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The day starts out early. My assistant, Juan, and I are in the car driving towards Rincon de la Vieja a little after 6 am. We arrive at Hacienda Lodge Guachipelin and greet the owner, Don Tomas. He sets us up in the restaurant to talk about the land. I have worked with many landowners here in Guanacaste—I’ve had farm limits sketched for me with sticks in dusty patches of earth—but Don Tomas pulls up google earth and shows us the forest, rivers, roads, and points out the property limits.
Juan and I hop back in the car and head towards a patch of oak forest. Juan and I will delineate a forest plot that is 50 by 20 m. Within the plot, we will measure and identify all tree species with a girth of 5 cm or above at 1.3 m height. I have been working in farms all around Guanacaste for the past 7 months and the data from this plot will be added to the dataset I am building of private forests in Guanacaste. I will use this dataset to assess tree biodiversity and carbon stocks on private farms within Guanacaste. Within the plot, we will also collect soil samples to assess soil chemical and physical properties. For the carbon stocks, I will use species-specific wood density measurements to estimate the carbon stored in trees. Costa Rica has done a superb job of protecting forests—25% of Costa Rican land is officially protected. Yet the majority of forests (~76%) are on private lands. Therefore, understanding carbon stocks in private forest are important for helping Costa Rica reach its goal of becoming the first carbon neutral nation by 2021.
The first plot we set up on Hacienda Lodge Guachipelin property is young secondary forests of between 10—15 years. The plot is dense with young trees and Juan and I maneuver through the stand and place the flags to outline the plot. Juan gets started collecting the soils and I measure tree girth and identify species. The plot is within an oak (Quercus oleoides) dominated forest; interestingly, Guanacaste is the Sothern limit of the oak genus.
Also in the plot are the ubiquitous bullhorn acacia (Acacia cornigera). Bullhorned acacia have a remarkable symbiotic relationship with ants; the plant provides a place for the ants to live (hallow thorns) and food to eat (glands that produce sugars). The ants, in return, provide fierce protection. If you have ever bumped up against a bullhorned acacia, you’ll know instantly the fiery sting of that protection. On a bullhorned acacia in the plot I notice a beetle who has impaled himself on the needle end of a thorn. The ants are furious and swarming and the poor beetle is flailing. I feel like I am watching an action packed sequence on the Discovery Channel.
Once we complete the plot, we drive to another part of the property and find some oak forest that is about 20-25 years. This plot is much more pleasant to work in—the canopy is dense, are birds singing above us as we work, and there are lovely purple-flowered vines in bloom.
This plot is also an oak-dominated forest but there are a few species that I haven’t come across yet in Guanacaste. Although I’ve been avidly studying the tree species, there are still plenty that I am not familiar with. When I come across a tree species that I don’t know, I do one of two things: (1) collect leaf samples for later identification or (2) tag the tree with biodegradable flagging and return with a botanical expert. Today I am tagging, so I slip blue tagging tape around the tree. The next tree I measure is one of my favorites, perhaps because I learned it early on so it feels like an old acquaintance Madroño (Calycophyllum candidissimum). The genus name, Calycophyllum, is fitting because the tree bark is the color of a calico cat.
Juan and I finish up the plot and head out of the forest. This has been a great day. We head down the road as the sun turns top of the forest orange.
This is Mom’s day week and to celebrate we have a special. All Mothers go for free during this week. Enjoy the hot springs, the fresh made tortillas, the best horses, and great adventure tours on the foot of the famous Rincon de la Vieja Volcano.
There are lots of things to do on a family trip at Hacienda Guachipelin. Ask for the guided nature tours, a great option to see nature from a different perspective.
Hacienda Guachipelin celebrates this special date with all mothers and their families. Just reserve mentioning the special Mothers day promotion to email@example.com contact us at 2666-8075
May is the month of travel deals in Costa Rica. But not only is the month of the travel deals, it is the month of the best traveling, not that many people around and lots of good offers.
Hacienda Guachipelin has a special for travelers during this month. The 3rd night is for free, plus a free breakfast.
The stay at Guachipelin includes breakfast, hot springs and self guided hikes to waterfalls. There are also activities in the corral every morning, like milking the cow in the traditional way, or feeding the horses.
Hacienda Guachipelin is located at the entrance of the National Park, on the foot of one of the active volcanoes in Guanacaste.
Take advantage of May, get a 3rd night for free !!!
Call us from USA or Canada at 1-888-730-3840 or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
It is a criminal offense to drive under the influence of alcohol in Costa Rica. Citizens and residents will have there license suspended and their car confiscated, if they are caught driving with more than 1 beer. If you are a non costarrican, your license will not be suspended, but you will get a considerable ticket and the car will be confiscated.
We recommend that if you are going to drink do not drive, get a designated driver or get a taxi. In most tourist areas, the road police will always show around. So do yourself a favor, do not drink and drive while you vacation in Costa Rica.
Carly Ward, a 24 year old canadian citizen with type 1 diabetes, is going to conquer Rincon de la vieja, one of the active volcanoes in Guancaste, Costa Rica’s northern province. The hike is programed for May 7, 2011.
Carly is part of Team Diabetes Canada. Team Diabetes Canada is the national activity fundraising program for the Canadian Diabetes Association that promotes a healthy and active lifestyle to all Canadians. It raises funds for the provision of education and services, while advocating for our cause and breaking ground toward a cure.
Type 1 diabetes is fatal unless treated with insulin. It is known as juvenile diabetes. The treatment must be continued indefinitely in all cases.
About Rincon de la Vieja: it is a World Heritage site, as declared by UNESCO. It is one of the 5 active volcanoes in Costa Rica. It has an altitude of 1.895 meters. Rincon de la vieja was declared National Park in 1974.
From all of the staff members at Hacienda Guachipelin, we wish Carly and Team Diabetes Canada the best. We will be around in the event that we can be of any assistance.
The Costa Rica Tourism Board is happy to announce that it has partnered with the National Aquarium and the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens to give you the chance of winning a trip to Costa Rica!
The Get-Going Costa Rica Family Eco-Adventure Sweepstakes will offer families the opportunities to explore the lush and beautiful rainforests of Costa Rica, relax on the sandy beaches of the pacific coast or even have the opportunity to go whale and dolphin watching!
Just follow this link and participate http://www.facebook.com/visitcostarica#!/LosAngelesZoo?sk=app_6009294086
One lucky winner from the National Aquarium and one lucky winner from the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens will have the chance to win a once in a lifetime, all-inclusive, 7-day vacation for a family of four.
So, good luck and… Get-Going!
Nature Air is proud to announce its new route to Managua, Nicaragua.
Nicaragua is home to some of the oldest architecture on the continent, a rich culture and friendly people. After a trip to Rincon de la Vieja, Nicaragua is the next must-see destination for adventurous and discerning travelers.
The flight will connect Liberia to Managua, making it very convenient for travelers to fly into Liberia, travel around Guanacaste and then discovering this new destination, Nicaragua.
This is just a 30 minute sightseeing flight to the country’s capital from Liberia, Costa Rica.
More information on this Air flight on Nature Air’s website.
Hacienda Guachipelin will participate in ITB Berlin this year. ITB is one pf the most famous travel shows and this year it will be held from March 9 to March 11.
With more than 180,000 visitors, among these 108,000 trade visitors, and over 10,000 exhibitors from 180 countries ITB Berlin is the leading B2B-Platform of all tourism industry offers.
This year, Daniel Chavarria, President of Enchanting Hotels, will represent Hacienda Guachipelin at this important event. Guachipelin is a very atractive touristic product for the European Market, not only for its sustainalbe practices, but also for the closeness to the Rincon de la Vieja National Park and the closeness to the Papagayo gulf area.
This coming February 24th, Futuropa is holding its annual event “European Travel Market”. This event is the perfect opportunity to match property owners with the best travel agents and tour operators who specialize in selling Costa Rica to the european travels and TTOO.
This year the event will take place in the Aurola Holiday Inn, in Downtown San Jose, Costa Rica. It will start at 8:30 am. There will be lots of important information regarding this important market, like the official strategy to approach this market, trends, travelers profiles and other important data that can help property owners market their product better.
For more information please email to email@example.com call directly to Futuropa to +506-2291-4542
Hacienda Guachipelin is a mountain hotel specialized in nature and adventure and traditions. Hacienda Guachipelin is popular among the European travelers, and will be participating at this event.