The Origin of its Name: a Tribute of Love and Gratitude
How Old is MAGÓN?
We could hazard a guess that MAGÓN is at least 1,000 years old, which would likely make it the oldest living thing in Costa Rica, and one of the oldest in the world. Just think that when Columbus arrived on the Costa Rica coast, more than 500 years ago, MAGÓN was already hundreds of years old.
How many trees like this exist in the world? Surely not many!
How has it Survived?
We think the answer to this question is found in the combination of four possible explanations:
The first three reasons are related to the difficulty of cutting and moving a tree of the size, weight and location (the highest point on its hill) of MAGÓN.
The fourth possible reason combines the previous three, and could be related to the fact that MAGÓN has an injury in its trunk, caused by fire, that may have made logger think twice about tackling the giant.
Whatever the reasons may have been for its salvation, it is a blessing that MAGÓN survived to demonstrate what the dry tropical forest has produced and to allow it to propagate its own species through its offspring in San Lorenzo.
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