Monday, March 21, 2011


Quetzal (pic is from google)
In 1950 eleven families from Alabama wanted to escape U. S militarism and avoid getting drafted for WWII. They were first about to move to Canada but then decided that it would be too cold for them. Costa Rica had just then abolished its army so they thought it would be a good choice. So they came down to a part of Costa Rica that had been owned the Guacimal mining company. They purchased the land and called it Monteverde. Quakerism has existed for over 50 years here in Monteverde. The Quakers and the high concentration of scientist here played an important role in preserving the unique Cloud Forest and making Monteverde the model touristic destination it is today.

Monteverde is home to key stone species such as the beautiful Quetzal and the Bell bird. Nowadays I feel like Monterverde is transforming from an eco-touristic destination to a more adventuristic tourism as zip-lines, bungee jumping and canopy tours are on the increase. Other than that there are a lots of coffee, dairy and terrepiche tours (this is how they squeeze/crush the juice out sugarcanes and boil it and then pour them into molds, and cool them down and preserve them as tapa dulces).

The Bellbird (pic from google)

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