Getting Lost in the Clouds: Hiking Osa Peninsula’s Cloud Forest

Posted by on Friday, September 21st, 2012 with 0

Photographing Cloud Forest

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The Osa Peninsula’s unique biodiversity is comprised of eight different habitats including Cloud Forest.  These micro-climates are what creates and supports the incredible biodiversity of the region. Venturing into Cloud Forests takes you well beyond roadways and modern life into a pristine world where you can get lost in the wonders of nature.  It is an adventure high into the mountains of the rainforests that cover Costa Rica and border the ocean.  It is unlike any other place in the world rich in magic and wonder. A trek through Corcovado National Park can take you up to the Cloud Forest. It is a hike worth the journey to experience being in this forest. The Cloud Forests are home to incredible species and flora diversity and because of their rarity and remoteness, there is not a lot of research done on these majestic forested areas. Continue reading…

Snappity Snap It’s a Giant Snapper: Fly Fishing in the Osa Peninsula

Posted by on Thursday, September 20th, 2012 with 1

Fly Fishing GIant Snapper

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The Osa Peninsula is the last great peninsula untouched by civilization and offers some of the best fly fishing in the world with waters abundant in roosterfish, snapper, pompano,  grouper and other big game fish.  With the recent plan for a marina, this area is sure to become an even more popular fishing destination that will be able to accommodate more boaters. With and abundance of fish and strong conservation programs in place, the Osa Peninsula is fisherman’s dream. Grouper and Snapper are two of the most common catches. The Osa Peninsula is known for its giant Bug Cubera that are plentiful in these waters. While not as difficult as catching a Marlin, you are definitely in for a battle when fly fishing for a big bad Cubera.  They are a strong feisty fish.  Continue reading…

Lions and Tigers of the Ocean: Billfish in the Pacific

Posted by on Thursday, September 20th, 2012 with 0

Billfish: Marlin

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Swordfish, Marlin, Sailfish and Spearfish, these billfish are the lions and tigers of the sea. These billfish are great for sport fishing expeditions. On a hot sunny day in Costa Rica, amateurs and professionals alike head out into the deep blue Pacific waters to catch a billfish. In the Southern Pacific Coast, catching a Marlin is the real adventure and challenge.  You can spend an entire day just waiting to catch one of the giant sea creatures.  August through December is the peak season to catch a Marlin with Sailfish available year round. The challenge is what makes it worth the wait.  Sailfish and Marlin are the most popular billfish caught in the Southern Pacific off the coast of Costa Rica. Anglers travel here from all over the world to fish for these billfish. Continue reading…

Raising Your Ecological IQ: Ecotourism as Fun Education For Families

Posted by on Wednesday, September 19th, 2012 with 0

 

Costa Rica Family Ecotour

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Costa Rica is a family friendly favored spot for ecotourism. An environmentally conscious country known for being a top international travel destination spot for eco-adventures off all types including families.  Form hiking to snorkeling to to rappelling to fishing, here you can explore the incredible rainforest as well as the Pacific Ocean in one of the most beautiful places on earth. The Osa Peninsula, with Corcovado National Park and acres of protected reserves, is a great place to visit for a family eco-adventure and fishing vacation. You can explore one of the richest biologically diverse places on the planet. Here you can spot exotic animals and species that in many of parts of the world are on the verge of extinction. Costa Rica is like a real life Dr. Doolittle wonder and what could be better for both adults and their kids to share. Unfortunately, this diversity is threatened due to climate change. Continue reading…

From Adventure to Dining: Costa Rica Centers Around Fishing

Posted by on Monday, September 17th, 2012 with 1

Costa Rica Fishing

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Costa Rica is one of the best fishing spots in the world and after a long day of fishing or hiking through the rainforest, everyone is ready for a good hearty dinner.  Abundant in fresh fish, vegetables and fruit available combined with the a strong Spanish influence, Costa Rica has some real epicurean treats.  With its cultural history, of course black beans and rice are staples for meals here combined with other foods. A Casada is a typical Costa Rican dish, which has beans and rice served with fish, meat and chicken. But you can also enjoy incredible dishes with influences from all over the world and if you choose to.  Probably what makes the food so good is that to start most of it is grown locally so everything you eat here is fresh.  With a year-long growing season, there is never a shortage of fresh fruits and vegetables as well as a daily locally caught fish if you are by the sea. Continue reading…

From Field to Table: Coffee is one of Costa Rica’s treasures

Posted by on Friday, September 14th, 2012 with 2

Love Coffee

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As a reformed coffee addict, I know a good cup of coffee. Drinking high quality organic fair trade coffee is important to me both for the superior quality and taste as well as the environment. You have probably noticed rising costs for your morning cup of coffee. Thanks to climate change, coffee production in vulnerable and crops are failing. According to the Union of Concerned Scientists, irregular weather patterns and changes in rainfall are causing coffee production to dwindle worldwide. In addition, coffee is one of the major crops grown in developing nations that relies on exploitation of cheap labor. Buying fair trade organically grown coffee is combating both climate change and unfair labor practices at the same time. By supporting organic farmers, with your wallet, you are contributing to the solution. Continue reading…

Getting Better With Time: Ecotourism

Posted by on Thursday, September 13th, 2012 with 0

Ecotourism Costa Rica

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Countries such as Costa Rica, Kenya, New Zealand and Australia are known as ectourism hot spots.  Ecotourism requires that the footprint of the traveler on natural resources be a sustainable one. Nations with large undeveloped land bases became interested in ecotourism because it provides a way to generate income that benefits the local economy and at the same time protects the ecosystem.  In Costa Rica, tourism earnings surpass those of coffee and bananas.

The development of ecotourism dates back to the 1960s when public concern about environmental issues increased. Conservation groups formed to lobby governments to set aside land not just for tourists or endangered animals but to also preserve the natural integrity of the ecosystem. These groups found that support for conservation efforts was stronger if people experienced  endangered species first hand. In other words, people who have a direct experience with nature are more likely to be sensitive to environmental issues.  For those living in large urban areas in the west, there is a disconnect between the natural environment and the urban one.  As great as the latest developments in technology are, the opportunity to unplug for a week and connect with nature is good for our well-being and the planet.
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USA and Costa Rica National Park Services Working Together For Conservation

Posted by on Wednesday, September 12th, 2012 with 2

Olympia National Park Conservation

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The USA National Park Service and Costa Rica Parks signed an agreement to work cooperatively to protect national parks.  According to the press release, “agencies will work together to support planning, development, management and operation of protected natural parks and cultural sites. Agencies will also share information in fire management and control, climate change adaptation, marine protected areas and the development of educational and public information.” The accord will support conservation practices and sharing resources that serve the interests of the national parks for both countries. Already, the US Park Service has a cooperative relationship with Costa Rica’s park service. Continue reading…

Priceless or Worthless: Critically Endangered Species Report Calls for Global Action

Posted by on Tuesday, September 11th, 2012 with 3

Critically Endangered Monkey

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Today scientists, Jonathan E M Baillie and Ellen R Butcher, supported by 8000 additional scientists, released Priceless or Worthless: The world’s most threatened species, listing the 100 must critically endangered species on the planet. While none of Costa Rica’s endangered species made the critically endangered list, it raised interesting points and concerns about saving endangered species and how we value life on planet earth. There are 373 endangered species in Costa Rica, and this country’s pro-environmental stance has been critical in ensuring that species that may have gone from endangered to critically endangered have not.  Despite the alarming reports released daily on climate change and the ramifications, it is hard to fathom why more aggressive action is not being taken on a global scale. It defeats logic and the principles of the happiness index. What is holding us back from moving forward and what do we need to do as a global community to solve these critical problems?  The report questions our value systems. It states “Our materialistic world, however, tends to restrict its attention to what is useful to human kind, has an immediate monetary value and considers the rest as obstacles.” Continue reading…

Earthquake: Playing with The Ring of Fire and Our Happiness

Posted by on Monday, September 10th, 2012 with 0

Map of Costa Rica Earthquake

After a major 7.8 earthquake struck Costa Rica on Saturday, it is a reminder that as the impact of climate change intensifies so too does the frequency of storms, earthquakes, and volcanoes. While life is back to normal with people surfing and the beaches full, it is a reminder of this region’s incredible veracity. They have experienced aftershocks as strong as 5.6 with a total of 1650 aftershocks. After last weeks quakes, volcanoes are being closely monitored.  Evidence from other countries around the Pacific Rim shows that movements of 7 or higher causes a change in volcanic activity. On Saturday neighboring Nicaragua’s largest volcano erupted three times prompting the evacuation thousands.  In Costa Rica, Arenal suffered moderate rock avalanches. Continue reading…