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Palo Verde Tour

lo Verde Jungle river boat tour + Authentic Costa Rica Lunch!

gentle river boat ride || bird-watching || animal spotting

Enjoy a breath-taking boat ride along the Tempisque River to appreciate the great ecological variety of this Park, cruising through 13 different habitats including mangrove and swampy forests, salty and freshwater marshes, evergreen, lowland, limestone and secondary forests and a wide range of continuous stages.

Palo Verde National Park is located on the Pacific slopes of Northwestern Costa Rica. It is an 18,418-Hectare plain delineated by rivers, limestone hills and extensive wetland vegetation bordering the Tempisque River that flows into the Gulf of Nicoya.

Birds are the biggest attraction at Palo Verde National Park. In the wet season the floodwaters of the Tempisque River spread to form extensive marshes that welcome migrant birds from North and South America. Large numbers of aquatic birds can be seen: grebes, anhinga, herons, jabirus storks, ibises, spoonbills, cormorants, falcons, caracaras and jacanas.

The variety of mammals and reptiles is equally rich and visible, particularly during the dry season, when crocodiles, green iguanas, lizards, armadillos, coatis, agoutis and monkeys are attracted to the water holes.
Remarks: The sequence of the tour depends on the tides.

What to bring: comfortable clothing, insect repellent, sun block, hat, binoculars and camera.

Includes: your private A/C transportation and bilingual guide, entrance fee, boat tour, lunch and drinks.

Duration: 7 hours

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The Guanacaste Conservation Area is a model for the World

The Guanacaste Conservation Area is a model for the World

The Guanacaste Conservation Area is a model for the World

Visit Costa Rica's most unique protected habitat

Guanacaste Costa Rica Is a Rare and Spectacular Eco-Tourism Destination

Rodgers Bestgen is a travel writer who has lived in Costa Rica for many years and enjoys sharing highlights of this beautiful country.

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The Guanacaste conservation area is a 147,000 Hectare area of reclaimed land and contiguous national parks stretching over 100 kilometers of diverse terrain from the Pacific ocean to the Caribbean lowlands creating one of the last remaining virgin eco corridors in the Neo Tropics. This comparatively small area is an abundant eco system , which because of attention to including the entire habitat system, boasts more bio diversity than all of North America and Mexico combined. One thing that makes this conservation area unique is the diverse geographies in its make up. From the rocky marine environment on the Pacific coast across the mountains of the Guanacaste range, these diverse environments support a multitude of endangered species including wild cats, Tapirs, Olive Ridley Turtles and a plethora of plant and invertebrate species. The Guanacaste Conservation area was extended beyond the Parque Nacional Santa Rosa in 1999 completing the areas current makeup with the purchase of 15000 Hectares of private land in what can only be called an aggressive and ambitious conservation plan. The overall project is run by an administrative unit that makes inclusion of the indigenous population an important part of its mandate in support of and growth of this important ecological corridor. The corridor includes an important and often overlooked world conservation priority in the dry tropical forests that are increasingly rare in our modern world. This habitat supports a multitude of endangered species including the Great Green Macaw, the Mangrove Hummingbird and the rare military Macaw and Great Curassow. A diverse collection of reptiles including the endangered American Crocodile and speckled Caiman are also evident in this habitat. I applaud Costa Rica for its commitment to preservation, and am proud to call her my home.

Area de conservacion Guanacaste

The importance of the decision to create and grow this World Heritage site becomes clear. Preservation of what can only be called a unique and precious habitat in a world increasingly facing encroachment by human development is a worthwhile and noble goal.

Guanacaste Boasts a rare abundance of marine and terrestrial bio diversity

Guanacaste comprises a visually stunning landscape and an equally abundant marine environment. Several converging currents and cold upwelling nutrient rich currents off the coast contribute to an amazingly diverse and productive marine eco-system. The land areas are equally rich in bio diversity boasting over 7000 plant species and over 900 known vertebrate species in addition to over 9000 invertebrate species and a plethora of endangered species which include the Tapir, the American crocodile, the speckled Caiman, the great Green Macaw, and the military Macaw, in addition to many rare Felids including the Ocelot the Jaguar and more

Eco Tourism has become a mainstay of the Costa Rican economy thanks in large part to Costa Rica’s commitment to conservation as evidenced by the political will shown in making the Guanacaste Conservation Area a reality. The continued efforts that includes bringing schhol children in from adjacent communities to learn and understand the importance of this important preservation effort and thus ultimately ensuring its care by generations to come

Conservation is King in Costa Rica

Costa Rica’s efforts in conservation is a model for the world and it is hard to overlook the fact that this small country the size of West Virginia has set a high bar in regards to conservation. Costa Rica has set aside 23.4% of its total land mass to national parks and conservation efforts, making it the leader of total geography devoted to conservation by land mass in the world. Why such a commitment you ask? The Costa Ricans have a pretty good idea of the treasure they possess and are committed to preserving it for future generations. This small country with only .03 % of the worlds land mass astoundingly holds 5 % of the worlds bio diversity meaning 5% of all the species of plant and animal life in the world, an amazing statistic and the Costa Ricans are serious about guarding this resource. An unexpected side effect of such assiduous conservation efforts in the last 20 years has been the explosion of interest in the country and the consequential explosion in Costa Rica as an eco-tourism destination. People from all over the world flock to see the wildlife, the pristine jungles and rare dry tropical rain forests. The tropical weather, the incredible beaches and proximity and ease of access from North America contribute to this tourism phenomenon.

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are as varied and interesting as the country itself and offer a wondrous diversion and many culinary opportunities from local and international chefs alike  and will most certainly be remembered as a highlight of your next  Costa Rica Vacation

 Tourism services offer  first class customer service and a fine starting point  for myriad  adventures from Volcanoes to incredible nature reserves or even skydiving that Guanacaste warmly offers its beloved visitors  and will most certainly be remembered as a highlight of your next  Costa Rica Vacation

Costa Rica’s Diversity

Costa Rica’s Diversity

Costa Rica's Diversity

by Ursula Bestgen

Costa Rica is a relatively small country. Its about the size of Ohio in the United States and Denmark in Europe and lucky enough to have two beautifully thriving coastlines. The Pacific Coast and Caribbean coastline each offer their own intimate portraits of the symbiotic relationships between algae and living coral reefs.  Located in Central America with almost 1000 miles of coastline with a plethora of sea creatures. The coral reefs alone are home to hundreds of species of sea life and provide a protected environment for sea turtles, mollusks, rays and tropical fish to name a few. Costa Rica boasts at least a dozen different ecosystems ranging from tropical lowland rainforest to coral reefs.
Costa Rica is located on the Central American Isthmus, surrounding the point 10° north of the equator and 84° west of the prime meridian.
The Pacific coastline is varied. The north offers vast fields, dry tropical forest and rugged rocky terrain.
Travel the length of the Pacific Coast and you will find delightful surf towns at every turn, luxury resorts perched on hillsides looking out to sea and some of the country’s most amazing rain forests and national parks.
Travel a few hours in any direction and you will witness first hand the bio diversity Costa Rica is famous for.
Biodiversity boosts ecosystem productivity where each species, no matter how small, all have an important role to play. For example, A larger number of plant species means a greater variety of crops. Greater species diversity  ensures natural sustainability for all life forms.
Costa Rica has a little something for everybody and should definitely be on your shortlist for a travel destination.  

Ursula Bestgen

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Ursula Bestgen is an accomplished travel writer focusing on ecological hot spots around the world. She is renowned for the extensive research and colorful back ground of all her many articles. Ursula lives in Washington State but holds a home and a piece of her heart in Costa Rica

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