Quepolandia logo

TCA celebrated Dia del Arbol with Hogar de Ancianos

Hogar de AncianosOn Friday June 17, TCA celebrated Dia del Arbol, (National Tree Day) by organizing a tree planting with 6th grade students from the Naranjito Elementary School at the future site of the Hogar de Ancianos. The Elderly Care Hogar of Quepos is relocating from its current site in Paquita to a new site located at the entrance to the small community of Naranjito about 15 minutes from Quepos. The 2 acre lot was generously donated by Lic. Manuel Solano, however the costs of the necessary infrastructure such as road entrance, electric and water connections have been raised by the Homes’s administrative Association from public and private donations. Building plans and permits are almost fully completed and construction is due to begin in later this year. Part of the property has been set aside as a “Green Reserve Area” with a short walking trail along the stream that runs through the property.

Titi Conservation Alliance

Read More…

What’s Shaking at Marina Pez Vela? – August 2016

By Scott Cutter

So much for a quiet and uneventful green season! The environment here at Marina Pez Vela just keeps getting more dynamic and the combination of the summer travel season and the events here at the project, there is never a dull moment. We want to thank everyone who came out to join us in our July 4th celebrations and hope that all of you, locals and visitors alike will stay tuned for our upcoming events and continue to form a part of the community and family at the project. August promises more fun and celebrations and here is an update of some important activities and happenings at the project.


August 15th is Mothers Day here in Costa Rica so do not wait to make your reservations at any of the restaurants here at Marina Pez Vela. There is no more beautiful setting in which to treat your mother to a special dinner, beautiful environment to celebrate all they have and continue to do for us and space at the Marina is going to go fast. Z Gasto Bar, Runaway Grill, Mercato del Porto, Gabriellas Steak and Seafood, Sunrice and Falafel Bar are all here to make an unforgettable experience for your mothers and of course the decadent Gelateria Amorosi for those with the sweet tooth!

Marina Pez Vela logo

Read More…

¿Qué Pasa en Quepos? – August 2016

August 2016 coverBienvenidos…Welcome to our piece of paradise. We are sure you will have a great time. There are so many wonderful things Costa Rica has to offer and we have them all right here. Amazing beaches to stroll or fly with Aquas Azules Parasailing. World class sport fishing and a fleet of boats waiting for you at Marina Pez Vela. Congratulations to Roy Zapatao for your world record 51 lb. Snook.  (see article pg. 44).  We have   tours from skydiving (Skydive Costa Rica) to scuba diving and everything in between. Whether you want to relax and enjoy the nature and wildlife on a mangrove tour or for a little more adrenaline try white water rafting ( Quepoa Expeditions). Our mangroves and rivers are as magical as our coastline. To experience the jungle canopy there is nothing like ziplining ( TiTi Canopy tours). Or the first of its kind EcoTram at Hacienda Baru( tell Jack we sent you). August is whale season so while you are enjoying a cocktail at our many restaurants with a view pay attention to the coast you never know when a family of Humpbacks will go swimming by.

We want to welcome the ISA Surf World Championships to Jaco August   The Costa Rican surf team will be defending their World Title which they won in Nicaragua in 2015. The surfing will be world class as well as the destination, what better way to defend the title then to have home field(ocean) advantage. So lets go out and support the CR surf team to another World Championship. Thank you Paul for the amazing cover. VIVA COSTA RICA!!!

We would also like to wish all you mothers a Happy Mother’s Day. We would not be here if not for you. So don’t make mom cook take advantage of our incredible selection of restaurants. She probably would not mind a massage or mani pedi either.

I would also like to welcome our new advertisers Tico Pod Art Gallery, Coral Yacht Adventures, Monkey Ride and The Kayak Lodge.

We hope you enjoy our magazine and it helps guide you through this enchanting paradise we call home. You can always follow us here or on facebook. We appreciate and welcome your comments. Again Good Luck to the Costa Rica Surf Team…

Peace and Enjoy……D




National Parks of Costa Rica by Gregory Basco and Robin Kazmier

National Parks of Costa Rica coverBy Gary Garrett

When Costa Rica’s first national park was created in 1971 ( Poas Volcano National Park), the country’s deforestation was at an all-time high. In point of fact, even during the 1980’s, Costa Rica was losing its forest cover at a rate higher than any country in the western hemisphere. With international attention focused on Brazil’s disappearing rainforests, the disaster in Costa Rica went largely unnoticed. In 1950, for example, 90% of the of the country was covered in forest. By 1990 that figure was 25%.

Read More…

Meet Our Landowner Sponsors

During the 15th anniversary year of the Titi Conservation Alliance (TCA), we feel it is important to recognize the many people and organizations who have supported our projects over the years. From the founding members who legally created the organization to the staff and volunteers, all have had an important impact on improving the habitat of the Titis (and other species as well). This month we would like to especially recognize the landowners who have given their approval to allow us to plant and maintain trees on their property. Many people do not realize that not only do the sponsors “give up” some land but also incur significant out of pocket expenses such as fencing, weeding, and fertilizer so that the young trees can survive the critical first 3 years after planting.

Titi Conservation Alliance

Read More…


Spanish Sucks by Os¡Hola amigos!  ¿How are you guys doing?  With this issue I am accomplishing my article number 50!!!!!  I remember when I said to myself:  “When I accomplish fifty articles I am gonna write an e-book”.  Well, it’s on my list now…

50th lesson!Today, I am gonna share with you some of the links of some of the most inspirational TED Talks I have watched about learning languages.

Some of them have influenced me and/or my methodology of teaching, some of them (quite my favorite ones) have changed my point of view about learning languages and/or why to learn languages.  ANY LANGUAGE.

Read More…

That’s Fishin’ – July 2016

Fishing on the Good Day

Fishing on the Good Day

By Sarah Munro

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. This is the promised land of fishing. I remember my first few trips to Guanacaste, Costa Rica. I was always disappointed. Where was the green? Where was the epic bite that we heard of? Through a friend, I found the right spot and changed my plans to come here, 4 years ago. Of course my first trip included days on the water, and that’s all it took. Three months later, I had moved here. People always ask, why did you move here? The answer is always the same—for the fishing.

Read More…

Design Wise – July 2016

Lighting by Shelagh Duncan

“Light is the first element of design; without it there is no color, form, or texture.”  Thomas E. Farin – educator, lighting consultant, entrepreneur

Dining roomLighting is such an important part of our lives, and one we take for granted most of the time. For me, I love lighting fixtures. They are like jewellery for the home!

Visually, light fixtures can add style to your home, and in practical terms the lighting you choose can effectively alter the mood or ambience of a room.

We have many lighting choices available that will add that special something to a room, and make it feel complete. Lighting options range from the edgy Industrial style, to sleek Modern and Contemporary styles, and from Rustic fixtures to the latest On-Trend designs.
Royal Palm Interiors

Read More…

Quite the Contrary

By Todd Pequeen

I expand my possibilities in life by cultivating the opposite in myself. When I was young I did not have much choice. As an adult I do, and so I use my free will to be the antagonist from within. I understand that no matter how correct I think my decisions are, or how black and white a situation seems, there are always shades of grey or layers of circumstance that I may be unaware of. This requires humility beyond the four decades of lessons I have learned. A set frame of mind can be my own worst enemy. Cultivating the opposite moves my life towards the pursuit of liberation. Freedom from all lesser pursuits (that often revolve around money, food, sex, and power) can be greatly empowering. The value of seeking change and enlightenment enriches my days beyond what I have previously dreamed.

Read More…

Fiddlin’ Around – July 2016


By Nancy Buchan

Rarely are health issues or our physical or mental well-being topics for songwriters or poets. We all know that life isn’t fair, that there is no justice in the world, and as Jim Morrison said, “No one here gets out alive!” Well, I did know a lawyer once who named his golden retriever ‘Justice’, just so he could feel like he had some in his life I guess. And why is it folks are always saying they’re sick as a dog? Even Aerosmith has a rocker with that title, though I’m not real sure what they’re singing about. “Sick as a dog, what’s your story? Sick as a dog, umm, cat got your tongue? Sick as a dog, you’ll be sorry—Sick as a dog, cause you really ain’t that young.” But most of the time songwriters stay clear of those gloomy and dire medical themes, universal though they may be. Of course there are always tasteless exceptions, like ACDC’s song The Jack, where they are really talking about getting the clap, or Joe Jackson’s blunt song Everything Gives You Cancer. Ted Nugent, who is often inappropriate, has a song called Cat Scratch Fever, Led Zeppelin put out a song in 1975 called Sick Again, and Van Halen sang Somebody Get Me a Doctor. New Orleans R & B artist Huey ‘piano’ Smith wrote a rollicking catchy tune called Rockin’ Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu in 1957, which was later a hit for Johnny Rivers. “I wanna jump but I’m afraid I’ll fall—I wanna holler but the joint’s too small. Young man’s rhythm’s got a hold of me too—I got the rockin’ pneumonia and the boogie woogie flu”. 

Read More…

Releasing Orphaned Sloths Back into the Rainforest

An adult female wild 3-toed sloth eating near the soft release site.

An adult female wild 3-toed sloth eating near the soft release site.

By Sam Trull

Sometimes people ask us why and how we release orphaned sloths and why are they orphaned in the first place.  We believe sloths deserve a second chance to be wild and that preventing harm to wild sloths from human encroachment is a priority. Here is our philosophy on this very important subject.

Why release? How do we know that they are ‘fit’ to live in the wild again? How do we know they deserve to live in the wild and weren’t rejected from their mothers for a reason? Are we playing god?

We aren’t playing god and we aren’t changing the natural evolutionary process that sloths have mastered over millions of years. Sloths require rescuing, in the first place, because of human encroachment on their natural habitat. Our goal is to right the wrongs that have been placed upon these wild populations. In Manuel Antonio we have witnessed, on many occasions, human disturbances causing separation from mom. Loud noises from a chain saw that cause mom to retreat to a part of the tree that baby can’t follow; tree trimming while a mom and baby duo were in the tree that caused baby to fall; dog attacking mother but baby surviving. These are just a few of the obvious reasons babies can be separated from their mothers. But there are also less obvious factors from the change in the availability of natural resource, all caused from human encroachment to their environment. It may sometimes be natural for mothers to abandon babies but those unfortunate creatures who are born with lethal defects are more likely to not survive being rescued nor are they likely to survive the rehab process. The rehab process is not easy and it’s not a guarantee of survival. Sloths still need to be relatively ‘fit’ in order to successfully conquer the hardships of captivity.
The Sloth Institute Logo

Read More…

Battling with the Africanized Bees

My struggle with what has been called the most successful biologically invasive species ever to plague the western hemisphere.

By Jack Ewing

beeHacienda Barú Lodge has been in operation since 1990, and I thought that I had experienced all of the problems that could possibly confront a hotel manager. That was until one warm March evening in 2012 when a swarm of africanized bees invaded one of our guest rooms. The guests had returned to their room about 6:30 pm and found it full of bees. The first hotel employee they encountered was the guard who they told about the problem. He went to see for himself and called the office on his radio.

“There are a lot of bees in #24” he told me.

“How many is a lot?” I asked, “10, 20, 50?”

“Oh no, lots more; I mean that there are 1000’s of bees in #24.”

“I’ll be right there,” I said, and headed out the door.

Hacienda Baru

Read More…

Maki Sushi

Maki SushiBy Desiree Brassert

These are surprisingly easy to make. The key is in the sweet vinegar rice. Sushi rice should stickier then usual so don’t fret if it looks like too much cooking liquid.

Makes 4 maki or 32 bite size pieces

Read More…

Kids Saving the Rainforest & Blue Banyan Inn Symbiosis

Blue Banyon InnDid you know that Kids Saving the Rainforest manages a Bed & Breakfast to help raise funds to save the rainforest and wildlife in the area?

We realize that very few people do! KSTR has been managing the Blue Banyan Inn (BBI) for over 3 years now!

BBI (www.bluebanyaninn.com) consists of 3 luxury cottages with a panoramic view of the mountains, a spectacular swimming pool, and a beautiful restaurant for daily breakfasts, just10 minutes from Maxi Pali, 15 minutes from Quepos and Marina and 30 minutes from the National Park/main beach.

Kids Saving the Rainforest Logo

Read More…

Patient 25

shambling through paradiseI was getting this occasional pain in my solar plexus, usually after eating. It was a sharp and constant pain, and the most comfortable position during these episodes was standing. I would check my pulse, which was always a steady 60 or so beats a minute. I would google cancers of the stomach, colon, pancreas and liver and read over and over the symptoms, and reassure myself that I had none of the above, while my midsection felt like someone was applying  pressure with something hard and pointed. Usually the pain receded within a few hours. One day the pain came and would not go away.

Read More…