Posts tagged with "FLORA"



05. March 2017
If you are the type of traveler that wants to get the most out of your vacation and is up for exploring the local area then this months blogs are for you!!! We are going to present to you various options to visit off the beaten path locations this upcoming April through August. We will kick off the month with the following outing #1... Very few know el Salto del Calvo. It is located between the hills of Hojancha and hides the highest in Central America. It is located about 1.5 hours from Riu...
10. August 2016
There various sites in Guanacaste for hiking. The entire Guanacaste Mountain Range is comprise of 4 volcanoes that offer plenty of trails. Some even offer trails leading to waterfalls while some lead you to volcanic mud pots or calderas. The terrain is also varied. Some trails will be through more lush forest while other areas are still dry, specially those closer to volcanic activity. We will mention some of the sites for hiking which LAR Transportes can take you to. - Rincon de la Vieja...
15. May 2016
This is one of many waterfalls in Guanacaste which are not well known and can be considered gems. El Salto del Calvo is not the same as El Salto waterfall which we will discuss next week. This waterfall is located near the town of Monte Romo, about 20 minutes from Hojancha. It is roughly 600 meters above sea level and surround by lush forest, sweet lemon, yuca and pumpkin plantations. You can enjoy all this scenery by hiking to the waterfall or riding horseback. If you descend quitely, you can...
10. May 2016
Santa Rosa National Park is located about 36 km north of Liberia and just off the Pan-American Highway. This was the very first national park established in Costa Rica in 1971. It was created firstly to protect the scene of the Battle of Santa Rosa, in which Costa Rican militia marched from San Jose into Liberia to defend against the forces of filibuster William Walker who in his manifesto "5 or None", set out to conquer all the provinces of Central America. When Walker's forces learned about...
25. April 2016
Ocean life in Guanacaste also offers an interesting area of species. Places like Playa del Coco are teamed with scuba tour companies that will take you out to Catalina Islands, Monkey Head and other spots to view some of the impressive marine life of the Pacific. It may not offer as colorful species as in the Caribbean, but it is without doubt worth visiting for scuba. Depending on the time of the year you may even be able to swim with whale or a whale shark. There are also dolphins, sea...
20. April 2016
This week we'll discuss some reptile species such as the iguana and the ctenosaur. Many travelers see the ctenosaur and call it an iguana. Although they are right, it is a variety of iguana (Black Spiny Iguana is another name), it has differences from a regular iguana that most are familiar with. In the pictures below you will be able to see the difference with better detail. They are in fact different in many ways and are related species in kingdom and phylum, but everything else is different....
15. April 2016
The Guanacaste Mountain Range has one of the highest jaguar populations in Costa Rica. This is also the only area in Guanacaste where you'll find sloths. As discussed in earlier posts, we will discuss a few species of fauna found in Guanacaste: - Howler Monkeys: This is the most common specie of monkey found throughout Costa Rica. They travel in troops anywhere from 12 to 24 monkeys and live in a society structure dominated by an alpha male. The males have sack on their throat that expand with...
10. April 2016
- Mango Tree: Guanacaste has an abundance of mango trees. There are also many plantations. Mango provides a harvest 2 a year and many locals enjoy mango's in their unripe state to eat with salt and lime or enjoy the sweetness of it once it is ripe. - Cashew Fruit & Nut: This fruit is in season mainly during March & April. You will notice the nut right away attached to the flower which is in fact also the fruit. The taste is sweet but dry, as you would consider a dry red wine in the way...
05. April 2016
Guanacaste is a tropical dry forest. This means there is limited vegetation, but plenty of trees that bloom while everything else is dry and brown. Lots of these trees have either a medicinal purpose or offer delicious fruit. We will list some examples of each category: - Golden Shower Tree: It's golden flower resembles droplets of water. It has bean like stock which contains seeds used as a laxative. - Stinky Toe: As the name implies, this fruit is foul smelling but to everyone's surprise, it...
15. March 2016
One of the nice things about Costa Rica, is that if you are in an area where it rains too much, you can be in a dry area in a matter of a couple hours. A perfect example of this is the province of Guanacaste which is a tropical dry forest. This means that during the dry season it's even dryer. So during the rainy season, you'll have a rain shower every 2 weeks that will be enough to turn everything green. In the wet, humid and mountane forests, rain will be much more present. It may rain for a...