Monday, October 29, 2007

Savegre River whitewater rafting

Photo by Shayne ClaussonRafting in the Savegre River is a full-day tour ideal for both the adventurous beginner and the experienced rafter. Along the way you will be astounded by the awesome canyons, waterfalls, and primary rainforest.

Experience a trip of pure unsurpassed beauty, luxuriant vegetation, and exploding whitewater. The Rio Savegre is a magnificent stretch of coastal whitewater that begins its course by winding out of a sparsely inhabited valley, covered with jungle vegetation.

The whitewater rapids are exciting, but not so demanding that you won't have time to enjoy the Savegre's spectacular tropical scenery. The Savegre River is one of the most pristine rivers in the country, and is surrounded by impressive views of the primary rainforest.

Lurking just behind the shroud of lush foliage, you will find a number of truly magnificent waterfalls. Stop for a break at some of the most beautiful waterfalls and swimming holes in the area surrounded by blooming heliconias in this shady Garden of Eden.

Keep your eyes on the rainforest as well since wildlife is abundant, as you float down the river in some of the calmer areas. Don’t miss this exhilarating ride through nature.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Carara Biological Reserve

Carara is one of Costa Rica's most popular parks, in large part due to its proximity to San Jose. This is also where many cruise ship's passengers are bused for a day trip when the liners dock just up the coast at Puerto Caldera, and a common destination for field trips by school children.

It is always hot and humid in the forests of Carara. Even during the drier season from late December through April when there is significantly less rain, transpiration keeps the humidity under the canopy near saturation. The wettest months are August to October when the trails near the river may at times be impassable because of flooding.

Carara is also a favorite with bird watchers. Carara has flora and fauna from both ecosystems (Tropical dry forest region to the north and the more humid Pacific Rain Forest to the south), and the virgin forest that covers the park is the ideal environment for such rare wildlife as the Scarlet Macaw the Collared Aracari and thee species of monkeys.

About 150 scarlet macaws nest and feed throughout the reserve and can usually be seen around dusk flying west down the Tarcoles River towards the coastal mangroves where they roost for the night.

What to bring: Long pants, hiking shoes, insect repellent, and water camera.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Four new airlines will fly to Costa Rica

(ICT) - Four new airlines announced their intention to include, among their connections, the Juan Santamaria International Airport, located in the province of Alajuela.

The first company to arrive will be Frontier Airlines, which announced its entry into the country in November. This airline, registered in the United States, will be flying from Denver, Colorado.

Another company which officially communicated its willing to fly to Costa Rica is a French airline, Air Caraibes, which announced that its first flight would be on December 11th, 2007.

Air Caraibes will be flying out of the islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique, (the French Antilles), which are the connecting centers to Paris and the rest of Europe.

The Canadian airline, Air Sunwing, is the third company requesting their flight operations certificate from the Civil Aviation Authority. This North American airline is willing to offer charters, cargo and mail services.

In Sunwing’s case, the exact date for the start-up of operations to the country has not been defined yet, but it has been confirmed that the airline will be using Boeing 737-800 airplanes to fly to Costa Rica.

Another company that has expressed interest in flying here is the Asian airline, Air China, belonging to mainland China’s government. Its interest in flying to Costa Rica came up in virtue of the reestablishment of diplomatic ties between both countries.

The arrival of these competitors will offer Costa Rican travelers new alternatives to fly to Europe, North America and possibly even to China.

Additionally, Delta Air Lines will establish two new routes from New York to the province of San Jose and to the city of Liberia, Guanacaste, beginning in February next year.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Cruise ship season in Limon begins

Photo by FortOgden.com(ICT) - The season for cruise ships in the Caribbean officially started with the arrival of the cruise ship from Carnival Liberty cruise lines, with the first three thousand tourists aboard who will be visiting the coast of Limón.

For this year, 138 cruise ships are expected to enter the port of Limon, in other words, 11 cruise ships more compared to the previous year. This represents a growth of 8.6%.

The president of the Chamber of Tourism in Limon, Noel Ferguson, said that for this season at least 200,000 people are expected, including tourists and crewmembers.

The arrival of the cruise ships represents an important source of income for the locals.

The mayor of the province of Limon, Eduardo Barboza, stated that for this year, security was reinforced with the presence of either 50 or 100 additional policemen, depending on the number of arrivals.

According to estimates from the Costa Rica Tourist Board, the country will receive 232 cruise ships for the entire season, which also includes arrivals to the port of Puntarenas.

The above represents an increase of 7.4% regarding the previous year meaning 216 additional entries. It is important to state that the cruise ship season runs from October 2007 to April 2008.

(Photo by FortOgden.com)

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Poas Volcano National Park

The Poas Volcano is in central Costa Rica. There are two crater lakes near its summit. Poas has erupted 39 times since 1828.

The volcano is located within the Poas Volcano National Park. It is considered the largest active crater in the world, about 1 mile (1.6 km.) wide and 320 meters deep, with frequent geyser-like eruptions.

Near the volcano's active crater, there are lakes of molten sulfur, thought to be the only examples of their kind in the world.

Lake Botos fills an extinct crater and is home to many cloud forest birds like hummingbirds, tanagers, flycatchers, toucanets, clay-colored robin and the resplendent quetzal.

This is one of the most spectacular volcanoes of the country and of extraordinary scenic beauty. It has many types of habitats like very long forests with short trees, areas with very little flora and some with little smelly plants and also the cloudy forest. Poas volcano national park is one of Costa Rica's most visited places by national and international tourists.

What to bring: Tennis shoes, shorts or jeans, jacket, camera.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Manuel Antonio National Park

Manuel Antonio National Park is the home of the endangered Squirrel Monkey although White Faced and Howler monkeys are also common in the park. Playa Manuel Antonio is one of the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica and has been rated one of the top ten in the world.

This park is just south of Quepos on the Pacific Coast, 132 km from San José. Perhaps It is so popular because of its expensive white sand beaches backed by an evergreen forest that grows right up to the high tide line.

There is quite a varied fauna with 109 species of mammals and 184 of birds. The park includes 12 little isles just off the coast; there are a number of dolphins and, at times, migrating whales can be observed

Let an experience nature guide take you on a hike thru beautiful Manuel Antonio National Park.

What to bring: Shorts, swimming suit, Tenis shoes. Insect repellet, camera.