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Halloween in Costa Rica


All Hollows Eve or as known today, "Halloween" is not a Costa Rican holiday, but rather another holiday or tradition inserted by other cultures. In this case the US. But who wouldn't insert it into the culture? It's a great excuse to get free candy, dress up and party! So all over you will see parties Costa Rica style, haunted houses and children on the street with parents. 

Few actually know that the Ministry of Culture named October 31st in Costa Rica to be, "Dia de las Mascaradas" in memory of Spaniard carnival style festivals. For those that do know about the day, mainly artist who take the chance to exhibit their art. 

So this upcoming October 31st, what are you gonna celebrate? Halloween or Dia de las Mascaradas?


Territorio de Zaguates


The title of this weeks blog translates to, "Mut Territory". Some also refer to it as, "Land of Muts" or "Land of Strays". Regardless of what we call it, the place does a great deed for dogs in Costa Rica. Below is a video where the founder tells the story of origin and you'll see what they have to offer. A few of our LAR Travelers have visited the place and had nothing but great stories to share. If you would like to organize a trip, let us know as we can provide you with your private van, bilingual driver and a cooler for drinks and snacks.


A Leading Example in Green Living


For a country so small that is focused on renewable energy and a low nationwide carbon footprint, Costa Rica should be in the lead as an example to follow for other nations. A prototype for how small communities or even larger cities that hold populations larger than Costa Rica should draw from. 

Unfortunately this is not a reality. Sure we are know for conservation areas and yes we have gone up to 9 months at a time running the country strictly on renewable power, but it's still a mediocre performance to what could or should be. 

This post may seem as a complaint or a negative critique, but in fact it is just to shed light on areas that need to be improved on in order to raise a standard within the country. This should be something the entire nation strides for.

Our recycling centers should be working in pristine flow where we are producing plastic lumber, not the current situation where we import it from Colombia. There shouldn't be any trace of trash anywhere. Our rivers and streams should be teaming with life.

Another important change we need to begin as a culture is to begin the practice of pantry storage. Why? The cost of food in Costa Rica is quite high. The diet in the population has become very Americanized and will present itself to be a problem in future generations if we do not stop it now. Pantry storage will lead citizens to regress back to earlier diets their parents raised them on and their parents before them. A healthier lifestyle where we connect deeper with nature and heal all this fast paced lifestyle we've adapted from larger nations (USA) and get back to our roots that promote true health and coexistence with nature. 


Cashew Fruit & Nuts (Marañon)


Ever wonder where cashews come from? For most travelers during the summer months in Costa Rica, cashews are available to them. The trees are found everywhere through Guanacaste. You can eat the fruit or make juice from it, but the real treasure would be the seed which is found on the outside. 

To harvest the cashew you must place the seeds into hot coals. As they begin to heat they will crack and toxic oils within the seed will seep out causing flames. This is a very important step. Once no more oils are present and the seeds look carbonated you can extract the seed and crush them to extract the inside nut that comes out brown and ready to eat. As our drivers during your visit to show you  a Cashew Tree.


Hunting in Costa Rica


Many travelers ask about hunting laws in Costa Rica. Specially if they are used to hunting back home. Hunting is illegal, yet until 2010 the government granted hunting licenses. Then 177,000 signatures were acquired and assisted in getting all hunting banned. There are only a few exceptions such as special permits for survival, pest control or population control. 

Although it would seem this way, but not all Costa Ricans are in favor of the hunt ban. For some this is a tradition that has been passed down generation to generation. It comes off a bit unfair that 177,000 of a nearly 5 million population can make that decision. 

Reality is that even though hunting is illegal and those caught doing so are fined $3,000 and/or sentenced to 4 months prison; Costa Ricans are still hunting. They do their best to remain under the radar which usually is successful. 

Among species that are hunted are:

  • White Tail Deer
  • Peccary
  • Tepesquintle (Paca)
  • Danta
  • and more...

TOP 5 AROUND COCO (CONTINUED 5)


This week we are mentioning the Monkey Farm. Now keep in mind that this month was about Top places near Coco (under 30 min travel time). So for horseback this would be the closest place without have to travel over 30 min. Another site is at Matapalo which is 20 minutes but we are also mentioning the Monkey Farm because the feed the homeless on a weekly basis. So by helping them your helping others. Let us know if you wish to visit them. 


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Playa Bonita is a great beach to visit as well. It offers great snorkeling and low waves. The sand is a lighter color and access is a sidewalk. It is next to Occidental Papagayo, only 15 minutes from Playa del Coco. 

Let us know if you wish to spend the day at this beach and we are happy to provide you with a cooler and private van to take you there and back. 


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Ocotal Beach is only 5 minutes from Playa del Coco. This area is great for snorkeling and fishing. The sand is volcanic thus the dark color. There is a restaurant located there that is great for sunsets. Mainly housing in the area, but it is also a nice beach to just spend the day and hang out. 

We can provide you with transportation there. Specially for those staying at Riu Guanacaste or Riu Palace. 


Top 5 Around Coco (continued)


Diamante Adventure Park is a must if you are staying in Playa del Coco or Playa Hermosa vicinity. You'll be guaranteed to see wildlife. They also provide an amazing zip line and beach activities. 

Let us know and we can provide you with round trip transportation. 


Top 5 Places to visit while staying in Playa del Coco Area


In the past we've discussed various places in the area of Guanacaste to visit. This month we will focus mainly on places worth visiting within the Playa del Coco area. This means that travel time is under 30 minutes. We will discuss a few aspect of each location. Up next are Playa Penca & Calzon de Pobre (Poor man's underwear).

Both these sites are only a 15 minute drive from Playa del Coco and about 5 minutes from Playa Hermosa. A guard greets you at the entrance to collect your name and plate # (security). Then you may drive ahead on a gravel/dirt road. 4x4 is preferred but if you have driving skills an automobile will suffice. Going down you will enjoy many views for pictures and the first parking area leads to Calzon de Pobre, a smaller and more private beach. Continue the road until the end to visit Playa Penca. This is a more beautiful colored beach and larger. We can take you there and provide you with a cooler. Just let us know if you would like to visit. 


Costa Rica Fruits Continued

You MUST see this one... it has many fruits you would even imagine you could try during your visit. 


Costa Rica Fruit Experience

We've decided to start posting more video with diverse experiences hoping that you'll get better ideas during your trip. Video describes so much better than writing...


Costa Rica 4K


A Truly Smart Option for Living


Although it may be expensive to many who are accustomed to main stream foods, Costa Rica offers quite a treat for living. Property tax are low (0.25%), people are happy and laid back, you can enjoy beaches, jungles or city and when natural disasters occur, which is very, very rarely; they leave a low impact.

For most that have lived or visit Costa Rica you'll notice that yes food is very expensive and it will take a toll on you monthly budget. But there is a solution to this which is also beneficial to  your health. It's all about alternative food sources through support of local farmers that are focused on delivering healthy organic produce at lower affordable prices. This would guarantee a steady income through volume and thus rotating perfectly in the circle of life.

Another positive is we don't have serious issues with government or nature. Crime is low and mainly petty theft which you'll find all over. Life in general is pretty easy and laid back. As most have come to learn, you can't put a price on peace and quite. 

So during your visit let us know you may be interested in living in Costa Rica. Then we will show you your options and assist you with any questions regarding moving and living in Costa Rica.  



Martina Bustos Community


Martina Bustos is an urban-marginal settlement is the largest in the city of Liberia and one of the poorest in the country where more than three thousand people live. The land where this community is located was donated 15 years ago allowing this to be settled, with Martina Bustos being a temporary and permanent home for many families. There are about 378 homes and an approximate population of 3000 people.

This community has grown without assistance for housing or any public services, people living in this place have no property titles, so institutions can not enter with housing, health or other projects, for this same reason this population has serious water problems (they only consist of 6 pipes supplying water for all inhabitants). It is also important to emphasize that there are no schools or health services of any kind.

The majority of the population of this community work as rescuers of recyclable waste (divers) in the municipal garbage dump of Liberia, as well as in some agricultural works.

For those of you that are soon traveling you can bring gifts or help in away you wish. Just let us know when you would like to visit the community and get in touch with that segment of the population to assist. 



Annexation of Guanacaste to Costa Rica


Guanacaste is the 7th province of Costa Rica and the newest in the sense of becoming part of Costa Rica. The territory used to belong to Nicaragua, but due to many constant civil wars and violence, three of the major cities within Guanacaste got together to vote on whether to annex themselves to Costa Rica. These cities were Nicoya, Santa Cruz and Libera (capital city of Guanacaste). Out of all 3 cities only Liberia voted no, but due to the majority vote, the law was passed on July 25th of 1824 annexing Guanacaste to Costa Rica. 

Now every 25 of July this is celebrated throughout the entire country. Everyone gathers for celebrations with dances wearing traditional attire, preparing food and reciting what are known as, "Bombas". Translation for, "Bomba" is "Bomb", yet it has nothing to do with war or anything like that. It derives from Bombetas or fireworks that are displayed in festivals with the difference that they are "verbal fireworks". So usually they express anything related to daily life. They may be romantic, funny, vulgar, etc. They usually tend to rhyme. 

All types of traditional food is also served, there are rodeos, dances and much more. 



Costa Rican Horses & Cattle


Many tourist traveling around Costa Rica will usually ask their guide, "Why are the cattle so skinny? Don't ranchers feed them?", or, "Why are horses in Costa Rica so small? Don't you feed them properly?". We will explain the reason for this...

In regards to cattle, it's a breed thing. The breed is a Hindu breed named Brahman. This breed is great for arid terrain such as Guanacaste where cattle is raised mainly for beef, while in areas like Arenal where you have rain forest usually Jersey cattle is used since dairy is the main goal, although you'll also find Brahman. Guanacaste cattle industry is mainly focused on sale for beef. Due to the breed the meat is not very lean making Costa Rican beef buyers primarily fast food companies and pet food companies. So if you've eaten at McDonald's or Burger King, chances are you may have eaten Costa Rican beef (LOL). Since Costa Rica has been building strong relations with China, ranchers are begin to crossbreed Brahman will Holstein and leaner breeds to improve quality and thus increasing the price, due to China's current high demand for beef. 

The horses are small because they were purposely bred that way. Keep in mind that Costa Rica is considered tropics. Within the country you will find primary and secondary forest. While the primary forest is that which has not been tampered by man, making to forest floor easy to walk through due to the canopy blocking sunlight preventing undergrowth; the secondary forest has much undergrowth and thick brush due to man cutting trees creating openings in the canopy provoking a race among many species making the undergrowth very thick. So farmers would use horses to ride through paths or carry loads. A large horse would have a difficult time walking along these narrow paths, specially if they had a load. So smaller horses were bread in order to make this endeavor much simpler. 



San Rafael de Guatuso


Costa Rica is divide into 7 provinces and each province is divided into cantons. Within the Alajuela province the capital of the Guatuso canton is San Rafael de Guatuso. This is also home to the Maleku indigenous tribe, which you can visit while driving through. For short most just call the town Guatuso. The town is a bit off the beaten path, but will soon increase the number of visitors due to tourism. More so with the major improvement of the road that leads directly to Rio Celeste. For local residents that are not interested in tourism and are en route to the Guanacaste beaches, this road means a short cut that saves a little over and hour of travel. For tourist in the Guanacaste area, this also means shorter travel time to visit the local tribe and also nearby sites of interest such as Venado Caves, Caño Negro or Arenal area. Another advantage to those heading towards Arenal area this road means a less winding road which would be the alternative when traveling the usual route around Lake Arenal. 

The main activity in Guatuso is agriculture, specifically cattle ranching, rice farming, pineapple and yuca. The town population is just a little over 7,000 people. Guatuso was officially named a town in 1970 and the majority of the indigenous population did not receive government ID until the early 1990's.

For those travelers that enjoy exploring off the beaten path this is a great recommendation. Specially if traveling from Arenal to Guanacaste or vice versa.



The Town of Bijagua


Bijagua is a small town located along the Guanacaste mountain range, specifically located between Miravalles and Tenorio volcanoes. It is a small town of roughly 2000 people who are dedicated mainly to farming crops and dairy cattle. They are locally well known for their cheese and recently are becoming popular for offering eco-adventure tourism. 

In August of 2016 they suffered along with other close by towns, the devastation of category 5 Hurricane Otto. Although it didn't destroy the town it did leave along its path some destroyed restaurants and even reshaped some of the terrain in particular part of the nearby bodies of water. Since then locals have rebuilt and all have gone back to normal.

The town is now flourishing due to investment made in the road leading to Tenorio National Park which is where the trail to Rio Celeste is located. This improvement has made the volume of visitors grown significantly and soon many more will pass by due to the same road's connection to Guatuso, saving many at least and hour of travel time. 

A must visit when going to Rio Celeste. Stopping at local restaurants for coffee, lunch and of course trying their famous cheese is a recommendation to all tourist and residents alike. 



Tenorio Volcano & Rio Celeste


Many travelers that visit and remain in the Guanacaste province, usually end up traveling into Arenal area. This means they will end up traveling 3 to 4 hours each way and usually have to leave at 6 am returning at 11 pm. This would be considered a full days activity and it also means price range will be higher. Although Arenal is a beautiful area, we can provide you with an alternative that you wont regret. 

Tenorio National Park offers an amazing hike and within the park you'll be able to visit a beautiful waterfall on Rio Celeste (Sky Blue River). This waterfall gets its name due to the sky blue color which is in fact just an optical illusion. Many seem to believe that the color is due to a mixture of chemicals, but this is not the case. 

Rio Celeste is formed by the union of 2 rivers, Rio Buena Vista and Rio Agrio. Buena Vista has micro particles that measure around 184 nano meters and are formed by silicon, aluminum and oxigen. Agrio has a very acidic Ph level and when both rivers meet the acidity causes the micro particles from Buena Vista to grow up to 570 nano meters which then refract sunlight causing our eyes to see only the blue spectrum. Important to mention that these micro particles are not laying at the bottom but are suspended in the water. Another cool aspect of this waterfall is that it is a sacred site for the Maleku tribe. 

Send us and email for more information about how to visit this location: reservations@lartransportes.com



Boruca Masks of Costa Rica


Like everything in life, behind these famous masks there is a story that despite being sad has a sense of triumph since they were made with the purpose of defending the identity and indigenous culture and today it happens to be an artistic element and as a form of expression and is sold as souvenir.

Christopher Columbus arrived on the coast of Costa Rica in September 1502, along with his group of conquerors with the sole purpose of finding gold. In his quest for riches he made no attempt to respect the life and culture of the four tribes who lived in the territory of the country. The east coast Caribs, the Boruca, Chibchas and Diques in the southwest were forced into a bloody war, during which many men fought bravely and died to protect their land, culture and lives. Of these men, many died defend their tribes. The battles were hard for the natives who fought with bows and arrows against the axes, knives and rifles of the Spaniards.

Since the Boruca have a tradition of passing stories from generation to generation through oral tradition, different versions have been developed of how the mask was integrated with the Boruca culture during wartime. A well-known and respected elder of the town of Boruca, Don Ismael González, who received the national prize of popular culture in 2002, speaks of the particularly remarkable and significant strategy for the culture in which the Boruca carved figures of wooden devils from balsa wood to protect and disguise their faces as well as frighten the invaders. The masks were painted using natural colors obtained from plants or minerals such as achiote or annato (orange / red), coal (gray / black) and yucca (ocher). Other members of the community believe that the use of the mask had its beginning after the the Spaniards in a ceremony to commemorate the victory and to pay tribute to those who lost their life in the fight.

 

El Juego de los Diablitos

For several centuries (no one is sure when) El Juego de los Diablitos or "The Game of the Little Devils", has be held as a celebration that lasts three days; From 31 December to 2 January.

Many interpret the event as a representation of the battles against the conquerors, during which they believe that their ancestors wore the masks as armor. The mask represents the fierce and triumphant Indian warriors who fought for the lives of their tribes and future generations.

There are others who do not believe in the use of the masks in battle but believe in the representation of the warrior and the symbolism of the mask.

The men of the town who wish to participate carve masks with faces of devils, one for each day, decorated with feathers and painting them (today) with new live colors. They also wear traditional woven garments out of sackcloth.

Others wear a bull suit (a wooden frame covered with sacks) which is worn by about ten men during the holidays; They represent the seventeenth-century Spaniards.

Starting at 8:00 p.m. Of the night of December 30, participants gather at the house of the devil to consume chicha (traditional alcoholic drink made from corn) and prepare for the celebration. At midnight, the men go up a hill and disguised themselves in their masks, the little devils leave and pass from house to house circulating throughout the town. Each day, the group circulates three or four times. The whole village follows them headed by a designated guide and musicians playing accordion, flute, drums and horn. Chicha is served in all the houses and the public watches while small battles are carried out where the bull attacks the devils and they dodge it, with the faces protected by the masks.

On the third day, January 2nd, men wear their best masks and battles continue. This day is considered the most important. The commission of people chosen to organize the festival every year, sometimes rewards the most beautiful mask as well as the ugliest. The best fighter is also rewarded among other categories. During the first two days there is no clear winner during battles. But on the third day, the little devils start to win. Eventually the bull runs away and hides and when they find him, they tie him and burn him (only the suit).

This moment represents the victory of the natives over the Spaniards.


Souvenir... What to buy?


When traveling anywhere, a souvenir or gift for those back home may be next to impossible to choose due to the many options available. So for those that visit our Pura Vida land, we´ve compiled a list of souvenirs that will for sure represent our culture and be useful to you. 

 

Costa Rica Soccer Team Jersey

 

Anyone who´s traveled to Costa Rica knows what the national soccer team means to all Ticos. It´s a sense of identity, pride and it unites all Costa Ricans. Buying a jersey and actually wearing it back home may attract a Tico towards you since any Tico anywhere will identify with it. You can buy these anywhere throughout Costa Rica and the pricing is very comfortable. Soccer fans back home will also appreciate it given Costa Rica´s performance in the most recent World Cup. 

 

Chonete

A chonete is a traditional Costa Rican hat worn by farmers and savaneros (Costa Rican cowboys). Every year children at schools dress up and wear a chonete which a national symbol. For you fishing fans, this is a great souvenir that you can take home and actually use on your fishing trip or working on your farm. 

 

Coffee Drip

Ask any Tico what the best way to brew coffee is and they´ll all agree to use a "sock" drip. This little gadget can be purchase anywhere and will definitely be very Costa Rican. The taste will also be noticeable and your coffee will taste delicious. Don't ever wash the sock with soap! Just rinse and store until next use. 

 

Costa Rican Coffee

In regards to which coffee is best to purchase... it's all a matter of your individual preference. We won't comment on which is best but we will advise to buy your coffee whether whole bean, dark roast, ground, ligh roast; purchase at local super markets. This way you will avoid the "tourist" price and you won't have anyone being pushy about it. There are many brands to choose from so for the preference of the writer (me), I enjoy 1820 ;)... 

Most souvenir shops will offer brand names that may be good and all but their focus seems to be more about marketing and high prices. This will go great with your Costa Rican coffee drip. 

 

Chorotega Pottery

The indigenous tribes in the Gran Nicoya area (Guanacaste) have been known for their craftsmanship in pottery. Their techniques have been handed down from generation to generation. You can visit their locals and see how they make the pottery which quite interesting. You can use the pottery back home as pitchers, salad bowls or plates. These are very strong and are microwaveable. 

 

Hammock

Who wouldn't love to lay in a hammock at home? Specially a Costa Rica Hammock!!! This is always a great gift or souvenir to take home. You can set it up indoors or outdoors and reminisce on your trip to Costa Rica and plan for your follow up trip! 

 

Centenario Rum

Most visitors are always pushed to buy our Imperial beer or our firewater Cacique (some consider it rum but it's more of a firewater that taste like a light vodka). But if you want to be original and you enjoy rum, Centenario is an excellent choice. This we recommend you buy at the duty free in the airport when returning home. But before you do, be sure to order some and a local bar or restaurant to ensure it will be something you can enjoy solo or in the company of friends. 


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Regarding the varieties of coffee used, established in the mid-nineteenth century were basically Typica or Creole variety of the Arabica species. This type was characterized by its size and high productivity. To some extent during the first stage coffee plantations were grown totally or partially exposed to the sun.

However shaded plantations have also been maintained from the 19th century to present day. At first, the Typica was still used. As the coffee trees were tall and leafy, they sought to keep a suitable distance between them, which in the majority was three meters in size; neaning that the density per unit of production was relatively low.

The producers carried out a series of activities aimed at achieving greater productivity: pruning, shoveling, fertilizing, and tanking. With the first one the branches were controlled so that the plants were developed and that the fruits ripened uniformly. Subsequently other varieties were also introduced of high stature: Bourbon, Tico hybrid, etc. Since the mid-twentieth century Costa Rican coffee production has undergone a new production modification derived from the dissemination of high-performance agricultural techniques within the framework of the "Green Revolution". Among its results the change in the cultivated coffee variety stands out; Low-sized hybrids, Caturra and Catuaí varieties, were adopted.

Although Typica was characterized by excellent grain quality and uniform maturation, low seed density required replacing it with a higher yield coffee. Genetic improvement was completed with increased planting density per unit and increased use of fertilizers, fertilizers and supplements to combat pests and diseases.

Production technology shifted from extensive to intensive, resulting in higher productivity per cultivated unit. The techniques included the use of fertilizers in order to bring the plant's nutrients to a healthy level.


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Costa Rican coffee was exported with accredited brands that baptized their own product according to their taste. The bean was of such quality that it did not need much publicity for its placement in the markets. Its excellence was derived from a continuous improvement in techniques and the introduction of mechanisms whose beneficial effect on the quality of the coffee was known. This implementation coincided with the consolidation of the European consumer market of Costa Rican coffee.

At the beginning of the activity, each producer dried the coffee in his yard, peeled it manually with "pylons" and allocated it for family consumption. At the end of the 1830's it took a radical turn when Don Buenaventura Espinaca Gaul, a Spaniard with mining experience, built a paved patio and the first wet processing plant south of Cartago on El Molino estate.

In the first decades of the twentieth century, many inventions were introduced to reduce the processing time and to increase the quality of the coffee: the drying machines, polishing and sorting machines, etc. As not all producers had the economic capacity to invest in the installation of wet processors, a group of beneficiaries was formed that received the harvest of many small producers.


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The flourishing coffee business led to the rapid establishment of commercial companies that exported coffee to Europe and at the same time imported manufactured goods from the old continent

With the conclusion of the road to Puntarenas, in 1846, which revolutionized the coffee trade and allowed the mules to be replaced by wagons, coffee became the only export product of Costa Rica until 1890. During this period its cultivation extended west of the Central Valley which was suitable for cultivation due to its topography, climate and connection with primary roads to secondary roads.

Soon new names were added to the coffee strain, among whom were Hipolite Tournon, Emilio Challe, Jorge Seevers, MaxKoberg, the Rohrmoser brothers, von Schroter family, Castro brothers, Wilhelm Peters, etc. Also the Creole coffee farmers: Florentino Castro, Montealegre, Ortuño, Bonilla and González Flores, etc.

Many of them not only took up the challenge of producing quality coffee in areas of traditional fame, but also formed estates in the Central Valley once the railroad to the Atlantic facilitated the colonization of the area in the late nineteenth century.


Costa Rica & Coffee Continued...


As the first plants grew, the Costa Rican interest in cultivation increased. Already in 1821 there were 17 thousand coffee trees in production, with the first export of 2 quintals of coffee to Panama in 1820. By 1840, Don Braulio Carrillo decreed that the lands to the west of San Jose, in Pavas, would be devoted to Coffee plantations. The Head of State thought that the Government should lead the coffee policy and be in charge of looking for markets and that the most important was England. Therefore ordered to build the road to the Atlantic that would allow Costa Rica to have a direct route to the British ports.

Some decades passed between the introduction of coffee and its consolidation as an export product. In that time the Costa Rican authorities took a series of measures to promote this industry. The export of the coffee was developed from 1832 when Mr. George Stiepel, who traded with England, made its first sale through Chile. The coffee trade with Europe was consolidated in the 1840s, after Englishman William Lacheur arrived on the The Monarc at Caldera and visited San Jose to negotiate the purchase from Don Santiago Fernandez Hidalgo, one of the main coffee producers of the time.

 

To be continued...


Costa Rica & Coffee


1720 is the probable date of the introduction of coffee to America, when the first seeds of the Coffea Arabica variety Typica came to the island of Martinique, Antilles, which were later planted in the Province of Costa Rica at the end of the 18th century.

At that time our country had a flourishing agriculture. Costa Rican history changed since 1808: under governor Tomás de Acosta, coffee began to take root in our soil , which has penetrated deeply into Costa Rican culture.

Costa Rica was the first Central American country to establish this flourishing industry. Celebrities contributed to the development of the crop and Father Felix Velarde was the first sower, who in 1816 had the first plot of land with coffee.

After Independence, in 1821, the municipal governments were the first to encourage this crop with policies of plant delivery and land concession to those interested in this company.

 

To be continued...


The Marvelous Symboitic Relationships in the Rain Forest


Many amazing lives are found within a Rain Forest. Each one of those lives is part of it's own special relationship. A symbiotic relationship. What is a symbiotic relationship? It is defined as 2 or more species working together for mutual benefit. Many of these are found in the forest, but in this post we will discuss the relationship between sloths, moths, trees and ants. 

The Cecropia tree is the equivalent to the sloth as the eucalyptus is to the koala. It's on of  the most important element of the sloths diet. Within the tree lives a colony of ants that are called "Aztec Ants". The role of these ants within the tree is to protect the tree from predators such as monkeys, iguanas and more that climb the tree to feed on the leaves and flowers. Yet they don't mess with the sloths. Why is this? It is because there is another colony present. This one lives within the fur of the sloth. It's name is Cryptoses moth. They produce a pheromone that repels the Aztec Ant. They also provide elements for increase of bacteria on the sloths fur which is also an important part of the sloths diet. 

The sloth then comes down once a week to do its latrine business at the roots of tree. But this act is more complex that just providing fertilizer for the tree. While they release themselves the moths come out to lay their eggs within the feces and also bring bacteria from the feces to the algae on the sloth provoking increase in growth of the algae which has the same dietary value as the cecropia tree and added proteins, carbohydrates and fat that are required for the sloths energy.

Pretty amazing!!! 



IRONMAN Costa Rica 2017


The Ironman 70.3 is already a reality in Costa Rica. It will be held on June 18 this year and was made possible after nearly five years of talks. Our country will receive an approximate group of 2,100 athletes who will seek to leave their name high in Playas del Coco, Guanacaste. This mode of triathlon is practiced worldwide and thousands of people meet in the different countries where each of these competitions takes place.

For our country is already confirmed the participation of athlete Rom Akerson, who will process at the beginning of the year the license to run in the professional category in the events of the Ironman franchise, something that no other Costa Rican has done. "In 2008, I ran the ironman Oceanside in California in the PRO category, so it's going to be the second time I've done it, but I'm the only one to do it," Akerson said in a statement from his sponsor Coopenae.

"It's not that I'm focusing on long distance but this opportunity came to run one in Costa Rica. It's going to be nice to compete in a race of that level in our country and leave my sponsor up. Xterra and the world of this modality, so I'm not changing my training plan, "said Rom



Diamante Eco Adventure Park


An ideal destination for those staying at Riu Hotels, Coco Beach or Papagayo Peninsula area. Diamante Eco Adventure Park offers you many options such as zip lines, atv, horseback and an animal sanctuary that will allow you to see many of Costa Rica's amazing wildlife. Jaguars, sloths, crocodiles, toucans, snakes and much more are awaiting your visit. 

Diamante’s Zip Line course delivers the longest ride time and features a nearly mile long Superman line, a free fall “Quick Jump” and a Tarzan Swing. Our Zip Line is designed and engineered for fun and safety; according to ACCT standards. Diamante’s Zip Line is Costa Rica’s must do experience. The team of trained guides and state-of-the–art equipment enhances the entire experience.

If you wish to visit Diamante let us know and we will provide you with pricing and transportation.