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mosquito Meet the Deadliest Species of Costa Rica Source: Wikimedia Commons The most dangerous organism in Costa Rica is probably not the one you are thinking of. Although in the past few years there have been regional warnings issued to eco-tourists about potential dangers related to sharks, caimans and jaguars, attacks by these species are infrequent, and they are not even close to being the most lethal. The most dangerous organism in Costa...
Source: Virgin Galactic Costa Rica is Ready for Space Tourism   Source: Virgin Galactic It was only a matter of time before the burgeoning aerospace industry in Costa Rica expanded to include the tourism sector. Terranova Diseño de Viajes (Terranova Travel Planning) recently became Central America's first Accredited Space Agent (ASA), a designation bestowed upon by Virgin Galactic, which belongs to British billionaire Sir Richard Branson's Virgin...
Source: Wikimedia Commons Climate Change May Stop Sea Turtles from Coming to Costa Rica Source: Wikimedia Commons The few, critically endangered hawksbill sea turtles that still arrive in Costa Rica during nesting season may stop coming here altogether due to climate change. In the 21st century, hawksbills have barely arrived on the beaches of the Pacific coast. On the Caribbean shores, the number of Eretmochelys imbricata nests at the Cahuita National Park has been dwindling ove...
Source: Wikimedia Commons The Annual Good Friday Cayman Hunt in Guanacaste Source: Wikimedia Commons In Santa Cruz, province of Guanacaste, residents of the small town of Ortega will spend a significant portion of Good Friday pursuing a member of the Alligatoridae family of species. To this end, members of the community got together on Palm Sunday to start construction of a large artificial pond where they will keep the cayman for several hours before taking it back ...
Source: Wikimedia Commons Shark Warning for Gold Coast Beaches in Guanacaste Source: Wikimedia Commons Swimmers and surfers beware: Several whitetip reef sharks, Triaenodon obesus, have been sighted, photographed and filmed over the last few days in both Playa Langosta and Playa Avellanas, both part of Costa Rica's Gold Coast in the province of Guanacaste. Although sharks are known to swim in the “Barco Hundido” (Shipwreck Alley) underwater spot between Langosta and Av...
Wind Gusts in Costa Rica’s Central Valley Cause Chaos Source: CNFL Twitter Relentless wind speeds reaching 90 kilometers per hour in the populous Central Valley of Costa Rica and the surrounding mountain ranges kept Red Cross workers, paramedics and public utilities crews on their toes this week. Two delivery trucks in the municipality of Santa Ana were nearly crushed by uprooted trees, people were injured by flying debris and several communities...
Pre-Columbian Archeological Boom Underway in Costa Rica Source: Flickr CC The recent grand opening of the Park and Museum of the Stone Spheres and the extensive recovery and curation work of the Guayabo National Monument are the two most significant events that represent the current boom in archeological and anthropological research in Costa Rica. One of the highlights of the administration of President Laura Chinchilla has been her insistence t...
Source: Flickr CC Documenting the Rich Biodiversity of Songbirds in Costa Rica Source: Flickr CC Residents of Costa Rica know that the dry season brings a scarcity of rain and an abundance of birdsong. This is when the lovely yiguirro (Turdus grayii or clay-colored American robin) mates and breeds, which means that males will melodically sing from before sunrise until after sundown. The yiguirro is just one of dozens of songbirds that make Costa Rica their permanent or m...
Source: Pinterest Observing Jaguars, Grison and Bush Hogs at Night in Costa Rica Source: Pinterest Since 2003, the International Institute of Wildlife Management and Conservation (Spanish acronym: ICOMVIS) has been installing infrared cameras in various national parks in Costa Rica for the purpose of monitoring the nocturnal behavior of species. It all started at the Corcovado National Park, and the project has recently extended to Barbilla, Santa Rosa and Tortuguero. The ...
Test Your Luck and Grow Giant Tubers in Costa Rica Source: Flickr In March 2013, daily tabloid La Teja featured a story about a farmer in Talamanca and the giant yuca (cassava, Manihot esculenta) he unearthed from his backyard. This tuber, which originated from a single stem transplant that grew into a sizable shrub, yielded 17 yucas weighing 09 kilograms. The keys to this massive harvest were: Patience and the ultra-fertile soil of Costa Rica...