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The Bar At Finca Exotica In Carate, Osa Penninsula, Costa Rica

Costa Rica: Carate – Finca Exotica Eco Lodge (Review)

The community of Carate is located in a remote part of Costa Rica's Osa Peninsula, bordering on the incredible Corvocado National Park. It is a hard place to get to and when you get there it is largely undeveloped. This, for us, was part of the attraction. During our time in Carate we stayed at the lovely and spectacular Finca Exotica Eco Lodge, which is set in a glorious rainforest, full of wildlife.
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The Pre-Colombian Diquis Spheres Or The Stone Spheres Of Finca 6 - Costa Rica

Costa Rica: Finca 6 Sphere Museum

The exact purpose and natue of the near perfectly spherical pre-Colombian Diquis stones is not known but they are undoubtedly an important part of Costa Rican culture. They largely disappeared, hidden from site buried under soil, until they were rediscovered during the clearing of land for banana plantations. Many spheres were damaged and had to be restored before being preserved for posterity.
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Costa Rica: Puntarenas – Drake Bay

Drake Bay is a small community located on the beautiful and remote Osa Peninsula on the southern Pacific Coast of Costa Rica (you can see the hills and mountains of Panama from here!). Its name came about after, as legend has it, Sir Francis Drake the great English sea captain (who was chums with Queen Elizabeth I), discovered it in 1579. Today, it is still hard to reach but the journey is well worth the effort if you want to escape the crowds found in other parts of Costa Rica.
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Costa Rica: Manuel Antonio – Peace of Paradise (Review)

The Peace of Paradise is a small hotel loctated in a small community on the outskirts of the small town of Quepos, between the main centre of the town and the stunning and popular Manuel Antonio National Park. We spent three nights here in the Hummingbird suite, which we loved. The location of the Peace of Paradise is perfect for exploring the area and is walking distance from some great bars, restaurants and supermarkets.
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A Pair Of Scarlet Macaws - NATUWA Wildlife Sanctuary, Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Costa Rica: Puntarenas – NATUWA Wildlife Sanctuary

NATUWA Wildlife Sanctuary provides refuge and protection to the wild animals that have been victimized by human actions, such as hunting, removal from their environments, and deforestation. Among the species of wild animals, the Sanctuary offers attention to exist in captivity with dignity are jaguars, ocelots, monkeys, tapirs, white-tailed deer and birds, such as macaws and toucans.
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Costa Rica: Puntarenas – Monteverde; Don Juan Coffee Tour

The climate in the central mountains of Costa Rica is ideal for growing coffee, so there are numerous coffee plantations scattered around the area, many of them small holdings. We love coffee and had enjoyed a cup or two every morning during our time in Costa Rica, so we decided to visit a coffee plantation to join a tour to see how coffee is grown, harvested and produced.
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Costa Rica: Monteverde – Jaguarundi Lodge (Review)

The central mountains of Costa Rica are a tourist haven with stunning scenery, beautiful rainforests, lakes and volcanos. We decided to base ourselves in the town of La Fortuna during our stay in the area. Hotel Arenal Xilopalo is a budget option for accommodation within walking distance of the centre of La Fortuna and is a great base to explore from
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Costa Rica: Puntarenas – Monteverde Cloud Forest

The Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve was established in 1972 and initially covered some 810 acres (328 ha) of forested land. Nowadays, its protective reach extends over 35,089 acres (14,200 ha) and encompasses eight life zones atop the Continental Divide. There are over 100 species of mammals, 400 species of birds, and 1,200 species of amphibians and reptiles living within its bounds. It’s one of the few remaining habitats that support all six species of the cat family — jaguars, ocelots, pumas, oncillas, margays, and jaguarundis — as well as the endangered three-wattled bellbird and resplendent quetzal. Over 8 miles (13 km) of trails are available for visitors to explore on their own or with a guide.
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