. Ticos seem to use it for almost everything. For example, in Costa Rica when someone asks you, “¿Cómo estás?” you can respond “Pura vida!”  … Continue reading Pura Vida: What It Means to Be ‘Full of Life’ in Costa Rica

Colombia: Barranquilla Named American Capital of Culture for 2013

Barranquilla was just named the American Capital of Culture for 2013. If that not enough of a reason to consider Colombia, how about 10 more reasons why ISA’s newest program location is a superb destination for study abroad? 1. Amazing ecological diversity – Colombia features an incredibly diverse ecosystem and dynamic topography. In fact, Conservation International named Colombia one of 17 “megadiverse” countries in the world. 2. Colombia is affordable – It is one of the most affordable destinations in South America. Your dollar will go far here. 3. Carnaval de Barranquilla – The gathering is one of the largest … Continue reading Colombia: Barranquilla Named American Capital of Culture for 2013