Thursday, July 28, 2005

Spectacular concerts in the rainforest

Rain Forest Aerial Tram(ICT) - The sounds of nature blend in with the melodies of human talent in a series of spectacular concerts in the Atlantic Rain Forest Aerial Tram; all in the frame of the Fifteenth Credomatic Music Festival.
Enjoy in an exotic ambiance, where the forest will be the witness of great musical talent. Notice the agenda:

· August 6: Ensemble X579, quartet of ancient instruments.

· August 12: Quartet from New York, members of the Strings Octet from New York.

· August 15: Ulrike Helzel, mezzo-soprano, renowned German soloist, from the Deutsche Opera from Berlin.

The fee is 85 dollars per person; it includes transport to and from San Jose, concert, deluxe dinner and wine. Another option is the 71 dollars per person fee that does not include transport.

Departure is from San Jose at 4:00 p.m., returning at 10 p.m.
Information and reservations at (506) 257-5961

You may also visit the web page www.rfat.com/events

Friday, July 22, 2005

The Liberia airport will receive 56,000 more tourists

Daniel Oduber Quiros International AirportSan Jose, Costa Rica (ICT) - By the end of the year it is expected that the Daniel Oduber Quiros airport, located in the city of Liberia, Guanacaste will receive 56 thousand more tourists, as compared to 2004.

The optimism is due to the fact that for the coming high season 21 more airplanes will be arriving weekly, as related to the number landing currently.

Several airlines have already announced the expansion of their flights and others expect to begin their operations in Liberia, Guanacaste by the end of the year.

Due to this projection, the airport’s administration is working on some improvements, to supply a better service to all tourists.

The airport’s administration estimation is attending 250 thousand visitors this year. At the same time, for the end of the year they are expecting the arrival of 45 flights per week.

Among the airlines that are in the process of increasing flights we can mention Continental Airlines and US Airways, with one more operation per week.

United Airlines is also doing the proceedings to start flying to Liberia; nevertheless, the project is still under study.

In the case of the Delta Air Lines company it will use larger size airplanes to increase their capacity. In a near future it will use a Boeing 757.

At the same time they are expecting a strong increase in the charter operations and corporative flights.

Monday, July 18, 2005

Continental Airlines announces new flight to Liberia, Costa Rica

Source: Continental Airlines

HOUSTON, July 18 (PRNewswire) - Continental Airlines today announced it will begin new nonstop Saturday service between Newark Liberty International Airport and Liberia, Costa Rica, on Dec. 17. The new service will add to Continental's existing daily nonstop service from Houston to Liberia, a growing ecotourism destination located in Costa Rica's Guanacaste region.

The flight will depart Newark at 8:45 a.m., arriving in Liberia, Costa Rica, at 1 p.m. The return flight will depart Liberia at 1:50 p.m., arriving in Newark at 7:57 p.m. Continental will utilize a Boeing 737-700 aircraft on the approximately 5-hour flight to Liberia, Costa Rica, with seating for 12 passengers in First Class and 112 in Coach.

Liberia, known as the "White City" because of its whitewashed houses, is located between two mountain ranges and only 20 minutes from the white sand beaches on Costa Rica's Pacific Coast. Nearby are the 35,000-acre Rincon de la Vieja National Park, where visitors can hike to the summit of a volcano, and several wildlife preserves.

"Northeast residents who need a respite from winter ice and snow now will be able to take advantage of Continental's convenient new flight schedule to Liberia, Guanacaste, Costa Rica," said Pete Garcia, Staff Vice President, Latin America, Continental Airlines.

Continental offers nonstop service to 11 Central American cities -- more than any other U.S. airline.

Friday, July 15, 2005

Action dynamite across the board

By Jerry Ruhlow

As published in The Tico Times on November 12, 2004

Throw a dart at a map of Costa Rica right now, and if it sticks near the water you will find good fishing there. The weather has also been cooperating, and as of last Sunday everyone on both coasts and inland was getting fish.

The top catch reported was a 750-pound black marlin, caught and released on Saturday by Michigan angler Craig Hunter on Randy Wilson's Talking Fish out of Tamarindo, on the northern Pacific coast.

Richard Chellemi, who operates the Gamefisher II in that area, reported a strange bite most of last week, sometimes good in the morning and shutting down in the afternoon, then the other way around the next day. It picked up Saturday, with 21 sailfish up and seven releases.

To read the whole article click here.

Jerry Ruhlow:
A former editor of Western Outdoor News in California and longtime Marlin contributor, Jerry Ruhlow has been living and fishing in Costa Rica since 1983. In 1994 Ruhlow and partner Dave Clark founded Costa Rica Outdoors, a full-color monthly magazine devoted largely to fishing in that country. In 1996 Costa Rica Outdoors opened its travel service division, specializing in planning complete personalized travel packages for all areas of Costa Rica. Contact Ruhlow by telephone and fax in Costa Rica at 011-506-282-6743, or by e-mail at jruhlow@sol. racsa.co.cr.

Reprinted from Explore Costa Rica.com

Monday, July 11, 2005

Quilts Made in Costa Rica to Be Exhibited in U.S.

By Patsy Wilson
Tico Times Staff

The Costa Rican-North American Cultural Center (CCCN) in La Sabana, in western San Jose, last week hosted a quilt exhibit entitled “Colors and Shapes of Costa Rica.” Open to the public for just one short week, the exhibit, a joint effort by 59 Costa Rican women, included 59 quilts, all 24 by 24 inches or smaller.

The women are preparing for a U.S. tour later this year to Sioux City, Iowa, Sept. 15-16, and Houston, Texas, Oct. 23-30, for the International Quilt Festival, where they will be participating in a special exhibit. The pre-tour exhibit in San José was the idea of project coordinator Carolyn Underwood.

The U.S. tour stemmed from the efforts of Tomme Fent, chairman of special exhibits in the Sioux City Samplers Quilting Guild. In fall 2003, she began looking for a way to reach out to the large Spanish-speaking community in Sioux City. She posted a message on a quilting Web site and was eventually connected to Carolyn Underwood.

Underwood is from Texas, but has lived in Costa Rica for 13 years. In the small town of Rancho Redondo, in the hills above Guadalupe, northeast of San José, where Underwood resides, she shared her love of quilting, a skill she acquired only five years ago, with other women in the town by teaching them how to quilt.

Most of the women are very poor and have less than sixth-grade educations. When they were asked to contribute to the U.S. exhibit and couldn't afford the necessary materials, the Sioux City Samplers Quilt Guild sent 400 pounds of quilting materials, giving the Rancho Redondo women an “opportunity they never would have had,” Underwood said. Seventeen of the 59 quilts in the exhibit and four of the 15 women going to the United States with the quilts are from Rancho Redondo.

“The exhibit is a cultural exchange between two countries, and all economic and education levels are involved,” Underwood said.

Women from San José, the western suburb of Escazú, and small rural towns similar to Rancho Redondo have also contributed to the project. But perhaps the most unique and interesting fact about the exhibit is that the theme was not preplanned. The women could have quilted absolutely anything, yet all 59 women “expressed how they feel, what they see, and how they love Costa Rica ” in their work, Underwood said.

She added that all of the women worked very hard on their quilts. It took Underwood a year to complete her quilt, which she says she was still sewing as it was being hung in the cultural center for last week's exhibit.

One of the Costa Rican women, Carmen Mata, passed away before finishing her quilt entitled “Guanacaste Tree.” The piece was completed by Mata's friend, Damaris Solín, and will be included in the U.S. exhibit.

Underwood personally purchased plane tickets for the women of Rancho Redondo – who have never had the opportunity to leave their town – to travel to the United States for their quilting tour. Anyone interested in making a donation toward the women's plane tickets, food, lodging and spending money may contact Underwood at 229-9900.

Saturday, July 09, 2005

Costa Rica is a favorite for Burgos’ citizens

Costa Rica is one of the main tourist destinations for the citizens of Burgos, Spain, as shown in recently published information by the Diario de Burgos.

Data from the travel agencies mention that they travel more each day and invest an approximate average of 1.000 Euros per person in 7 or 9 nights’ trips during their summer vacations.

For them, the Caribbean is a favorite among the destinations known as of “medium distance”.

Friday, July 08, 2005

Air Canada will fly to Liberia

(ICT) - Air Canada is to begin flights to the city of Liberia, province of Guanacaste, on the first week of the month of November.

The flights will be done with an A-319, with a seating capacity for 120 on the route Toronto-Liberia-Toronto.

Likewise, within its program to Costa Rica, they increased their product and visits to regions not included previously.

Monday, July 04, 2005

Costa Rica excites students

Eau Gallie High SchoolBy Erika Pesantes
Florida Today

Eau Gallie High School students hiked an extinct volcano, kayaked and zip-lined through dense Costa Rican rainforests. No, they weren't on a reality TV show.

The group of six made the village of La Fortuna their living and breathing classroom for eight days last month during an excursion that explored one of the world's most diverse ecological wonders.

Shawn Heflick, a former Brevard Zoo curator, led the tour. He's hosted eco-tours to the Amazon for the past five years, but it was the first time Heflick invited students.

"Costa Rica was such an eye-opener," said Becky Pucher, 15.

The action-packed trip included whitewater rafting, exploring caves and having close encounters with monkeys, frogs, snakes, bats, iguanas, toucans and caimans.

But the Melbourne students were most impressed by majestic and unpredictable volcanoes.

A four-hour hike through tough terrain leading to a volcano, where gnarled roots were to blame for Becky's collection of scrapes and bruises, was the "ultimate," she said.

Student Josh Humphries said one of his greatest feats was climbing the extinct volcano where they swam in a water hole inside its crater.

"It was like being in the middle of a cloud, because the clouds were low," he said.

For Dominic Vita, 17, the trip reaffirmed plans for his future. He wants to major in marine biology, he said.

Said Heflick: "That hike was probably what really changed how you perceived yourself, it was a pretty strenuous hike. It's kind of empowering."

And the experience seems to have made an impact, parents said.

"When they're away from home and they have the opportunity to make decisions on their own, they just grow. It's a self-esteem builder," said Vicki Humphries, Josh's mother.

Friday, July 01, 2005

Tarpon action hot on Caribbean

Tarpon fishing in Rio ColoradobyJerry Ruhlow
For The Tico Times

The tarpon bite on the northern Caribbean coast just won't slow down.

The Rio Colorado Lodge reports it has been getting a lot of one-day trips, and everyone is going home happy. Some examples:

Benn Metz and his sons on Friday had a triple tarpon hookup on their first cast.

James Fetter and Friona Anita Wearow from South Carolina caught so many fish that they lost count, and are returning this week for two more days.

Drew Humsdon and Glen McDonald from Florida said the action was unbelievable when they fished Sunday, and Glenn is coming back this week with his two sons.

Pam Evans, who has fished the lodge four times in the past three years, was back again on a one-day trip Sunday with Alan Mitchell and her son Dylan, and they were in solid fish from the moment they got to the river mouth. They went from there to Arenal to have a shot at rainbow bass, and then headed to Tamarindo for some blue-water action.

We could quote similar reports from another half dozen fishermen at Barra del Colorado in the past week. Fish are running to around 150 pounds, the weather has been ideal, and the option is all the more enticing considering the $100-per-day-per-person discount the lodge is currently offering.

On the central Pacific coast, Jeanette Perez, from J.P. Sportfishing in Quepos, reports blue skies, flat seas and all of her boats scoring from three to five sailfish a day, about the same on tuna and a few dorado.

Similar reports came in from further north, where Wetass II skipper Sonny Kocsis reported Monday that weather and water conditions are ideal, but there is a lot of bait in the water from Playa Carrillo north, and the fish aren't hungry.

“We are seeing a lot of fish and releasing two or three sails and the occasional marlin, but they are reluctant to take bait,” Sonny said.

Courtesy of the Tico Times

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