Eliot Greenspan is a poet, journalist, and travel writer who took his backpack and typewriter the length of Mesoamerica before settling in Costa Rica in 1992. Since then, he has worked steadily for the Tico Times and other local media, and continued his travels in the region. He is also the author of Frommer's Costa Rica, as well as the chapter on Venezuela in Frommer's South America. Neil E. Schlecht is the author and co--author of a dozen travel guides (including Spain For Dummies, Frommer's South America, Frommer's Texas, and Frommer's Peru), as well as articles on art and culture and art catalogue essays, and a photographer. He has lived for extensive periods in Brazil and Spain. He now resides in northwestern Connecticut.