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¿Qué Pasa en Quepos? – February 2017

Cover February 2017Bienvenidos. Welcome to Quepolandia, we are here to make sure you have an unforgettable trip. So get out and enjoy being away from those freeeezing temperatures. Whether hiking a national parks or sitting on our wonderful beaches don’t forget to hydrate ( NOT cervezas) and sunblock, sunblock, sunblock…

A lot is happening here in February. For all you rafters the class 5 Chorro is now open so have Quepoa Expeditions guide you to a spectacular adventure. Our rivers are as magical as the beaches and should not be missed. Catch the Super Bowl, Feb 5th, at Hawg n Bill on the beach, Sanchos on the mountain and Marina Pez Vela will have it on the BIG screen in Quepos. Don’t forget movie night under the stars at the marina. A great night out for the whole family and it is free. Also at the Marina…check out the Quepos Billfish Cup, Feb 2-4.

Time to start thinking of that “special” person, Valentine’s Day is almost here. So make your reservations at one of our fantastic restaurants Arbol, Gabriella’s, La Mansion, Mira Olas, or Victoria’s…just to mention a few.  We also want to welcome back the seventh annual Envision Festival on the 23rd to 26th in Uvita. Four days of music, yoga, artists, and workshops to help open our minds to making this a better planet…. TOGETHER. Spreading peace, love and knowledge not footprints and waste.

We would like to welcome our new and returning advertisers that help make this magazine possible……Castillo del Sol, Comida de Vida, Los Amigos Sushi, Mono Azul Golf Cart, Reel Deal, Riding Adventures, Seguros Largaespada, Shana Hotel, Sonia Reiki and White Eagle.

We hope you enjoy our magazine and it helps guide you thru this enchanting paradise we call home. You can always follow and share us here or on Facebook. We appreciate and welcome your comments.

Peace and Enjoy…D

Sloth Lover Tips on Being a Responsible Sloth Tourist

Never pay to touch, feed or take a phot with a sloth

Never pay to touch, feed or take a photo with a sloth

By Sam Trull, Co-Founder/Sloth Director at The Sloth Institute Costa Rica

It’s that time of the year when we experience the height of tourist season who come from all over the world visit Costa Rica for it’s amazing scenery (beaches, volcanoes, cloud forests) and for it’s amazing wildlife. The variety of gorgeous mammal species are usually a highlight for anyone’s to do list; but both species of Costa Rican sloths are almost always at the very top and many times people will plan their trip around the opportunity to see one of earth’s most fascinating creatures up close. We often get questions on the best way to see sloths while in Costa Rica. Besides taking a guided tour through a National park or visiting a responsible animal rescue center, we also know that people will come across sloths (and other wildlife) spontaneously. This is often the most exciting way to see a wild animal but there are a few things you need to remember to keep your vacation responsible and guilt free. Here are 7 tips on how to be a responsible sloth tourist.

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A Man They Call “The Post Office”

39 Years as a Rural Letter Carrier

Pablo and Guardian

Pablo and Guardian

By Jack Ewing

Marvin and Carmen Espinosa were the first pioneers to settle the area around Hatillo. Originally from northern Panama they came to the area in the late 1920s. Working together they took possession of all of the land between Hacienda Barú and the Hatillo Viejo River, about 1000 hectares (2470 acres). Their nephew, Pablo, was born in Naranjito de Quepos in 1929 to their sister Magdalena and Euclides Zuñiga. Pablo was 12 years old when the family moved to Hatillo. His older brother, Gustavo, had acquired some property from his uncles, and Pablo worked with him cutting down rainforest and converting the land into pasture and farm land and tending to the livestock and crops.

War had been brewing for some time, but the incident that triggered the eruption of violence was alleged election fraud in the elections of 1948. The people who lived in Hatillo knew that there was an election, but didn’t know who was running, much less worry about the outcome. The government barely knew that Hatillo existed, so the people weren’t concerned with who ran the government. Likewise the war wasn’t of any special importance to them. It wasn’t their war. For that reason, when word arrived that the soldiers from San Isidro were coming, Marvin Espinosa called a family meeting. The men decided to hide out deep into the rainforest until the soldiers went elsewhere. Otherwise they would all be forced into fighting. The women were worried, but Marvin told them to calm down. “You have nothing to worry about. They’re not gonna take you to the war. When the soldiers come looking for us tell them we went with the soldiers from Quepos. They’ll believe that and can’t check on it. We’ll be back in about a week.” The men all headed for a heavily forested area called Dos Bocas.

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Vietnamese Shaking Beef (Bo Luc Lac)

Vietnamese shaking beef (bo luc lac)By Desiree Brassert

The cuisine of my mother’s country will never cease to amaze me with it’s unlikely marriage of clean-and-crisp with depth AND simplicity– a culinary menage-a-quatre! LOL! This recipe is very easy, all you need is to concentrate on the timing since it is best served immediately.
4 servings

  • 1 kilo or 2 lbs of beef tenderloin cut into 1/2 inch or 2 cubic centimeter cubes
  • 8 med-sized garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup of oyster sauce
  • 4 tablespoons of fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of soy sauce
  • 3 teaspoons of sesame oil
  • 4 tablespoons of brown sugar

Mix all this together and rest for 4 to 8 hours.

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Fiddlin'AroundTo the locals who love this place and live here all year long and to the travelers passing through, welcome to a new year in this beautiful and inspiring little part of the planet! Personally I’m glad to be done with 2016, ‘cause I think it sucked, and I found myself singing or playing the Blues way too often. It’s easy to fall into a rain-induced funk, and between the normal messy rainy season stuff and Otto, there was plenty of damaging and isolating weather here. And earthquakes. And volcanos erupting. The political crap of 2016 was alienating, divisive and chock full of lies, and the resulting anger and frustration throughout the planet over our problems was and is scary. We also lost a lot of great musicians last year and we will miss their emotional and spiritual guidance. I guess we need to snap out of our funk and quit drowning ourselves in the Blues…

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A Few Hours in the Life

shambling through paradiseI finished work, had a short smoke, and went straight to the beach. It was late afternoon, the tide was out, the rain had stopped, the waves were steady, but not of the monstrous tourist-killing variety. I am an avid body surfer, or as I like to joke with my surfer friends, a surfer without a flotation device.  I was in the water for close to an hour, rode some waves, breast-stroked in a meter of water, dove and flopped and stroked and floated—the ocean is better than any gymnasium once you learn to move with the waves.

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In Pursuit of Modern Part 2

Tropical ModernismDesign Wise

By Shelagh Duncan

Last month we looked at the basic differences between Modern and Contemporary design, and now let’s explore the world of Tropical Modernism. That’s a little closer to home…

Tropical Modernism

Tropical Modernism

We saw that this movement was born out of the need to incorporate the Modern aesthetic into a tropical environment. Geoffrey Bawa was a leader in this field in Sri Lanka and understood that in a tropical climate the forces of nature are a thing to be reckoned with and you cannot build a beautiful structure and ignore its environment, so he began to incorporate them.

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That’s Fishin’- January 2017

The sailfish are coming

The sailfish are coming!

By Sarah Munro

As you’ve seen from other parts of Quepolandia, high season is upon us. It’s the transition from rainy to dry weather, and also the return of North American tourists fleeing the cold and dark. You will also find that the waters off of Quepos are transitioning too. It’s time to welcome back sailfish, marlin, mahi-mahi, and much more. Most people welcome back the sailfish and marlin bite because that’s what’s driving our sport fishing industry here now.

Why? How? Well, it’s like this. We have a WORLD CLASS bite and boats here; people come from all over the world to fish. Numbers for the past few years have been insane, with charter boats regularly posting numbers of 30+ bites in a day. When professional anglers go out, it’s a completely different story. I’ve been on boats where they released 30+ fish. I’ve heard of boats releasing 77 fish and running out of bait so they had to go in. There really is nowhere else that you can go and get those numbers, so fishing freaks come here regularly. It’s awesome.

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Golden Silence

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Is there a game more treacherous than life? Trying to balance our physical, emotional, and spiritual lives with cultural, religious, and family values can become overwhelming. Curses and blessings are often one in the same. Next we intermingle human factors such as desires and mistakes coupled with unanswered issues from childhood or trauma, it’s a wonder we get through our days at all. To further compound this equation add in some drugs, alcohol, and a lack of exercise and restful sleep, now we are truly climbing up a mountain of challenges. Whether it is our caffeine fix in the morning, a glass of wine at the end of the day, or a bit of herb passed casually from friend to friend, how can anyone not fall from grace from time to time? One of the first lessons our children learn is that it is alright to make a mistake as long as one learns from it. Every elder I know has told me some of their greatest revelations were spurred on by consequential failures. Is there anyone alive that can say they have never wronged somebody? Hopefully the values of forgiveness, compassion, and charity are a part of our daily lives. To quiet all the noise I know of a simple yet often overlooked friend that can help us succeed in this arduous journey called life….silence. Seeking out silence at least once a day can help everyone improve their lives and their health.

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KSTR – January 2017

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Happy New Year, Kids Saving the Rainforest Hopes That All Your Wishes Come True​!

Hello again! It’s me Lexi, KSTR spokeskid, here with another article. This time we’re going to talk about a subject that I have talked about before, but that I believe deserves another chance to be in the spotlight: Feeding the Monkeys. As I mentioned in a previous article, my family didn’t know any better when we arrived years ago in Costa Rica either. We were encouraged by tour guides to reach out with seeds and get the monkeys to come onto our kayaks in the mangroves. We have since educated ourselves and others, but there is much more work to be done.

Lexi at Kids Saving the RainforestThe fact that people are still feeding monkeys saddens me, as KSTR has tried their best for years to stop people from doing so. I was just at a favorite restaurant yesterday, and one of the staff pulled out a banana and entertained some tourists by feeding the Squirrel (Titi) monkeys visiting the balcony.  My mom and I of course said something, but the staff member didn’t see anything wrong with doing it. We followed up and sent the restaurant manager KSTR’s reasons not to feed the monkeys, and we will have to watch developments since our family doesn’t support businesses who feed monkeys. Here is the link to the list of reasons so you can always have it handy!


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Advice on How to Approach the National Park

Manuel Antonio National ParkBy Rodolfo Guzman
Local Tour Guide and nature lover. Phone: 8735-2645

The Manuel Antonio region is a natural gem, amongst others in Costa Rica, blessed by possessing a hyper rich Biodiversity.

Ponce de León, the Spanish explorer, whose futile search for the Fountain of Youth became his signature expedition, is rarely recognized for one of his greatest discoveries—Quepos and Manuel Antonio—which he put on the charts in 1519.

Surrounded by African Palm plantations, this area beholds one of the country’s most enriched ecosystems. Sloth, monkeys, birds, deer, frogs, raccoons and many more popular characters are found here. It’s a transition Jungle in between the harsh Tropical Dry Forest, and the evergreen Extreme Wet Forest.

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Spanish Sucks – January 2017

Spanish Sucks by Os¿Did you: ¡Hola amigos!  ¿How were your holidays?  I hope you had great times and lots of fun.  I wish you lots of health and the best desires for this 2017 J

I know you are sick and tired of me telling you to study the 12 Time Tables, those TWELVE verbs (hablar, comer, vivir, ser, estar, tener, hacer, ir, poder, gustar, llamarSE, haber) I keep telling you to observe, to learn, to memorize and to master…

So this year I am gonna give you 70 VERBOS, not any seventy, I am gonna give the 70 MOST  ESSENTIAL  SPANISH  VERBS.  Off course the 12 super important ones are inside that list 😉

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Quepos Bridge Opens

The new Quepos bridge

What’s Shaking at Marina Pez Vela? – January 2017

WELCOME to 2017 at Marina Pez Vela!!!! The new year brings a new chapter to Marina Pez Vela as well as the continuation of some of the more popular and iconic events which have become a part of our community culture and our team is committed to ensure your experience with each visit to the project improves each year.


As anyone who has visited the project can see, we have completed the expansion of our slip facilities and are officially open for business with a total of 91 new slips at Marina Pez Vela. The expansion was led and built by a team of Costa Rican engineers, technicians and building crew (many from right here in Quepos) and was delivered on time and to the highest global levels of quality. We are incredibly proud of the work that was completed and even more excited about the enormous positive impact this is going to have on the Marina and our community. The marina has more than doubled in total linear feet of dockage and now has the capacity to welcome more full time and transient boats, which will bring more tourists, jobs, investment and visits to our community.


WE are VERY excited for another season of outdoor Friday Night Movie Nights on our giant, inflatable screen. Our line-up for January is included in this month’s Quepolandia, and you can always get the latest news about the movie of the week, special events and happenings at the project, by visiting our Marina Pez Vela website and Facebook page.

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Happy New Year! Feliz Ano Nuevo! from Titi Conservation Alliance

Titi Conservation Alliance logoWe would like to again sincerely thank everyone who supported The Titi Conservation Alliance Annual Online Auction in November. We were so fortunate to have many generous donors and buyers and truly appreciate the support. Proceeds from the auction will be earmarked to strengthen our Environmental Education program that has provided free environmental education to 4th and 5th graders in our area since 2003.

Highlights 2016

The Alliance is proud to report that with close to 3,000 trees planted this year, we surpassed our goal of 70,000 total trees planted since our founding 15 years ago. We are so grateful to the landowners who participated with us in 2016-Sr. Carlos Mora and family in Pocares, the Gamboa family and Lic Manuel Solano and the Hogar de Ancianos in Naranjito, and the Gannon family in Anita. We now have reached a great milestone with over 40 landowners who have collaborated with our habitat reforestation program in the Naranjo River Biological Corridor..
Titi Conservation Alliance continued to grow this year, with the addition of several new members-Mid World Costa Rica Adventure Tours, Capris S.A., and 2 Costa Rica Real Estate became members and we urge you to support their businesses. Our new website at www.monotiti.org came on line in early May along with enhanced social media presence for the organization and its members. We also established new alliances with St Judes School in Lindora Santa Ana, and Best Adventure Travel, ground operator for Road Scholar travel groups to Costa Rica.

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