Although the act of abstaining from animal products has became increasingly mainstream over the last few years being a vegan is not always easy. From confused looks to limited cuisines, vegans face a unique set of challenges in every country they visit. So with our Earth conscious readers in mind The CR Post presents The Top 3 Tips for Vegans visiting Costa Rica.

#3 Don’t tell Anyone

Here at The CR Post we know hard it can be for you Vegans to resist blurting out your salad tossing tendencies every time you meet someone new, but here in Costa Rica Veganism is not that common of a practice and something you might consider keeping to yourself despite what your instincts tell you.

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Since the practice is generally associated with Hippies, Trustafarians and other ridiculous people that insist on telling everyone what they eat, where they stick their willy and why they are proud to be Canadian, don’t be surprised to find yourself pigeon-holed with the patchouli crowd by the Carnivorous Costa Ricans should you decide to ignore this tip.

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#2 Just Don’t Preach

As a Vegan, even if you followed our first tip, sooner or later fortune will smile upon you and someone will eventually find out what you are, and you will once again be blessed with a chance to talk about your life’s work. There is nothing wrong with telling people why you chose to stop eating bacon but if you aren’t careful you may come across as “preachy”, and Ticos hate that.

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On the other end of the spectrum Ticos love meat. They also love eggs, dairy products, honey, leather, fur, silk, wool, cosmetics, and soaps derived from animal products so if you are planning a trip to Costa Rica you may consider turning your preachy bullshit back a couple notches before you jump on the plane otherwise you may find yourself permanently uninvited to social functions which generally revolve around, you guessed it, meat.

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#1 Dont Eat the Vegetables

 Although this may seem counter-intuitive, since many would consider Costa Rica to be a paradise for Vegans due to the broad variety of species of fruits and vegetables grow here. Aside from the bananas, guavas, papayas, pineapples, coconuts, peas and lentils, Costa Rica is also paradise for pesticide related side effects like sterility, stomach ulcers, cancer and death. So if you are going to eat them you better wash the hell out of them.
 Costa Rica is currently #1 in the world for pesticides and getting there was no easy task. In an effort to reach the coveted number one spot Costa Rican fruit farmers turned up the juice to an impressive 51.2 kilograms of pesticide per hectare back in 2000. Flash forward 16 years are we are still holding the lead despite the pathetic 18.2 kilograms per hectare currently being sprayed on crops by Tico farmers.
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Take that Colombia!

Some of Costa Rica’s favorite pesticides include but aren’t limited to Endosulfan (associated with reproductive and developmental damage in both animals and humans), Bromacil (associated with thyroid, liver and kidney cancer), Diluron and Tridamefón (also known to be carcinogenic and prone to induce chromosome abnormalities) and our favorite Dieldrin which is linked to weakened immune systems, reduced reproductive success, birth defects, kidney damage and cancer. Que Rico!

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