To connect with nature.

Today, a third of Costa Rica’s territory is protected to save its flora and fauna, and conserve the country’s natural splendor. In particular, in the tropical dry forest of the province of Guanacaste, where the Flying Crocodile Hotel is located, you can observe majestic trees, magnificent tropical flowers and multiple species of animals during your walks and hikes.

In the park of the hotel

The majestic Guanacaste

The majestic Guanacaste. is the national tree of Costa Rica, also known as the elephant ear tree, due to the etymology of Aztec origin. (Guautil, tree – Nacaztli, ear). Moreover, Guanacaste is also the name of one of the 7 provinces of Costa-Rica,. It is one of the sunniest provinces of Costa Rica.

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Howler Monkeys

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In the tropical park of the Flying Crocodile Hotel, families of howler monkeys move from tree to tree mainly in the morning at sunrise or in the evening At nightfall. Only male howler monkeys sometimes utter powerful howls. According to a recent scientific study, the environment in Which they live, would influence the importance of howls. But it happens to them not to express themselves!

Refuges and National Parks near the hotel

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ASVO Playa Buena Vista Refuge, located a few minutes walk from the hotel provides among other things the protection of sea turtle eggs to increase the hatching rate and thus ensure the protection of the species.

Moreover, depending on the season, you can witness the hatcking and first steps of the baby sea turtles, heading immediately towards the Pacific Ocean.  

 

Ostional National Wildlife Refuge,

38km-1h- near Nosara is accessible with accredited guides. Depending on the season, you can attend the impressive landing- Arribada- of more than 1000 sea turtles who come to lay their eggs on the beach of Ostional.

 

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National Park

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Parc National de Barra Honda,  near Nicoya, 50Km-1h- from the hotel. In the dry tropical forest, this park is filled with arbutus, tempistes, guanacastes, jobos. It also has the huge underground caves in the limestone rock. To have !

Parc national de la Diria , à60 km – 1h30 – from the hotel. This park is little frequented, which allows to see a large number of animals such as anteaters, monkeys …

Species identification

The large Rainforest®  collection identification boards for birds, butterflies, insects, mammals, reptiles, marine animals but also trees, plants, flowers, différents species of orchids and tropical fruit in Costa Rica is searchable at the reception area of the Flying Crocodile Hotel. They allow you to identify the flora and fauna photographed during your getaways and hikes.

In some time, Costa Rica, should be the first country to create a biodiversity library, accessible to all and free, thanks to the work of Janzen, biologist at the University of Pennsylvania, and Hallwachs, a tropical ecologist. In this database, it will be possible to identify, thanks to the barcode of DNA, one million species of Costa Rica like arthropods, fungi, nematodes.

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Discovering Costa Rica

  • 116 volcanoes are located on the volcanic arc of Central America, they are distributed over the Cordilleras of Guanacaste, Tilaran and the Cordillera Central. 5 volcanoes are still active, these are the Arenal, Irazu, Poas, Rincon de la Vieja, Turrialba volcanoes, closely monitored by the Heredia volcanology and sysmological observatory. And, the Rincón de la Vieja, the Poás, and the Irazú have in their crater an acidic lake whose color varies over time according to its chemical composition, passing from gray, to turquoise blue and emerald green.
  • More than 160 protected areas including 27 national parks to ensure the preservation of the country’s natural resources, are managed by the Ministry of Environment and Energy in Costa Rica. Perhaps you will be lucky enough to spot the quetzal, Costa Rica’s emblematic bird.
  • Many suspension bridges, up to more than 60 m in height, allow you to do  an exceptional walk at the top of tropical trees.
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