archive-cr.com » CR » T » TICONET.CO.CR

Total: 163

Choose link from "Titles, links and description words view":

Or switch to "Titles and links view".
  • Volcanoes, beaches and monkeys, oh my
    Irazú a casino hotel with a Denny s restaurant that serves a less than delicious version of American breakfast fare At sunrise we drove three hours along well paved roads to Volcán Poás 8 200 feet above sea level It was a one mile hike from the visitors center to the crater which offered a view of the steaming white sulfuric lake flanked by steam geysers in the bowels of the volcano The park s trails and picnic area feature several habitats areas with scarce vegetation a stunted forest and a cloud forest distinguished by mosses bromeliads and the humus that covers the forest floor There are 79 species of birds in this park including hummingbirds and the quetzal the national bird of Costa Rica A half hour drive away from Poás is La Paz Waterfall Garden Its huge butterfly and hummingbird observatory gives visitors a close encounter with the tiny birds which can be hand fed from straws filled with sugar water The gardens are at the start of a trail leading to five powerful waterfalls We arrived at our next stop the city of Fortuna and Tabacón Hot Springs Resort Spa at nightfall Our terrace looked out on the rain forest and the mighty Arenal which was obscured by clouds during our entire visit Over the next three days we would see just about every species of bird in our Costa Rican wildlife guides Each day we were jarred awake by the howler monkeys At night we changed into swimsuits pool shoes and Tabacón terry cloth robes for a five minute bus ride to the elaborately landscaped spa for a buffet dinner and a dip in the natural pools fed by waters heated by the volcano During the day the hot springs operates the Isadora spa which offers facials volcanic mud baths and yoga It was the ultimate my wife cooed after her 90 minute mud wrap In Fortuna we ate delicious prawns at Las Brasitas and tender beef at NeNe s where our server Martino explained how the rich soil around Arenal produces lush grasslands We have happy cows he said Volcán Arenal powers both the biodiversity and tourist industry in the region It is indeed living and breathing There is no shortage of warnings at the volcano park entrance Danger Enter at your own risk The need for caution becomes obvious when Arenal speaks Snap crackle pop boom Smoking hot boulders the size of Volkswagen Beetles regularly tumble down the cone a view all the more unsettling from atop a lava flow that in 2002 cut a path through dense rain forest On the final day at Arenal we paddled rafts on the Corobici River which flows westward to the Pacific lowlands Our guide Andrés pointed out bats an eagle crocodiles piranha howler monkeys and a seemingly endless variety of trees and plants By the tour s end we realized we were not looking at the wildlife we were being watched On the fourth day of

    Original URL path: http://www.ticonet.co.cr/costa-rica/readings/061204.html (2015-06-03)
    Open archived version from archive

  • Regent Hotels & Resorts Announces First Development in Latin America
    Costa Rica the resort will be nestled within dramatic cliffs overlooking the Gulf of Papagayo and the Bay of Colebra The hotel is located only 20 minutes from Liberia International Airport The resort will feature an exceptional array of personalized services and amenities world class dining exotic and traditional spa services and sparkling white sand beaches Amenities at the resort will include a helipad plasma televisions and DVDs high thread count linens Egyptian cotton towels private balconies with plunge pools and in room dining As with every Regent hotel the property will embrace The Regent Experience SM a corporate promise to guests of immersion in local culture luxury for all the senses attention to detail and highly personalized and anticipatory service Resort guests will have access to three distinct restaurants including a signature world class restaurant under the direction of an internationally acclaimed chef The Regent Papagayo will also feature a destination spa and wellness center offering stunning views of the ocean jungle and lush green ravines Treatment rooms shaped like tree houses and custom designed spa suites add to the uniqueness of this world class spa The resort offers two white sand beaches nestled in protective coves making them ideal for sunning swimming and beachcombing The Regent Papagayo is the only resort in the area to offer an on premise retail village that is open to guests and non guests alike The village will feature distinctive retail boutiques art galleries and local artisan wares Guests will also enjoy a gourmet market offering wines cheese and specialty foods from around the world Over the next two years the Regent brand will double its portfolio with the addition of seven new hotels Regent s existing portfolio encompasses six properties in the cities of Shanghai Singapore Kuala Lumpur Taipei Berlin and Zagreb

    Original URL path: http://www.ticonet.co.cr/costa-rica/readings/061121.html (2015-06-03)
    Open archived version from archive

  • With more native and migratory species than all of North America, Costa Rica is a bird-watching paradise
    JEWELS Savegre Mountain Hotel just a few hair pin turns off the Pan American Highway sits at about 7 200 feet elevation in the Talamanca Mountains and is surrounded by lush cloud forest Feeders outside the hotel s dinning room provided great views of hummingbirds We risked being side swiped by iridescent blurs by standing too close however The hummers love to fight each other for just the right feeding spot Who knew such tiny jewel like birds could be so aggressive After two nights at Savegre we headed toward the San Isidro Valley and Los Cusingos the farm of the late Alexander F Skutch a celebrated tropical bird biologist Now a bird sanctuary the farm is owned by the Tropical Science Center a foundation that also runs the Monteverde Cloudforest Preserve a better known eco tourism site northwest of San Jose In our afternoon there we caught our first views of the fiery billed aracari the farm s namesake a toucan like bird only smaller We also saw our first toucans chestnut mandibles distinguished by their enormous bills and bright blue legs Another first The blue crowned motmot spotted just as we hiked into a wooded area Motmots trail a long tail with two feathers that hang off thin strings as if two tiny racquets hang off the bird Camouflaged in a thicket this motmot was swinging its tail like the pendulum of a grandfather clock We found great roadside sites near the Selva Verde Lodge on the Caribbean slope of north Costa Rica A small wetlands area contained familiar shore birds such as the great egrets and great blue herons We also found rarities such as the endangered green ibis which looks similar to our own glossy ibis Then there was the pleasure of finding a bird that stumped Marcos at first Hidden in the reeds the bird snaked his long neck and head up scouted around and popped down only to reappear in another spot minutes later None of us could could positively identify the big bird When Marcos ran over he was puzzled too He had to resort to a field guide to ID the bird Though he has seen more than 700 species of Costa Rican birds this was his first pinnated bittern a very secretive species At the Selva Verde Lodge we were walking around the patios when alerted by Marcos we looked up to see a pair of great green macaws These endangered parrots stretch a yard in length THE RAIN FOREST Two nearby locations invited more intense birding Braulio Carrillo National Park and La Selva Biological Station Leaving at 4 30 a m from the lodge we arrived at the park s Quebrada Ranger Station before 7 a m just as a downpour began Two hours later although it was still raining Marcos took us in for a hike This is a rain forest after all and all of us were decked out in rain gear The foliage was soaked and dense

    Original URL path: http://www.ticonet.co.cr/costa-rica/readings/061105.html (2015-06-03)
    Open archived version from archive

  • Why Costa Rica is the IT hub - Central America
    economical and political stability that have generated a more stable and attractive investment environment Within this context HP expanded its local operations with the launch of a new global service center in August offering business outsourcing process services particularly in the area of payments finances accountability and other IT services This is the second facility of its kind in Costa Rica and the company plans to build up staff to over 5 000 by end 2008 HP Costa Rica country manager Cesar Trujillo agrees that social political and economical stability have been key to Costa Rica achieving its current role in the IT market He also sees talent in the country with very well trained people and bilingual capabilities as an important element Costa Rica is gaining a preponderant role in IT and services globally Several companies are seeing the same qualities and when so many investments are concentrated Costa Rica emerges as the IT hub it is today Trujillo told BNamericas The availability of human resources highly qualified in IT has also been one of the reasons IT firms are selecting Costa Rica as their headquarters for Central America According to Mora nearly 60 of all local universities offer degrees related to IT Besides the government also included English as a mandatory language at schools and that is generating a high number of students with a reasonable knowledge of the English language which is a basic need in this service industry Mora said The IDC study showed the number of people employed in IT companies increased 5 2 between 2000 and 2005 to reach a staff of 13 798 people The growth expected for 2005 2009 is around 2 8 Hewlett Packard has over 8 000 employees in Latin America of which approximately 3 000 are located in Costa Rica Costa Rica is for us an important pillar in our growth strategy From here we are very well positioned to be the number one player in Latin America HP s managing director for Latin America and the Caribbean Rui da Costa told BNamericas And the sector keeps growing with the announcement of 12 US companies opening offices in CCosta Rica with total investments of US 10mn and offering 600 jobs Seven of the companies are related to the electronic sector while the remaining five offer IT services and software THE IT SECTOR According to a recent study from international tech consultancy IDC the Costa Rican domestic market is expected to record moderate growth of 4 between 2005 2009 to reach US 261mn From 2000 2005 the local market grew 9 The local IT industry has concentrated on exports that represent nearly one third of the country s total exports and approximately 12 3 of the nation s GDP according to Camtic ICT exports are expected to increase 20 in 2006 compared to 2005 to reach US 2 8bn 2 9bn Camtic s goal is to double exports to reach US 5bn by 2010 Most sales go to the US

    Original URL path: http://www.ticonet.co.cr/costa-rica/readings/060913.html (2015-06-03)
    Open archived version from archive

  • HP to double work force in Costa Rica
    facility in San Jose Costa Rica and thatit plans to nearly double its work force in the country to more than 6 000 employees by 2008 H P said the new facility will handle call center operation and business process payroll financial and accounting services The company said its current Costa Rican operations handle more than 70 000 calls a day The Center there is one of eight used by

    Original URL path: http://www.ticonet.co.cr/costa-rica/readings/060818.html (2015-06-03)
    Open archived version from archive

  • New JW Marriott Hotel Slated For Guanacaste, Costa Rica
    Marriott brand grow in Latin America said Ed Fuller president managing director of international lodging for Marriott International Costa Rica is world class leisure destination especially for ecotourism and attracts a diverse group of visitors Coupled with our JW Marriott s global reputation for unsurpassed relaxed luxury and ambience we are confident this resort will be an instant success Speaking for Real Hotels Resorts Development Director Camilo Bolanos said Our company is extremely excited to be developing this wonderful property with Marriott Our goal is to position it as the preferred choice for the most demanding and savvy leisure travelers interested in visiting the Guanacaste Province of Costa Rica and the JW Marriott is ideal for this purpose The resort s 310 room spacious accommodations will include up to 30 executive level guest rooms and up to 10 stand alone casita units For dining and entertainment the resort will have an all day restaurant featuring terrace seating two specialty restaurants serving lunch and dinner a pool bar and grill a café kiosk and a lobby lounge and bar Recreational amenities will include a 13 500 square foot health club and spa featuring 18 treatment rooms saunas steam rooms a beauty salon a spa shop and a fitness center Water sports activities will include a swimming pool jet skiing diving snorkeling and fishing A kids club will be located near the Spa Golf will be available at an 18 hole golf course and club house included in the overall complex Additionally the resort will have a business center For conferences and social events the JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort Spa will boast more than 5 500 square feet of flexible meeting space Included will be a ballroom offering more than 3 000 square feet and three meeting rooms in varying configurations JW

    Original URL path: http://www.ticonet.co.cr/costa-rica/readings/060817.html (2015-06-03)
    Open archived version from archive

  • For big savings, think small: Costa Rica
    You ll want to hire a guide to help you spot wildlife such as howler monkeys sloths and the legendary blue and green quetzal bird Admission plus guide is 28 per person Other attractions include an insect museum a serpentarium a butterfly enclosure hummingbird feeding grounds suspended bridges that let you stroll above the treetops Scattered about are more than 60 hotels all with 100 rooms or fewer and rarely costing more than 70 or 80 for a standard double The Arenal Volcano next in preference is more accessible from San José than Monteverde three hours on gentler roads Its main lure is the nighttime show put on by the high altitude caldron The volcanic activity has given rise to landscaped hot springs and baths And there s the usual panoply of horseback riding caving canopy tours and trams with the added twists of windsurfing rafting and boating on Lake Arenal In the town down the hill La Fortuna are several blocks of inexpensive lodgings where rents for presentable rooms start at 35 for a double Manuel Antonio is another treat It s Costa Rica s original Pacific Ocean beach town and although the coast farther north in Guanacaste has become better known and increasingly colonized by condos and big resorts I prefer this popular getaway which is a three hour drive from San José It boasts a national park with powdery sands lovely islets and lots of wildlife especially squirrel monkeys resorts that are intimate rather than overbearing and a spectacular setting amid forested hills The surrounding area offers plenty of adventures including rafting and canopy tours The best budget accommodations are in the neighboring town of Quepos And finally the beaches at Limón on the Gulf of Mexico don t get nearly the attention the Pacific side does

    Original URL path: http://www.ticonet.co.cr/costa-rica/readings/060813.html (2015-06-03)
    Open archived version from archive

  • Explore the Natural Wonders of Costa Rica By Ship Aboard msy Wind Star
    Caldera the ship first sails north to its only stop outside of Costa Rica San Juan del Sur Nicaragua A tranquil fishing village with white sand beaches invites guests to swim and relax in the sun Shore excursions visit the important colonial city of Granada Masaya Volcano and an Indian craft market In Playas del Coco the horse shoe shaped bay is popular for scuba diving fishing and sailing Shore excursions take guests on a float down the Corobici River or soaring through the treetops on a zip line tour through the rainforest A day in Quepos a former banana exporting town brings a myriad of adventures within reach Guests may choose a nature walk and swim in famous Manuel Antonio National Park a dense rain forest that opens up onto white sand beaches Monkeys and other animals thrive in the park Another excursion explores the intricate ecosystem of the mangroves with monkeys spoonbills and a variety of other birds living in the upper canopy Other adventures available out of Quepos include horseback riding in the rainforest a rainforest exploration via an all terrain vehicle deep sea fishing or a private cooking class at a nearby ranch and private reserve Marenco located on Drake Bay is the southernmost port on the itinerary It s proximity to Corcovado National Park known for its biological diversity allows Windstar guests plenty of time to explore the 500 hectare reserve composed of mountains cloud forest pristine beaches and rushing rivers Organized shore excursions include a guided hike through the park beach horseback riding and an excursion to Isla del Caño for snorkeling and exploration Anchored off the Curu Reserve on the Nicoya Peninsula guests are tendered ashore to explore the wildlife refuge home to 220 species of birds capuchin spider white face and squirrel monkeys three toed sloths coati and anteaters Guests may elect to join a tour with an expert naturalist for a peaceful walk along the trails In the afternoon the ship sails to Tortuga Island for a beach picnic and complimentary water sports activities including sailing snorkeling kayaking water skiing ski tubing and wind surfing Complimentary water sports are a highlight of the ship which has an aft water sports platform that lowers into the water for swimming and water sports activities After a full day of adventure guests will appreciate Windstar s atmosphere of casual elegance Guests are free to relax in comfort aboard their own private yacht no ties jackets or cocktail dresses required Windstar s elegant motor sailing yachts have recently received a multi million dollar investment in luxury amenities including new Signature Cuisine menus by acclaimed Chef Joachim Splichal of L A s Patina Group Other amenities include new luxury mattresses and linens flatscreen TVs bath amenities by L Occitane Apple iPod Nanos and hammocks built for two on deck The Wind Star sails in Costa Rica from December through March Fares start at 1 749 per person based on double occupancy About Windstar Cruises Seattle based

    Original URL path: http://www.ticonet.co.cr/costa-rica/readings/060801.html (2015-06-03)
    Open archived version from archive