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!
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.
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.
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: email@example.com Website: www.asepaleco.com
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!
The 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!
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.
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.
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!
The Iacono Family
Lenny, Patricia, Syska, Moraya, and Emma
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.
During a Costa Rica vacation, many visitors are not sure of what to do. The small Latin American country offers so much to go out and do that you might become overwhelmed. One very popular and relaxing activity is bird watching. With more than 840 species of birds, you could spend a whole year devoted to this activity.
Costa Rica only contains 0.1% of the world’s landmass. It is a very small country. However, 5% of the world’s biodiversity is located here. Also, much of the land in the country is made up of national parks and protected areas. This means that there are numerous areas to view many of the different bird species.
Well-known Costa Rican bird species:
• Scarlet macaw
• Keel-billed toucan
• Three-wattled bellbird
• Resplendent quetzal
• Bare-necked umbrella bird
Not only can you explore the jungle to watch birds on your own, but you can also take part in a tour. There are numerous bird watching tours across the country. There are six distinct ornithological regions within Costa Rica. The regions vary across the country, ranging from sea level to the mountains.
Bird watching regions:
• Littoral of the Caribbean
• North Pacific
• South Pacific
• Central Valley
With all of the regions to explore, you could spend your whole stay bird watching. Bird species will vary with the season, but since the area is sub-tropical, you will still see most species year round in many areas. Plan your stay in an area close to where you would prefer to bird watch. This will make it easier to get on with one of the tours.
When you travel to Costa Rica, you travel prepared to see some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world. You likely make plans that will immerse you in the natural surroundings and the local activities. You may not realize it – but you are participating in ecotourism in Costa Rica.
Ecotourism is, essentially, tourism that is centered on the preservation and conservation of natural surroundings. In Costa Rica, this means that activities and resorts are a part of the surroundings. Rather than intrude upon the beautiful, natural habitat of the native creatures, towns and cities do their best to blend in with the environment, and to leave a small footprint.
Ecotourism is what keeps Costa Rica thriving. People flock here from all over the world to experience some of the magic of our untouched environment. From the jungles to the beaches, Costa Rica is a protected environment meant to preserve its natural beauty. You, as a tourist, can still enjoy all of the activities that Costa Rica has to offer – you just get the privilege of enjoying them the way nature intended.
As you plan your visit to Costa Rica, be sure to keep the Ylang Ylang resort in mind when thinking about accommodations. Here, you will be surrounded by nature and all of its wonder, as our resort was designed to be unobtrusive in the environment. With nature preserves surrounding our resort, Montezuma only minutes away, and the beach literally a stone’s throw from the resort grounds, there is no better way to support ecotourism while you have an amazing vacation.