03-Dec-2013 -- Points are getting scarcer and scarcer in my trading area, but today, en rote from Guayaquil (Ecuador) to Puerto Quetzal (Guatemala), where we will take a cargo of sugar for the United States, we passed Isla del Coco, which lies close to the Confluence 6N 87W.
Isla del Coco belongs to Costa Rica and lies about 265 nm (490 km) SW off the Costa Rican coast. It is of volcanic origin and about 8 km long and 4 km wide, rugged and mountainous, covered with thick undergrowth, and is fringed by many islets and rocks. Cerro Iglesias, the summit, rises in the SW part of the island. The coasts are formed by steep cliffs indented by numerous small bays and coves. The island is a nominated World Heritage Site and national park. Protection is extended to the underwater environment up to a distance of 15 km around the island.
Of course, to the other directions nothing else can be seen than water. I am attaching the view to the West and to the North.
It is worth to mention that the Central Bank of Costa Rica, in 1997, began to issue a 2,000 Colones bill on which Isla del Coco is shown. The obverse shows an aerial view of the island, and the reverse shows two of the typical animals of Isla de Coco’s marine fauna, the hammer shark and the dolphin.