No. 20  March 2015

In this month of our anniversary, I thank God for allowing me to work day by day with the commitment of always offering the best quality in service to our customers .


I thank my family for their support as well as to all our collaborators for which they are too part of this company:


Monteverde office: Eunice Garcia, Dayanna Sanchez / Cynthia Rockwell.

Marketing: Grethel Guerrero, David Sibaja & Ana Victoria Camacho.

Accounting: Alejandro Castro.

Technical support: Leandro Castillo.

Sustainability: Priscilla Hurtado

Tourist guides / Drivers.

Last but not least, I thank everyone who values and trusts in our work, for believing in this proyect and for making us proud of what we are building.

- Karen Fallas

    General manager

Orchid Tour
In Monteverde orchids grow in abundance on trunks and branches filling them with life and color. Join us and visit one of the largest collections with up to 450 species of orchids.
Children's Eternal Rainforest Tour
Did you know that the Children's Eternal Rainforest (BEN) protects more biodiversity than most places on Earth?

World Wildlife Day - March 3rd

On this World Wildlife Day we celebrate the many beautiful and varied forms of wild fauna and flora and restate our compromise to raise awareness of the multitude of benefits that conservation provides to people

Ocotea Tours & Transfers joins United Nation's Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, to stop and to denunciate crimes against wildlife, including the production and consumption of wildlife products.

Learn more about this event on .
International Women's Day - March 8th

We celebrate the International Women's Day with this year's theme «Empowering Women- Empowering Humanity: Picture It!» which envisions a world where each woman and girl can exercise her choices.

We hope this International Women's Day is an opportunity to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.

On this day, we also want to acknowledge the efforts and dedication of all the women who work in Ocotea Tours & Transfers. We wish them to always remain brave and fighting for their rights wherever they are.

 ¡Congratulations Women!

Induction for the Certification for Sustainable Tourism 
March 10th

Ocotea Tours & Transfers is proud to inform its partners that it has formally initiated the process to opt for the Certification for Sustainable Tourism (CST). About CST


On March 10th of this year, representatives of the Department of Sustainability of the Costa Rican Tourism Board, gave us an induction on the standards for Tour Operators and the procedures to obtain this important distinction.


This visit was very useful because it helped to clarify some doubts as to the procedures to follow and to gather necessary evidence. 

We are very grateful to our colleagues and ICT (Costa Rican Tourism Board) representatives who motivated us to continue with our efforts in sustainability.  
Good Deeds Day - March 15th

The Good Deeds Day was initiated in 2007 by businesswoman and philanthropist, Shari Arison, and launched and organized by Ruach Tova (NGO), a part of The Ted Arison Family Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Arison Group.

Learn about the activities held in Costa Rica in Good Deeds Day CR .
Saint Joseph's Day - March 19th

We celebrate St. Joseph's Day, patron saint of San Jose and San Jose Province, and we invite you we invite you to a time of reflection on family remembering the words of Pope Francis in the 2014 celebration of this day:

"We look to Joseph as the model educator, who watches over and accompanies Jesus as he grows "in wisdom, age and grace", as the Gospel says. He was not Jesus' father: the father of Jesus was God, but he was a father to Jesus, he was a father to Jesus in order to help him grow. And how did he help him grow? In wisdom, age and grace... Age, which is the most natural dimension, physical and psychological growth. Joseph together with Mary, cared for Jesus above all from this point of view, that is he "raised" him, taking care that he lacked nothing he needed for healthy development... Joseph was for Jesus the example and the teacher of the wisdom that is nourished by the Word of God. We could ponder how Joseph formed the little Jesus to listen to the Sacred Scriptures, above all by accompanying him on Saturday to the Synagogue in Nazareth. Joseph accompanied Jesus so that he would listen to the Word of God in the Synagogue. And lastly, the dimension of "grace". St Luke always says of Jesus: "the favour of God was upon him" (2:40). Here, of course, the role reserved to St Joseph is more limited than it was in the area of age and wisdom. But it would be a grave error to think that a father and mother can do nothing to form their child to grow in the grace of God. To grow in age, to grow in wisdom and to grow in grace: this is the work Joseph did with Jesus, to help him grow in these three ways, to aid his growth".
Battle of Santa Rosa  - March  20th

During the second half of the nineteenth century slavery prevalent in some countries in America, and the United States and Brazil. This had a large impact on the historical fact of Costa Rica known as "The National Campaign", as the American William Walker intended to submit to the yoke the people of Central America, with his imperialist ideas.

The United States was in the process of development, so the arrival of Walker to Central America favored the expansionist policy of that country to take over other lands and to exert their dominance.

At that time the president of Costa Rica was Don Juan Rafael Mora Porras, known as Juanito Mora, who faced the threat of filibuster group, led by Walker, who intended to invade the country. Consequently, President Mora Porras called the Costa Rican people and organized an army to defend national sovereignty.

Once he formed the army, it marched to Guanacaste to face the filibusters. On March 20th, 1856 at Santa Rosa, Costa Rican troops fought the first battle, and with a proper military strategy they defeated the invaders forcing them to leave the territory.

This was the first victory of the Costa Rican army, which greatly enhanced the confidence and morale of the people to continue fighting, to stop filibustering in Central America.

Día de la Carreta Típica - National Symbol of work - March 22nd

The traditional oxcart is the most famous form of handicraft in Costa Rica. Since the mid-nineteenth century, oxcarts were used to transport coffee beans from the central valley of Costa Rica, in the mountains, to Puntarenas on the Pacific coast.

This type of wagon was decreed National Symbol, on March 22nd, 1988 by Decree No. 18197-C, and published in La Gaceta No. 131 on July 11th, 1988 during the presidency of Dr. Oscar Arias Sánchez. It was declared a Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO on November 24th 2005.

It symbolizes the culture of peace and the work of Costa Rica - humility, patience, sacrifice, and perseverance in the quest to achieve their goals.

TEMPORARY Schedule: route 606 Guacimal - Santa Elena

The  Monteverde Road Comission announces  that in consideration of the good progress with the widening of the route and since March is a month of high tourist visitation, the following agreement was made with the construction company:

Starting Tuesday, March 3rd the current schedule will not be applied. From that day, there will be an open pass but with some regulated traffic conditions throughout the day. This will involve closures for short periods of time (maximum 30 minutes) in the main workstations (expansion works, placement of sub base, installation of culverts).  It can not be discarded that the schedule may be  required during Holy Week
Take note of this great news and visit us in Monteverde!
QUETZAL season has started! - March to June

We invite you to enjoy the Resplandecent Quetzal mating season which started this March. You'll get to see them in the forest looking for hollow trunks to build their nest with their female partner.

The quetzal is often regarded as the most beautiful bird in the Western Hemisphere. Birdwatchers from around the world travel to the Monteverde Cloud Forest, to get to see and photograph this magnificent bird. Come check this amazing bird and don´t forget your camera!
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  Asociación 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 José (the capital of Costa Rica), Sarapiquí (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)

More information in Red Costarricense de Reservas Naturales