The GoldWalker, a Historical Documentary of the Osa Peninsula – The Official Trailer
The Unique History of Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula – 5 Years in the Making!
We hope you enjoy this special gift from Crocodile Bay Resort and StepOut Entertainment. For those of you who have experienced Crocodile Bay Resort in the past this presentation will enable you to better understand the magic of the Osa Peninsula.
We are pleased to offer our guests and newsletter subscribers a “first look” of this yet to be released documentary featuring the Osa Peninsula – which at one point in time, was on the brink of destruction. From a penal colony in the the early 1900’s; to the discovery of gold in the rivers, and a period of deforestation that was almost the end of the Osa. There are few places in the world where the regions natural beauty is only surpassed by the amazing history behind it. Enjoy the show!
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About the Creator: If you have ever considered running away from the high stress conventional existence that so many of us experience in big cities today, Christopher Graham is an inspiration that escaping is indeed possible. In another life Chris was a trader in the financial world who decided to take a sabbatical from his high stress job; he did just that, and has never looked back since; this was 14 years ago!
In his pursuit to fulfill his desire to make a difference as an environmentalist, he involved himself in variety of local initiatives in the Osa Peninsula; a region renowned worldwide for its biodiversity; and over the course of the last 14 years he managed to produce a series of documentaries ranging from unplugging from everyday life, to capturing the essence of the Osa and its rich history on film. Christopher’s most ambitious initiative was the creation of a documentary that focused on The Osa Peninsula at a time that the region was on the brink of destruction.
In conjunction with Crocodile Bay Resort, Chris is pleased to offer you, our valued past guest and clients, a “first look” of this yet to be released documentary. We hope you enjoy the never before seen historical images featuring remote locations dating back to the early settlers.
This presentation has been created without sponsorship, and was 5 years in the making. We hope that you enjoy this educational journey in a region that many of you are already familiar with; and should you enjoy it, we encourage you to make a donation of $2.00 or more towards the creation of additional documentaries.
Costa Rica President Laura Chinchilla signed a law-banning shark finning yesterday. The practice involves slicing off shark fins, often while the sharks are still alive and then throwing them back into the ocean to die. Costa Rica had loopholes in their previous legislation that banned the practice. It should also be noted that last week Costa Rica passed legislation banning hunting for sport. Huffington Post quoted President Chinchilla saying “Costa Rica may set an example to the world when it comes to environmental protection, but it must be noted that we have had a significant lag when it comes to protecting the oceans.” Continue reading Costa Rica Bans Shark Finning: Major Victory for Biodiversity→
Featured Article & Photos by: Dennis Atencio, Eco Director for Crocodile Bay
Two weeks ago we received a letter from the Red Cross of Puerto Jiménez. The letter was an invitation to donate anything we could to the indigenous, Guaymies who have economic problem from the over use of their land and not having adequate health care and education. This group of indigenous people live 18 miles from Crocodile bay, they have a territory with about 2713 hectares with 85% primary forest. The name of the area where the people live is Alto Laguna, which means upper lagoon. Continue reading Sharing with the Indigenous Guaymies→
I love to eat fish and some of my favorite recipes include tuna, dorado and snapper. So when there is an opportunity to go out and catch one, and then enjoy it later that night for dinner that to me is ideal. Plus, there is nothing more sustainable than catching your own dinner instead of relying on large scale commercial fishing. In Costa Rica, while there is a catch and release policy for most large game fish as well as vulnerable fish populations. There are still quite a few fishes out there that are available to catch, and yes, take home to prepare many different ways. And if you’re on vacation, many of resorts and hotels will prepare your catch for you upon request. Continue reading Catch and Eat: From Fishing to Recipes for Dorado and Tuna→
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 From Field to Table: Coffee is one of Costa Rica’s treasures→
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. Continue reading Getting Better With Time: Ecotourism→
I love chocolate and I love the earth, so when the two come together to form an organic sustainable farm that sounds like a good idea to me. Kobo Farm, founded by four brothers, does just this by including a cocao orchard among the many crops it grows here. The brothers had a vision to create a sustainable farm and went for it. It is not only a working farm, but also an educational center that ecotourists and locals visit. Here visitors learn about sustainable agriculture practices. Kobo Farm is leading a growing trend in the area towards sustainable agriculture coupled with microfarming. I’m betting chocolate will become the next big thing here too. Continue reading Small is Beautiful: Sustainable Agriculture on the Osa Peninsula→
Chocolate is one of the world’s treasured delicacies. Cocoa can be traced back to 600 A.D when the Mayans migrated to northern South America and established the first known Cocoa Plantation in the Yucatan. Its early uses included not only eating it, but also using it as a currency. It was cultivated by indigenous people as a sacred plant for thousands of years until discovered by Spain in the 1600s and has become a major international commodity. Continue reading The World’s Greatest Love: Cocoa→
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