7 Wonders Cities – Part 1 of 8

Bernard Weber, who gave us the “seven wonders of the world,” a project that had a global success in 2007. Now he is coming back with a new project presented in December via the 7 Wonders Cities of the World via the  “New Seven Wonders Foundation”.
Initially, more than 1,200 cities and over 220 States have applied. Then, 300 were shortlisted and 77 were selected then 28 are designated semifinalists and 14 finalists. The selected cities attract attention by their diversity, remarkable regional geography and urban culture.
Not less than one hundred million votes have contributed to the designation of the finlist  – what can be considered as a true global democratic success!
Here is our series of the 7 Wonders cities a series of eight posts, the first will present the 7 cities.

beyrouth

Beyrouth (Libanon)

doha-qatar

Doha (Qatar)

 

Durban

Durban (South africa)

laHavane

Havana (Cuba)

Kuala-Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur (Malaisia)

LaPaz

La Paz (Bolivia)

Calle Crisologo, the main street in the Historic Town of Vigan, Philippines

Vigan (Philippines)

Costa Rica wildlife parks – Part 2

More than 25% of Costa Rica’s terrain is contained in national park, reserves, and refuges, protecting the country’s diverse wildlife and preserving the nation’s ecological heritage. Currently, 25 national parks, 58 wildlife refuges, 15 wetlands & mangrove reserves, 11 forest reserves, 8 biological reserves, and other protected areas comprise 161 total parks and 3,223,010 acres (1,304,306 hectares). here is the most visited park.


 

manuel_antonio_punta_catedralManuel Antonio National Park

Established in 1972, Manuel Antonio is one of the most visited national parks in Costa Rica due to its incredible wildlife viewing and pristine white sand beaches. Here, the rainforest meets the ocean–something one must see in person to truly appreciate.

 


Arenal-VolcanoArenal Volcano National Park

The Arenal National Park is on every tourist’s must list and while its perfect cone is sometimes hidden away under the clouds, no one ever leaves this area disappointed, quite the opposite. The park protects sixteen reserves that are located between the Tilaran and the Guanacaste mountain ranges. The Arenal Volcano is said to be one of the most active volcanoes of the world.


 

corcovado-national-parkCorcovado National Park

Corcovado is a true wonder of the world, a magical place in the southern part of the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, in the Osa Peninsula. It was declared by National Geographic to be one of the most biologically diverse places on Earth.

 


 

Sea turtle in Tortuguero National Park, Costa RicaTortuguero National Park

Located in the northeastern region of Costa Rica, Tortuguero National Park is the third most popular park in the country. This park is part of the larger Tortuguero Conservation Area whose aim is to protect endangered species in the region.

 


CararaCarara National Park

Carara National Park sits near the Costa Rican Pacific coast, in the Central Pacific Conservation Area. Carara lies just about 30 miles west (about an hour) of San José and is home to one of the largest populations of wild Scarlet.

 


 

Poas Volcano, Costa Rica, Central America

Poas Volcano is a stratovolcano in Costa Rica. Very active, he has known at least 39 eruptive episodes since 1828. It is currently experiencing moderate activity. Located 37 km northwest of the capital San José, this volcano culminates at 2,708 m altitude. It is integrated into the Poas Volcano National Park. Its main crater hosts an acidic lake which regularly produces toxic sulphurous steams. It presents several eroded calderas, volcanic cones and three craters aligned, which contain crater lakes. The main crater is about two kilometers in diameter and is 300 metres deep. The green waters of the lake that occupies the bottom (Laguna Caliente) are highly acidic sulfur and hot (up to 85 ° C). You can also see the fumaroles of sulphide in the internal slopes of the crater. On the other hand, the other crater has had its last eruption there are 7,500 years. It is called Botos and its lake has cold water (Laguna Botos) which is connected with the river Angel. Until the volcano became a national park, people went there to fill glass bottles with acidic water from the crater, and they sold it in pharmacies to relieve muscle aches and also to put it in the hole of a cavity to cause the tooth to fall or it was also used to burn the warts, and to treat wounds.

Tips

The Poas is very often covered by clouds so before going there, ask for the weather conditions. And of course, you must be at the gate at the opening (8 h 00) because the clouds come down quickly.
It is almost 1 hour from San José and its access is easy. If you go by car, the parking is near the crater and you must walk a hundreds meters through a paved driveway.
Another option is to take a half-day trip from San José. There is a regular bus to get there. The ticket costs nearly nothing and the entrance to the park is approximately $10.00.
If the weather is good, take a walk to the Botos Lake and its forest of altitude at 2,400 metres, it’s worth it.