The Guanacaste Conservation Area to Rescue Dry Tropical Forest

As a UNESCO World heritage site (1999), the Guanacaste Conservation Area attracted my eyes when I was thinking about the itinerary in Costa Rica. Located in the North-western side of the country, close to the Nicaragua’s border, it is the land of the second most extensive protected dry tropical forest in the World (just after the Kakadu National park in Australia). This was my first experience of the rich wildlife of Costa Rica.

Outstanding Universal Value

The Area de Conservación Guanacaste (ACG) comprises 163,000 hectares of land and sea in the Northwest of Costa Rica. Encompassing several contiguous protected areas of various categories, the property is a mosaic of diverse ecosystems. The 104,000 hectares of land encompass a continuum of roughly 100 kilometres from the shore of the Pacific to the lowland rainforests in the Caribbean basin. Lire la suite

Ecotourism in Costa Rica: Heritage for Wealthy Travelers?

As a Nature lover, I really appreciated Costa Rica, resting alone on isolated grey sand beaches in the Guanacaste (Sta Rosa National park), hiking in the dry tropical forest trying to avoid poisonous snake meeting, watching the sunset from a hill-top in Manuel Antonio National park, or finding a path in the moisture of the rainforest of the Corcovado National park trying to photo hunt some of its rarest and colourful animals.
But I have to confess that I was very upset, especially after my visit of the Corcovado National park, after making notable efforts to reach with my bicycle the bottom of the Osa Peninsula. Lire la suite

Corcovado’s Biodiversity Hotspot

After reading travel forums, remembering about documentaries on Nature, the National park of Corcovado was one of my « Must Visit » destination in Costa Rica. Despite its relative difficult access, I went there to enjoy its unique wildlife for few days.

History of the Park

In 1930, the United Fruit Company left the Atlantic lands and moved to the Pacific plantations. At the same year was discovered the gold in Peninsula de Osa. Both event brought the migration to the zone. Subsistence economy passed to be commercial economy, and because of the increment of the population, the deforestation for the opening of farms and the exploitation inside the Park through the oreros was increased. Lire la suite

A Stunning Experience of Central America (part 2)

Pictures from my journey in Central America (Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama) from April 15th to  July 1st, 2014