Did you know the first inhabitants of Costa Rica date back 10.000 years B.C? And in 1820 Costa Rica exported the first bag of coffee to Chile? You also might be interested to know that the country acquired full democracy when women were given the right to vote with the creation of the 1949 Constitution, and today the country has one of the most honest democratic systems in the world.
Would you be interested in learning these historic facts? When you join us for a Serendipity Adventure our guides and staff members can share this type of information with you. We have received numerous formal courses organized by Serendipity. For example our history course was taught by a University of Costa Rica history professor. Many historical themes were discussed, including the social development of our people, our political decisions and errors, and the effect they have had on our country’s quality of life.
We have all been enthralled in discussions about volcanology. The volcanologists from the Observatory of Volcanic and Seismic Activity of Costa Rica (OVSICORI), were eager to tell us about their visit to the active Turrialba volcano crater just minutes before meeting with Serendipity staff.
While adventuring throughout the numerous Costa Rican volcanoes, you will learn about the formation of these geological giants, the various types of eruptions, the risks of living near a volcano, and much more. For example, did you know that most Costa Rican volcanoes are different from those in Hawaii. This is due to the fact that they originate from tectonic plate activities, and above ground eruptions.
We have also received lectures from meteorologists from the National Institute of Meteorology (IMN) The weather, formation of clouds, hurricanes, basic definitions are reasons why Costa Rica has almost all year round the same temperature. These factors can also explain why Costa Rica is not directly affected by hurricanes like other Central American countries are.
Our courses have taught us fun facts none of us even expected to hear. We learned that the Tapantí National Park experiences the highest level of rainfall through the year, amounting to nearly 7.000 mm. On the other hand, the city of Cartago experiences the least amount of rainfall annually. The remarkable aspect is that these two places are located only a few miles apart from each other. When the meteorologist mentioned this, every participant was surprised, because when the meteorologists asked us about the driest place in Costa Rica, most of us were thinking about one of the locations in the north western province of Guanacaste.
We shared our traditional folklore and grandmothers’ stories of the Costa Rican way of life. It was commonly shared that our grandmothers used to think that an impending storm could prevented by going outside to toss salt over a cross. The amusing part was that many of us used to believe in the seemingly compelling powers of our grandmothers. Now we are a little bit older and wiser to the extensive science explaining the causes and effects of Costa Rican microclimates.
These ongoing and extensive training courses continuously support our company’s central philosophy of maintaining a unique, informative and adventurous experience through the diverse regions of Costa Rica.
Our guides and staff are trained and eager to share experiential learning with each and every guest. We are sure the new information and facts will help them to provide the best service for our clients, and transform any Costa Rica vacation, into an unforgettable learning experience.