Adventure travel news about and from Costa Rica.

Rediscovering frogs through conservation in Costa Rica

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Frogs are amazing creatures, yet because they are so small they are highly susceptible to environmental changes. Many of them have gone extinct due to climate changes, new predators, fatal fungus infections, etc. Here in Costa Rica, naturalist guides, local travelers and researches are optimistic because conservation efforts are...
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10 things you probably didn't know about Olive Ridley Turtles

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Turtles are one the oldest and most primitive groups of reptiles and have outlived many other species. One can only wonder if their unique shell is responsible for their longevity, did you know that their shell is made up of 60 different bones all connected together and developed from their ribs?!! Today I wanted to share a few other facts of a ver...
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Into the Jungle

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The Indigenous Bribri people of Costa Rica live deep in the Talamanca rainforest near the coastal Caribbean, where the campesinos (farmers) grow plantains and cacao among other produce. Their ancient culture is steeped in tradition and they speak their own language, Bribri, as well as Spanish. The "Undiscovered Caribbean Costa Rica Adventure" ...
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Up for a walk in the clouds?

Up for a walk in the clouds?
Two weekends ago I had the opportunity to visit the Monteverde cloud forest in the north central part my homeland, Costa Rica. Without a doubt one of my favorite activities there is walking on the hanging bridges through the canopy of the tree tops. Sometimes called a "sky trek", the bridges give you the luxury of taking a walk high above the canopy floor to see close-up the incredible diversity of life in the treetops that just isn't visible from the ground. The hanging bridges allow travelers to explore at their own pace the vibrancy of the cloud forest canopy, and be able to take in the amazing panoramic vistas, the wildlife that call those trees home and the hundreds of species of trees that harmonize and unify to create an incredible collage of colors, aromas and views.  There are several in Costa Rica that I can highly recommend, but...
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What is this Pura Vida thing?

What is this Pura Vida thing?
When you visit Costa Rica the first greeting you are likely to hear is ‘Pura Vida’ (pronounced ‘poo-RAH vee-DAH’). Literally translated it means “Pure Life”, mainly it is a sunny, feel good expression used to say hello or goodbye. It can also be used as a response if you are asked how you are doing (everything is just fine, everything is awesome, etc). There are many theories as to how the phrase ‘Pura Vida’ was born. The most common explanation comes from a Mexican movie of the same name that came to Costa Rica in 1956. The movie’s main character, who has a particularly positive attitude, encounters situations that would depress anyone but yet somehow he always remains optimistic in spite of the misfortune that surrounds him. By 1970, the phrase was being used widely in Costa Rica though it never took off in the same way in other countries....
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