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Focus: The pirate hunt is on, and not just in the Caribbean!

9 - Coco Island of Costa Rica, the earth of treasure

The pirate hunt is on, and not just in the Caribbean! © Copyright

On the way to the Galapagos, 400 km out to see towards the Pacific coasts of Costa Rica, hides a mysterious island. Rocky and dotted with waterfalls, Coco Island is considered as the largest virgin island in the world. Jurassic Park was filmed here and since a few centuries it is said that a gold statue of the Virgin Mary lies buried somewhere on the island, but has never been found. Coco Island became a UNESCO world heritage site in 1997 and belongs to the Republic of Costa Rica. The emerald of the Pacific is how we call this stunning island which attracts hundreds of visitors every year from all over the world who come to gawp at its unbeatable wild beauty and its exceptional marine life. The island's notorious reputation was immortalised by writer, Robert Louis Stevenson inhis famous novel "Treasure Island". Between the 17th and the beginning of the 19th century, the island was used as a refuge for treasure chests for all the pirates in the area who would swiped the Latin American Pacific coast. The pirates hid their enormous finds in the island's innumerable caves. Among the many pirates who lived on the island, it is still possible to this day to find certain names etched around the island, such as those of William Davis, Benito Bonito, Bennett Graham et William Thompson. Isolated and so rich in basic resources such as drinkable water and wood (also essential for building ships back in pirate days) made this island a perfect habitat for pirates and today it is a perfect destination for pirate hunters and the like! So? Are you ready to embark?

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