Saturday, June 30, 2012

Geography, climate and weather Costa Rica

Costa Rica is one of seven countries of Central America. All in length, the country is bordered by Nicaragua, south by Panama, east by the Caribbean Sea, and west by the Pacific Ocean. The capital, the center of the country, is San Jose.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Costa Rica Culture

In San Jose

- The Museo del Oro Precolombino (Pre-Columbian Gold Museum): It has everything you could do with this precious metal to pre-Columbian times and after the Spanish Conquest and including a large collection of jewelry and amulets representing all kinds of small animals: hummingbirds, eagles, crocodiles, frogs, butterflies, etc. ...

Monday, June 25, 2012

Gastronomy of Costa Rica

To whet your appetite, you can order Bocas (snacks), and in particular of chicharrones (fried pork rind).

The national dish is gallo pinto. This is a dish that is based invariable rice and beans; base to which are added either eggs or meat. It accompanies this dish of cakes made from flour corn: tortillas, bread of Latin America.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Money, banks, and exchange in Costa Rica

- The national currency is the Colon (CRC), divided into 100 centimos. It is pegged to the U.S. dollar.

In June 2012, € 1 = 625 1 000 CRC CRC = € 1.60.

- Make sure you have only U.S. dollars, in cash or travelers checks, it is impossible to exchange Euros in Costa Rica. The dollars are widely accepted given the significant number of North American tourists. Moreover, many prices are in dollars.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Important information to keep before leaving Costa Rica

Useful Addresses

In France

- Embassy of Costa Rica: 4, square Rapp, 75007 Paris. M.: Ecole Militaire. Tel. : 01-45-78-96-96. Email: Open Monday to Friday from 10h to 18h.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

About Costa Rica

- Area: 51,100 sq km.
- Population: 4,563,000 inhabitants (2010 estimate).
- Capital: San Jose.
- Density: 89 inhab. / Km ².
- Languages: Spanish is the official language but English is also used.
- Religion: Catholic overwhelming majority (nearly 90%).
- Literacy rate: 95%, one of the highest in the continent.
- Life expectancy: 74 years for men, 80 years for women.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Costa Rica

"¡Pura Vida! "This fetish expression of Costa Rica is the one that best describes this country overflowing with life in all its forms. The friendliness and warmth of the Ticos only equaled the extraordinary richness of nature. 

From Costa Rica, is first to offer a trip to play Indiana Jones in a true wilderness paradise! A paradise that offers you all at once dreamy beaches and dizzying heights, the thickest jungle and steppe lunar Seabed worthy of the finest aquariums and immense forests breathtaking; tangled mangroves and two sometimes impressive ocean waves ...

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Suggested routes to Colombia

Many travelers visit Colombia to extend a trip to Ecuador or Venezuela.

- The passage of the border with Ecuador is by Ipiales, from where you can take a bus to Popayan, the white city, colonial gem of the Andes which is reached in about 8 hours. If one has to Cali destination, we must provide 11 hours of bus and 23 hours to Bogotá. You can also reach the last two by air.

Transportation in Colombia

National Transportation - Airplane

Colombia has five international airports (Bogota, Medellín, Cali, Barranquilla and Cartagena). Its network is one of the most developed in Latin America. 75% of traffic is managed by Alianza Suma, an association of the three main national companies: Avianca, Areo Republica and Intercontinental de Aviacion.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Colombia: Traditions

Traditional game

The Tejo is the traditional game of Colombia, so alley inherited from pre-Hispanic times. It is named after the metal disc to throw. Still practiced in the region of Boyaca, he is less and less in the rest of the country.

National Sports

In the heart of Colombian fans, football is king, even if the national team never got the results of its neighboring Brazil or Argentina. The passion of football is followed by that of Formula 1 since the advent of Juan Pablo Montoya and the cycling world with the performance of Santiago Botero.

Colombia: Sports and leisure

Archaeological sites

Colombia has much to delight fans of pre-Hispanic ruins with three major sites as spectacular - though less known - that the Macchu Pichu in Peru and Tiwanaku in Bolivia.

- La Ciudad Perdida, nestled in the jungles of the Sierra de Santa Marta is one of the largest pre-Columbian cities. Discovered in 1975, it was the capital of Indian tayrona the eleventh to the fourteenth century. We can get there in six days of walking through an organized tour from Santa Marta.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Colombia: Health and safety

Health and Vaccinations

While no vaccination is required, several are strongly recommended. It should be up to date of its universal vaccination (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, hepatitis B). It is also advisable to be vaccinated against hepatitis A (which remains the most common illness of the traveler as it is spread through food), and possibly against meningococcal meningitis.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Online private tutoring

Online private tutoring is the procedure of teaching in an online, effective milieu or else complex environment in which instructors as well as students are alienated by means of time and space. It is like a manifestation of the multiplicity of the broader Internet, is adept with a lot of special approaches and is concentrate on to divergent sets of clients. An up to date study says that, the 60% of the people in US is seeking help with an online tutor to assist them in their academic teaching.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Accommodation in Colombia

Campsites are virtually nonexistent in Colombia, but it fits very easily and cheaply.

Economic institutions, often called "residencial" and "hospedaje" nearby bus stations and markets. You can negotiate volume discounts for multiple nights. The breakfast is rarely included. The comfort is basic, but acceptable with outside health. In warm areas, the rooms are generally equipped with fan.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Geography, climate and weather Colombia


Fourth country in the subcontinent by area, Colombia has a relief of extreme diversity. Located in the extension of the Isthmus of Panama, it is also the only country to be bordered by two oceans, Atlantic and Pacific, about 3,000 km of coastline and numerous islands, the most distant, San Andres and Providencia, are in the Caribbean Sea, some 700 km.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Colombia Culture


Colombia is a multiracial, mixed blood between the Spanish settlers, native Indians and African slaves brought to work in the mines in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. In addition to the mestizos and mulattoes, the offspring of purebred Spanish families are called "criollos", while "zambos" people are mixing African and indigenous blood.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

The Columbian gastronomy

The cuisine varies from region to region depending on culture-specific climate: tropical fruit and cereal in warm areas, and citrus fruits in temperate zones, wheat, potatoes and corn in cold areas. Large cities offer more international cuisine and luxurious restaurants. In villages, market stalls serve food simple but tasty at ridiculous prices.

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Thursday, June 7, 2012

Money, banks, exchange of columbia

- The currency is the Colombian peso (COP). In June 2012, € 1 = 2340 pesos and 10,000 pesos = € 4.50.

- The flow in pesos tickets 20000, 10000, 5000, 1000, 500, 200 and 100 as well as parts 50, 20 and 10.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Important information of Colombia

- Official name: Republic of Colombia.
- Area: 1,141,748 sq. km.
- Population: 46,940,612 inhabitants (2012 estimate).
- Capital: Bogota.
- Density: 40 inhab. / Km ².
- Languages: Spanish (official), numerous indigenous dialects.
- Currency: Colombian peso.
- Religion: Catholic overwhelming majority (nearly 90%).

Useful Addresses to keep before leaving Colombia

- Colombian Embassy: 22, rue Elysee, Paris 75008. M.: Champs Elysees-Clemenceau. Tel. : 01-42-65-46-08. Email: Open Monday to Friday from 9h to 13h and from 14h30 to 18h.

- Consulate General of Colombia: 12, rue de Berri, 75008 Paris. Mr. George V. Tel. : 01-53-93-91-91. Email: Open Monday to Friday from 9am to 13pm.

Monday, June 4, 2012


Last bastion of tourism in Latin America, "Locombia" as its inhabitants call it, translating "the mad Colombia" has on our imagination a fascinating blend of attraction and fear. Land of myths most often pests such as emerald, the cocaine cartels and the guerrilla, Colombia is also the legendary El Dorado, which took the name of Christopher Columbus, although it there is never asked the foot.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Suggested routes to Easter Island

Hanga Roa and its surroundings (Two days)

     Ahu Tahai
     Museo-Sebastián Englert Antropologico

Southern island

     Rano Kau volcano
     Site of Orongo ceremonial village

The interior of the island

     Puna Pau quarry
     Ahu Akivi (or ahu Atiu)

Friday, June 1, 2012

Communication in Easter Island


- On the island, the goods are quite expensive, and inevitably you will not find any.
- Bring: flashlight (to go home on moonless nights), a small medical kit (Intetrix, Imodium, aspirin, broad spectrum antibiotics), sunscreen, good walking shoes, parka (especially during the austral winter ), swimsuit ...