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Top 7 Reasons why Costa Rica will be your next destination
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1. Beaches

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Both the Caribbean and Pacific sides of Costa Rica boast some of the world’s best beaches.   Some are national parks (such as Manuel Antonio and Cocos Island); some are  reserves, but all are beautiful.  Any beach-going vacation desires are satisfied with the variety of water activities on the Costa Rica beaches:  surfing, snorkelling, scuba-diving, boating, enjoying a picnic with your family or just simply walking on the beach.

2. Volcanoes

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There are more than 112 volcanoes in Costa Rica.  Arenal’s peak is the highest at 5,360 feet. Arenal and four others, Rincón de la Vieja, Irazu, Orosi and Poas, are currently active and another 62 volcanoes that are currently dormant could become active once again.   Each volcano offers incredible views both from that vantage point and towards the volcano itself. That natural beauty alone makes volcanoes big draws for a visit to Costa Rica. In addition, each volcano includes distinct surprises.  For example, Irazu has a crater lake with gorgeous clear turquoise water. It is simply breathtaking and worthy of being called a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Poas also has a crater – this a boiling acid lake – equally as breathtaking and beautiful in a completely different way.  Finally, the volcanoes in Costa Rica make their own weather, explaining why this small country features 37 different climate zones.  Each volcano makes for a unique and memorable experience.

3. Bio-Diversity

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Is biodiversity your thing?  Then Costa Rica is your destination country! Costa Rica, though it is one of the smallest countries, is universally considered to be the most bio-diverse country on our beautiful planet.  Costa Rica is only  0.03% of the land mass of our planet but biologists and botanists universally agree at least 6% of our planet’s diversity is found there. In Monteverde alone there are more than 100 orchid species,  52 hummingbird species (some endemic found nowhere else in the world),  two kinds of sloths,  five different species of primates,  humpback whales, dolphins, and a coral reef that Jack Jacques considered to be the best.  

4. Adventure and Fun

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Zip lines, white water rafting, whale watching, hiking.  How about bird watching, horseback riding, swimming, snorkeling, surfing, boating, sailing, kayaking, fishing?  If you can add an “ing” to the end of a word and it is fun or exciting, it is available to you in Costa Rica.

5. ¡Pura Vida!

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With every trip to Costa Rica, I am reminded that Ticos are by far the kindest and happiest people I have ever met in my travels around the world.  This is probably one of the reasons why they live the longest as a group of people.  To say they do not get all wound up about things that folks in other cultures do is an understatement.  The Tico population is 98% literate and, from my experience, they are some of the most intelligent and intuitive people I’ve ever met. Most understand that their country is it jewel unlike any other.  And they are happy to share with people who have an eco-friendly approach to travel.   Pura Vida – the best way of life!

6. National Parks and Reserves

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Costa Rica boasts 26 of these natural areas, which together account for more than 25% of the total landmass in Costa Rica.  From the smallest, Manuel Antonio, to the largest, La Amistad, each is unique with its own biodiversity that requires it be set aside and not destroyed by developers.  Most have camping and backpacking areas or trails; most also have support for such activities; only a few do not.  All have birds, mammals, reptiles,   amphibians, plants of every kind (many with healing properties), trees including the Guanacaste and Sura, many different types of mangrove forests, dry rainforests, wet rainforests, and cloud forests.

7. The Food!

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Costa Rican or comida Tica is in a word better than you probably imagine and maybe one of the reasons why Costa Ricans have such long lifespans.  Freshness is the main ingredient of all their food.  A usual lunch or dinner consists of fruit, vegetables and either fish or chicken. Costa Rica is truly an international country and has been influenced by nearly every major culinary style including, as examples, French, Argentinian, Italian, Indian, German, and American.   If I am traveling with Rolando and Sonia I always order what Rolando is having, and if it is just me I order the typical which is the house special and I never go wrong.   Typical Costa Rican breakfast is scrambled eggs with a side of rice and beans called gallo pinto, and fresh hand-made (hecho a mano) tortillas or toast with home-made jam or jelly which is frequently seasonal. I’ve never had the same jam twice in all my travels! Normally a glass of fresh-squeezed juice, also seasonal, accompanies breakfast.  All incredibly fresh and delicious!  But for those not ready to take their taste buds on an adventure, most restaurants also include typical USA fare on their menus.

 

 

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Reflexiones de la vida y la naturaleza. Por: Wilberth Parajeles
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Hoy quiero compartir lo aprendido, multiplicar el inmenso amor que le tengo a la naturaleza y ser para muchas personas del mundo la llave que nos une a esta hermosa adicción, la llave, la semilla, la intriga –aunque sea -, pero quiero poder compartir lo que se me ha sido dado, que para eso vinimos, para crecer todos en el mismo amor.

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Nací en un sencillo hogar campesino. Mis padres son dos humildes personas que quedaron huérfanos y no les quedó más que casarse siendo aún niños ya que no tenían más compañía que la del uno por el otro. Tuvieron muchos hijos, vestimos ropa que nos regalaban ya usada, vivimos en piso de tierra y muchas noches nos acostamos con hambre. Las pocas veces que pudimos comer era gracias a que vivíamos en el campo y aprendimos a sobrevivir comiendo cualquier tipo de animal que pudiéramos cazar, pero a pesar de esto nuestro padre siempre nos dio una lección: Jamás maltraten un animal o maten solo por hacer daño, la tierra y el mundo no le pertenecen al hombre, Dios ha proveído todo para el bien de la humanidad, solo estamos de paso por lo que solo somos administradores.

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Esa etapa de mi vida se convirtió en una gran lección, la cual consiste en cuidar el medio ambiente y sentirme uno sólo con él. Me sirvió para aprender que la naturaleza no necesita de los hombres para existir y por el contrario el hombre sí necesita del ecosistema para su supervivencia. Es la naturaleza nuestra única fuente de vida. No es el petróleo o los dólares lo que nos darán de comer, nunca lo han sido, ya que sin agua, alimento, sol y aire no somos nada. Lo más triste es que el ser humano, el ser perfecto creado por Dios, cree tener la razón y el poder sobre todo y en una ardua lucha por construir grandes ciudades y en desarrollar grandes tecnologías ha ido poco a poco afectando el mundo en contra de su propia existencia. Los países de primer mundo se sienten orgullosos de lo que han alcanzado hasta hoy, de cómo han logrado construir un mundo de concreto donde antes había bosque y animales, también han transmitido a sus nuevas generaciones la idea de que cualquier animal de nuestro ecosistema, es sinónimo de muerte y de enfermedades fatales, les han transmito pánico hacía este mundo que solo esconde maravillas y belleza. La mayoría de personas cuando viajan a distintas partes del mundo para admirar lo bello de la naturaleza lo hacen con todos los temores, porque se les ha transmitido por distintos medios que deben cuidarse hasta de una simple mariposa.

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No digo que no debamos ser precavidos que es diferente, pero debemostener claro que cada especie es importante; los árboles porque proveen fruta, nido a las aves y oxígeno para todos los seres vivos, las flores producen polen, las avispas, las mariposas, los colibrís y muchos otros animales se encargan de dispersar las semillas por diferentes partes del mundo, los anfibios y reptiles nos ayudan a controlar las plagas, en fin el ciclo de la vida y la manera en que se desarrolla es simplemente perfecta y este balance se ha visto desequilibrado por nuestra mano, llegando al punto donde aceleramos cada día más el proceso de calentamiento global. Con una doble moral también hablamos de reciclar para sentirnos menos mal o para decir “yo reciclo”. El reciclaje es un verdadero negocio fue inventado con doble propósito: generar más basura, pero a la vez que la gente no se sienta mal porque nos la devuelven y nosotros la volvemos a usar, cuando en realidad lo que deberíamos de hacer todos en el planeta es REDUCIR; REUTILIZAR y como última opción reciclar. El ejemplo más claro son las botellas de agua, las personas en vez de comprar una botella la cual puedan recargar, prefieren comprar una cada vez que se le place tomar.

Yo soy de Costa Rica, un lugar bendecido con múltiples ecosistemas en un diminuto territorio, un lugar exuberante en especies de fauna, vegetación y agua, un lugar que también posee sus contrastes de contaminación pero donde tenemos la dicha de reflexionar todos los días acerca de nuestras acciones con un hermoso panorama en frente que nos hace abrir los ojos y nos hace sentirnos dichosos de nutrirnos del contacto y la energía que solo la naturaleza nos puede brindar.

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En conclusión no debería tratarse de estar viendo cómo resolvemos el mundo, sino más bien todo debería consistir en entender que somos uno solo en este tejido de la vida, que no somos dueños y más bien somos parte de las montañas, de los bosques, de las nacientes de agua. Somos uno solo con la naturaleza y cuando podamos entender esto, vamos realmente a proteger lo valioso que nos rodea porque por fin entenderemos que proteger el mundo, la flora y la fauna, es protegernos a nosotros mismos.

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Thoughts on life and nature. By: Wilberth Parajeles
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Today I want to share what I have learned. To multiply the great love that I have for nature and to be a beacon, a seed of intrigue for all others that share this beautiful addiction. At the very least, I would like to share what has been given to me, the reason why we have come to this world, so that we can all grow in the same love.

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I was born in a simple country home. My parents are a couple of humble people, orphaned very early on. They had no other choice but to marry when they were still children because they had no one else but each other. They had many children, we all wore clothes that were handed down from sibling to sibling. We lived with dirt as our floor and on several nights, would go to bed without a meal. The few times that we could eat were due to the fact that we lived in a rural setting that allowed us to hunt and make a meal out of any animal that we could find. Even though we sought resort in this, my father always taught us: Never hurt any animal for sport or just to hurt it. This planet and world do not belong to men, God has provided all for the good of mankind, we are temporary and we are just its managers.

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This part of my life has been a great lesson. It taught me to take care of the environment and to feel united with it. It taught me that nature does not need man to exist, on the contrary, it is us who need its ecosystem in order to survive. It is nature that is our only life source. It isn’t dollars and oil that put meals on our table, they never have. Without water, food, sunlight and oxygen, we are nothing. Human beings, created perfect in God’s image, think we are right about everything and that this world is our realm. In our effort to build the biggest cities and to progress in our technology, we have affected our world’s very survival. First-world countries feel pride in what they have come to achieve, in how they have set up their concrete jungles instead of the natural ones that existed there before. They have separated themselves so far from nature that any other species is a threat to our existence. Nature has become something that causes fear in citizens when it only hides beauty and marvels. When people travel to more remote places of the world they do so with fear because media and communications have spread that even the tiniest butterfly is our deadliest foe.

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I am not against being prepared, but being prepared and being fearful are two different things. We must understand that every species is important; trees provide fruits, they are homes to other animals and provide oxygen for all species in the world to survive. Its flowers produce pollen that are transported by bees, butterflies, hummingbirds and other animals that carry these seeds across the land. Amphibians and reptiles help us control plague. The circle of life is created perfect and its balance has been affected by us, to the point where we have accelerated global warming. With double standards we talk about recycling to numb the pain. Recycling is a business and it was created with two purposes: create more garbage while creating the sense that there is less garbage. The reality is that we should REDUCE, REUSE and only after these two are in place, recycle. Water bottles are the most common example, people would rather purchase 20 water bottles to use daily, than purchase once and reuse it every day.

I am from Costa Rica, a place gifted with multiple ecosystems in a very small landmass, a place exuberant in fauna, flora and water. A country affected by pollution as many, but with a unique feeling that we reflect on every day, that calls us to action with a beautiful landscape in our view that opens our eyes and makes us feel lucky to be surrounded and powered by the energy that only nature can provide.

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In conclusion, we should not focus on how we must fix the world, but to truly understand that we are but a small part of this world; we are not the owners or masters but a part of the mountains, part of the forests, part of the water springs. We are one with nature, when we can embrace this, we will really protect what is invaluable to us. We will finally understand that protecting the world and all its properties, is protecting ourselves.

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