Monday, July 30, 2012

Costa Rica suggested itineraries - V

Lankester Gardens in Paraiso

Inseparable from the visit Poás Volcano, all tour operators and guides will offer joint visit Lankester Gardens. This is a beautiful site that is worth trying. Located between Cartago and Paraiso, these gardens were created by the British in 1950 Charles Lankester. They are now managed by the University of Costa Rica. They are known for their orchid collection (about 800 different species). On almost 11 acres, you can also enjoy beautiful bromeliads (pineapple family), aroids, cacti, etc.. and numerous trees and bamboos narcotics.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Cartago and its Basilica

Going down to Cartago, the ancient capital of Costa Rica, make a small detour to the Basilica of Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles (Calle 16, Ave. 2/4). This holy place every year receives thousands of worshipers on a pilgrimage to give thanks to La Negrita (or Our Lady of the Angels), patron saint of Costa Rica, personified by a statue housed in a chapel in the basilica.

Miracles are attributed to this statue and to the holy water of a small stream which flows in fountains below the basilica. To see your wishes fulfilled, you will travel the entire length of the nave and kneeling in prayer! The miracles leave there every year hundreds of votive offerings representing parts of the anatomy cured that can be observed behind the nave.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Costa Rica suggested itineraries - IV

Around the Central Valley
  •     Irazu Volcano National Park
  •     Lankester Gardens
  •     Cartago and its Basilica
  •     Poas Volcano National Park
  •     La Paz Gardens
  •     Irazu Volcano
From Turrialba, it is easy to get to the Irazu volcano. By car, taxi ride from Cartago (31 km), or by bus from San José.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Costa Rica suggested itineraries - III

Turrialba region
  •     Pre-Columbian archaeological site of Guayabo
  •     Kayak and rafting on the rivers Pacuare practiced and Reventazon
  •     Hiking on the volcano Turrialba
From Puerto Viejo, on the way to the beautiful mountainous region of Turrialba in the Central Valley. After joining, overwhelmed and Limón bypassed (this port city is uninteresting and not very safe), after laboriously rolled between the trucks of the crazy American, you finally arrive at Siquirres. It is from this small town that you sink in the center of the country and gradually take the altitude through the peaceful landscapes of banana and coffee plantations.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Costa Rica suggested itineraries - II

  •     Tour the canals of the jungle in a motorboat
  •     Visit the village of Tortuguero
  •     Observation of morning birds
  •     Nocturnal viewing turtles on their nesting sites in the breeding season (July to September)
Tortuguero, the Spanish word tortuga (turtle) is named after its muddy beaches where turtles lay green. Swimming is not recommended because of strong currents and sharks.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Costa Rica suggested itineraries - I

Difficult to suggest an itinerary in Costa Rica. This country that seems so small on the map is so rich that you have to choose ... and then give up. Do not opt ​​for a particular visit to the charge that would give you the impression of any fly, but do not take advantage of this great country. Carefully consider your interests and choose three or four sampling points up to make the most of each one.

Friday, July 13, 2012

A little history Costa Rica

The origins

The country is inhabited since 5000 BC, but the Indians of Costa Rica were few compared to the great pre-Columbian civilizations. Costa Rica has a single archaeological feature: mysterious stone balls that appear smooth near cemeteries or along the tracks aborigines (especially in the park Corcovado). Even today, their origin and the petroglyphs that adorn them remain a mystery.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Brief things about costa rica

There are two international airports in Costa Rica: Aeropuerto Internacional Aeropuerto Juan Santamaría and Daniel Oduber. The Aeropuerto Internacional Juan Santamaría is the main airport. It lies about 17 km from the capital and receives flights from major international airlines. You'll find everything you need: currency exchange, car rental, duty free, etc..

Friday, July 6, 2012

Transportation Costa Rica

Road network

The road network in Costa Rica is well developed, although there is little highway. The country is crossed from north to south by the Inter-American Highway (Carretera Interamericana), also known as Pan American, which is widely used and generally well maintained, which does not exclude some potholes! The roads are generally composed of two relatively narrow channels, which often choke when crossing a stream or a difficult passage.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Costa Rican traditions

Festivals and Holidays

In Costa Rica, parties are numerous, since the civil holidays, Costa Ricans add many religious festivals. In addition, there are certain festivals celebrated with a regional only in parts of the country.

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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Costa Rica Sports and Leisure

The possibilities are almost unlimited in the country. In its forests, beside the sea or rivers, lakes, or even in the ocean there is always fun to do.

The beaches

The beaches of Costa Rica is the perfect place to sunbathe, read, play sports, walk or sit. The color of the sand, waves and vegetation vary from one region to another.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Costa Rica Health and Safety

The health status of Costa Rica is quite correct. No specific vaccination is mandatory to enter Costa Rica. Though tap water is generally safe, you'll want as much as possible mineral water and it is very easy to find. Similarly, raw fruits and vegetables are eaten cooked or pre-rinsed. Insects are obviously many, especially in the jungle. It is therefore essential to provide the usual protection: anti-mosquito (day and night) and mosquito nets.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Accommodation in Costa Rica

Hotels, clubs and cabinas

 Adventuring in Costa Rica is not a problem. In most places for tourism, you will find where to stay in hotels or cabinas.

The word "cabina" can mean a detached house (it goes from small cottage to the villa fully equipped) than in a traditional hotel room. It is therefore sometimes that of a room, possibly with a private bathroom. There is rarely a kitchenette and a lounge. The word "habitación" is also used for this purpose.