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Envision Festival logoEnvision Festival, February 22 – 25, 2018 in Uvita

For the last eight years, the deforested cattle pasture that is used at the site of Envision Festival was a mecca for international music lovers and a cathedral to the beauty of Costa Rica, built almost entirely out of sustainable bamboo, in the thick of the jungle by Playa Hermosa beach. Each year the festival has been reforesting the site, planting one tree at a time, using the proceeds from the year before to reinvest in the land. As stewards of multiculturalism and environmentalism, the event even expressly forbids single use plastic products so guests in Costa Rica learn about the importance of minimizing pollution and our impact on the environment. Along with passing along this ethos and a deep appreciation for Costa Rica in its own community, Envision also is engaged in philanthropic efforts all over the country — proving that festivals can have a positive impact on both the land they occupy as well as the local neighbors. “We are working hard to find ways that we can give back to the charming community of Uvita that has been so welcoming.” says Terra Entheos, Community Relations Manager at Envision Festival. “Every year we do our best to improve this community and this year we are taking it to a whole other level this year!”

People on the beach at sunsetGive Back Days and Beach Cleanups

At the close of 2017, Envision hosted Beach its first ever Cleanup Day to restore a local shoreline. Speaking on Envision’s first cleanup for 2018, Entheos said “We had 20 people come out to the first clean-up and 15 to today’s clean-up.” To further get the word out and engage locals in cleanup efforts, Envision is working with a team to put together Spanish information packets with tips on reducing plastic consumption, upcycling and recycling. The packets are designed to help any environmentalist evangelize the truth of recycling in the local community. The campaign will even include a short documentary on Andres Vargas’ journey from Envision to action and his story in the long fight for plastic reduction here in the Osa region of Costa Rica. Naturally, the whole feature will be shot in Spanish.

Group of childrenBuilding a Future for Children

This isn’t the first time Envision Festival has set out to make a splash in the community that makes the event possible either. On another Give Back Day in 2015, Envision donated to local schools and Youth Centers in Uvita, planting gardens & fruit trees and painting murals. In 2015, Envision also donated ¢3,000,000 to Asociacion para la Prevencion y Alerta del Crimen in order to promote safety and a crime free community in Uvita.

In February of 2016, El Centro de la Juvenil Envision (The Envision Youth Center) was founded as a space for positive development, education and entrepreneurship. The center operates in Uvita and is dedicated to a fruitful future for the children of the local community. “We are super excited about this new development of Envision’s history in Uvita” Entheon explained. “And we are confident that the Center will have a long lasting positive effect on the area.”


Fiddlin’ Around – February 2018

Fiddlin'Around headerTo the intrepid and adventurous travelers who have found their way to our lovely and diverse little part of the planet, welcome! This is a great time of the year to be in the southern zone of Costa Rica. It is officially the dry season, but Mother Nature is a fickle parent, and she has been known to sneak into our happy dry lives and unleash a deluge of rain upon us, her unsuspecting children. Even in February. Since I claim New Orleans and Dominical to be the homes of my heart, I must admit it’s also a fine time to be in steamy and sultry New Orleans…

Mardi GrasWe know all about celebrating weirdness and wildness in New Orleans — it is called Mardi Gras! This year the last day of Carnival season, also called Shrove Tuesday or Fat Tuesday, falls on February 13th — the day before Ash Wednesday, when all the good (and bad) Catholics go to church and the priest smears ashes on our foreheads and we all pledge to give up something we love for Lent. So for weeks before, we drink a lot and eat delicious rich food to get ourselves in the proper mind set to fast. Christians celebrate Easter on a Sunday, as it was the day Jesus rose from the deaad, after being crucified on the Friday two days before. This was determined centuries ago in 325 AD, by a council of bishops who declared that Easter would always be on a Sunday, based on the lunar calendar.

In New Orleans we throw parties and parades to send off our friends who have passed on. We charge drinks on their bar tabs and hope the bartender hasn’t heard the news yet. We make elaborate costumes to wear during the several weeks of parades and partying leading up to Fat Tuesday. Sometimes our costumes make clever political and satirical statements, sometimes they just show a lot of skin. Some have feathers or beads or mechanical parts, but it is big fun and there are many local traditions that are kept every year.

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The 20/80 Rule.  Most Common Words. AGAIN

Imagine that with only 20% of vocabulary you could be able to handle 80% of normal conversations.  Imagine that instead of trying to memorize 1000 words; 200 would be enough.  Imagine that instead of learning and conjugating 100 verbs; 20 would be sufficient.

Well, that’s what the experts call the 20/80 Rule.

Today, I am going to give you again a list of words with the most common words in Spanish.

This list has been generated from subtitles of movies and television series with a total of about 27.4 million words.  So, take it seriously 😉
Spanish Sucks

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250,000 visitors!

Quepolandia has had 250,000 visitorsI can’t believe I missed it! I so wanted to watch it turn over. Sometime today Quepolandia.com hit 250,000 visitors. We’ve been waiting for this day for a long time. THANK YOU to everyone for supporting Quepolandia all these years!

What’s Shaking at Marina Pez Vela? – February 2018

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It seems like the Christmas and New Year celebrations just run right through January and with all of the tourism and events here at Marina Pez Vela, February has appeared in the blink of an eye! With the blue summer skies, flat ocean waters and billfish bite back on, it feels like things are back to “normal” here at the marina with a vibrant schedule for the month and what seem like masterpieces painted each night with our live “SUNSET SHOWS”. The energy here at the project is palpable and growing each day and whether you are a local reading this monthly publication for the updates on the area or just picked up this magazine on your first visit to the area, do NOT miss out on the chance to come down and share in the essence of MPV where our local community, travelers from around the world and the finest project on the Pacific Coast all blend effortlessly into the tropical backdrop. February is another packed month with everything from smash mouth Football of the Super Bowl to a romantic Valentine’s Day concert…

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¿Qué Pasa en Quepos? – February 2018

February 2018 coverBienvenidos… Welcome to Quepolandia, we are here to make sure you have an unforgettable adventure. So get out and enjoy being away from those freezing temperatures. Whether hiking a national park 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 El Chorro is now open so have Quepoa Expeditions guide you to a spectacular trip. Our rivers are as magical as our beaches and should not be missed. Catch the Super Bowl Feb. 4th at Jolly Roger or Sancho’s 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’s free. 

Time to start thinking of that “special” person, Valentine’s Day is almost here. So make reservations at one of our many fantastic restaurants: Arbol, Fuego, Gabriella’s, or OSA Thyme…just to mention a few. 

We also want to welcome back the eighth annual Envision Festival on the 22nd-25th 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. Thanks to Eric Allen for sharing some love on the cover

We would like to welcome our new advertisers that help make this magazine possible, Aguahara, Crocodile Man Tours, El Faro Restaurant, Ennio Afilador de Cuchillos, and Las Cascadas.

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 and facebook.com/quepolandia..

Peace and Love…D

6 Important Things to Consider When You Are Choosing Your NEW Sofa

Design WiseBy Shelagh Duncan

Your sofa and your bed are probably the two largest furniture investments you’ll make, so you will need to make some wise choices. In my opinion, comfort is king when it comes to seating and sleeping, so investing in a good sofa and a good mattress are paramount.

Sectional sofa

Sectional Sofa

A quality sofa should feel and look solid. Try before you buy—sit back and relax in it, check the arm and back height and sit as you would at home. I could wax on about eight-way, hand-tied springs, double doweled joint, and glued and screwed corner blocks—but it is the comfort level that usually seals the deal.

A wood frame bench with arms and a back passes for a sofa here, but the days of putting a couple of seat pads on it and calling it a sofa have long gone. Let your builder do the cabinets and doors, but not your seating. Even with thicker seat cushions the foam will compress badly if it only has a wood platform to sit on. Upholstered furniture uses a specific layering of springs and different cushioning materials to achieve exactly the right support and feel.

From my experience finding a comfortable sofa in Costa Rica is one of the biggest challenges facing not just newcomers, but even those who are looking to replace their moldy, worn or just plain uncomfortable ones.

Royal Palm Interiors

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Titi Conservation Alliance – January 2018

Titi Conservation Alliance small logoFeliz Año Nuevo!

We would like to sincerely thank everyone who supported The Titi Conservation Alliance Annual Online Auction in early December 2017. 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 2017

The Alliance once again planted close to 3,000 trees in 2017, although some plantings were lost to flooding from Tropical Storm Nate. We are very grateful to the local area landowners who participated with us in 2017-Marcia Bennet, the Gamboa family in Tocori, Palma Tica, the Barahona family and Leo from H2O. If you are interested in planting trees on your property with the help of TCA, just give us a call to schedule a visit with Ing.Juan Pablo Aguero, our forestry engineer.

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Diseases of Prosperity

I believe in having to pay to play. The best and most rewarding things in life take ample amounts of time to mature. Things such as relationships, love, fitness and financial goals, and successful careers all need time and continuous effort in order to truly fruit. Work needs to be done and sometimes blood, sweat, and tears are a part of the process along the way. If something comes easy its value most likely is low. I find it curious that some cultures influence us in exactly the opposite direction through media, marketing, and their focus on profitability. The forces that be try to persuade us that there is a quick cure for everything or that by simply buying a product worries will end. If you are hungry fast food is the answer, no need to even get out of your car. Any ailment or discomfort, pop a pill to mask the symptom, no need to sleep, rest, eat nutritious food and be hydrated. Looking for love? Websites for immediate and perfect “soulmates” are a few clicks away. If that is still too much work we have legalized prostitution right here in Costa Rica. One can’t get quicker than that! My point being this month is a new year which means we can shift our minds and change our lives. If we can get comfortable with being uncomfortable we can re-wire ourselves from the inside out. Enjoying oneself when not in a comfort zone is one of the secrets to anti-aging, change, and growth. Magic can happen when we chose to pay dividends with struggle, knowing that the results will return tenfold.

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Fiddlin’ Around – January 2018

Fiddlin'Around headerAt the stroke of midnight on December 31st I’ll bet many of you were enthusiastically singing along to the song Auld Lang Syne. Some of you with lampshades or goofy hats on your head. Or with your optimistic arms around someone else besides your significant other. Many of you hadn’t been up later than 10 pm since last years’ festivities. And then there’s the amateur drinkers embarking on their first epic hangovers. But every year, throughout the world, we somehow manage to unite for a couple of musical minutes to say goodbye to the past year with this ancient tune.

Portrait of Robert BurnsAuld Lang Syne was written by the great Scottish poet Robert Burns in the year 1788, and was set to the tune of a traditional folk song. Besides being used to bid farewell to the old year, it is also sung at funerals, graduations, or at the end of group events or gatherings. Many scouting organizations sing the song to close their yearly jamborees, and it is meant to pay homage to old friends as it conveys a sense of longing for the past. It is a melancholy yet beautiful song which looks at the past with nostalgia, but also with a feeling of comradery about our shared experiences. Though most of us know parts of this song, so we’re able to tipsily sing along, I’ll bet most of us don’t really understand the meaning of many of the words or their origin.

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Karma Saving the Rainforest – January 2018

KSTR logoBy Karma Casey

Happy New Year from Karma, a spokeskid at Kids Saving the Rainforest! With the first issue of the year, I wanted to reach out to our wonderful community of Manuel Antonio and Quepos and see how we can all get involved helping out Costa Rica’s wildlife!

To learn about one great way to help Kids Saving the Rainforest, check out the LEAF-let we are including in this issue! You can help collect leaves for the hungry sloths, anteaters, monkeys, and other wildlife in our care! These animals need lots of fresh leaves to help give them a more natural diet. The animals in our nursery and rescue center need to learn the foods they will eat in the wild once they are released. You can help!

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What’s Shaking at Marina Pez Vela? – January 2018

What's Shaking headerWOW…while there are likely more appropriate adjectives to describe all that took place during the month of December and close of the 2017 year here at Marina Pez Vela, the sheer pace of it all and incredibly memorable moments have even our most verbose of collaborators speechless! Triathalon, Bright Lights, Christmas, New Year’s….a truly fantastic close to 2017 is like the red carpet for 2018 and an AWESOME year ahead. 

January has the family at Marina Pez Vela continuing with some amazing events and news and we are very excited to share with you all the most important reminders for this first month of 2018!

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That’s Fishin’- January 2018

That's Fishin' headerBy Benn Gilmour

January kicks off the peak time in our Billfish season, where our waters off Quepos offer Anglers some of the best Sailfishing on the planet when huge numbers of big Pacific Sailfish (70-140lbs) gather here to reproduce. Anglers flock from all corners of the earth to come and experience our amazing fishery for themselves. There are not many other places in the world where you could be in with a chance of double-digit Sailfish releases in just one day. This is what Quepos is famous for—you have come to the right place!


Pelagic Rockstar TournamentWith the arrival of our Billfish, it is by no coincidence that the first of our major tournaments, The ‘Pelagic Rockstar’ takes place this month from January 11-13. The event promises to throw the entire Marina Pez Vela into party mode for the weekend with Rock ‘n Roll Bands, Pelagic Girls, dockside parties, & your chance to purchase some awesome Pelagic fishing apparel at the tournament village. For the competing teams there are some big cash prizes (and bragging rights!) to aim for but even if you will not be fishing, come down to the Marina Pez Vela and join all the fun. There will be early morning boat parades before the teams head offshore and from sunset onwards you can join us for the nightly bands & entertainment. This event promises to be a blast!

Last minute entries to the tournament can be made by contacting the iFish Quepos team at tournaments@marinapezvela.com.

Pelagic Rockstar Tournament Schedule

January 11 Team registration & 7pm kick-off party.
January 12 6.30am boat parade, day 1 fishing & 4.30pm dockside social.
January 13 6.30am boat parade, day 2 fishing & 7pm evening prize presentation.

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Leftover Turkey Gumbo

Chef's Corner logoUsing leftovers from holiday meals is just another way to prolong the feast. Here, the turkey carcass and meat scraps can become a wonderful hearty soup to serve with rice and plenty of hot sauce.


  • 3 quarts of leftover turkey carcass stock
  • 1 ½ cups of flour
  • 1 cup of vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 large green pepper
  • 3 sticks of celery
  • 1 lb (or ½ kg) of sautéed andouille sausage or any sausage
  • We like shrimp too
  • Turkey meat
  • Steamed rice
  • Hot sauce
  • Parsley to garnish

Leftover Turkey GumboDirections

  1. All gumbos start with a roux which means browning flour in oil. I use a low flame and plenty of patience for stirring the pot.
  2. When the roux becomes dark chocolate brown, you must add that Cajun “holy trinity” which is chopped onions, green peppers, and celery.
  3. Then you follow with the stock, and finally the meats. The meat choices are really up to you and what you have on hand.

The only rules to making gumbo are: don’t burn the roux and laissez les bon temps rouler. Or “let the good times roll!”

¿Qué Pasa en Quepos? – January 2018

January 2018 coverBienvenidos…Welcome 2018, we hope you had a wonderful Holiday. High season is upon us in Costa Rica and we are glad you are here to be part of it with us. Green season has provided us a beautiful backdrop to begin this new year of adventure. Our magazine is filled with the best of the best the Southern Pacific Zone has to offer and should help your stay here a trip you never forget.

Try something new this year like sport fishing for a record Marlin (Marina Pe Vela). Zip Lining and exploring the tree tops (Hacienda Baru or Titi Canopy). Paddling thru the Mangrove with Tucanes Tours. Hiking thru some of the most beautiful National parks in the world. Just chillin at the beach, try parasailing or learn to surf ( Aquas Azules or Marcos). They will have you hanging ten in no time. So let the “Pura Vida” lifestyle set the pace for your 2018. Life is short…GO LIVE IT!

We want to thank Paul Gerace for his incredible hairy caterpillar on ginger cover. You can check out more of his photos at photosofcostarica.com, or buy his photo books on blurb.com or amazon.com.

We are always looking for new covers so please send your best shots to info@quepolandia.com for future consideration.

Looking for great food, great drinks, and NFL Football? Stop in to Jolly Rogers, Sanchos, or Double Hook to catch all the games.

Also, great food, great music, and a great cause at PAWS Battle of the Bands, on January 28th at Ronny’s Place.

We would like it welcome our new advertisers this month… Costa Rica Yacht Sales, Karma Lounge, Manuel Antonio Deli, Mogambo Bar, Shanti Spa, and SmartWebCR.

We hope you enjoy our magazine and it helps guide you through this enchanting paradise we call home. You can always follow and share us here and at facebook.com/quepolandia. We appreciate and welcome your comments. Have a great New Year.

Peace and Enjoy..D