Published Tuesday, December 22, 2020Authorities bet on rowing to promote
tourism in Tortuguero
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
The Ministry of Sports developed a project to promote rowing in Tortuguero in the Caribbean area of Limón Province.
The popular sport of rowing, also known as Crew, involves propelling a boat (racing shell) on water using oars.
The characteristics of the rivers and channels that flow into the Caribbean Sea allow a project to be promoted to turn the area into the cradle of Olympic rowing in Costa Rica, according to Hernán Solano-Venegas, Minister of Sports.
The goal of the program is to create an opportunity to develop a different sport, make Tortuguero an international venue for the practice of Olympic rowing and, at the same time, generate development in the community and reactivation of tourism, the Institute of Sport said in its statement.
The rowing promotion plan includes actions such as the hiring of Juan Carlos Reyes, winner of Olympic Rowing in Central American, Pan American and Pre-Olympic Games to train coaches and athletes of this sport during 2021.
The initial proposal was for the coach to start training this year, however, due to the pandemic, his arrival had to be postponed.
Also, the Rowing Federation of Costa Rica donated four boats and equipment for the practice of this sport that will be kept under the Municipality of Pococí.
The National System of Conservation Areas, Sinac, opened an area within the new facilities of Tortuguero National Park so that boats can have easy access to the rivers.
In September, the Ministry of the Environment invested $1,864,371 in the construction of the Tortuguero park rangers' facilities.
The new center covers a total area of 1,800 m2, which includes park ranger and volunteer shelters, a multipurpose room, warehouses and a dock.
The park is located on the Caribbean Coast in Limón Province. It covers an area of 77,032 acres (31,174 ha) with a large variety of biological diversity due to the existence within the reserve of 11 different habitats, including rainforests, mangrove forests, swamps, beaches, and lagoons.
Park tickets can be purchased on the SINAC website, beginning Dec. 10. A tutorial on how to purchase tickets can be found on the SINAC YouTube Channel.
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