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Winter vacation is approaching, and it is time to think about traveling in style and sustainably. Climate change is headline news bringing with it a renewed commitment to environmental responsibility. As the east coast of the USA recovers from Hurricane Sandy, climate change is back on the agenda. The world’s poorest are calling upon Obama to implement climate policy while solar power is being brought to the devastated people of Long Island through the volunteer efforts of Greenpeace, and Costa Rica begins to implement a plan to combat climate change. It appears, for a moment, the whole world has moved from watching to acting. Without a healthy planet, humans can’t lead lead healthy lives. Taking steps to make sure your next vacation is sustainable and supports ecotourism is good for both the planet and your spirit. By participating in ecotourism, you help protect the environment by supporting sustainable business practices. Continue Reading
Chocolate is the world’s first love and one of the most valuable cash crops on the international market, and not only is it great to eat but it is also a wonderful ingredient to include in your skincare regimen. Few people would think that so many uses could be gained from chocolate. Cocoa is an important crop for Costa Rica. It is a sustainable crop because it grows in tropical areas under heavy rainforest canopy and does not require clearing large areas to grow; it is a crop that fits in with Costa Rica’s micro farming. It was known as the “food of the gods” in ancient cultures. Continue Reading
A night jungle walking tour through Costa Rica’s rainforest is the prime time to spot amphibians, which are among the many endangered species as a result of climate change. Walking through the jungle guided by the tour you will spot many wild night critters of the jungle including endangered frogs such as the iconic Red Eyed Frog of Costa Rica whose population is rapidly decreasing. Unfortunately, scientists in recent years have pointed out that the rapid decline in amphibians is the canary in the coalmine. Costa Rica has seen more than 75% of amphibian species decline in the last 35 years and all signs point to climate change as the main culprit. Costa Rica holds 5% of the world’s biodiversity so rapid species decline in this small area poses a major threat to species worldwide and the stability of ecosystems. Continue Reading
The Osa Wildlife Sanctuary is home to many of endangered animals and plays an important role in protecting the wildlife of the Osa Peninsula especially the monkeys. Crocodile Bay guests take an ecotour of the sanctuary and get some monkey love.
Adorable Monkey form the Osa Wildlife Sanctuary
Marlins are the largest of the billfish and travel at vast speeds of up to 60 miles an hour with migration patterns that span 9,000 miles. They are spectacular creatures that are a daunting challenge to catch. These legendary creatures of the sea are one of anglers most celebrated catches. The blue marlin is probably the most prized catch of all the marlin due to its size and the challenge it gives even the most experienced sport fishermen. But it has been over 20 years since the a world record has been broken for these billfish.
World Records For Marlin
Black Marlin 1560 lb August 4th, 1953
Pacific Blue 1376 lb May 31st, 1982
Atlantic Blue 1402 lb February 29, 1992
Striped Marlin 494 lb January 16th, 1986
Do Marlins still exist in our oceans that can break these all time records? Continue Reading
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
I first came in contact with Aloe Vera when I was a little girl vacationing in Arizona. The strong vibrant green plant grew wild in the southwest desert. When I got a sunburn, my Mom would go outside and pick some Aloe Vera, squeeze the gel from the plant and apply it to my skin. Immediately the sting from my sunburn faded as the cool gel of the Aloe Vera settled into my skin. Today, I prefer an Aloe Vera wrap and massage at a spa after a long day outdoors to unwind and relax.
Aloe Vera has been used for thousands of years for its healing properties and as an ancient secret to radiant skin. The plant is native to the Southern part of Africa. Over the last 6,000 years the plant has spread across the world and can now be found growing wild just about anywhere with warm climates that are frost free. Since the ancient Egyptians and Greeks, Aloe Vera has been used as both a medicine and beauty aid. Continue Reading
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