Horseback Riding Costa Rica

Here in Montezuma there are a number of different horseback riding tours offered. One of the most enjoyable is the horseback tour to the Cocalito waterfalls. The tour guide will arrive at Ylang Ylang with your horse so that you can leave right from the front of the resort. From Ylang Ylang the tour will take you along beaches and through jungles to eventually arrive at the waterfall, Cocalito. This waterfall is one of 7 in the world that drops into the ocean. At the waterfall you will be given the opportunity to take a swim, explore, or just get your feet wet. Enjoy the ride back to Ylang Ylang and horseback riding Costa Rica! Horseback Riding in Costa Rica river rocks

Horseback Riding in Costa Rica

Horseback riding in Costa Rica is exciting adventure. The tour takes you along the beach and through the jungle and ends at the small waterfall of El Chorro. One of 7 waterfalls in the world that drops into the ocean. Explore the river, jungle and beaches on horseback. The experienced guide will take you up and down hills and beaches, until you arrive at the waterfall, where you will be given time to take a swim or explore the area. river rocks Horseback Riding in Costa Rica Horseback Riding in Costa Rica Cocalito Waterfall

Wildlife in Costa Rica

The wildlife in Costa Rica is abundant. Right here on our property at Ylang Ylang, there is so much wildlife to be seen. It’s common to see many iguanas, lizards, agoutis, birds, white faced monkeys, and howler monkeys roaming around the hotel. We try to keep Ylang Ylang as natural as possible so that the animals can continue to make it their home as well. We love having the natural wonder of animal life here at Ylang Ylang and our guests do too!

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Flora and Fauna in Costa Rica

While you can’t miss the monkeys and iguanas around Ylang Ylang, there are quite a few smaller creatures and natural beauty to find! The Ylang Ylang property has been beautifully gardened and maintained. The flora and fauna in Costa Rica in full bloom is breathtaking. During this time of year, when there has been some rain, everything seems to come to life. The trees are more green and the flowers more vibrant. Take a walk to our gardens to see what you discover! Check out more in our photo gallery and wildlife around Ylang Ylang. nature in montezuma wildlife in montezuma flor blanca costa rica flor costa rica nature in costa rica

 

Reserva Karen Mogensen

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Patricia Slump (one of the program leaders and owner of Ylang Ylang Beach Resort and El Sano Banano) planting trees with students in the Karen Mogensen Reserve.

This past weekend, Ylang Ylang Beach Resort and El Sano Banano Village Hotel and Restaurant sponsored two groups of local high school students to go to the Reserva Karen Mogensen for an educational program on nature conservation. The two groups of students came separately for two, one night stays at the reserve. The first group was 25 students and 3 teachers from the Colegio Cobano and Paquera. The second group was 26 students and 4 teachers from Colgeio Jicaral. Also, there were two additional volunteers, making for a total of 60 participants in the program. They planted trees on the endangered species list, listened to lectures, had discussions, and created materials to take back to their classrooms and homes.

 

The students participated in lectures about the importance of our forests and the benefits they have for us and wildlife. They also learned of the great damage that can come of us destroying our forests. They learned about the founders of the National park system in Costa Rica, Karen Mogensen, Nicolas Wessberg, Mario Boza and Alvaro Ugalde who were pioneers in conserving Costa Rica’s forests.

 

The students also spent a good deal of time working in small groups and discussing ways in which they can make a difference in their own communities. They brainstormed a number of ideas that they can implement at home and in their schools. They were each given a wildlife guide to take home with them and used them throughout the program to identify animals. Over the course of both programs, the students assisted in planting 1,000 young endangered trees in the reserve.

 

The program was fun, educational, and hard work, thanks to a number of people who helped make the program happen. Wildlife guides were donated to each student by Rainforest Publications. The bus transportation to and from the reserve was donated by Transportes Cobano. Lectures and programs were designed by Patricia Slump and Luis Mena. The owners of Ylang Ylang Beach Resort and El Sano Banano Village Hotel, Lenny Iacono and Patricia Slump generously donated their time, knowledge, and financed this program.

 

Forest conservation in incredibly important in Costa Rica and we hope that by teaching and instilling these values in Costa Rica’s young people, we can continue to preserve our beautiful country.

Pictured below are the students planting trees in the reserve and learning from their wildlife guides.

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Students looking over their wildlife guides to identify animals.

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Students working in small groups to discuss local wildlife and conservation.

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High school students at the Karen Mogensen Reserve planting trees.

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High school students planting trees in the Karen Mogensen Reserve.

Reservations and more information about the reserve:

Reserva Karen Mogensen

P.O. BOX: 25-5353, Jicaral,  Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Telephone: (506) 26-50-06-07  Fax: (506) 26-50-02-01

E-mail: asepalec@racsa.co.cr  Website: www.asepaleco.com

Curu Wildlife Refuge

The Curu Wildlife Refuge is a 4 hour tour with a naturalist, bilingual tour guide. He will take you on a tour through the park, pointing out wildlife and tropical vegetation. You will likely spot a number of different animals including monkeys, lizards, and iguanas. This four hour tour will take you through the refuge and along it’s white sand beaches and calm blue waters. This tour gives you a great opportunity to immerse yourself in the natural environment of Costa Rica. Check out some photos of wildlife taken from the Curu Wildlife Refuge and then go see it for yourself! monkey in costa ricaresortwildlife17howler monkey costa rica

Garden Tour in Montezuma

costa rica jungleThe Ylang Ylang property has some incredibly gorgeous gardens. One of the owners, Patricia, has spent many years creating these beautiful gardens. Once a week, Patricia offers a free garden tour in Montezuma to our guests. She walks them around the property, pointing out different trees, plants and flowers and gives them a brief history of this property and Ylang Ylang. She also brings along some fruit samples that grow on our trees. This is a fun way to get to know Patricia and the history of Ylang Ylang!

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Ylang Ylang Beach Resort Green Energy

Ylang Ylang Beach Resort is always looking for new ways to conserve energy and be as efficient as possible. We are excited to be a part of ecotourism in Costa Rica. We have added solar panels that produce up to 16,000 watts of peak energy when the sun shines brightly. The solar panels are all located on the property in a large sunny solar garden in the jungle. We hope to get more solar panels in the future.

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Additionally, we are installing Solar Hot Water heating units and use a system to heat water by using the air conditioning. We have also changed many of our light bulbs to LED’s and continue to gradually phase out energy wasting devices. We hope to increase our efforts and use more green energy wherever possible.

Happy New Year!

New Year's Eve Party 2013/2014

We had a wonderful year here in tropical paradise. We opened for the season on November 1, 2014 and are off to a great start. We had a record breaking New Year’s Eve celebration at our beach hotel in Costa Rica! With 171 guests, we had the largest event Ylang Ylang has ever seen! The celebration included an all you can eat gourmet buffet with vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options, Latin band, fire dancing performance and fireworks at midnight. It was a big hit!

As we look forward to 2015, we recognize the importance of maintaining a healthy and relaxing atmosphere for our guests, reducing our environmental impact through ecotourism in Costa Rica, using organic and local foods whenever possible and continuing our vision for peace and harmony. As a family run business we are always looking for ways to improve and we welcome your feedback. We are looking forward to 2015 and hope to see you back here soon!

Sincerely,

The Iacono Family

Lenny, Patricia, Syska, Moraya, and Emma

The Rainforest of Costa Rica

Eco-tourists love Costa Rica for all the untouched land located in the small country. While on their Costa Rica vacation, the rainforest always sits high on the list of places to visit. It is one of the few rainforests on Earth that is not in danger. This is due in part to the Costa Rican government creating preserves to keep plant and animal life safe from humans pushing into the lush forests.

 

The rainforest is located in the central part of the country, but it also touches both coasts in some areas. The biodiversity in this area is really large. There are thousands of known plant and animal species, and likely many more never seen by human eyes. It is the untouched beauty that drives eco-tourists to this location.

 

Inside the rainforest, it is wet. It rains a good part of the year there. Most areas of the forest floor are free of vegetation due to the lack of sunlight from the lush treetops. Inside of the forest lurk many large and small animals, from the large leopard to the smallest tree frog. Waterfalls and small springs are scattered throughout, just waiting for a small tour’s discovery.

 

In the mountains, the rainforest looks much different. The trees are shrouded by clouds, creating a cloud forest. Within this area, tree branches are not bare. Moss, lichens, and plants grow among the trees, high in the air.

 

When visiting Costa Rica, consider taking one of the many tours into the rainforest. Many tours offer horseback rides deep into the forest near Arenal, where you can see the eruptions late at night.

 

For more information about visiting Costa Rica, contact us at the Ylang Ylang Beach Resort.