Recommended Playa Nicuesa tour: Casa Orquideas Botanical Garden

Casa Orquideas Botanical Garden Golfo Dulce Costa Rica

If you are a nature lover or a budding botanist, one of the most wonderful day tours you can take from Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge is to Casa Orquideas Botanical Garden in Costa Rica. A short boat ride or kayak paddle around a small rocky point south of Playa Nicuesa will land you at Playa San Josecito. At the west end of the long, crescent-shaped dark sand beach is Casa Orquideas Botanical Garden.

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Protecting the rainforest of the sea in Golfo Dulce Costa Rica

Interesting news has been happening recently at Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge in southern Costa Rica.

In an effort to help restore coral reefs in the Golfo Dulce, Nicuesa Lodge staff has been collaborating with the University of Costa Rica (UCR) and the National Institute of Learning (INA) on the study project: “Ecological regeneration of coral populations present in the South Pacific of Costa Rica.” Since June 2015, they have been creating coral reef “nurseries,” transplanting fragments of coral onto artificial structures to grow coral gardens.

Coral reef restoration Golfo Dulce Costa Rica

So far, according to Nicuesa Lodge Sustainability Coordinator, Natalia Solis, coral is successfully growing and they are planning to create another structure off the beach in the small bay by the Costa Rica eco-hotel.

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Playa Nicuesa Lodge, more than a exotic place

Coming from Canada, I can honestly tell you that I have never seen such an exotic place in the world as I have during my stay at Playa Nicuesa.  We all know that there are places on this earth with more wildlife, more forest, closer proximity to the ocean, but to see it and experience the beauty here first hand has been miraculous.  The Lodge is situated off the grid in the Golfo Dulce making you feel completely submerged in the ecosystem surrounded by hundreds of colourful and vibrant species.  There are 6 hiking trails on the property that venture into the rainforest.  One day you may see green and black poisonous dart frogs, toucans, different kinds of snakes and butterflies.   Doing the same path the next day you may come across crabs, squirrels, a swarm of army ants, white faced monkeys, a family of pizotis and wild pigs.  You are estonished with what you find each time and by spending quality time connecting to nature, you receive the healing benefits of mindfulness.  Enjoying the sacredness of the land is a gift in itself.  As a yoga teacher, creating a strong harmonious community is essential.  Viewing the food chain and “connecting the dots”, watching a pair of scarlet macaws snack on the almond trees beside the yoga deck or seeing a lizard run quickly across the pond, it is something to be experienced first hand.  Another gift from mother nature here is viewing the bioluminescence out by the pier at night, when the moon is not too bright, but the stars are still visible.  Even the water comes to life here.  I had the opportunity to go swimming in the bioluminescence and can tell you that it is the Pura Vida.  Pura Vida a common saying in Costa Rica which translates to pure life and that is exactly what Costa Rica and the Golfo Dulce offers.  The sounds of the tide, the rain and the frogs from the pond behind the yoga deck have made for the most tranquil spa and meditation music a yoga teacher could ask for.  I am grateful to have had the chance to stay here through the green season to unplug and it is as if I was on a personal retreat.  It definitely has not felt like work here and I cannot wait to return for another rotation next season!

The mysterious world of hammerhead sharks in Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica

Golfo Dulce Costa Rica

Golfo Dulce in Costa Rica is a critical habitat for marine life on Earth. The “Sweet Gulf” in southern Costa Rica gets a lot of attention for being a refuge for migrating endangered Pacific humpback whales. Not only the birthplace for whales but also for dolphins and endangered hammerhead sharks, the 31-mile-long (50 km) Pacific gulf is essentially a big watery “cradle”.

The Costa Rican environmental organization Misión Tiburón (Shark Mission) is lobbying the Costa Rican government to protect Golfo Dulce as the first sanctuary for hammerhead sharks in the world.

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