Newsletter
No. 19  February 2015
The changing climate of Monteverde is part of its charm. If you like the mornings, you will have a dry, windy and sunny weather, but if you prefer the evenings then low temperatures, rain and moist winds will be part of your adventure.
TOURS & SERVICES
Coffee Tour
Enjoy a unique experience and learn about the beautiful culture of coffee on a tour that will take you from the aromas of the coffee flower, the gathering and production of the fruit, to enjoying the "golden bean " world class drink.
 
Hummingbirds are beautiful and extraordinary animals. They can fly backwards, sideways, upwards or simply stay in one place. Now you can see them live and in action in this amazing Reserve.
 
SUSTAINABILITY

Induction Program - Dayanna S�nchez


On January 23rd, 2015, Ocotea Tours & Transfers gave a formal welcome to our colleague Dayana Sanchez through an induction process. This activity was to show her the main aspects of the business and how to maximize the effectiveness of the team, and into achieving our goals.

 

During this activity, various issues related to the daily operation were analyzed, from the history of Monteverde and the company itself, to the strategic elements and services we provide.

 

Additionally, and in order to maximize their implementation, we reviewed the main elements of the company�s Sustainability Plan and the Certification for Sustainable Tourism of the Costa Rican Tourism Board (ICT). Last but not least, the training plan and requirements for hiring guides and drivers, as well as the company's code of conduct were explained.

Code of Conduct - new campaign


Ocotea Tours & Transfers joins in the usage of the new signs of the campaign against Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children and Adolescents promoted by the Costa Rican Tourism Board and the Paniamor Foundation.

 

As of February 2015, our customers and closest collaborators can see the new stickers and posters in our office and vehicles, which show our commitment to the protection of minors. 

 

Ocotea Tours & Transfers invites you to join the more than 4 million defenders against children and adolescents sexual exploitation, and according to the motto of this important campaign.

World Wetlands Day- February 2nd

We share why wetlands are essential to sustainable development for the human race:
  • Wetlands ensure fresh water for all of us
  • Wetlands guarantee our food supply
  • Wetlands purify and filter harmful waste from water
  • Wetlands are nature's shock absorbers
  • Wetlands store carbon
  • Wetlands are critical for biodiversity
  • Wetlands create sustainable products and livelihoods 

Learn more about the importance of wetlands in Why shoud I care?

Anniversary of the Monteverde Conservation League (MCL) and The Children's Eternal Rain Forest - February 11th

The Monteverde Conservation League (MCL) is a non-profit civil organization, declared a Public Utility institution for the interests of the State by the decree 33632-J. Their mission is "to conserve, preserve, and rehabilitate tropical ecosystems and their biodiversity". The organization was founded in 1986 by a group of local Monteverde residents concerned for the preservation of local natural resources.

Since its beginnings, the primary project of the MCL has been the acquisition of land in order to conserve it. With the support from hundreds of people from over 44 different countries, the Children's Eternal Rainforest (Bosque Eterno de los Ni�os, or BEN) was created. The reserve boasts over 22,500 hectares, and is the largest private reserve in Costa Rica

We celebrate their anniversary and recognice the enormous efforts they do with their Reforestation Program, Research Program, Protection and Monitoring Program, Maintenance Program, Environmental Education Program, Volunteer Program, and Global Climate Change Program. Congratulations!
D�a Internacional del Gu�a de Turismo - 21 de febrero

Over 90 countries celebrate this great day to commemorate the date of the founding of the World Federation of Tourist Guide Associations  (WFTGA) created in 1985.

Congratulations to all our tourist guides! We deeply appreciate and value their work, which with dedication and professionalism, they offer unforgettable experiences in every one of our tours.

 

Sports Day - February 21st

We invite you to share with your family the Sports Day at the Monteverde Friends School this Saturday February 21st from 9am.
TIP OF THE AREA
Invitation: Creating Posters- February 11th

Participate with your poster in the Three-wattled Bellbird (P�jaro Campana) Biological Corridor VI Assembly and publicize your initiative on the issues of:
  • Biodiversity Protection
  • Natural Resource Management
  • Environmental Education and Research
  • Social and Economic Sustainable Development
For more information call 2645-6967 or write to info@monteverdefund.org
Monteverde Creative Race - March 8th

The Cloud Forest School - Centro de Educaci�n Creativa invites you to participate in the Carrera Creativa Monteverde this coming March 8th to raise funds to help children of this institution with SCHOLARSHIPS
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).


TEMPORARY schedule: route 606 Guacimal - Santa Elena

The Monteverde Road Comission announces that in order to expedite the widening of the road in the area known as "Cuesta Blanca" between La Lindora and Los Llanos, and because of the great structural complexity that this site presents, from Feb. 6th and for two consecutive weeks, the 3:00pm OPENING WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE. Take note of the following schedule of temporary openings: 
  • OPEN from 9:30 to 9:50 a.m. 

  • OPEN from 5:30 PM to 6:30 AM

  • OPEN from 12:00 to 12:30 p.m.

They hope that by reducing driving passings and operating under the required security conditions, it will facilitate a faster progress with the work.