Costa Rica Alive by Bruce Morris

By Bruce Morris

Tico tradition, salsa tune, conventional ideals, special fauna and a gorgeous panorama are only a few of Costa Rica's points of interest. This diversified kingdom is now one of many most sensible locations of eco-travelers, let alone a scorching spot for retiring North americans. Costa Rica Alive! explores it from top-to-toe - mountains, seashores, towns, villages, preserves and extra.

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Such domestic situations are eagerly sought and are the subject of fierce fighting between rival males. For other species, such as pallid garden spiders, the “kamikaze” male is only able to mate once positioned in the female’s fangs – and always dies in her embrace. The most conspicuous of all cricket songs is the socalled “calling song,” used by males to attract a mate. Some are audible for over a mile. After the female arrives, the male then begins the courtship or love song, a quiet serenade that induces her to mate.

Monkeys are still hunted for food in some areas, but in many places they are not terribly shy of humans and often come within a few yards. Monkeys can be a problem for farmers and suburban homeowners, who wish they would stay out of their gardens as they tend to raid papaya and banana trees. Some lodges have problems with monkeys helping themselves to the breakfast buffet if the dining room is left unattended. Sloths Sloths move incredibly slowly and can spend days without moving perceptibly at all.

Sunset is between 5:15 and 5:45. It’s usually pitch-black by 6. 44 p Getting Ready Some schools offer home stays with local families and intensive “deep immersion” programs. Although any amount of language study is beneficial, it takes a few months of intensive study and daily use to become reasonably fluent. Ticos have an amusing habit of “pointing” with their lips – try doing it yourself. Even if you can take only a half-day of instruction, you will benefit from what you learn. Ticos respond with enthusiasm to anyone who tries, even on the most basic level.

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