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discrimination ?

san jose
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discrimination ?

last year my wife and I went to the USA , we visited the Yellowstone National Park , the entrance fee was $8 per car load , it did not matter that we were from a a country outside the USA .

When I go to a national park in CR , I have to pay $1 , and all tourist have to pay $7 each ¡

If I want to go to a all inclusive resort in Guanacaste , I have to pay 40% less than a tourist ,

I was just wondering what others opinions were about this deal ?

San Isidro de El...
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It has never bothered me that the locals in CR get into the parks cheaper. Nor does it bother me that they get to visit places in their own country at a reduced rate. ( Hacienda Guachipelin advertises it on their web site. Not too many hotels do.) They sure can't afford to live in those expensive and desirable areas anymore thanks to us driving property prices up to ridiculous amounts. At least with a reduced rate some can at least afford to visit the areas once in awhile. A lot of foreigners that have residency are benefiting as well. I got a break on many things during the 3 weeks I was taking spanish classes down there.

Owen Sound, Canada
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Doesn't bother me either. Those of us who are fortunate enough to travel to wonderful places like CR can certainly afford a few extra dollars here and there to [one would hope] help preserve the country's parks and wild areas.

cheers

Jerry

san jose
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one way of looking at it is a reduced rate , another way is an inflated rate ,

the poor nicaraguan has to pay $7 also , the natives who have lived here for 11,000 years and has no Id pays $7

quepos, costa rica
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Dos brazos, here we are again.

First off your baiting of Travel 10000 for the road recomendation coming into Quepos from San Marcos was uncalled for ,.for two reasons. First it was mr Josh ,I believe who first said that this would be a nice scenic route, which it is as I just drove it the other day without 4x4. Second, perhaps a potential problem, yes but life is that way. No one said that it was a paved road

The fee schedual for Yellowstone Nat Park is posted as such; $20 for a car load, under 16 free ( thats discrimination ), over 62 $10 golden age passport lifetime entrance and it is only available to us citizens, no not more discrimination!!! Face it discrimination is all around us all day every day and it is not a bad thing every time.

Please go back to helping people with their questions. Stop chastising the "experts" for the small mistakes that we all make at times. Also I will make you a bet that in 20 yrs Costa Rica looks nothing like a cow pasture. Give up the doom and gloom it doesnt work. Fishingjohn

Ps check the exit fee at the airport , do locals pay more to leave their own country???

san jose
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you ar right , I am wrong , did you see the study the Germans did on deforestation in CR ?

I remember when the Scarlet macaw and great green macaw used to fly over San Jose every day , toucans in Escazu , I wonder why noboby really cares or wants to do anything , the golden toad of monte verde is gone , today in the newspaper , 20 more species of retiles are gone ¡

the great green macaw is just about gone , I believe there are 50 pairs left , Monkeys in Osa invading homes for food .

making a bet for 20 years from now is just turning your back from reality ¡

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It wouldn't bother me to pay more than a local resident, as long as it seemed like the fees and taxes were actually being put to good use.

What does this money go to? Certainly not to repair roads, post road signs, or increase the police presence to counter the rising crime rates. For me, it's not about the price, it's about the value.

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Yeah, I sometimes get ticked when it's another year and another price increase, but then I find myself walking out of a place like Manuel Antonio National Park at the end of a long day and say "wow, this only cost me eight bucks?" So long as the money is going into preservation and maintenance, I really don't mind.

Regardless of what I pay, I'm glad that the parks are still affordable to average Ticos. Some countries have rich architectural treasures, but not Costa Rica. THIS is their heritage and to deprive them of that simply because the government knows it can get more colones out out of foreign tourists would be nothing short of a crime. And besides, Tico pay taxes that support the parks -- I don't (yes, I know it's not like that in the US, but I don't care).

As someone whose trips more often than not focus on the parks, including many of the obscure ones, I wouldn't mind seeing a multi-day or yearly pass, just like you can get with the US National Parks or many US state parks.

Now, as far as dual pricing for hotels and activities, I'm comfortable letting the market sort that out. People pay different prices for the same thing all the time... It's called market segmentation. You and I can be setting next to each other on our flight from NY -- you may have paid $550 for your seat, and I may have paid $250. Discounts are gotten on hotels all the time depending upon what channel you buy through, the time of year, etc. A hotel isn't going to book itself up with Tico discounts during high season if they could fill up with full tourist prices, and if I deem the prices of a place too high, I'll go elsewhere. As accomodation prices have risen in CR, there are some places I've stayed at in the past that I'll no longer stay at. Not necessarily that I can't afford it, but that I don't think it's worth what they are charging. Enough people do that and the place will either lower their prices or go out of business -- either outcome of which I'm fine with. /capitalist rant ;)

san jose
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Gringainpanama , about $30 million per year is generated from the park fees , the money is supposed to go to maintence of parks and international promotion , I am glad to see someone giving their opinion without attacking me ¡

From what I understand , the land that was ex-apropiated from the gringo in Manuel Antonio when they made it a park , still has not been paid for ¡ this was supposed to happen along time ago .

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The average Tico makes $4,500 per year, so it doesn't bother me a bit to pay more. It's bad enough they can't buy property in their own country any more, so at least they can visit the parks.

Sandy

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