Wednesday, January 31, 2007

$5.7 million for Limon

The Costa Rican Tourism Board and the Atlantic Port Authority announced the allocation of $5.7 million to improve tourist facilities at the Port of Limon, on the Costa Rican Caribbean. The goal is to improve the attractions for the passengers of cruise ships calling at Limon during the current cruise season, that started last October and continues through next April. Some 139 ships and 240,000 passengers are expected during that span. (Photo by Paolo Agnelli)

It's refreshing to see that this government is doing something for the province of Limon. It's no secret that most presidential administrations often forget about the Caribbean region and direct most of the attention and funds to the Guanacaste and Pacific areas. It might not be enough but it's a start.

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Costa Rica traveler's video guide

I found this interesting Costa Rica documentary on It's a film of about 60 minutes divided in six 10-minute parts. I think that if you are seriously considering a trip to Costa Rica you might as well look at this film to have an idea of what is awaiting you here. I embedded part one of the movie. Just click the play button to start the film. If you like what you see then you can watch parts 2 to 6 following the links that I added. Hope you like it!

Note: A high-speed internet connection is recommended to watch these videos!

Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
Part 6

Friday, January 26, 2007

Birds of Costa Rica: the hummingbird

Hummingbirds are small birds known for their ability to hover in mid-air by rapidly flapping their wings, 15 to 80 times per second (depending on the species). Capable of sustained hovering, the hummingbird has the ability to fly deliberately backwards or vertically, and to maintain position while drinking from flower blossoms. They are named for the characteristic hum made by their wings.

Hummingbirds are attracted to many flowering plants, especially those with red flowers. They feed on the nectar of these plants and are important pollinators, especially of deep-throated flowers. Most species of hummingbird also take insects, especially when feeding young.

Hummingbirds are found only in the Americas, from southern Alaska and Canada to Tierra del Fuego, including the West Indies. The majority of species occur in tropical Central and South America, but several species also breed in temperate areas.

Most hummingbirds of the U.S. and Canada migrate to warmer climates in the northern winter, though some remain in the warmest coastal regions. Some southern South American forms also move to the tropics.

Costa Rica's Channel 7 reported on hummingbird feeders in Monteverde, Puntarenas. To watch the video click here. (Sorry, video available only in Spanish)

Here are two links to stunning photographs of Costa Rican hummingbirds:Glenn Bartley Nature Photopgraphy

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Parrita mule festival 2007

Many years ago a few farmers from Parrita began with the practice of mule races nearby Esterillos Beach in the Mid Pacific. The hobby that started out as way of having fun has become the Parritta Mule Festival, one of Parrita’s most popular traditions.

Parrita’s Welfare Association has devoted itself to consolidating this tradition, reinforcing the festival with the two-horse races and tractor rally. It is expected to have one of the most colorful festivals taking place within the last years carried out in 2007, hoping to receive national and international tourists so they can get to know one of the funniest races carried out in Costa Rica.

The 2007 festival will run from January 25 to february 04, the day the awaited Mule Race takes place. In addition everyday there will be: livestock and agricultural machinery show, craft sale, ‘corridas de toros’ (bullfights), typical food, karaoke, dances, and the atmosphere of the “ La Mulita Alegre” bar.

For more information, call: 779-8245 (in Costa Rica)

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Coffee picking in Orosi

A coffee picker carries freshly harvested coffee beans on a plantation in Orosi, the east of the capital San Jose in this December 28, 2006 file photo. Central America's coffee harvest is at its peak, and the impact of labor shortages that blighted farms in recent years has eased, thanks to smaller crops, wage increases and orderly ripening. Picture taken December 28, 2006. REUTERS/Juan Carlos Ulate/Files (COSTA RICA)

Monday, January 08, 2007

Surfing in Ostional

A tourist surfs at sunset off the beach at the Ostional Wildlife Refuge on the northern Pacific coast of Costa Rica, Sunday, Jan. 7, 2007.(AP Photo/Kent Gilbert)

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Olive Ridley hatchlings in Ostional

Olive Ridley sea turtle hatchlings crawl over one another on the beach at the Ostional Wildlife Refuge on the northern Pacific coast of Costa Rica, Sunday, Jan. 7, 2007. The Olive Ridley hatchlings that survive will return to the same beach to lay their eggs when they are mature adults. Approximately 12 percent of the hatchlings are expected to survive and become adults.(AP Photo/Kent Gilbert)