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    Parque nacional Marino las Baulas

    by a005116 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The national park 'las Baulas' is one of the major spots (the largest of the pacific) for the impressive leatherback turtles. Every night (season peak in November-January) the turtles come to lay their eggs in the sand. Because of their weight it takes up to 1,5 hour to finish the job and go back in the sea. In march the little ones come out and start their race to the water, terrorized by hungry birds, iguanas, ... and the sun. Not so many make it, but those who do still have a hard live before them. When you look to the statistics you'll see that the number of leatherbacks are decreasing extremely fast.

    I worked together with the other park rangers and the biologists to make sure there is no single problem for these sensitive animals to lay there eggs. The biologists did a great part of the research and wedid the other part and made sure the eggs where save for preditors ánd humans. For the Tico's Turtle (egg) is still a delicacy.

    Visiting the park at night (when the turtles come) is only possible with guides. The're organized tours from the neighbooring village of Tamarindo. The park rangers warn the guides over an intercom when the're turtles spotted so you don't have to walk all that end for nothing.

    There is also an interesting museum next to the park ranger station, runned by a verry friendly frenchman. Visiting the museum is a good way to get to know more about the turtles before actually seeing them.

    NOTE: Don't bring white flashlights with you or at least cover them with a red filter. The turtles are extremely sensetive for light and they would get desoriented by seeing you flashlight.

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  • Things To Do in Guanacaste

    by Nomade4ever Written Nov 29, 2010

    I found this website with a good things to do guide for the area. Then, I kept reading other articles and love it! Guanacaste seems to be a great place to go.
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    by Nomade4ever Written Nov 29, 2010

    I found this website with a good things to do guide for the area. Then, I kept reading other articles and love it! Guanacaste seems to be a great place to go.
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  • Must Contact- Avispa's Adventures

    by johnnmary Written Sep 30, 2008

    We just got back from Costa Rica. This was probably the best vacation we have ever had, mainly due to Avispa's Adventures. We used them for all of our tours and transportation services. They do small group and private tours and take you to places off the beaten bath. There prices are competative to those of the larger tours companies but their personal service and attention to detail is no comparison. They think of every little detail from Wet naps and bug spray to WINE in the Hot Springs! They do what ever it takes to make shure that EVERYONE can enjoy Costa Rica.

    They really how to show you Costa Rica Amy is from the US and speaks English and her husband is Costa Rican with a natural eye for wildlife like no other. On the MUST do list would be their MIRAVALLES VOLCAN ADVENTURE and their PALO VERDE ADVENTURE. You can contact Amy directly at info@avispasadventures.com She and her staff are one of a kind. They go way beyond what you would expect from a tour company and they live up their moto of "come to us as clients and go home our friends"! You would be making a big mistake if you don't contact them. See for your self.

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    Miravallas Water Fall and Canopy Tour

    by weluv2travel Written Sep 20, 2007

    Amazing day. Private tour guide picked us up at 7:30am and we started our adventure to the base of Miravallas volcano to do ziplining through the rainforest canopy. He was great talking to us about the economics of the country and went through little towns along the way.

    Once we arrived at base of mountain we each had our own guide. They suited us up with our harnesses and started our climb to the first platform. 12 platforms in total I believe the highest being 150 feet and the longest 1.4 mile long back down to base camp. It was amazing to be standing in the rainforest with butterflies and birds. The canopy was so thick you didn't even feel the rain that was coming down. We were able to do all kinds of tricks like hanging up side down. It was soo much fun.

    After our ziplining we were served lunch at base camp. It was an authentic costa rican lunch served with tamarindo juice which I loved, chicken and rice. It was all very good. We even got to meet Chico the wild chihuahua.

    After ziplining we drove up the road a bit to the volcanoes crater. We got to walkthrough the crater which was extremely HOT. After the walk we hung out with Toucy the toucan who happened to land on my arm as I was eating a banana that he loved.

    Then we took a tractor ride up the volcano mountain a little further and walked through the rainforest again along the way there were amazing trees and waterfalls. we got to the top we got to go swimming in a beautiful waterfall.

    Then we took the tractor back down the mountain to enjoy the mudbath experience. And that it was. A little smelly, still can't get the sulfer smell from my favorite bikini so be sure to bring something you don't plan on ever wearing again and DO NOT put in your suitecase with the rest of your clothes on the way home. After we lathered up with mud and of course fooled around with it a bit we washed off under some naturally hot showers. That was amazing then as they served us champagne we sat in the natural hot springs and relaxed what a great way to end the day.

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    Amazing birds of Guanacaste

    by easterntrekker Written Apr 8, 2007

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    We aren't bird watchers and don't know the names of most of the birds but we really enjoyed spotting the variuos birds in the mornings and evenings .
    We noticed dististinctly different birds in the various regions of Costa Rica.

    There was this one enjoying the papaya by the pool.

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    Guanacaste Tree

    by easterntrekker Written Apr 8, 2007

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    The Guanacaste Tree was declared the national tree of Costa Rica on August 31, 1959. The name "Guanacaste" originates from a native language called "náhuatl" and means "tree of the ears". This is because the fruits of the tree are similar to the shape ofthe human ear.

    Its a spectacular tree with huge branching form that provides much desired shade from the intense heat of the area.

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    Playa Hermosa Town

    by easterntrekker Written Apr 6, 2007

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    This was a very different town than we expected , and not as described in our guide book at all. The whole area is a constuction zone . Foreign money is flowing in and if there was a town its been leveled to make room for the condos. There a a few local restuarants remaining and no shops at all. You really need a car to see the area.

    To make it bleaker , we were there in the dry season so it was hot a desert like ...not much green .

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    Playa Hermosa Beach

    by easterntrekker Written Apr 6, 2007

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    This is a dark sand beach and is nice for a beach walk. Gorgeous sunsets. There's not much shade any where however and no sun umbrellas or chairs...gets pretty hot in the day.
    There are a couple of restaurants and bars on the beach. Fishing charters also leave from here.

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    Baldi Thermal Hot Springs

    by modsquads Written Mar 16, 2006

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    There are many reviews of this place on VT, and I understand why...this place is surreal. I mean, who doesnt love an in-pool bar? Each pool isdifferent, and get progressively hotter as you meander along the stone paths among the tropical plants & trees. We spent HOURS there, spending alot of time taking in each area. Admission is $25, then you can leave your credit card at the bar & drink all day! We were fortunate to meet a great couple from California, and ended up closing the place.

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    zipline tour

    by modsquads Written Mar 16, 2006

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    its a must-do if traveling to Costa Rica. Yes, its scary at first, but so worth it! (there was an 8 year old in my group!) It all goes by so fast, so I had to remember to look around at Lake Arenal & the volcano to really get the experience. The cool part was going thru the trees.
    You go as high as 650 feet in the air! Pretty much any hotel can arrange a tour for you. But the BEST part was that my boyfriend proposed on the last platform!! it was QUITE a surprise, but will always be memorable.

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    Rincon de la Vieja National Park

    by giacco Written Sep 3, 2003

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    Rincon de la Vieja it's an active volcanic area, not far from Liberia. The park was founded around the volcano, which is the main attraction.

    Climb isn't hard to do, but if you prefer a more relaxing day, you just need to follow the indications for a short walk, of about 6km. On the way you will find several small and beatiful lagoons. They seem to be connected somehow whict the volcano, because of the fumes they are covered with.

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    Sunset at Playa negra

    by giacco Updated Sep 3, 2003

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    Playa negra is maybe one of the best places for surfing in Guanacaste. It's a small beach with a nice hotel were you can get a good meal. Huge dishes of gallopinto, shrimps and chancho.

    But the best are the sunsets

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    Playa Avellana views

    by giacco Written Sep 3, 2003

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    Playa Avellana is one of my favorite beaches in Costa Rica. It's far enough from any city to be always calm. There is few people and many things to do. Waves are not the best, for surfers (best Playa Negra, near there) but if you like diving there is a small reef were you can snorkle directly from the beach. On the north side of the beach there are also mangroves. It's perfect for a short walk

    And, if you don't want to do anything special, just lie on the sand, or better on the pillows the owner of the chill-out bar leaves strategically under the palms

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    Birds at Playa Avellana

    by giacco Written Sep 3, 2003

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    Beaches at Guanacaste are quite wild, so you will find a lot of animals (besides chanchos...), specially birds like herons, pelicans and humming birds, but also iguanas and sometimes monkeys.

    This picture was taken at Playa Avellana

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