Saturday, June 13, 2009

Rock climbing


While it was fast and effortless to rappel down into the canyon, we climbed out.  

There were foothold and handholds bolted into the cliff to make it possible to climb out.  We wore our harnesses, and we were attached to cables.  The guides could catch us if we fell, and they could also give a little assist on the climb by use of the cables and pulleys.  

Once we reached the top, do you think that we were done?   Think again.  Then check the photos tomorrow and the days that follow.

News Item:  Costa Rica recently won the World Tourism Organization's 2009 Ulysses Award at the "Innovation in Tourism Education" conference in Madrid, Spain.  Several schools near Tamarindo have implemented the "School Tourism Culture Awareness: Costa Rica Adventure" program developed by the Costa Rican Tourism Institute.  The program teaches elementary school children the importance of sustainable tourism through fun interactive exercises and games.

For a small country like Costa Rica, where tourism is the number one industry, teaching children at a young age the benefits of eco-tourism is important both for future economic development.  Developing special programs for elementary school children has the added benefit of educating their parents when they ask their children "What did you learn in school today?"  

8 comments:

Steffe said...

Eco-tourism is very likely to grow in the coming years. Never tried climbing or rappelling, but looking at your photos I'm thinking about testing it.

brattcat said...

These are terrific photos, Dave. But I still think I would have taken the elevator.

Rambling Round said...

I would have to bow out of this! Some great ideas your country has for tourists though.

Sharon said...

You all must have been exhausted after this day of adventure.

Eki Qushay Akhwan said...

That's an exhiliriating thing to do!

A little belated Happy 1st Anniversary to your blog. Mine's 1st annivesary is today. Very close.

Julie ScottsdaleDailyPhoto.com said...

great action photo. it looks hard to hike up and I would be glad to be tied off. Quite the adventure. I am glad to hear about the Eco-tourism education focus.

Jarart said...

Just catching up on a couple of weeks worth of blog posts after returning from a trip. Yours are great as usual! Looks like a lot of fun.

magiceye said...

wonderful indeed!


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