Category Archives: Costa Rica Ecotourism

Celebrating 200 Million Years on Planet Earth: Sea Turtles one of Costa Rica’s Most Treasured Ecotours

Swimming Sea Turtle
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In sunny Costa Rica  strong efforts are underway to continue to protect sea turtles. This small nation is the king of biodiversity and a leader in ecotourism. One of the many eco-tours available is taking time to visit the sea turtles of the Osa Peninsula. Osa Conservation has worked for a number of years to protect these amazing prehistoric creatures. Sea Turtle fossil records brings the age of these magnificent creatures to 200 million years ago making them some among the earth’s oldest living species. The Osa Peninsula is home to four different types of sea turtles including the leatherback. They are now critically endangered and there has been a surge among conservation groups to protect them from disappearing all together. Continue reading

Escape from Hurricane Sandy: Book a Flight to the Osa Peninsula

Costa Rica is clear of Hurricane Sandy
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As the east coast gets pummeled by Hurricane Sandy, all is quiet in the the small frontier town of Puerto Jimenez. While the Osa Peninsula is no stranger to storms, earthquakes, and other natural disasters, right now Costa Rica is enjoying warm sunny weather and calm oceans while many people on the east coast bunker down in their homes to ride the storm out. Continue reading

Flying High Ecotourist! Take a Canopy Tour Across the Osa Peninsula’s Wild Jungle

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While a 6.6 earthquake struck Costa Rica early today, life goes on here in the Osa Peninsula—a paradise for ecotourists, adrenaline junkies and world class anglers. The earthquake rattled that the Pacific Coast this morning probably shook a few people out of bed, startled for a moment, before they quickly fell back asleep dreaming of the promising excitement of the next day’s outdoor eco-adventure.

Deep in the jungle of the Osa Peninsula, you get lost in a world of raw pristine nature while observing animals in their natural setting and escaping to a place that feels timeless and limitless.

If you like to be both psychically and mentally challenged then this is a place to visit. It is one of the few remaining undeveloped places left in the world that is also traveler friendly. There is nothing like zipping through the canopies of the treetops and the getting a massive adrenaline rush, it is far better than watching someone else do it on an outdoor reality show about the outback from your couch. You can enjoy the outdoors without giving up comfort here and build your inner confidence by trying something totally new. Continue reading

Spotting the Maginificent: Dolphin and Whale Watching in Costa Rica

Whale Watching in the Golfo Dulce

I’m sure you never go out of the house without putting on your sunscreen because you know overexposure to sun will give you a sunburn or even worse, cancer.  Whales and dolphins are also suffering from sunburns due to ozone depletion, but for them to have protection from the sun they need a cleaner atmosphere, which means clean energy. Costa Rica announced today that they will be taking a loan to build a massive hydro-electric damn that will make this country the first nation in the world to run on 100% renewable energy.  Costa Rica is already at 90% renewable energy.  The whales and dolphins are probably cheering about this announcement because as recent reports show many whales and dolphins are on the endangered species list. In the Osa Peninsula, you can spend a day dolphin and whale watching and it is well worth the adventure to learn more about these intelligent mammals. Dolphins and whales are simply magnificent playful creatures to watch in action. Continue reading

The Fabulous Birds of Costa Rica: An Eco Tour Adventure

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A bird watching tour is one of the most popular eco tours in Costa Rica. There are over 800 different kinds of birds in Costa Rica that is more than all the birds in United States and Canada combined. The Osa Peninsula being a pocket of incredible biodiversity is home to over 400 species of birds including the Scarlet Macaw, Black-cheeked Ant-Tanager, Baird’s Trogon, White-tipped Sicklebill, Band-tailed Barbthroat,  Turquoise Cotinga, Yellow-billed Cotinga, White-crested Coquette, Marbled Wood-Quail, Charming Hummingbird, Mangrove Hummingbird, Golden-naped Woodpecker, Red-rumped Woodpecker, Black-hooded Antshrike, Pearl Kite, King Vulture and Red- throated Caracara. What makes Costa Rica so incredibly rich in plant and animal life? Continue reading

Marine Life and Fish Stocks: Protecting Costa Rica’s Biodiversity is Good for the World and the Economy

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While last night’s United States Presidential debate ignored climate change, the biggest threat facing the world. World leaders continue to meet in India this week at the COP 11 (Conference of the Parties) hosted by the United Nations Environmental Program to discuss protecting biodiversity from complete collapse.  Sport fishermen, especially anglers, are very aware of the impact overfishing, climate change and ocean pollution are having on fish stocks because they experience the problem first hand. Many are long time conservation advocates whose work has played a critical role in passing important legislation to safeguard our oceans. Continue reading

Costa Rica Bans Shark Finning: Major Victory for Biodiversity

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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

Jet Blue Offers Election 2012 Sore Losers A Ticket To Costa Rica

Election 2012: Costa Rica Ocean
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Pack your bag for Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula, Jet Blue is offering free plane tickets this election 2012! All it takes is a second to participate in Jet Blue’s Election Protection 2012 contest to win a free flight to one of the airlines international destinations. If you live in the USA then you are aware of the election buzz occupying the minds of most people as the debates continue to heat up over health care, education, taxes and jobs. Meanwhile down south, the people of Costa Rica are quietly going about their daily lives with very little drama compared to the hectic pace of the USA.  Surfboards, fishing rods, good food and spending time with people is what matters in the happiest country in the world. Continue reading

Crocodiles Galore: Spotting Endangered Species in the Osa Peninsula


Endangered Species: Crocodile
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Costa Rica is home to many endangered species including the intimating crocodile, the legendary sea turtle and lovable frog. All these creatures live on the beautiful Osa Peninsula. With so many different endangered species, the Osa Peninsula is a trip into the world of exotic animals.  Crocodiles can be found throughout the rivers and estuaries along with many colorful frogs, and along the beaches are protected areas for the sea turtle.  There are ecotours that can take you to different spots in the peninsula where you will spot many of nature’s wonders. Continue reading

Sharing with the Indigenous Guaymies

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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