The World’s Greatest Love: Cocoa

Posted by on Tuesday, August 21st, 2012 with 1

Chocolate Heart

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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 Last Frontier: Golfito Wildlife Refuge

Posted by on Thursday, August 16th, 2012 with 1

View from Golfito Forest Reserve

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“In wilderness lies the preservation of the world.” Thoreau

On the edge of civilization in the Osa Peninsula is the Golfito Wildlife Refuge, which is one of the regions many protected areas. While Golfito means little, the surrounding area’s biodiversity is a treasure trove of nature’s wonders. In 1939, the United Fruit Company established the frontier town of Golfito for banana production.  This area is known as the last frontier, and it is one of the least explored and most beautiful places in the world. Neighboring Golfito and Blancas National Park is the Golfito National Wildlife Refuge, which covers some 6,943 acres.  this wildlife refuge plays a significant role in habitat protection of wildlife, flora and fauna. They safeguard the area from development paths that would threaten the incredible biodiversity of this country while also supporting ecotourism Continue reading…