Funny quiz: Test your knowledge about our creepy crawlers!

Costa Rica was the first country to realize the value of its biodiversity for the planet, and its economy has been converted into a green economy, promoting eco-tourism. As such, the butterfly garden of Monteverde aims at educating the public about the fascinating world of insects before admiring butterflies in four different gardens representing different climates.

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Photo of the day: leafcutter ants

Leafcutter ants are endemic to South and Central America, and are ever-present in nature there. There is not only one type of leafcutter ants, but Keep reading

Photo of the day: the smiling parrotfish in Glover’s reef, Belize

In a constant movement, I slowly kick my fins up and down. I breath regularly through my snorkel and with my hands on my back and face down, pretend that I am flying. I observe a wide variety of coral reef, passing by underneath me as I slowly proceed through the warm and clear tropical waters of the Carribean sea in the Marine protected area of Glover’s reef.

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Photo of the day: colourful hummingbird taking a break

You can hear them hovering past your ear, maneuvering acrobatically  into all directions and when you spot them they are already on the next flower: the hummingbird is one of a kind.

All over Central America these beautiful birds can be seen, feeding themselves on the nectar of flowers with their characteristic long beak and tongue. Close to the entrance of the Monte Verde cloud forest of Costa Rica, one can observe these colibris more closely in the hummingbird garden.

 

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Photo of the day: a pelican at sunset, Caye Caulker, Belize

Go slow“, is the common way to go on Caye Caulker, the Belizean island in the Caribbean Sea. And this is also valid for the pelican residents! Keep reading

Pic of the day: Corn tortilla making

It is still dark and Deyanira is already cooking the first tortillas of the day: they are an important part of the daily diet in Central America and must be ready by breakfast. She started by curing corn in limewater to easily peel off the skin of the corn kernels she will later feed her chickens with. By the time I woke up, Keep reading

Photo of the day: Belize City

Belize city, the former capital of Central America’s youngest nation (1981), has been destroyed by too many hurricanes. The mountains now host the new capital, Belmopan. Today,  Keep reading

Photo of the day: Hovering hummingbird

Hummingbird are among the smallest birds, only about 7 cm tall, this hummingbird is hovering to feed itself on a flower in the jungle of Belize. They are so incredibly fast (as fast as 50km/h!) and so small that they are  Keep reading

Jumping the underground waterfalls of Belize

“Step out slowly, step out slowly, step out slowly!”. The voice of Pedro, one of our guides for the day gets louder to reach an almost screaming order. While I was stepping cautiously on an anthill to observe the leaf carriers, I pointed out to him a small snake coiled on the hill, about half a meter from my foot. As I am backing off, apparently too slowly, Keep reading