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Top Tips for Greener Travel in Cahuita

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1. Buy and use a refillable water bottle

Instead of buying more and more little plastic bottles, bring your own and refill at the faucet or from your hotel's filtered water.  We do have a recycling program in action in Cahuita, but it's way better to just reuse!

2. Take the bus or bike

With a regular and reliable bus service running from Cahuita up and down the coast, and inland to Bri Bri and to the border with Panama at Sixaola, there's no real need for a car here.  Around town, travel like a local with a rented bike for zero carbon footprint.

3. Don’t overdo your hotel electricity or water use

Turn off the fan and lights when you go out to help the environment, and keep the bills down for your host.  Water may seem in abundant supply in Cahuita, but in recent years, there's been several occasions when the town's water has simply dried up.  Feeling hot?  Dip in the ocean to cool off instead of having 3 showers a day 😉

4. Reuse your towel

Save on the wash by hanging your towel out in the sun to dry and use another day.

5. Spend locally once you’re at your destination

Aside from helping the local economy, spending your money on food that’s grown locally or on crafts that are made locally is generally better for the environment.  Local produce is easily available at the farmers' market on a Sunday.

Playa Blanca6. Stay on the trail.

If you’re hiking, don’t leave the trail. You don’t know what you might be damaging by blazing your own trail.  And in Cahuita National Park, the trails are raked of leaves so you can see where your feet are going.....

7. “Take only pictures…

“…leave only footprints.” Pictures are better souvenirs anyway.

Just a few easy steps to keeping it green!

Find the full list at http://matadornetwork.com/change/17-incredibly-easy-things-can-eco-friendly-traveler/

Published 03/05/16

The Danger of Feeding the Animals

Due to the presence of tourists and the food they bring into Cahuita National Park, the wild animals in this zone are beginning to change their living and eating habits.

This discovery was made by studies carried out by the Intertaional Istitue of Conservation and Wildlife Management (Icomis-UNA) in Cahuita. Similar findings were reported in the national parks of Arenal, Irazu, Manuel Antonio and Poas Volcano.

Nocturanal animals such as raccoons are emerging in daylight to search for food, as they've learned it's easier to obtain from humans. Other animals also show signs of becoming more dependent on humans too.

Thanks to AmeliaRueda.com for the image.
Thanks to AmeliaRueda.com for the image.

One of the investigators, Laura Porras, explained that even when toursits don't feed the animals, they've learned that humans carry food and steal items.  There's no evidence to suggest that locations such as Cahuita are lacking in adequate foodsources for the wildlife affected.

According to observations, some animals see it's easier to get a cookie than a caterpillar, for example,  but this is problematic as the food provides an excess of carbohydrates in place of the protein in the caterpillar.  This breaks the animal's natural feeding cycle, and are damaging to the animal's health.

Human food can provoke diabites, cavities, parasites and otherlife-shortening  afflictions, and cause animals to lose the skills to find their own food.

And these dietary changes don't only affect the animals that inhabit the parks.  Attacks on park visitors are becoming more common as animals try to take food from them, and guides are sometimes encouraging this aggression by providing food to tempt animals closer to the paying tourists.

There's also concern at the possibility of interchanging parasites and illnesses if close contact between animals and humans is maintained.

How can you help?

Don't feed the animals or leave food where it can be easily taken.

Ensure that discarded food is secure in garbage bins.

Report any guide feeding animals.

See the original Spanish article: http://www.ameliarueda.com/nota/animales-de-5-parques-nacionales-cambian-sus-habitos-alimenticios-y-de-vida

How's this for the ultimate guide to how to prepare and pack for vacation?

Our top travel tip is to pack a toothbrush and change of undewear at the very least in your hand luggage, just in case your luggage is lost or you face a delay.  Which of the tips here are new to you?

Which tips would you add to this long list?

See the original post here.

Juan Santamaria Day

Although officially this national holiday is the Battle of Rivas Day, most Ticos know it by the name of Costa Rica’s greatest hero, who died on April 11th 1865 in a final act of courage in the face of the enemy.

The American Filibuster, William Walker, marched in Central America with a mission to enslave its inhabitants and position himself as the president to benefit from trade between the region and the United States.  Nicaragua was captured, but Costa Rica refused to bow to him and his demands.

Thanks to Sinac for this image of the Hacienda Santa Rosa
Thanks to Sinac for this image of the Hacienda Santa Rosa

President Mora of Costa Rica called for volunteers for an army and marched towards the border with Nicaragua with 3,000 men.  When learning that Walker’s troops were entrenched in the Santa Rosa Hacienda in Guancaste, he ambushed them and the defeat of the Filibuster’s soldiers occurred when the drummer boy, Juan Santamaria, bravely torched the building, losing his life to sniper fire in the process.

This turning point in the conflict secured victory for the Costa Ricans and Juan Santamaria’s courage has been recorded in songs and history ever since—even the international airport is named after him.

Thanks to Canal 7 for this image of Juan Santamaria's statue
Thanks to Canal 7 for this image of Juan Santamaria's statue

 

Schools celebrate with re-enactments of the scene but these are less eventful than in the past when most schools burnt a cardboard reconstruction of the Santa Rosa Hacienda for authenticity!

Banks and governmental offices will be closed on Monday, and traffic on the roads heading towards the Central Valley will be busy as many Central Valley inhabitants take advantage of the long weekend to take to the beach.

Published 9/4/16

Ackee and Codfish

ackee

For an authentic Caribbean taste, try ackee (they grow in the trees in Cahuita) and codfish.  A Jamaican staple meal, often served as a breakfast with fried cake, this combination of cheese-like fruit and dried salty fish is sauce is a filling and tasty dish.  How do you like yours?

Try making it with this simple online recipe.

 

Published 28/03/16

Best place to vist in 2016? -- Cahuita of course!

Respected travel guide, Lonely Planet, relased its top ten list of the best value destinations for 2016 in October with Costa Rica's Caribbean coast ranked at number 8!

As we already knew, the great advantage of the country's east coast is that it offers all the fantastic natural experiences, cultural immersion and fun-packed activities but at a lower cost.  What is there not to like?

lonely planetThe guide picks out whitewater rafting, surfing, the Sloth Sanctuary, diving in Manzanillo's coral reefs and observing nesting turtles as its highlights, but there is so much more to do!

Listed with destinations as farflung as Estonia and Vietnam, Timor-Leste and Australia, the Caribbean coast is finally being given the merit it deserves as a tourist location apoart from the rest of the country.

So get to Cahuita and enjoy the quiet beaches, rustic charm and fabulous food before everyone else does 😉

Read more at the Lonely Planet site

http://www.lonelyplanet.com/travel-tips-and-articles/best-value-destinations-for-2016

Published: November 11, 2015

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