Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Iberia expects to carry 150.000 travelers between Madrid and San Jose

(ICT) - The Spanish airline Iberia is planning to carry 150.000 travelers during the year in its direct route Spain-Costa Rica and vice versa.

The airline announced that by June 1st, it will offer seven direct flights between Madrid and San Jose.

This route allows Iberia to have more than 6.100 seats available monthly, just in the one way trip, namely double the amount it had in 2004 when it first entered the region.

Currently, the company offers direct flights exclusively on Sundays along with other six routes between Costa Rica and Spain, but with stops in Panama or Guatemala. This would be the first time for a European airline to have daily direct flights to Costa Rica.

In addition to this expansion, the company will also keep three weekly flights from Spain to Guatemala and Panama, for a total of 10 flights per week to the isthmus.

Silvia Cairo, Director of International Sales for Iberia, explained that the interest in having direct flights to Costa Rica is due to the tourism dynamism and business potential between the country and the European Union (UE).

Cairo indicated that the airline expects to carry perishable products and become a leader in carrying business passengers.

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Osa Peninsula: beyond Corcovado

Osa Peninsula offers a variety of attractions, including the Corcovado
National Park

(ICT) - For instance, the Danta Corcovado Lodge is a cozy shelter built with the least impact on the farm where it is located, consisting of 21 hectares, 12 of them representing forest area. In fact, the wood comes directly from a reforested area, with the specific purpose of using the timber forest. Moreover, the warmth of this lodge enables visitors to feel as a part of a big family, as if they were at home.

Another amazing attraction is the Cobo farm, where visitors can enjoy the spectacular chocolate tour. This farm uses several types and techniques of cultivation, combined with forest sectors that enable the protection and conservation of many animals, such as the white-faced monkeys.

The major cultivation of the farm is chocolate, a product that everybody knows and enjoys. However, many people do not even imagine what goes on behind the plantations of cocoa. The production of chocolate is a work of art.

Osa Peninsula is located south of the province of Puntarenas. It is home for a patrimony of wildlife species, most of which is protected in eight natural parks and reservoirs.

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Costa Rican scientists find new coral species in Coco's Island

(ICT) - Costa Rican scientists have discovered a species of coral in Coco’s Island that has never been seen before.

It is a soft coral with a bright yellow color, about four centimeters high. It lives embedded in the marine rocks at a depth between 15 and 25 meters.

The information was released by experts of the Investigation Center of Marine Sciences and Limnology (Cimar) of the University of Costa Rica.

The coral was discovered in the year 2006 in the surrounding waters of Coco’s Island and it has not been named yet by the experts. According to the scientists, the species belongs to the kind of coral that is not rocky but soft, namely Leptogorgia, and to the family Gorgoniidae.

The new species of coral functions as a home for communities of microorganisms and helps to tie up rocks together.

Due to its texture and composition, it serves as food for the fish, revealed Odalisca Breedy, scientist and specialist in soft corals from Cimar.

Moreover, the scientists declared that, for the first time, almost a hundred marine organisms never described before in the investigations in Coco’s Island have been detected.

Among the new species found on the island, there are close to 30 seaweed, 20 sea worms, a new kind of coral, approximately 20 sponge species, which have never been studied before, as well as new sea stars and sea cucumbers.

Like the coral, the species detected on the island could also be new species worldwide, but the experts do not dare to assure it yet.

Coco’s Island has been a Natural Patrimony of Humanity since 1997. The island relies on 16 forest rangers belonging to the National System of Conservation Areas (SINAC), with shifts of up to 30 days.