Thinking of the destination for your next vacation? How about Costa Rica? Of course, few countries have so much to offer, especially when it comes to nature. And it is not to be forgotten that Costa Rica was one of the first destinations to bet heavily on ecotourism and the development of natural resources in a sustainable way. For this reason, among the main attractions of the country are the biodiversity and the rich landscape, volcanoes, beaches and the wide range of sports and adventure activities.
As we have just mentioned, one of the best things you can do in Costa Rica is enjoy its natural surroundings. Although the possibilities are numerous, today we want to tell you about one of the most surprising corners of the country: the Island del Coco. Do you want to join us? We assure you that you will not regret it!
An "uninhabited" island
Located in the Pacific Ocean, the Isla del Coco National Park is uninhabited, although it is true that rangers, researchers and biologists can be found here 24 hours a day, every day of the year. In fact, it seems that since 2006 electoral tables have been installed on the island for the presidential elections in Costa Rica. Located 650 kilometers from Saint Joseph, Coco Island has an extension of 73,100 hectares and has lush green vegetation.
A perfectly preserved environment
The Island, which was discovered in 1526 by the Spanish navigator Juan Cabezas, is known throughout the world for the great diversity of wildlife and marine life that can be found here. In addition it also highlights its abundant drinking water. This good conservation of the environment has been possible thanks to the fact that the island has been kept away from civilization during all this time, in addition to the effort that the Costa Rican government has made to use natural resources in a sustainable way. For this reason, the island was declared a Natural Heritage Site of Humanity by UNESCO in 1967.
Flora and fauna
As we have mentioned before, many scientists travel to this island to investigate it in depth. During the time they have been investigating, they have been able to identify a lot of species of animals, some of them endemic. Thus, on Isla el Coco you can find birds, reptiles, insects, crustaceans, molluscs, fish, corals, pigs and deer, the latter two introduced by pirates, who from the 17th to 19th centuries used this island territory to hide their treasures . In fact, some believe that some are still buried in the sand. Among the most numerous animals are sharks. Regarding vegetation, large trees, ferns and bromeliads predominate. On the other hand, it must be taken into account that the entire island is surrounded by cliffs, some of which reach 183 meters high. In addition, there are numerous caves under the sea.
As we have told you before, many believe that on the Isla del Coco there are still buried treasures hidden by the buccaneers during the centuries when piracy was one of the greatest threats to society. But do not think they are legends, but serious investigations are taking place. Some voices assure, even, that in this Pacific island there is an image of the Virgin Mary of solid gold that measures about 3 meters, in addition to apostles of the same material, although smaller. The price of these pieces on the market would be one trillion dollars. Then we leave you with our Gallery, where you will find more images of Cocos Island
There's buried TREASURE here! | Isla del Coco Adventure IV | EP53 (June 2020)