Category Archives: Costa Rica Ecotourism

Sharing with the Indigenous Guaymies

Guaymi Girl

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

The Happiest Marine Life: Protecting Costa Rica’s Biodiversity for the World

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The incredible biodiversity of marine and wildlife life, especially the abundant diverse fish populations attracts millions of visitors to Costa Rica each year. Anglers from all over the world travel to Cost Rica for year round sport fishing. Ocean activities include world class offshore and inshore fishing, surfing, diving, snorkeling and just dipping your toes in the sand. The Osa Peninsula is probably one of the best fishing spots in the world, with marlin and Red Snapper. Even less abundant marine animals such as whales and dolphins are safe in these waters. Costa Rica possesses 3.5% of the world’s marine life and is home to over a 1,000 species of fish, 17% of the all the fish species in the world. Continue reading

Sea Turtle Rescued From Pirates: Costa Rica Protects Biodiversity

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Yesterday, rangers at the Cocos Island in the Pacific rescued an endangered green sea turtle hooked by fishermen in protected waters. Conservation officials say this incident highlights the threat illegal fishing poses to endangered and vulnerable species.  The hooked sea turtle, named Swift, was one of 15 turtles tagged by the Sea Turtle Conservation Group, which works to protect this critically endangered species.  Crocodile Bay donated the GPS tracking devices for sea turtle conservation and research. Illegal poachers who are catching sharks for shark fin soup, a popular Asian delicacy, threaten sea turtle populations that get caught on their lines. This happened after Costa Rica lawmakers just passed a law banning hunting an important measure in protecting biodiversity. Ensuring biodiversity requires protecting endangered species and plants as well as the ecosystem. Continue reading

Hearing the Call of The Wild: Costa Rica Bans Hunting in Favor of Wildlife Protection


Wildlife Protection: Jaguar
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Yesterday, Costa Rica lawmakers approved a law that prohibits hunting for sport, enforcing wildlife protection. The law only allows hunting for scientific research, subsistence and species control. The law is expected to be signed next week by President Laura Chinchilla who supports the bill. Costa Rica will become the first nation in the America’s to ban hunting for sport. Hunters violating the law would have to be a fine up to $3000. This landmark law marks a major victory for wildlife protection. Continue reading

Spotting the Exotic and Rare: Wildlife in the Sierpe Mangrove Reserve

Sierpe Mangrove Searching for Wildlife
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The Osa Peninsula is one of the most protected regions in Costa Rica with an incredible diversity of rare and exotic wildlife.   Corcovado National Park and the many reserves in the area including the Sierpe Terrapa Wetland Reserve make it an excellent vacation spot for ecotourism and outdoor activities. 25% of Costa Rica’s land mass is protected either as a park or as a reserve. Founded in 1994, 66, 850 acres of raw nature make up this reserve. It is considered the richest mangrove swamp in the world. With its winding waterways and elaborate network of canals, lagoons, swamps and mangrove forests makes this reserve an excellent place for a boating bird watching tour.  It is home to two of Costa Rica’s endemic bird species plus numerous migratory and resident birds.  Of course, as I mentioned earlier this week, the Sierpe River mangroves are also great for fishing. The reserve is a wonder of nature teaming with exotic wildlife to be observed and explored. Continue reading

Snorkeling in the Sweetest Gulf: A Great Day Trip When Visiting the Osa Peninsula


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With one of the deepest gulfs in the world and an abundance of coral reefs, the Osa Peninsula is a great place to go snorkeling.  Drake Bay is one of the most popular spots for amateur and professional scuba snorkeling and scuba diving.  Not far from the coastline is the protected biological preserve Cano Island, which is a popular dive site if you want to venture deeper into the ocean than snorkeling permits. Combining a snorkeling with a boat trip out to Cano Island to do some whale or dolphin watching is a great way to spend a day when visiting the Osa Peninsula. The  Peninsula has approximately half of Costa Rica’s 500,000 species. Continue reading

Finding Freedom in Escaping Civilization: Fishing and Other Activities Along The Sierpe River

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Located along northern border of the Osa Peninsula is the Sierpe River, the gateway to the beautiful exotic Osa Peninsula and Corcovado National Park. The Osa Peninsula is a prime spot for fishing, hiking, wildlife watching, and surfing.  There is something here for everyone who loves the outdoors. When taking a well needed break from the hectic pace of modern life, it is a great place to book a vacation. With its warm waters, prolific fish holding structures and numerous rivers that dump rich nutrients into the ocean, some of the best fishing is found in the Osa Peninsula. There is an abundance of Red Snapper and Snook in the Sierpe River, and you can be sure that you will catch your dinner after a day of fishing here.  There are parts of this river with left hand breaks that you can surf. Another popular activist are taking wildlife tours up the river where you will spot monkeys, crocodiles, rare exotic wildlife, and hundreds of different bird species including Macaw and Toucan.

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Getting Lost in the Clouds: Hiking Osa Peninsula’s 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

Raising Your Ecological IQ: Ecotourism as Fun Education For Families


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

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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