No. 21  April 2015

On April 22nd of 2015, on the International Earth Day, Ocotea Tours & Transfers will participate in the 2015 Monteverde Summit: Progress towards a more sustainable region

The objective of this activity is to know and share the achievements and challenges that have emerged in the social, environmental and economic spheres of sustainability in the Community of Monteverde.

Learn more about the main results on upcoming newsletters.
Farmer's Market Tour

In relation to the International Day of Mother Earth (april 22nd), we invite you this and every Saturday to our Farmer's Market Tour where you can buy high quality products at affordable prices, and also learn and enjoy about the culture and gastronomy while sharing with the neighbors, and local farmers and artisans.
Birdwatching Tour
You are all invited to Monteverde to see one of its greatest beauties: its birds. Are you ready?
Hanging Bridges Tour
Are you looking for some FRESH AIR or maybe some PEACE OF MIND and HARMONY? If so, a walk through the clouds right for you.

CST logo

Ocotea Tours & Transfers is proud to inform that on May 28th 2015, there will be the first Sustainability Induction for tourist guides, drivers and the rest of the personnel working with the company.

During this activity, important issues will be discussed such as: the Guide and Driver Handbook, Climate Change and its relation to tourism, the importance of proper recycling, and the celebration of the seventh anniversary of the company.

Follow our efforts into obtaining this important certification in upcoming newsletters.

OCOTEA TOURS & TRANSFERS is aware of the importance of the the presence of fire extinguishers in the workplace. For this reason, proper training was given to its employees on how to correctly recharge, maintain and use an extinguisher in order to prevent fatal and non-fatal fire accidents.

Battle of Rivas - April 11th 1856

After losing the Battle of Santa Rosa on March 20th 1856, the filibusters led by William Walker, went to the city of Rivas, Nicaragua. They took over the 'Meson', a strategic point where they wanted to ambush the Costa Rican army and take them prisoners together with president Mora.

What happened on April 11th 1856?

On this day, the army of Costa Rica and the filibusters faced each other for the second time, with a possitive result for the Costa Rican army.

History points alajuelense Juan Santamar?a, known as tamborcillo and who was part of the Costa Rican army, as responsible for burning the 'Meson', that finally made the filibusters flee the place.

Once the battle was over, the Costa Rican soldiers returned home due to the cholera epidemic that killed many people.

With support of the British, the Costa Rican army took control of the San Juan River towards the end of December, and this prevented the filibusters from receiving any reinforcements. In May of 1860 William Walker died in Trujillo, Honduras.

As results of the Battles of Santa Rosa and Rivas, the country suffered great economic and human losses, but freedom, peace and sovereignty remained intact.

Sources of information:
Direcci?n General del Archivo Nacional, Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud (s.f.). Batalla de Rivas 11 de abril de 1856. Recuperado de:
Molina, I. y S. Palmer (1961). Historia de Costa Rica: Breve, actualizada y con ilustraciones. Segunda Edici?n (2011). Editorial Costa Rica. San Jos?, Costa Rica.

On April 19th, 1971, the President of Costa Rica and the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports declared a 'Costa Rican Aboriginal Day' by Executive Decree No. 1803-C.

We invite you to celebrate this day, and to rescue and defend the legacy of our ancestors, reflecting on the conditions of the indigenous people and how they are treated in Costa Rica today.
International Earth Day - April 22nd

We celebrate the International Day of Mother Earth recognicing the importance of its ecosystems for our lives and appreciating the uniqueness of our planet with its incredible biodiversity.

We take this day to reaffirm our commitment to promote harmony with nature and the Earth to achieve a balance between economic, social and environmental needs of present and future generations.

We invite you to commit to taking actions to transform our cities and sustainable future.

Schedule for Route 606 Guacimal - Santa Elena

We share the new schedule available for Route 606 Guacimal - Santa Elena.  Please take note of this when planning your itinerary and to avoid any drawbacks.

 The 'three-wattled bellbirds' are HERE!

We invite you to enjoy the Bellbird season in Monteverde and to watch them in the forest and listen to their unique and beautiful singing.

Fun fact: just like the inhabitants of a region can be recognized by their particular accent, the Bellbird (Procnias tricarunculatus) also changes his song depending on the area where it lives. After many years of studying, now it is possible to distinguish between at least three "dialects": one of Talamanca, another of Monteverde and of Nicaragua.

See you soon!
Grand Cloud Forest Race - VII Edition - May 17th

As a sponsor, Ocotea Tours & Transfers is pleased to invite you to a new edition of the Grand Cloud Forest Race this Sunday May 17th.  For more information visit   Asociaci?n Carrera Bosque Nuboso
XI Latin American Congress of Private Reserves 
November 8-14

The Costa Rican Network of Natural Reserves (Red Costarricense de Reservas Naturales), invites you to participate in the XI Latin American Congress of Private Reserves, which will be held from November 08th to November 14th.


This itinerant Congress will visit San Jos? (the capital of Costa Rica), Sarapiqu? (northern plains, tropical rainforest), will pass through La Fortuna (Arenal Volcano), Monteverde (cloud forest and continental divide) and Punta Leona (Central Pacific Forest transition between tropical dry forests of northwestern and southern rainforests, and white sand beaches with waters ranging between 26?C and 28?C).