The current living pace is frantic, speckled with status updates, chats, and tweets. Occasions that let us completely break away from this whirlwind are to be cherished, especially while on travel." Alonso Bermudez, Hotel Punta Islita's General Manager
(PRWEB) September 13, 2010
The months of September, October, and early November bring about a fascinating yearly ritual when female sea turtles swim along hundreds of kilometers to return to the Costa Rican beaches that once saw them head out to the ocean as hatchlings. Hotel Punta Islita celebrates this 150 million year event with a special Costa Rica travel offer that includes a guided evening turtle-watching adventure in nearby Camaronal Wildlife Refuge.
Globally endangered sea turtles are the quiet heroes of marine and beach environments. Some species are sea grass grazers (like manatees), helping to optimize the living habitats of key food chain populations. Egg laying and hatching on the beach provide essential nutrients for the sand dune vegetation that helps prevent erosion. These functions, essential to the health of coastal ecosystems, have prompted aggressive conservation and recovery efforts. Hotel Punta Islita in Costa Rica has fully supported such initiatives as led by the Camaronal Foundation. Thanks to these efforts, Leatherbacks, Kemp Ridley, Green, Hawksbill, and Black turtles have once again returned in robust numbers.
A guided nighttime adventure lets travelers observe the entire egg-laying ritual, from the moment a specimen is spotted reaching the shore. Graceful and acrobatic in the water, their girth transforms sea-turtles once on land. Impossibly slow, but determined, they carry their massive weight (up to 700 pounds) to find the perfect nesting spot. The heavy sound of dragged friction gives credence to their effort! Muscular hind flippers dig the nest by gently wiping away the sand in a process akin to a Tai-Chi session. After positioning themselves over the hole, the egg-laying process begins. Between 50 and 200 eggs are usually deposited. Perfectly round and white, they glisten in the Costa Rican night like moist ping-pong balls. Once the last egg drops, the Tai-Chi resumes, this time to carefully refill the nest with sand, tapping and sculpting the upper layer to hopefully disguise the site from poachers and predators. Finally, the sea turtle retraces its steps, slowly returning to the surf line and completing a uniquely peaceful and mesmerizing ritual.
"The current living pace is fast and frantic, speckled with status updates, pings, chat sessions, and tweets. Occasions that let us completely break away from this unrelenting whirlwind are to be cherished, especially while on travel in Costa Rica", says Alonso Bermudez, Hotel Punta Islita's General Manager. I have seen the most rambunctious children, the most jaded teens, and the most business-minded adults be transformed, in quiet broad smiles that recognize just witnessing something primal and special. Perhaps every spectator will eventually tweet or post about the experience, but they will have enjoyed a few hours of undisturbed connection with Mother Nature. Hopefully, their musings will also help to raise awareness to foster the protection and recovery of global sea turtle populations."
Hotel Punta Islita's Turtle Time special package lets travelers live this magical event in one of Costa Rica's most secluded beaches. Starting at only $89 per person, per night, this travel package includes lodging, daily breakfast, a guided cultural tour, and a sea turtle expedition. Minimum occupancy rules apply. For more details, please contact: reserve(at)hotelpuntaislita(dot)com.
Hotel Punta Islita is an upscale beachfront destination set along the open ocean coastline of Guanacaste, Costa Rica. It is ideal for savvy travelers who seek impressive natural landscapes, friendship-based hospitality, cultural authenticity, pampered wellness, and thrilling eco-adventures.
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