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Wallmart is on the brink of employing 162 workers with disabilities in Mexico and Central America.

Wallmart is on the brink of employing 162 workers with disabilities in Mexico and Central America.

June 17, 2019

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Wallmart in Mexico and Central America has decided to reach out to groups that they traditionally don’t go to, this being an indicator that the economy is finally reaching full employment. Their sub-manager of Corporate affairs, Mariela Pacheco, says they want to encourage the participation of diverse human talent, in an environment of equal opportunities in all areas of the company.

Diversity has now become a value-add for businesses and a growing number of firms are now including people with disabilities into the picture. By bringing in people who think or work differently due to their disability, companies are therefore bringing people who look at and solve problems differently. A job most times becomes a big part of someone’s identify, and therefore, it is imperative for individuals with disabilities to have the opportunity to work and help as best as they can in a business.

The vacant jobs in Wallmart are for the subsequent work positions: cashiers, cooks, shop assistants and butchers, production, drinks, groceries, backroom, bodega, area coordinators and assistants, managers, sub-managers, decorators, and store administrators.

Through their program, Wallmart without Barriers, the company has the goal of hiring 257 individuals in 2019, with 95 people already working alongside them; ultimately aiding in the reduction of the gap between employed people with disabilities and the general population.

All of this thus indicates that Costa Rica and Central America might be shifting their work paradigms and start including people who previously have never been given the chance to contribute or be an asset in a business.

Eat. Party. Sleep. Relax. Surf. Travel.

Eat. Party. Sleep. Relax. Surf. Travel.

June 12, 2019

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Jaco beach is located at the west coast of Costa Rica and is just a 1,5-hour drive from its capital San José. Jaco beach is one of the best surf locations and might be the most developed beach city in Costa Rica. Jaco is a very popular holiday destination because of their countless amount activities and with their loosen up, lie down, party lifestyle. This is a holiday destination for families and people of all ages.

Glide across Jaco Beach

The Jaco beach has a long list of activities but surfing has to be on top of that list. The middle and northern side of the Beach is perfect for more experienced surfers. Madrigales located on the south end of the beach has a large consistent wave which makes it a great place to start learning how to surf. It is certainly possible to take surfing lessons or you can join a surf camp at one of Jaco’s surf schools. So if you’ve always wanted to learn how to surf, Jaco beach is the perfect place to start.

The Jaco Jungle adventure

If you’re looking for adventure then you have to visit the Jaco jungle. Here you can enjoy an all-day adventure including fun activities such as horseback riding, zip lines, waterfall abseiling and an all-terrain vehicle ride in a private 850-hectare river valley. This park is called ‘the park at ocean ranch’ and it has some real Jurassic park like setting.

It’s time for a fiesta

Entertainment is Jaco’s specialty and especially Jaco’s nightlife. The lively nights in Jaco are truly famous. As a matter of fact, Jaco is one of the best party and nightlife destinations! Even during the day, the people are still down for a little after party from the night before and there are plenty of bars open for business so you can just start the party early on or just sit back, relax and enjoy a drink.

Just watch and enjoy the view

From the southern side of Jaco beach up in the mountains, you can watch the city, ocean, rainforest and dazzling beach from the top. Jaco is located In the middle of the rain forest which makes it a great place to search for exotic animals and to spot birds. It is also possible to do a tour to see crocodiles in live action.

3 Incredible National Parks On Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast

3 Incredible National Parks On Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast

June 3, 2019

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National parks abound in Costa Rica, making nature one of the most appealing reasons to visit. Indeed, some are surprised at just how many such parks there are across what is ultimately not a very large country! And because there are so many to choose from, it can help to break things down into regions when planning a trip.

In this piece we’ll do just that, with a focus on some of the national parks alongside the nation’s Pacific Coast. We’ll look at three parks, as well as some of the nearby towns and attractions that make them suitable for a full vacation.

Santa Rosa National Park

Santa Rosa National Park is almost the northernmost park in Costa Rica, and is just south of the Nicaraguan border. From a travel perspective, it’s also quite accessible because of its close proximity to the mid-sized city of Liberia. This isn’t necessarily one of the country’s best-known cities to people visiting from abroad, but it’s one that may come up in travel research because of the range of outdoor activities people tend to enjoy there: coffee farm tours, horseback riding, Tenorio River rafting, and even a nearby volcano trek. This, plus Liberia’s own international airport, makes it a perfect place to start a vacation.

As for Santa Rosa National Park, it was actually the first natural expanse of its kind officially established in Costa Rica. This happened in 1971, and ever since it’s served as one of the most striking parts of the country to visit. Santa Rosa is home to seaside mountains, miles of lush vegetation, unique flora and fauna, and gorgeous beaches (though some of them are rocky). It’s a virtually unmatched area for sightseeing and getting in touch with Central American nature.

Marino Las Baulas National Park

Marino Las Baulas National Park is located west of Santa Cruz in an area where small towns, beaches, and even some of the country’s casinos are the more typical tourist attractions. The casinos aren’t necessarily the draws they used to be. Visitors from overseas are accustomed to such recreation at home, and the emergent online casino business in New Jersey and a few other states even has Americans growing more used to casinos. Still, there’s something fun about them on vacation; it may be nice to know there’s some indoor recreation of this sort in the area to help break up your time exploring the outdoors.

The park itself though remains the area’s main attraction, no matter what kind of trip you might be looking for. Marino Las Baulas National Park covers a fairly large area directly on the coast, and is known for its well-preserved beaches, its mangrove sanctuary, and even some of the local wildlife. You can spend most of a vacation here lounging on a gorgeous stretch of sand, but be sure to take a tour of the turtle (“baulas”) conservation areas as well!

Corcovado National Park

The first two parks discussed are farther north, but it seems only right to cover a more southern option as well – and Corcovado National Park doesn’t quite get enough attention. Located very close to the Panama border, it effectively comprises the bulk of the Osa Peninsula. As such it’s somewhat more remote than the options mentioned above – though it should be noted that even given this distinction, it’s only about a four-hour drive from San José.

Because Corcovado National Park is somewhat more remote, a vacation there can be a little bit more planned as well. That is to say, this park isn’t meant for casual sightseeing or beachside lounging, but rather for a pre-planned, organized trip. Most start such trips at Sirena Ranger Station, which is effectively a lodge where people can either take day trips out into the park, or, with an advance booking, stay overnight. From this station, guests in the park can enjoy hiking trails, access to the nearby coast, and a lush surrounding habitat where the local wildlife – including monkeys, exotic birds, and the like – is often on full display.

Lifestyle at Reserva Conchal

Lifestyle at Reserva Conchal

May 27, 2019

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Reserva Conchal is a 2,300-acre property conveniently located 1 hour away from the Liberia International Airport. To the south, it is within a 20-minute drive to Tamarindo, an exciting town with a magnificent beach known for its variety of surf spots plus its areas where you can enjoy the tranquil waters of the Pacific. To the north and only a 10-minute drive away is Flamingo beach. A great little town with a nice white sand beach, restaurants and home to where the new marina will begin construction in early 2019. Aside from these 2 well-known towns, there are many other great places to go. Whether you are looking for a relaxing day at the beach or an exciting surfing day, Conchal is conveniently located to get to nearly 15 beaches driving no more than 20 minutes. The topping of a magnificent location would be complete with the short drive from Reserva Conchal to the internationally sought after schools nearby. A 3-minute drive to CRIA (Costa Rica International Academy), a 7-minute drive to La Paz and a 13-minute drive to Educarte. All private bilingual schools servicing from Pre-k to high school.

About Reserva Conchal

It is home of the Westin Hotel, with a W Hotel currently open now. Amazing amenities include a par 71 golf course designed by Robert Trent Jr, tennis courts and an amazing beachfront beach club with pool, health center, bar/restaurant, and a Spa. The hilly topography allows for challenging trails for hiking, running or biking and it also hosts friendlier areas for easy walks. The trails are quite amazing as there is plenty of wildlife to see; amazing birds, squirrels, howler monkeys, coatis, huge iguanas, and whitetail deer. In this area, the flora has 2 different looks, the dry and the wet. The change in the vegetation is quite amazing as it goes from fully dry forest during the dry season (December to May) to an incredible mesmerizing lush green during the wet season (June to November).

As if all mentioned wasn’t enough, there are 2 key factors of this wonderful gated community:

1-Infrastructure: Over 5 kilometers of concrete roads, underground utilities, water treatment plant, a desalination plant in case needed and solar panels beginning to be used in different areas of the resort.

2-Legal framework for secure ownership: Fully titled and deeded. Get in touch with me to understand how is it established and why this is an advantage and beneficial for you as a buyer.

The community

An international mix with a demographic that has seen younger buyers for the past 5 years. The majority remains the US followed by Canadians. Costa Ricans come 3rd and then you begin to have a few from different countries, Italy, France, Czech Republic, Venezuela, Colombia amongst others. Although the majority of owners use their property as a second or 3rd home, the amount of families living within the community has grown noticeably over the past years. A number of them are long term renters but many owners have decided to make Costa Rica and Reserva Conchal their home. A variety of activities are held on a weekly and monthly basis so that you can meet your neighbors. Never before has there been so many kids of different ages within the community.

Health Services, shopping

The driving distance to Brasilito is of about 2 minutes. The town has 1 convenience store where shopping can be done for some of the most basic things. If you head towards Huacas, 5 minutes away, there is a bigger supermarket. Heading towards Tamarindo you have Mega Super which is a bigger supermarket and in Tamarindo itself, you have Automercado which is the higher brand of supermarkets in Costa Rica. Over there you will have all the imported goods. For grocery shopping, for as little as a 1-minute drive to as long as a 20-minute drive, you have different options where you can find everything you need.

The health services of Costa Rica, in general, are great. In terms of value, much more affordable than many places, the comparison of value/quality is highly favorable. The resort donated land and there is a private clinic, branch of a private hospital in San Jose, just a 2-minute drive away. Besides that one, there is another one and both have everything necessary to stabilize an emergency. One hour away in Liberia, there are 2 private hospitals and one public one. The resort has a helipad in case there is a severe emergency.

Real Estate available

There are currently 9 subdivisions, a mix of 204 condos and homes built. There is currently available inventory of lots, homes and condos. Prices go from the mid $200´s to above the $1M. Within that range, there are different options. Sizes range from the 800 square feet all the way up to 5,000 square feet. Any questions let us know…

G. Araya PCR

San Jose transformed into an outdoor museum by artist Jimenez Deredia

San Jose transformed into an outdoor museum by artist Jimenez Deredia

May 7, 2019

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On February 20th, our capital city San Jose was subject of hosting the inauguration of an outdoor museum from our local artist Jimenez Deredia. Presenting his exhibition “La Fuerza y la Universidad de la Esfera”, translated as “The Force and the University of the Sphere” the artist puts together his past 20 years of work into the streets of San Jose.

Deredia is presenting to his people 27 sculptures made out of marble, bronze, and granite which are scattered around San Jose’s most popular cultural locations. The tour begins in Avenida 3 at the Plaza de Correos of Costa Rica, it crosses the boulevard of the Central Avenue and continues to the Plaza de la Cultura, ending at the iconic Plaza de la Democracia. The sculptures are located near the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, the Jade Museum, and the National Theater, promoting tourism in the city center.

The exposition alludes to the sphere and the evolution of the human being as a whole. Most of the pieces also connect with the Costa Rican culture and essence. Other than exposing his work, the artist seeks to host an inclusive expo were every citizen is able to enjoy his masterpieces for free and at any time. The artist looks to connect with his audience granting them complete freedom regarding the contact with each piece. People are able to sit in the base and photograph the sculptures, they can even touch them to feel the material and connect with it.

Deredia was able to exhibit his masterpieces thanks to the San Jose mayor Johnny Araya, who proposed this activity. Araya states that the municipality has been working towards culture for many years, but this production is the most important the country has had. Adding up to this exhibition, there will also be Transitarte and parallel activities that will transform San Jose into a cultural destination.

The exhibition will remain in the streets until July 15th.

About the Artist – Jimenez Deredia

Jorge Enrique Jiménez Martínez, artistically known as Jiménez Deredia, was born in 1954 in Heredia, Costa Rica. In the 70’s he started experiencing with sculptures focusing in nature, developing forms, the evolution of living things, and the Pre-Columbian art influence. Later, at the age of 22, he was granted a scholarship to study in Florence, Italy where he travels and explores the European culture which gets him to grow as an artist.

Deredia is one of our most acclaimed artists known for his beautiful sculptures worldwide. He has been able to exhibit Costa Rica’s culture and roots through art. This exhibition gives every citizen the opportunity to meet his work and appreciate it while walking through the streets of our beloved San Jose.

5 Ways to Plan for Travel with Your Senior Dog in Costa Rica

5 Ways to Plan for Travel with Your Senior Dog in Costa Rica

May 3, 2019

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Are you planning a trip with your senior dog in Costa Rica? Whether you are a visitor or a native, this article will give you a few of the most important tips to make your travel go smoothly.

While some of these tips apply to travel with dogs in general, we have included a focus on the special needs of our aging canine companions. And, if you have never been to Costa Rica before, there are some special considerations to make before bringing your dog on your vacation here. Read on to learn more.

Pet-Friendly Accommodations

Luckily, it won’t be too hard to find dog-friendly hotels and resorts if you plan on traveling with your dog in Costa Rica. Other than public transportation, restaurants, and many stores, dogs are welcome in most places, including beaches, shopping districts, and parks. That is great news because it means that your pet will be able to join you on many outings.

However, traveling with a senior dog does bring some special challenges. You may want to discuss booking a first-floor room so your achy senior won’t have to climb up and down stairs every time they have to go out for a potty break. In addition, ask the staff for a room near the designated potty area to make sure you can quickly and easily accommodate your pet’s bathroom needs.

Bring Home with You

When our dogs become older, just like us, they can become more easily disoriented. Although it is always helpful to bring some of your dog’s bedding (such as a familiar blanket) with you when you travel, it is especially important for the older fellows. The scent of a favorite blanket can go a long way towards helping your pet feel safe in a new place. Costa Rica can get humid so investing in waterproof bedding might be a good option.

Veterinary Care Before and During Travel

Before you decide to hit the road to enjoy the beautiful scenery and sites of Costa Rica, make sure your vet has a chance to check in to make sure your older dog is up for the trip. In addition, compile a complete list of your dog’s medications and home vet contact information. This will help in the event that you need to seek medical treatment for your senior dog while away from home.

While traveling in Costa Rica with your senior dog, it is also important to do some research on the veterinary clinics that will be open in the event your senior dog needs emergency veterinary care. Make a list that includes the contact information for such clinics nearest your destinations. Keep in mind that it is generally easier to find 24-hour vet care near popular tourist destinations. Finding them in rural or remote destinations is more of a challenge.

Stock Up on Specialized Dog Food

Many senior dogs have sensitive stomachs or dietary needs that require specialized dog foods. In Costa Rica, these specialty foods can often be found in larger areas such as Central Valley. However, if your travels will take you outside this area, you may have a hard time finding the brand your dog is used to, and if you do find it, the price may be extremely expensive. So, if your old friend is a picky eater, be sure to plan on bringing enough food to last the duration of your holiday.

A Few Tips for Those Traveling with Senior Dogs from Outside of Costa Rica

If you haven’t had the pleasure of traveling to Costa Rica before, you may be surprised to learn that many people here allow their dogs to run free without leashes. This means that if you decide to travel with your senior dog, it is important that they get along well with other dogs, otherwise, it may be better to leave your older dog at home.

In addition to the required vaccinations that you will need to enter and leave Costa Rica with your canine companion, you should also be sure they are current with flea and tick prevention. Although fleas and ticks can be a nuisance everywhere, in Costa Rica we have a tick born illness known as Ehrlichia that can be deadly if contracted by your pet. Better safe than sorry!

Another thing to be on the lookout for, particularly after a rainstorm is Cane Toads. These large ugly critters can appear in large numbers when it rains. Unfortunately, they excrete a toxic venom when bothered as a self-defense mechanism. If you suspect your dog has licked a Cane Toad during your travels, prompt veterinary attention is required.

Author Bio: Sharon is a professional writer and received her M.S. in Science and Technology Studies from Virginia Tech and has worked as a professional dog trainer for over 10 years.

Can Foreigners Buy Property in Costa Rica?

Can Foreigners Buy Property in Costa Rica?

April 26, 2019

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Yes. If you look closely the vast majority of coastline in Costa Rica is now owned by foreigners. Anyone looking to expand their real estate holdings to Costa Rica should feel safe and confident when purchasing land in Costa Rica.

There are a few different ways real estate transactions are handled here in Costa Rica.

First find a reputable real estate agent and begin the search. Once you find the perfect investment you will begin with the “transpaso” which is the title change of property. All you need as a foreigner is an up-to-date passport and the good news is if you have traveled down to Costa Rica chances are you got through immigration with a valid passport. Once you are ready to make the purchase you can have the property in your private name or develop a company on paper that will hold the property for you. There are benefits to both. Check with your realtor and lawyer on which best works for your purchase.

You can literally buy land over a long weekend in Costa Rica making it as easy if not easier than buying in the US. The best part is in recent years anyone can have access to the National Registry and you can keep tabs on the “transpaso” and information involving your new property.

Is Buying in Costa Rica a Good Investment?

People always want to make a good investment. Anything that can produce 8% I think would be a no-brainer and anything higher would just be icing on the cake. Here is some quick reasons why we consider Costa Rica an excellent investment for property.

  • It is a stable, safe, tropical paradise
  • Property Values maintained during the 2009 recession
  • International Market

With this said we do advise investors to be smart about their purchase. Like any investment don’t put all your eggs in one basket. Make a decision based on re-sale value even if it means sacrificing a few of your “wants”. Be smart when looking. Some people look for the perfect setting which is fine if you plan to make the property a personal home, you don’t have any intention on liquidating or a remote hotel but if it is money used for investing it should be treated as an asset you have access to.

Some of the better investments in Costa Rica will be at the more popular beach areas of Tamarindo in Guanacaste or Dominical in the Central Pacific. If you are not looking for the beach and want to invest inland you would be smart to look at Escazu. Now if you just want some land to hold on to then anywhere in the country is fine but understand it might take years to get your earnings.

If there was a sure investment we all would have our money in it. We always say the worse case scenario when buying property in Costa Rica is that you own property in a tropical paradise surrounded by some of the happiest people on the planet.

An undersea adventure – Diving and Snorkeling in Costa Rica

An undersea adventure – Diving and Snorkeling in Costa Rica

April 17, 2019

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Costa Rica is a small country with rich wildlife due to its number of ecosystems and not to be left behind, we have one of the most diverse and marvelous marine worlds. Discovering the undersea ecosystem of Costa Rica by scuba diving or snorkeling is a magical experience. The rich-nutrient waters have the perfect conditions for the marine world to coexist. Most tour offices you can rent the necessary equipment since there are snorkeling and diving spots all over both coasts.

Let’s explore some diving/snorkeling places that you must visit along the Pacific Coast!

North Pacific

In the North Pacific coast, you will find plenty of diving and snorkeling spots full of marine life. The best time to immerse into the submarine world is during the months of May to December, nevertheless, each spot has its time-frame due to the winds that affect the visibility. We recommend you calling the tour’s office to check on the visibility previously.

Two remarkable spots that you MUST visit in the North Pacific are Isla Murcielago (Bat Island) and Catalina’s Islands. Located on the tip of Santa Rosa National Park, Isla Murcielago is one of the renown places worldwide for expert divers. Here, you will be able to swim within giant bull sharks, manta rays, turtles and tropical fish.

In the other hand, Catalinas Islands which are a group of 20 small islands for all levels of divers and snorkelers. The islands are known for a large population of all types of manta rays like and during winter, you will most certainly see the Giant Manta Ray of the Pacific. There is also a large population of white tip sharks that live in the rocky caves of these islands.

Humpback whales, pilot whales, whale sharks, and dolphins have also been spotted in both areas. Although the interaction with whales and dolphins has been banned to protect them and not interrupt their natural course, if come across one be grateful to admire their beauty and feel privileged to watch them freely, in their natural habitat. Also, If diving is not your thing, there are reefs and rock formations at a higher level for you to admire the marine life from the surface with your snorkel equipment.

South Pacific – Southern Zone

In the Southern Pacific Coast, you will find some of the best diving and snorkeling spots with good visibility all year round. The famous Biological Reserve of Isla del Caño off the coast of Drake Bay in the Osa Peninsula is rated as one of the prime diving places due to its abundant marine life. The Biological Reserve offers beautiful and accessible places for snorkeling as well, where you will be able to swim between corals, turtles, sea rays and colorful fishes. Nevertheless, El Bajo del Diablo, Paraiso and Cueva del Tiburón are deeper spots for scuba divers where they will be able to see white tip sharks and bull sharks on almost every dive. There are more fish than any diver can handle, you will swim within thousands of schools of colorful fishes of different sizes. The coral gardens found in Isla del Caño create a perfect undersea scenery worth of discovering. There are also daily tours for all levels of divers and snorkelers launching from Uvita beach and Dominical, two well-known beach towns for surfers in the southern zone as well.

Central Pacific

In the Central Pacific, you will find one of the most famous national parks, Manuel Antonio. Here you will find beautiful beaches with crystalline waters and perfect conditions for snorkeling. Marine life includes rays, colorful fishes, bright corals and sometimes you will be able to interact with sea turtles. The best time for snorkeling or diving in nearby rock formations is from November to April.

Protected areas along the coast help to preserve marine life and this is why animals live freely in a natural habitat. During the expedition, you will find coral reefs, atolls, volcanic rock formations, shark caves, shipwrecks, and some of the most beautiful animals. Costa Rica’s has the perfect combination of temperature, clearness, rich-nutrient water, and abundance of wildlife for everyone to explore either snorkeling or diving. The undersea life in our country will surprise you!

Easter Week in Costa Rica

Easter Week in Costa Rica

April 10, 2019

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Most of Costa Rica’s population is Catholic, so when it comes to easter we are talking about one of the most important holidays of the year. This year 2019, the holy week starts from April 15th to April 21st, being Thursday and Friday the only holidays by law for the private and public sectors. Nevertheless, the celebration begins earlier since most of the people and institutions take the entire week off.

According to a study by UNIMER Central America, 9 out of 10 “Ticos” prefer to travel and discover Costa Rica rather than flying away during the holidays since they choose to visit beaches or other touristic areas. Especially during holy week, the dry season is coming to an end and the climate is perfect to migrate to the Pacific Beach. Tamarindo, Langosta, Uvita, and Jaco are some popular spots. You will find several activities during the week such as live music, dancing places, shows during the sunset, and lots of friendly people enjoying a quick vacation.

It won’t matter if you are in the mountain, central valley or at the beach, the festive feeling will fill the streets. People gather outside and enjoy their off-work time and different traditions with typical food, dancing, masquerades, family and friends.

During these days you will also be able to appreciate Catholic demonstrations with parades. You’ll be surprised to see locals of all ages walking down the streets, dressed up with tunics, carrying a cross and singing church songs, even at the beach with the extremely warm temperatures. On Sunday churches are full. Then, they head to their homes to celebrate Easter with family or close friends.

Now, let’s talk about some considerations for this holiday.

First, most businesses might have shortened hours or be totally closed from Thursday to Sunday, especially banks. Government institutions and businesses will mostly be closed for the entire week.

Plan ahead! This is the peak season and most lodging options and car rentals can be fully booked several weeks before. Also, consider that prices tend to rise during the high season.

If you enjoy alcoholic beverages keep in mind liquor can not be sold legally on Thursday and Friday in certain municipalities. If you want to have a cold beer at the beach or sunbathe while sipping from your favorite cocktail you might have to buy the alcohol in advance.

Traffic jams can be a serious problem if you are not used to driving for several hours. Many of these delays can be caused by religious processions while others are due to the amount of locals heading to the beach. Try downloading Waze if you dont have it to possibly find a route around Jesus. Also, local flights can have higher prices during this week so you might want to consider driving a good alternative.

Take it easy, the wait is worth it!

Soon you will be enjoying crystal clear waters with the perfect temperature under the sun. Costa Rica, during April, has a beautiful climate ready to enjoy the beach and the mountain. It is a time to relax, be grateful and most importantly share with family and friends.

Discover the 5 Active Volcanoes in Costa Rica

Discover the 5 Active Volcanoes in Costa Rica

April 3, 2019

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Costa Rican volcanoes are one of the main touristic and scientific attractions. The country belongs to a part of the Pacific Ring of Fire, where most volcanoes and earthquakes are formed. There are more than 200 known volcanic formations, most of them are located in the northern part of the country, and 5 of them are currently active.

1. Arenal Volcano

Probably the most famous volcano due to its constant activity and touristic area. La Fortuna de San Carlos is a populated town right at the base of the volcano with amenities like 5-star resorts, villas and lodges, tour offices and typical food restaurants. At nights, if you have a clear view of the peak you will see smoke coming out of it or even some small orange splashes of lava. During daylight, you will also be able to admire the smoke and the grey tip of the mountain with less vegetation than the rest of it. You will find all kinds of outdoor activities while enjoying the astonishing views of the volcano. Thermal waters are a must! These waters heated by the veins of the volcano are known to be a natural treatment with tons of minerals and multiple benefits like cleaning your blood through sweat, reactivating metabolisms, relaxing and rejuvenating the skin between others. You will also find the Tabacon River and Lake Arenal allowing you to enjoy water sports like kayaking and wake-boarding. There are also activities like horseback riding to through the volcano, zip-lining through the rain forest, hiking to cascades and many more. Come and discover this famous town of La Fortuna and enjoy the amazing views of the Arenal volcano!

2. Poas Volcano

Located in Alajuela, this volcano is only an hour and a half away from the center of San Jose, the capital city of Costa Rica. It is an active volcano with 8,900 m high and 2 craters, the biggest one measuring 1.5 km with a large green lagoon constantly expelling gases. The national park where it is found reopened in 2018 after the last explosion which led to modifying the park’s hours from 7 am to 1 pm and a maximum of 1000 visitors per day. The ideal time to visit the craters is during the morning since you’ll have more probability of a clear view. In adjacent towns, you will find restaurants with some of the best typical food and street sales with fresh fruits, especially some juicy strawberries! Close to the park, you will also find La Paz Waterfalls, a privately owned ecological park with a chain of waterfalls and an animal sanctuary with more than 100 species. This is a great hiking experience where you will learn both from the volcano and the animals that inhabit the area.

3. Irazu Volcano

Irazu is the highest existing active volcano in Costa Rica measuring 11,260 feet tall with a 500 km2 base. It has the main crater which measures 300 meters long called Diego de la Haya. It contains green waters and fumaroles constantly releasing toxic steam. The name Irazu is an indigenous word which means “thunder and earthquake mountain”. Located in Cartago, you will find the Volcan Irazu National Park open to the public but closing at 3:30 pm. The best time to visit is in the early morning during the months from December to April, the dry season. There is an abundance of vegetation due to the fertile soils that has been nourishing naturally after the last eruption. You will find a chilly climate with a breeze and some rainfall. If you are visiting this volcano be sure to make a pitstop in the gardens of Prusia for a picnic.

4. Turrialba Volcano

This is the most active volcano in the country and the second largest one! It is located in Cartago but not the most popular volcano to visit since there’s not much development nearby. You will find some small hotels and rental villas in the base of the volcano as well as tour offices to visit the national park although they are constantly regulating the entrance since it’s still very active. You will be amused by the abundance of flora and fauna in the area. Animals like giant toads, toucans, howling monkeys can be found in the park as well as green lush valleys with milk farms where they produce the famous Turrialba cheese.

5. Rincon de la Vieja Volcano

Located in Guanacaste this volcano is located in a 34,000 acres national park which includes two volcanos and a variety of flora and fauna. There are more than 32 rivers and streams and thus a numerous amount of activities to enjoy the views of the volcano. There are thermal waters, fresh lagoons, zip lines and horseback riding tours through the park. The abundance of animals here is impressive! You’ll some of the biggest felines like pumas and jaguars that inhabit the area. There is a 6-mile excursion to the peak of the volcano where you will find the Von Seebach crater constantly releasing vapor. During the trench to the tip, you will encounter several ecosystems. From the highest point, you are able to admire astonishing views of the Nicoya Peninsula and the Nicaragua Lake, if you are lucky and you get a clear view you can almost admire most of Costa Rica.

Much of Costa Rica’s economy rely on volcanoes which have contributed with the formation of soils rich in minerals. In Irazú and Turrialba you will find fresh vegetables with a big amount of minerals, in Poas volcano you have the juiciest and most delicious strawberries.

Volcanoes also help by producing geothermal energy and provide construction materials for our roads and homes with the rocks expelled from the explosions. One final key detail to remember is that, as a byproduct of these touristic sectors generated around volcanoes, local producers get to grow and expand their businesses.

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