Monday, August 29, 2005

What to bring to Costa Rica

When coming to Costa Rica a camera is definitely a must.When travelling to Costa Rica for adventure and ecological tourism make sure to bring:

-One good flashlight, normal size (This is a must)
-Locks for all parts of your pack (Another must)
-Camera (Yet another must)
-One pair of hiking shoes, one pair of tennis shoes, and sport sandals for water
-Two short sleeve, quick-dry shirts with lots of pockets
-One quick-dry long sleeve shirt, one pair quick-dry long pants
-One pair of shorts with pockets
-Bathing suits
-Four pairs of quick dry socks (white cotton tube socks do not dry overnight!)
-One large REI type towel
-Gortex rain coat
-A photocopy of your passport's front page (the one that identifies you as the holder)
-Binoculars
-Collapsible bottle of water
-Sunglasses
-Sunscreen
-Pocket calculator ( to make currency calculations)

Friday, August 19, 2005

Tortuguero breaks spawning record

The Channels of TortugueroThe Tortuguero Conservation Area, located in the province of Limon on the Atlantic coast, 84 km northwest of Limon, is forecasting that this will be the highest spawning season for the last 50 years.

According to the most recent records, the greatest arrival of turtles happened on the year of 1998, when in just one night over 2.300 of these animals were recorded laying their eggs.

As accounts for this year, this figure has already been surpassed; the normal behaviour is that the spawning peak is reached by the end of August and beginnings of September.
The organizations protecting turtles are making a call so the population participates in the conservation of the species. The idea is raising awareness on the population about the importance of this wonderful process.

On this conservation area takes place the reproductive cycle of the leatherback turtle, the largest in the world, and of the hawksbill turtle.

The Tortuguero Conservation Area includes several protected areas, like the Tortuguero National Park and the Barra del Colorado Wildlife Refuge. Together they have an extension of over 110 hectares.

Sunday, August 07, 2005

Tips for the Costa Rican tourist

An umbrella is a must during the rainy seasonPack light for your travels. The highland areas such as Irazu & Poas Volcanoes and Monteverde Cloud Forest can be cold, so make sure to pack a sweater or a light jacket if you are going there.

For lowland areas, Pacific, Caribbean beaches and San Jose, wear light clothes, loose-fitting shirts, shorts or pants. A wide brimmed hat and sunglasses are recommended for the beach.

During the green or rainy season (May-November), please be sure to bring your umbrella.

Most of the hotels out of San Jose (Monteverde, Tortuguero, Arenal, Sarapiqui, etc) will provide rain coats and rubber boots for visitors interested in taking tours in these areas during the Green Season.

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