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San Jose – The Cultural Capital Of Costa Rica

by on Oct.24, 2010, under Vacations

For many travelers San Jose City is nothing more than a stop over and move on to their next adventure in a new destination. But this pulsating cultural capital of Costa Rica is so much more than that. There are tons of interesting things to see and do here: museums, theaters, delicious international restaurants, and great shopping places will be waiting for you. My advice for travelers is to make this your home base for day trips to some of the countries most popular attractions: Volcano Poas and Irazu, coffee planation tours, nature parks and a lot more.

Can’t Miss This

Museums and Gardens

City parks and plazas Theaters

Churches and Downtown Landmarks Volcanoes

Shop at the Central Market (Mercado Central)

Take a cultural tour of a coffee plantation

Hike up to the mouth of Poas and Irazu Volcanoes

A full day at a nature adventure park

A Bit of History

San Jose City is most know for it’s shorter name as San Jose. As a matter of fact is actually the second capital of Costa Rica. The original capital was cartago until it was moved in 1835. Around the year 1737 this city was known as ‘Villa Nueva de la Boca del Monte del Valle de Abra’. A few years later the name was changed after the city’s patron who was Saint Joseph.

The historic events that impacted Costa Rica’s culture and San Jose’s the most were development of the coffee exports industry, the influence of the French revolution and the country’s declaration of independence from Spain. Before the independence the country was split into two: the Democrats, who wanted the country to remain a Spanish territory, and the Republicans, who wanted to centralize the power and make Costa Rica an independent country. In 1823 there was a which ended up being won by Republicans as a result the capital was moved to San Jose and Costa Rica became an independent country.

Did You Know?

San Jose is located in the Central Valley of Costa Rica and is surrounded by large forested mountain ranges and some volcanoes. There are also green savannas, and working coffee plantations.

Other Nearby Cities

Alajuela

Escazu

Grecia

Santa Ana

Marina K. Villatoro, lives in Central America – Costa Rica and Guatemala for the past decade. She has traveled all over these areas with her family and now she loves to organize vacations to Costa Rica and Guatemala. Contact her for advice and to plan your perfect trip! Also published at San Jose – The Cultural Capital Of Costa Rica.

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Central America Wildlife – Tarantulas

by on Jun.05, 2010, under Travel

Tarantulas are part of the family of spiders called Hairy Mygalomorphs.

There are hundreds of tarantula species found in most of the world’s tropical, subtropical, and arid regions. They all have different color. They use their venom to pre-digest their victims’ tissue so it’s easier to eat. Their diet consists of insects but the larger ones also enjoy small lizards, small birds and rats. Tarantulas are very big spiders that can grow up to 11 inches. These guys can also live up to 35 years.

They all have different color. They use their venom to pre-digest their victims’ tissue so it’s easier to eat. Their diet consists of insects but the larger ones also enjoy small lizards, small birds and rats. Tarantulas are very big spiders that can grow up to 11 inches. These guys can also live up to 35 years. They hunt at night. All Tarantulas have an interesting way of defending themselves. They have hairs on their stomachs that have sharp little barbs, or pokey things, on them. When threatened, the spider will rub these hairs with their legs and shoot them at their predator. That would hurt!

The tarantula’s mating ritual begins when the male spins a web and deposits sperm on its surface. He copulates by using his short, leg-like appendages located near the mouth and then scuttles away if he can-females sometimes eat their mates. The female tarantula can have up to 2000 eggs at the same time. The young spiders remain in the nest for some time after hatching where they live off the remains of their yolk sac before dispersing.

The female tarantula can have up to 2000 eggs at the same time. The young spiders remain in the nest for some time after hatching where they live off the remains of their yolk sac before dispersing. Tarantulas give some people the creeps because of their large, hairy bodies and legs. But these spiders are harmless to humans. Their byte will kill you only if you are allergic to them. They belong to a kind of invertebrates called arthropods which make up 75% of the animals in the world. They can live almost anywhere, in deserts, mountains, rain forest, cloud forest and savanna habitats around the world.

Marina K. Villatoro, lives in Central America – Costa Rica and Guatemala for the past decade. She has traveled all over these areas with her family and now she loves to organize vacations to Costa Rica and Guatemala. Contact her for advice and to plan your perfect trip!

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Fun Facts About Scarlet Macaw

by on Jun.05, 2010, under Travel

Macaws are the beautiful, brilliantly colored members of the parrot family. Their plumage is mostly scarlet, but the rump and tail-covert feathers are light blue, the greater upper wing coverts are yellow, the upper sides of the flight feathers of the wings are dark blue as are the ends of the tail feathers, and the undersides of the wing and tail flight feathers are dark red with metallic gold iridescence.

Their plumage is mostly scarlet, but the rump and tail-covert feathers are light blue, the greater upper wing coverts are yellow, the upper sides of the flight feathers of the wings are dark blue as are the ends of the tail feathers, and the undersides of the wing and tail flight feathers are dark red with metallic gold iridescence. Some individuals may have green in the wings. They also like to eat a lot of seeds but what they really love are the tropical fruits.

Macaws are intelligent, social birds that often gather in flocks of 10 to 30 individuals. Their loud calls, squawks, and screams echo through the forest canopy. Macaws vocalize to communicate within the flock, mark territory, and identify one another. Some species can even mimic human speech. Macaws typically mate for life. They not only breed with, but also share food with their mates and enjoy mutual grooming.

In breeding season, mothers incubate eggs while fathers hunt and bring food back to the nest. The Scarlet Macaw lays two or three white eggs in a tree cavity. The female incubates the eggs for about 28 days, and the chicks fledge from the nest about 90 days after hatching. They don’t leave their parents until a year later.

The female incubates the eggs for about 28 days, and the chicks fledge from the nest about 90 days after hatching. They don’t leave their parents until a year later. Their eyes can let you know if they are young or old, when they are young they have black eyes and when they are old they have yellow eyes. These playful birds are popular pets, and many are illegally trapped for that trade. The rain forest homes of many species are also disappearing at an alarming rate. They live in the sub tropical and tropical rain forest, all around Central America. Tropical forests, tree savannas, wooded banks of large rivers. There are 17 species of macaws, and several are endangered.

Marina K. Villatoro, has lived in Central America – Costa Rica and Guatemala for over 10 years. She’s traveled these parts extensively and now loves to organize vacations to these amazing parts of the world. With her first hand experience, she can recommend the best options for you. Contact her for advice and to plan your perfect trip!

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