The Costa Rica News (TCRN) – The Discovery Channel program “Dude, You’re Screwed” was filmed last year in Costa Rica, where the primitive skills expert, Matt Graham, had quite the survival experience in one of the jungles.

All was well until Graham needed food and tried to hunt with a spear, going for an anteater that was in a tree. However, the weakness that had Graham after walking for more than 50 hours without food, caused him to miss it and the animal escaped.

Outraged, the rest of the team, who were monitoring the camp, shouted at Graham as well, who could not seem to hit it.

This scene also provoked reactions in the Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT), in which Navarro, Head of Tourism Management, went to the Discovery channel to ask for explanations.

“We do not support such programs because it is not what we want because such programs do not contribute anything to the environment or help the image that they reflect,” said Navarro.

According to Navarro, when a group like this comes to film the country will not have to ask permission from anyone unless the filming is in a protected area or a public place. However, by decree there is a regulation establishing conditions for doing so.

Among them, the production of the program must pay a thousand dollars per day of shooting, with half going to educational funds and the other half going to the prohibition of harming the flora and fauna in Costa Rica.

“The day some kind of formal review process happens, I would be very happy because, to be honest, we’d at least like (for the ICT) to give some kind of review prior,” Navarro said.

Moreover, Navarro said they were unaware that the team had been here.

The recording was made in the Braulio Carrillo National Park, as identified at the start of the program.

The Costa Rica News (TCRN)

San Jose, Costa Rica


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