There are two major rivers in the Nosara area, the Montana and Nosara. Costa Rica law bans development on the banks of waterways, so both rivers are pristine. The Rio Montana has mangrove trees along its banks that are essential in a tropical environment because they help to stabilize the soil. Also, Mangroves have very elaborate root systems that help to support the tree and to maximize nutrient intake. This river shares a common boca (Spanish for mouth) with the Rio Nosara. This means that they both flow into the ocean at the same point. The Rio Nosara is the largest river is the Nosara area. A major road in the area travels through this river. When rainfall is low, people can travel by car and cross the river with no problem. However, when rainfall is high, people must travel by foot to cross the river. The area around the Rio Nosara is so rich with flora and fauna that some locals want the Costa Rican government to declare it a national park.

  How about a kayak trip? It's both enjoyable and easy.
 

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As kayakers travel down the Rio Nosara towards the ocean, changes in plant life, animal life, and water clarity are quite obvious. Right before the river empties into the ocean, an estuary forms. This creates an environment where salt and freshwater mix, called brakish water.

 
Traveling up a stream, you can explore the area in and around the waterway.
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Sometimes at the end of the path, there is true treasure. Waterfalls are always a good find!

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These two falls are accessible on foot and by horseback. They are a treasure to Gringos (tourists) and ticos (locals) alike.

Due to the geography and climate of Costa Rica, tourists can visit many amazing waterfalls. This small country has definite dry and wet seasons which affect the flow of water.


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A nice way to take a break is to sit by the beach and watch as it changes.


There are three beaches in the Nosara area: Playa Guiones, Playa Pelada, and Playa Nosara.

Throughout the day, the beach is affected by the ebb and flow of the tide.


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A walk along the shore will offer many treasures. The sand and shoreline are made up of stone, lava and shells. Some of the shells are still in beautiful shape.


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The rocky coast is ideal for searching out unique marine life in tide pools during low tide. If you looked closely, you could see lots of very small animals, like the tiger fish in Picture 3.13 and the tiny crab in Picture 3.14.


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These large pieces of wood might have washed upon the shore during a storm.

One evening, we combed the beach for signs of the sea turtles While we saw no signs, we were interested in finding out about their migration, their tracks, how many eggs they lay, etc. A website with good information and pictures of the turtles is: http://photo2.si.edu/turtles/nesting.html.



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This stony area is volcanic rock that acts as a break from the waves against the shore and provides areas for tide pools.

 

More information about the land and water of Costa Rica can be found at: http://www.photo.net/cr/moon/the-land

Next, take a look at what the tourist like to do.

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