Monday, January 24, 2011

Pachira Lodge

We offer rooms with private bathrooms; hot water and fans that will make you feel cool. Our facilities include an exquisite restaurant where all buffet-style meals are served. You are also invited to enjoy our bar, with a great view to the main lagoon and our turtle-shaped swimming pool-one of the largest pools in the area.Travel nice and easy as we give you all the comfort and hospitality of Pachira lodge

Friday, September 10, 2010

Balsa hecha con bidones flota en aguas de Tortuguero


ANDREA SOLANO
Bansolano@nacion.com

Una balsa fabricada con 80 bidones (envases) de agua flota desde ayer en los canales que circundan la comunidad de Tortuguero, Pococí, en el Caribe norte. La estructura mide 5,5 metros de ancho por seis metros de largo, y es un proyecto que integra la creación artística, la conservación ambiental y el trabajo comunitario.La obra fue diseñada por el artista Francesco Bracci como parte de las actividades del festival cultural Tortufest III, que se celebra esa localidad caribeña hasta el domingo.“Mi propuesta de intervención artística en Tortuguero toma a los canales como el eje central. Ellos son el elemento alrededor del cual gira la vida en esa comunidad: funcionan como medio de transporte, fuente de empleo y núcleo de atracción turística”, explicó Bracci.La rica biodiversidad acuática y terrestre que caracteriza el Parque Nacional Tortuguero motivó al artista a plantear un mensaje conservacionista con su obra.“Es una gran balsa, casi un muelle flotante construido con 80 bidones de desecho que fueron donados por la empresa Florida Bebidas.
Estos envases plásticos son desechados por estar contaminados con alguna sustancia o porque tienen alguna perforación”, dijo el artista.“El uso de dispensadores plásticos es muy simbólico, pues Tortuguero es una comunidad rodeada de ríos y canales, pero sus habitantes tienen grandes carencias de agua potable para sus necesidades diarias”, agregó Bracci.Además del plástico, el artista utilizó otros materiales que son de uso común en el Caribe, como el bambú, la caña y la palma.El proceso de construcción de la balsa involucró a varios pobladores, quienes se unieron al artista durante tres fines de semana.“Había que reparar los recipientes con resina y fibra de vidrio. Debido a que los bidones de segunda no tienen tapas, tuvimos que realizar un sistema alternativo para sellar esta perforación de aproximadamente cinco centímetros de diámetro”, declaró el creador.Bracci confirmó que balsa quedará en manos de los pobladores para que ellos le den el uso más conveniente. “Pueden aprovecharlo incluso como un espacio para reunirse y compartir. Si se ata a un bote con motor, puede servir hasta para ir de paseo”, agregó.

Monday, September 6, 2010

TortuFest 2010 lleno de cultura y deporte


El Festival de cultura y deporte Tortu Fest 2010 inicia el 8 de setiembre y ofrece cultura a raudales.

Con la presencia de cantautores ticos como Luis Ángel Castro, Manuel Monestel, o grupos como Ensamble Folclórico La Malacrianza, entre muchos más, este festival busca atraer público de la Región Huetar Atlántica e incluso de la Gran Área Metropolitana.

El festival además presentará danza, circo, telas y exposiciones culturales, así como cuentacuentos, teatro y cine.

El Festival se realizará en la plaza de deportes de Tortuguero del 8 al 12 de setiembre, pero antes tendrá una singular muestra de cine.

Cine entre dos miradas

La muestra de cine “Dos miradas”, compuesta por cine español y costarricense, viajará hasta Tortuguero, para ser parte del Festival Cultural y Musical TortuFest 2010, del 5 al 7 de septiembre.

De acuerdo con el Centro Costarricense de Producción Cinematográfica, la muestra que se ha presentado en más de 20 comunidades a lo largo de tres años, busca dar al público la oportunidad de disfrutar obras cinematográficas costarricenses y españolas de reciente realización.

“Dos Miradas, conjuga el esfuerzo de dos instituciones, la Consejería Cultural de la Embajada de España y el Centro de Cine”, informó el último. De forma gratuita, el espectador tendrá la oportunidad de observar el nivel artístico y profesional del cine español; y ver una selección de producciones nacionales premiadas en la 17 Muestra de Cine y Video Costarricense.

Cartelera en el Salón Multiuso de Barra de Tortuguero

-El 5:

5 p.m.: Función Infantil, corto realizado por niños de Tortuguero, coordina Gustavo Fallas
7 p.m. Las Ganas, Hernán Jiménez. (CR), El mar, Maricarmen Merino (CR), La piel cansada, Jurguen Ureña(CR),

“Manolito Gafotas”, Miguel Albaladejo, (Todo público)

El 6:

5 p.m.: Función Infantil, corto realizado por niños de Tortuguero, Muestra de Video y Cine del Caribe I
7 p.m.: Cuento de Hadas, Ana María Acevedo (CR); Una tarde cualquiera, Hernán Jiménez (CR); La piel cansada, Jurguen Ureña (CR y ; La lengua de las mariposas, José Luis Cuerda (todo público)

El 7:

5 p.m.: Corto realizado por niños de Tortuguero, Muestra de Video y Cine del Caribe II
6:15 p.m.: “Manolito Gafotas”, Miguel Albaladejo. (Todo público)
7:45 p.m.: “Caribe”, Esteban Ramírez, 2004, (Mayores de 16 años)

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Congratulations! Fodor Choice 2010






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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Tours offer glimpse of sea turtle nesting

(Tribune Media Services) -- The beach is pitch black, except for the light from the stars dancing across the sky. The ocean waves pound. And right in front of us, a huge (more than 300 pounds and three feet long) green sea turtle methodically drops her eggs into a nest she's dug deep in the black sand -- more than 100 eggs in just a few minutes.

We're on the 21-mile stretch of beach in the tiny northern Caribbean village of Tortuguero, Costa Rica where more sea turtles nest -- most returning to the beach where they were born -- than anywhere else in the Western Hemisphere. More than 80,000 green sea turtles lumber up onto the dark beach, their tracks resembling those left by tractor tires, to leave some 800,000 eggs each year, says Dan Evans, a spokesman for the Caribbean Conservation Corporation, the leading research organization for these ancient creatures, which runs research projects here.

Tortuguero -- the name means "place of the turtles" -- is home to three species that nest regularly; greens, leatherbacks (the largest sea turtle species, up to 1,000 pounds) and hawksbills. During nesting season, which is different for each species, but can run anywhere from March to October, turtles will come ashore several times to lay their eggs and then they'll skip a year.

Evans believes this skipped year is most likely related to food availability. During the nesting season, he says, "the female does not eat, so during her off year (or two for some species) she must find enough food to replace all the nutrients she used producing eggs, plus build up enough to do it all again." Many of the nesting turtles have been tagged for research purposes.


We are only permitted on the beach in organized tour groups and the rangers permit us in groups of 10 to come fairly close, as long as we are quiet. "I've been doing this for 11 years and every day it's different," says our guide Heidi Saborio. Many of the lodges in this remote region arrange beach tours as part of a package. We stayed at the newest lodge here, Pachira Lodge, where we went to sleep to the cacophony of howler monkeys outside our cabins.


You can also get information on arranging these night tours at the Tortuguero Information Center in the tiny village. The entire beach and most of the surrounding lagoons are part of the Tortuguero National Park, which is best seen by boat tour -- again typically arranged where you are staying.


As we stand in the dark, humid night, wiping sweat from our eyes, even the most blase teen in our Thomson Family Adventures group is wide-eyed as we watch a turtle drop round white eggs one on top of the other. The eggs are leathery rather than brittle, our guide explains, so they don't break. It's sobering to learn that only one in 10,000 eggs will survive to adulthood. When the turtle is done, she flicks her fins and begins to cover her three-foot-deep nest with sand and returns to the water.

The kids giggle when we get sprayed with the flying sand. "It was scary at first because it was so dark, but it was really cool," said 8-year-old Sarah Kate Garrett from Savannah, Georgia. "A lot of people don't get to see that."

In fact, we were pretty lucky to see a turtle nesting at all. We were told that more than half of those who head out on these evening turtle walks see nothing.

I stand on the beach feeling privileged, remembering another isolated beach on Costa Rica's Osa Peninsula where we happened upon just-hatched baby turtles, as they struggled to make their way the few yards from nest to ocean. Most don't survive or even make it to the water and, years later, my kids still wonder if any of "our" turtles made it. (Check the Caribbean Conservation Corporation's Website to see who's ahead in the first-ever Tour de Turtles marathon, which tracks nine turtles as they migrate hundreds and even thousands of miles from their nests to their feeding grounds.)


Dan Evans of the CCC notes that while it is rare to see sea turtles nest or hatch, you may have a chance to observe them in their natural habitat whenever you visit somewhere tropical -- Hawaii, Florida or Bermuda, for example. If you're visiting somewhere else, check to see what turtle programs are offered in that area.

But why should we care about these weird-looking creatures that have been around for millions of years? The Caribbean Conservation Organization maintains that they play a big role in coastal ecosystems, eating sea grass and algae, depositing their eggs on shore where they transport nutrients from the ocean to coastal and inshore habitats. Sea turtles were once so abundant that they traveled in fleets. Today, experts estimate that the population is endangered because so many were hunted.

The Caribbean Conservation Organization's efforts over the last 30 years have helped nesting increase more than 400 percent here. (If your child is at least 14 and loves marine biology, your gang can sign on to help do turtle research during nesting season. (Costs start at $1,399 for nine days.)

During our night on the beach, we struggle against the impulse to reach out and touch the turtle's shell, or an egg. It's against the law. The rangers don't even permit us to stay as the mama turtle finishes covering her nest. She will leave her nest and return to the ocean. No parenting required here!

It's been a couple of months since that night and those eggs have hatched. Let's hope at least some of them made it to the water. We're rooting for them.

What you can do to protect sea turtles• Reduce the amount of plastic garbage you produce. It may end up in the ocean.

• Don't release helium balloons. Like trash, they may end up in the ocean and sea turtles mistakenly eat them and die.

• Reduce chemicals and fertilizers. They may get washed into coastal lagoons.

• Turn off beachfront lights during nesting season.

• Send an email to your local editor and congressman about the importance of sea turtle conservation. See the educator's corner with programs for kids at http://www.cccturtle.org/.

• Adopt-A-Turtle (I did.) You'll hear if your tagged turtle is spotted and your $25 donation will support research and conservation efforts.