El Colectivo 506 is a Costa Rican media outlet focused on solutions journalism and rural communities. It is the editorial arm of Directory 506. The digital magazine publishes monthly editions that explore a new topic each month in depth, with formats including longform, opinion columns, and travel notes. Access to our website is completely free; our newsroom is supported by sponsorships, donations, and annual memberships from readers who receive exclusive content.
El Colectivo 506 was co-founded by journalist Katherine Stanley Obando, photojournalist Mónica Quesada Cordero, and rural tourism entrepreneur Pippa Kelly, united by our love for Costa Rica. We had a vision to create a site that brought together in-depth, solutions journalism with travel and lifestyle content from rural communities. Today, we are proud to say that every day we take that vision a little further.
El Colectivo 506 is for people who love Costa Rica—whatever their nationality, where they live, whether they’ve seen every corner of this country or simply dream of visiting one day. What unites our community is an appreciation for what Costa Rica represents: its traditions of conservation, education and public health, its culture and people.
We invite our readers from Costa Rica and around the world to take a little break from their daily life. Hop on our collective bus, the kind that stops wherever passengers ask and takes us to unexpected new discoveries. See Costa Rica with new eyes.
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