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
The journey from Quito to Otavalo is interesting not only because you “EN masse” to buy Souvenirs for all his family and friends — because it was in this Indian town is a huge market of decorative and craft products, is well known throughout Latin America.
Otavalo is interesting not only for the market! Here it is possible to see how South American Indians could “be built” in modern civilization and take its fruits, however, not lost their cultural identity and not become a tourist attraction.
In addition around Otavalo there are lots of scenic natural attractions: this is a eucalyptus forest and a light disposed therein Peguche waterfalls, and high mountain “black” lake Mojanda, and a beautiful volcano Imbabura, at the foot of which a lake, this time a normal blue but with shipping and lots of trout. It (the trout) is served here in the coastal restaurants.
Who likes hand-made, unusual clothes and interior items, that will be interesting to visit “wooden” the village of San Antonio or “leather” the village of Cotacachi, next to which is a very interesting Continue reading
Finland is located in Northern Europe and has all conditions for comfortable rest of tourists. At any time of the year, in this Northern country attracts many visitors to enjoy all the pleasures of leisure. Finland is always glad to guests, as is able to surprise and delight with its picturesque lakes.
The world famous lakes of Finland are very popular with tourists in the summer. In total there are about 190 thousand lakes and they all have crystal clear water. To see these scenic spots once and they will remain in your heart forever. There is an opinion that the knowledge of the beauty of this country is impossible if you have not visited its lakes. Particularly popular among Russians and tourists from around the world are of lake Saimaa and Päijänne.
Finnish lake Saimaa or lake-labyrinth, as it is called is one of the largest in the country, located in the South-East. On the territory of the lake is about 13 thousand Islands. There are all conditions for recreation and many cottages, villas and houses located on the shore of the lake that you can rent. Also, there are many options for accommodation in the countryside near the pond. The lake offers the most diverse outdoor activities. Here you can fish, go trekking or ride a boat on the scenic lake. To the shore of lake Saimaa can be reached by public transport or car, which can be safely left in many Continue reading