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Isla Del Coco Costa Rica: The Legend of The Hidden Treasure

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According to legend, Costa Rica may really be the coast of riches. Historians have confirmed there is evidence to suggest that what is now Parque Nacional Isla del Coco (Coco Island National Park) was used by pirates in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries to store valuable loot that they had pillaged from passing Spanish cargo ships. Many Costa Rica locals believe that the Isla del Coco, Puntarenas still holds many secrets including the location of a hidden treasure.

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The infamous Captain Morgan, Edward Davis and William Thompson are believed to be just a few of the pirates who graced Costa Rican shores of this treasure island. Although the Isla del Coco Costa Rica is located in the Pacific Ocean many historians believe pirates would have gone to great lengths to protect their treasure having to travel a considerable distance around the tip of South America and around Cape Horn to get to their final destination.  The pirate’s adventure would not take weeks or months, but years.

The origins of the Costa Rica’s hidden treasure on Coco Island, Puntarenas date back to 1820 in Lima, Peru. A Spanish cargo ship laden with gold and other Isla del Coco Costa Rica Scuba Diving Toursvaluables mysteriously disappeared after Captain Thompson was put in charge of looking after it.  Many believe that Thompson set sail for Isla del Coco. Rumors of hidden treasure rose again with the arrival of August Gissler to the island in 1897, a notorious figure who devoted his life to hunting for gold.

But perhaps Gissler was looking for something that was staring him right in the face. Isla de Coco is without a doubt one of the greatest natural treasures known to man, a truly valuable gem. The famous Jacque Cousteau, explorer, ecologist and filmmaker stated that Coco Island Costa Rica is one of the most beautiful islands in the world. If you plan a visit to Costa Rica make sure you head to the Central Pacific and take an Isla de Coco eco tour.

Isla de Coco is one of CoCoco Island Costa Ricasta Rica’s protected National Parks and was declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco in 1997. Thanks to its truly unique characteristics Coco Island offers the ultimate in scuba diving, shark diving and snorkeling adventure tours and eco tours. For more information, contact Escape Villas at 1-888-771-2976 or