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Despite all of the fun we’ve already had here in the tropical rain forest, it still keeps getting better! Out of all the places we have visited we found these top ten places that are nature friendly, and a memory maker!
10- FISHING: some of the best sport fishing in the world & safe to the environment. Demetri and Fabio couldn’t get enough!
9- CORCOVADO: a beautiful black sand beach and rainforest combination on the undeveloped Osa Peninsula.. the only difficulties we had we’re actually getting there.
8- MONTEZUMA: this is where we got away from the stress of the model life; it’s a gorgeous beach that is very spacious
7- WHITE WATER RAFTING: a long bus ride, but it’s totally worth it! You are able to white water raft all through the rainforest and see it from a view not seen by others.
6- ARENAL VOLCANO: Arenal is Costa Rica’s most famous and active volcano. Around it, there are several delightful hot springs, the most developed of which is at Tabacon Resort. If you are lucky, you will see Arenal “blow its top”, but often the summit is shrouded in clouds.
5-SPECOPS’ THE BIG ADRENALINE RUSH: During this action-packed excursion our small group of adventurers visit rain forests, exploding volcanoes and pristine beaches. Activities include white water rafting, bungee jumping, Scuba-diving, soaks in natural hot springs at the foot of an active volcano and more.
4- TORTUGUERO: The famous turtle nesting area on Costa Rica’s East Coast. The boat ride on the inland canals is an ideal way to see a variety of wildlife
3- TAMARINDO BEACH: This is a great example of Guanacaste’s beautiful Pacific beaches. This funky surfer’s haven is not fancy, but filled with life
2- MONTEVERDE CLOUD FOREST: A tough drive to get there and some might say not worth the trip. However, it is home to the Quetzal, Costa Rica’s most famous bird and a wonderful Cloud Forest.
1- RAIN FOREST AERIAL TRAM: There is nothing like it in the world. This guided tour of the Rain Forest canopy is – without doubt – a must do activity for anyone coming to Costa Rica. An hour from San Jose; ideal for visitors of all ages.
During our visit to Costa Rica we decided to help volunteer tree planting to ensure a long lasting life for the tropical trees! We planted over 50 varieties of trees that are adapted to the area. Trees are important to the Tropical Rainforest because they supply oxygen to the world and the environment. We paired up with Arbor Day Foundation who informed us of a few important details: Tropical Rainforests are located between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn. Tropical Rain Forests only cover 2% of the earth, but they contain over half of the earth’s organisms. By these statistics me, Fabio, and Demetri couldn’t resist!
Living the model life isn’t always the healthiest. Luckily, on our trip to Costa Rica we have been able to devour everything our heart desires! Here’s a look at some of the things we’ve enjoyed… and some that we didn’t like so much.. The most popular thing that we have seen served is black beans and rice, they pronounce it gallo pinto. The oil portions in the food is perfectly healthy if you have an active lifestyle, and foods such as cheese are used rarely. However, vegetables and fruits are a main part of any meal. There are what America would consider a fast food restaurants, but people in Costa Rica refere to them as sodas. They are used for quick meals! Many of the fruits and vegetables eaten in Costa Rica are right from their backyard, the tropical rainforest.
Inside the heart of Costa Rica is the Gamboa Resort! We are SO fortunate to get to stay in such a sophisticated place. The views are outstanding, and it makes for great photography just outside our balcony! State of the art spas to end the day, and several fun filled excursions that will make the Tropical Rainforest your new favorite biome! We are staying in the deluxe river view room that is spacious and full of luxury. It also offers a complete view of the Chagres River and the Rainforest!
There are many fun filled excursions at Gamboa:
Nature Walks in the Rainforest, Kayaking on the Chagres River, a Biking Exploration Tour, Table Games, and a Night Bus Tour to Explore the Rainforest and see animals in action!
Bird Watching- Gamboa Rainforest Resort and its guests are very fortunate to have one of the world’s best bird-watching sites just minutes away. Panama is an important destination for birdwatchers because of its location in the migratory route of birds as they fly between North and South America.
If you’re ever in Costa Rica it is a must that you book with Gamboa at 1877.800.1690!
HUMAN EFFECTS: The greatest cause of tropical rainforest destruction today comes from human activities. Much of this deforestation is by national and international economic forces. Many of the effects from human destruction of the rainforests are probably permanent within our time.
Many activities contribute to this loss including: oil extraction, logging, mining, fires, war, commercial agriculture, cattle ranching, hydroelectric projects, pollution, hunting and poaching, the collection of fuel wood and building material, and road construction.
The profound effects of deforestation on the world are getting increasingly worse. Humans have taken many measures to help stop deforestation such as: planting trees, recycling, cut down on pollution, and trying to use phosphate free materials. Our guide has told us to use this special phosphate free dish detergent that would help the environment. The deforestation of the tropical rainforest is awful, and when we see it the animals we came to be photographed near are losing their homes.
Animal #1 Common Name- Jaguar
Scientific Name- Panthera onca
Adaptations that allow it to survive in this biome- They are nocturnal animals with strong features that help the adapt. Some of them are short limbs with and a very strong jaw with long and sharp canine teeth to help it feed. They are endangered considering their lack of habitat and their hunting.
Animal#2 Common Name- Toco Toucan
Scientific Name- Ramphasto toco
Adaptations that allow it to survive in this biome- They have a long curved bill and striking colors. Their bill helps them eat food. They also have claws on each leg to help them get food considering they are slow flyers. They also use their feathers to blend into their surroundings to prevent predators.
Animal #3 Common Name- Poison Dart Frog
Scientific Name- Dendrobates azureus
Adaptations that allow it to survive in this biome- Bright colored that keeps predators away because they know they are poisonous.
While entering the forests in Costa Rica we came across many eccentric plants, and we are so relieved that we do not have to shoot with them! Some of them are:
Plant #1 Common Name- Bengal Bamboo
Scientific Name- Bambusa tulda
Adaptations that allow it to survive in this biome- Eat decaying matter from the forest floor and have very large roots that allow it to contain water and all of the precipitation that falls in the Tropical Rainforest.
Plant #2 Common Name- Double Coconut
Scientific Name- Lodoicea maldivica
Adaptations that allow it to survive in this biome- the palms that sprout from the double coconut allow it to protect its self from all of the water that falls in the tropical rain forest.
Plant #3 Common Name- Ceiba Trees
Scientific Name- Ceiba pentandra
Adaptations that allow it to survive in this biome- emergent; their large umbrella shaped canopies emerge to the sunlight, allowing them to receive energy.
Plant #4 Common Name- Banyan Tree
Scientific Name- Ficus ssp.
Adaptations that allow it to survive in this biome: they start out their life on branches of trees, so they are higher up than others and are allowed more sunlight.
We just arrived in Costa Rica! The temperature here is ideal; from 71-81 degrees farenheit. As far as rain goes, it can rain up to 18 ft. a year, so i’m glad we brought the rain gear! The latitudes are between 8-11 degrees north latitude. Our tour guide informed us of several animals! Some of them are a Howler Monkey, Otters, Racoons, Jaguars, Ocelots, Margays, and Tigrillos. Considering we are in the Tropical Rainforest there are massive amounts of plants! Some of them are Bamboo trees, Ceibo trees, Corteza Amarilla, and Cavendishia bracteata.
So far our Modeling Agency is paying for all the finances. Thank goodness, because a roundtrip in first class cost just over $1,000 per person. The airport is small, and nothing like LAX. This should be an extravagant adventure!