Thursday, February 19, 2009

Manuel Antonio National Park- Full of **IT

Manuel Antonio National Park is perhaps the #1 tourist destination in ALL Costa Rica, with places like La Fortuna, Tamarindo, Jacó and a few others- a couple steps behind. Manuel Antonio is like the Poster Boy for Costa Rica, the CREAM of the CROP, the successful SON, the CROWN JEWEL; but NOW it appears Manuel Antonio is about to be pushed off the pedestal- HARD! Why, because Costa Rica has shot itself in the FOOT (actually the FACE), yet again.

Here’s the Costa Rican NEWS today:

The Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio could be shut down the end of the month unless the Ministerio de Ambiente, Energía y Telecomunicaciones (Minaet) corrects a number of deficiencies signaled by the Área Rectora de Salud de Aguirre (local health department), following a visit to the park last week. Read FULL story here.

Read the story if you must, but it’s all about SHIT; shit in the ocean, shit in the lagoons all around Manuel Antonio National Park- nothing but shit, shit, shit. There’re also a few problems with ‘exceeding park capacity,’ and ‘junk vehicles found in some of the trails,’ but mostly SHIT, and ‘flowing’ from the RANGER STATION- are you fuck’in kidd’in ME.

This story disgusts me. There’s nothing to say, and I don’t want to even THINK about the implications- let’s just say if this is happening in Manuel Antonio, what about the Parks and places around the country that don’t get as much ‘PLAY,’ or have the resources Manuel Antonio has been privy to over the years. And don’t get me started about the Eco-friendly, GREEN, Self-Sustainable, ‘BULLSHIT moniker’s,' Costa Rica has been waving in the AIR the last 10 years or so in order to entice the eco-tourist, they’re obviously not SERIOUS about this SHIT. pun intended.

I DON’T GET IT. It’s not, “What are you thinking?” it’s “Are you thinking?”

I want to SEE HEADS ROLL.

I want SWIFT ACTION.

I just want the SHIT to stay in Jacó where it belongs.

Related Articles:

Lookin Both Ways - another POST about Costa Rica shooting themselves in the HEAD.
Our REVIEW of Manuel Antonio National Park
GAY Manuel Antonio

4 comments:

rafael said...

Wow... excellent article. I had heard about the shit in jaco, tamarindo, and others... but coming from the ranger stations in the national park is truly disgusting. they should be shut down, so that heads really roll.

It is very sad how much hyope there has been around the eco-friendlienss of costa rica. How people have profited with out putting in the work.

With that said I know many people are trying to put the work in, and do it right. it only takes a few jack asses to mess it up for everyone.

Amazing... I agree. "Are they thinking?"

Rafa
Costa Rica Travel

michael alan said...

Hey rafael thanx. Hopefully they can take care of this quickly and the people responsible reprimanded, but more importantly....Please tell me they've learned something.

rafael said...

Michale thanks for your response...

I did some looking around at your blogs and your really have excellent information. Keep it up. I recommend readers to have a look around!

If you ever make it up by Monteverde, let us know how my familiy and I can best be of service.

rafa

michael alan said...

hehe...funny you should mention monteverde. We were there, but like 3 years ago, we're trying to get up there and do some filming,,,so I'm thinking soon, and of course we'll get a hold YOU>>thanx