In 1502 Christopher Columbus, during the fourth voyage to America, was forced to take refuge from a heavy storm in the Bay, where there were further large Costa Rican port of Limon.
Here a Caravel, the Explorer met aborigines Redskins sported lots of gold jewelry.
“For the first two days — written by Columbus to his homeland to Spain, I saw on this earth. more gold than four years in the island of Hispaniola” (Haiti).
New land Columbus gave the name “Costa Rica”, translated from the Spanish “rich coast”.
However, the great Navigator made a mistake. Gold and silver were in Costa Rica not so much. The Indians in their development remained at the level of the stone age. Although we have achieved considerable success in the manufacture of gold ornaments, pottery and stone carving.
Modern Costa Rica
From the North, from Nicaragua South to Panama, Costa Rica crosses the transcontinental highway by car you can travel the country in one day.
Almost all the time the road goes in the mountains. The closer to the South, the mountains become higher. The window flashing snow-capped mountain peaks, steaming cones of volcanoes, deep chasms, waterfalls with a rainbow above them, wild rivers in narrow gorges, and blue volcanic lakes, mountain slopes with lush tropical vegetation.
In the mountains at an altitude from 1000 to 1500 m is located Continue reading
Late spring is the best time for observing birds. For fans to look out for in binoculars rare species of birds we have compiled a list of places where nature can enjoy the amazing bird diversity.
Reserves The UK
In the country that gave the world such unusual Hobbies, such as destinations, bird watching has become a real mania. Millions of Brits, young and old, armed with binoculars, a pocket reference types under the code name “Field keys” and notepads for taking notes, go for the most humane hunt in the world of cameras. The choice of locations for review at the British Isles great: even to check on the most popular sites, you will need more than one week. In Poole harbour in Dorset stop to rest about 30 thousand birds flying from the North in a warm land of Africa, Cape Spurn in Yorkshire is going to more than 15 thousands of albatrosses, petrels and terns, and to discover rare red-eyed wirinom no place is better than the Paradise of the Scilly Isles, lying just off the coast of Cornwall. If you are on an unforgettable journey, add to your list of must-see bird sanctuary at Cape Dungeness, the Scottish valley where winds the river tweed, the magnificent Isle of Skye, a mysterious secluded recess of Wales and a huge marine lake Strangford-Loch, hidden Continue reading
Island of lemurs – Madagascar
A holiday in Madagascar
Located in the Indian ocean off the Southeast coast of Africa, Madagascar is considered the fourth largest largest island in the world (its area 592000 km2).
The island is separated from the mainland by wide Mozambique channel. Madagascar – this is a fragment of the ancient African platform composed of hard metamorphic and crystalline rocks: granite, schist, gneiss, separated by about 165 million years ago from the African continent. Some time a new island was drifting to the East, taking with them a large variety of animal and plant species.
The island nation of Madagascar is a very specific and exotic country in the world. She is one of the poorest in economic terms and one of the richest region of bio diversity. Of the 200,000 species of animals and plants of Madagascar, a 150 000 are found nowhere else in the world (approximately 5 percent of the total species diversity of flora and fauna of our planet). In Madagascar at least 13000 species of plants, of which 80 percent are endemic and 3 500 have medicinal properties. The island has no large mammals, except imported here allowed, but there are various species of small insectivorous animals, reptiles (including crocodiles) and lemurs. Continue reading