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In Tribute to Our Trees

By Donna Porter

In the wake of one of the fiercest storms that our little area of paradise has seen in decades is the destruction, disfigurement and removal of many of our grandest and loveliest trees.  Obviously, a large fallen tree or tree limb can cause severe damage to structures, cars and people, and I hope that none of you, Quepolandians, or visitors to our area, experienced any of these misfortunes.

Today, one week after the storm, the sounds of chainsaws and falling trees still fill the air and we continue to see dramatic changes in our local landscape and forests due to the high winds (or whatever natural phenomena occurred that night) that is heartbreaking.  We humans, instinctively, do not miss something until it is gone, and I think that will be the case with some of our lost trees.  Some folks, however, may be rejoicing having gained instant, hassle (MINAE) – free opened vistas of the ocean or mountains, increased sunlight or resulting less debris and fallen leaves to deal with around your homes or hotels due to tree losses, but I believe the loss of their benefits to our environment, landscape and other native habitat is nothing to celebrate.  Their scattered absence for their welcomed shade, their inherent protection from the winds, their veils of privacy from neighbors, and the birds that perch upon and nest within their boughs while monkeys perform their acrobatic stunts along their routes of travel will eventually be realized.
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Titi Conservation Alliance and INBIO – What a pair!

By Tey Arce

Whether you’re a born tico or an adopted one, chances are good that you’ve heard or visited the INBIO Park. The National Biodiversity Institute of Costa Rica (INBIO) is an internationally renowned private research and management center supporting conservation and sustainable development projects.

Last month, for almost 9 consecutive days, a group of 8 INBIO experts and entomologists explored the surroundings of our Rio Naranjo Biological Corridor. Together with Titi Conservation Alliance team, the group placed traps and collected biodiversity data. Such information is being used to develop the first corridor’s formal ecological report.

Titi’s Conservation Alliance, members and the titis themselves are endlessly thankful to INBIO’s cooperation. And the great news is that final results are expected in October this year. Yes… we’ll keep you informed!

Additionally, leaded by a new director specialized in sustainable tourism, the alliance is now working on the creation of a local purchasing cooperative to help member businesses contribute to the empowerment of local people while improving their own economies of scale.

We are encouraging everyone to get involve in these efforts. Write to us about your tico artisan neighbor, local agricultural farms, regional artists… they will surely appreciate it. Or if you have a local-manufactured product for hotel/tourism supply, let’s meet!  Please send all information to director@monotiti.org.

For more information on Titi Conservation Alliance, please visit our website at www.monotiti.org, or contact us at info@monotiti.org at any time.

Titi Conservation Alliance

Quepos’ Finest Bounty

By Ollie Bass

Much has been said about the beauty of Manuel Antonio and our little corner of paradise.  From the mountains to the beaches, the sunset views, the rivers and waterfalls,  the selva with all the varieties of flora and fauna what more could you ask for.  This article is not about that.

We all know about the multitude of activities available here in Quepolandia.   Surfing,  whitewater rafting,  horseback riding,  canopy tours,  world class sport fishing,   yoga,  ocean kayaking,  scuba diving…….  This article is not about that either.

What I want to write about is available every day, and often overlooked. We have in Quepolandia some of the finest bounty, the most delicious food available anywhere.  The intersection of fine ingredients and culinary artistry that exists here is exceptional.

Think about it, tropical fruits and fresh vegetables:  mango, avocado, tomatoes, strawberries, bananas, pineapples, lettuces. Seafood: snapper, wahoo, shrimp, river prawns, lobster, mahi mahi, tuna, robalo, calimari, mussels from New Zealand, fresh and smoked trout. Meats – pork,  chicken, now even beef, imported lamb. Fresh baked breads. Dairy and cheese products. Fine wine. Gourmet coffee. All here in fresh abundance.

Prepare any of the above with the creativity brought to Quepolandia by chefs from all corners of the world: Italian, French, Indonesian, Thai, German, Polish, Mexican, Californian, Japanese and you end up with exquisite dishes. Now fuse this. Morph it. Imagine the possibilities of tropical ingredients and knowledgeable traveled experienced imaginative innovation. We have that here.

Think of this as an invitation or maybe a reminder. We have some of the best cuisine available in the world. Get out and try some at our wonderful restaurants.

Cosmic Confetti’s Horoscopes – July 2010

These Horoscopes are meant to be fun and enjoyed. They should not be taken too seriously.


CANCER -June 22-July 22

Happy Birthday to you! Through a casual remark in an elevator…you will realize that both you and your fellow passenger have seen John Cleese’s informational film called “How to Irritate People” By the time you reach the 10th floor, you will both be severely vexed with one another. This might be a good month to carry your enchanting tool with you… you never know.



leoLEO – July 23- August 22

You will find a small speckled egg, shimmering a little, in an unusual place. If you keep it warm in a 350 degree oven for 3 weeks, it will hatch into a small dragon and then eat you! The lesson to be learned here is…stay tuned…



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¿Qué Pasa en Quepos? – July 2010

Bienvendio/Welcome to our beautiful corner of Paradise– blue blue skies- beautiful green trees and plants and maybe a little rain – but then it is “Green Season”…….so enjoy everything you do while visiting Quepos/Manuel Antonio & all of Costa Rica….and we have lots for you to do! Try flying thru the air on a zip line, rafting a rushing river, repelling down a waterfall, horseback riding on one of our beautiful beaches, snorkeling/diving, or parasailing – you name we have it for an exciting vacation —or—just relax on the beach or at the pool with a cool drink and watch the birds and monkeys play – visit with our advertisers and hear the stories of the locals –  we guarantee you won’t be bored…..and when you get  hungry rest assured that we have the finest restaurants with the freshest food to delight everyone in your group. Enjoy our Pura Vida life style – relax and stay awhile……we hope that you have found Quepolandia helpful and enjoyable – we would like to thank David for the great Marlin picture which makes our cover this month- and check our website for other wonderful photos sent in by our readers…………on June 1st Mother Nature hit this area hard with high sustained winds & rain—toppling many of our beautiful trees, knocking out power/telephone – damaging homes and businesses- & closing the Manuel Antonio National Park for a week – we would like to thank everyone from government agency to the general local population that pitched in to clean us up and get us back in business………………so enjoy your stay and come back soon……………caio………….P

Rainforests of Costa Rica and Beyond

RainforestsBy Jim Parisi

Did you know that frogs don’t drink water? It’s true: instead of lapping it up with their tongues in the conventional sense like a dog or a cat, frogs absorb water through their skin. I learned this bit of interesting information, and a lot more, when I recently read Adrian Forsyth’s new book, “Rainforests – Costa Rica and Beyond”. Forsyth, and award winning author and biologist, is definitely at home in the rainforest, drawing on more than forty years of experience as reference to present this publication. And it is some impressive experience that Adrian brings to the table: Vice President of the Blue Moon Fund, Director of Biodiversity Science for the Andean/Amazon Foundation, a PhD from Harvard in tropical ecology, Vice President of Conservation International, a research associate at the Smithsonian Institute, and the list goes on from there. Forsyth is also the author of at least five books ensconced in ecology, including the eye-catching title, “The Natural History of Sex”.

Jaime Peligro Books and Music

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Potty Time – June 2010


Rainforest Facts

Did you know that…

Rainforests are primarily defined by two factors: where they are found on the earth and the amount of rainfall they receive. Rainforests are typically found in tropical locations and receive from 160-315 inches of rain per year.

There are 3.4 million square miles of tropical forest around the equator.

While rainforests cover only 2% of the Earth’s surface or 6% of its landmass, they house over ½ of the plant and animal species on Earth.
Kids Saving the Rainforest Logo
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Lo que se dice de las preposiciones


Alzo la mano, y tú me la cercenas. Abro los ojos, me los sajas vivos. Sed tengo, y sal se vuelven tus arenas.

Esto es ser hombre. Horror a manos llenas. Ser –y no ser- eternos, fugitivos. ¡Ángel con grandes alas de cadenas!

Blas de Otero

Una lengua no solo necesita palabras que expresen conceptos y sucesos, como los sustantivos y verbos, sino que también requiere palabras que expresen las variadas relaciones entre los conceptos y las situaciones.

En español, existen dos tipos de palabras que cumplen la función de nexo, porque unen otros tipos de palabras, frases u oraciones.  Estas palabras son las preposiciones y las conjunciones.

La diferencia entre ambas radica en el tipo de unión que establecen.  Los elementos que unen la conjunción mantienen el mismo nivel sintáctico, mientras que la preposición establece una relación de dependencia.  Por ejemplo, si se quieren unir las palabras “pan” y “mantequilla”, se podría recurrir a una conjunción y decir: “pan y mantequilla”.  En este caso, ambas palabras se encuentran a un mismo nivel.  Sin embargo, si se unen mediante una preposición se diría “pan con mantequilla”, la segunda palabra ya no se encuentra al mismo nivel de la primera, sino que estaría subordinada a esta.

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by Jack Ewing

These days everybody knows that Costa Rica is a Central American country located between Panama and Nicaragua, but there was a time when it was fairly common for people to confuse it with Puerto Rico. I once made that mistake myself. Little did I know that I would end up living here for most my life.

As director of Hacienda Barú National Wildlife Refuge, I meet lots of people and am often asked the question: “How long have you been here?”

“Forty years”

“Wow, what did you do, come down here on vacation and never leave?”

“Well no, it wasn’t quite like that.”

Hacienda Baru
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Say Goodbye To My Outie

by Matt Casseday

So there I was, strapped to a gurney in the Quepos hospital. My bata was askew, private parts exposed, and a self-assured man in a green surgical suit was fitting a breathing apparatus over my nose and mouth. “Respire profundo”, he ordered, and I took one, two, three deep breaths. As consciousness slipped away, brutally and rapidly, my last thought was: `This must be what its like to die.´

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Fishing Report – June 2010

By Jerry Glover

Welcome and bienvenidos to Quepos and Manuel Antonio. Fishing continues to be very good in our area. A few Marlin, and Sailfish are being released daily with and Mahi Mahi are still being boated, some in the 40 lb range. Rooster fish action is good, with 2 to 3 fish being released on our half day charters. Several have been in the 35# to 40# range. Fishing in Quepos is always good year round. It’s always an adventure to spend the day enjoying the ocean and the many species of marine life in our area. Don’t delay! For your fishing adventure contact Luna Tours Sport fishing, our office is located in the Hotel Best Western Kamuk lobby, downtown Quepos central. We own and operate 4 Sport Fishing boats (27 ft to 33 ft) and can also arrange other boats for charter up to 46 ft for half day or full day charters.  Contact us at 2777-0725 (office), 8869-4808 (24 hour cell), visit our web site at www.lunatours.net, or stop by the office for a fishing report, and talk some fishing.

Fishing Report

Homemade Pizza

By Bruce Zabov

This issue we’re doing homemade pizza and, as it turns out, the house is sold, and this will also be my final column so we’ll celebrate with a pizza “party” before we return to the U.S.

Whether you’re settling in for a quiet afternoon or evening at home or planning a party there’s always something festive feeling with pizza on the menu! ( In Italian “pizza literally means”pie”). Or it’s handy to have in the freezer so it’s ready for a quick snack or you need a quick bite to eat if you’re in a rush.
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La Pura Vida de Costa Rica

By David Gee, El señor del norte

The sun played well its roll today. It changed a cold desert into a less cold but glowing desert at sunrise. It back-lit the Organ Mountains. Then it warmed the desert floor and inched it’s way into dark corners and brightened them and warmed them. The day grew warmer and brighter with each passing hour.

At mid day it was a delight to have lunch at a sidewalk cafe. Alone, yet not really alone, lunch was leisurely and interesting. People came and went. Some spoke, others not. Some looked terribly busy. I wondered how their day was going.

Rush hour ushered in what could tentatively be called a hot afternoon.

By sundown all was warm. The white patches of cloud which drifted into the valley late in the afternoon were being underscored with heavy dark rain clouds. I doubt there was water in them. They just looked threatening.

Shadows grew long and stretched endlessly up the gentle slopes away from the Casitas and towards the Organs. Suddenly a puff of air. . . . and it was cool. How fickle the sun made the breeze. I made some hot tea and sat in my chair on the porch to watch the Organs change colors. I drifted off…..

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Krissia Rodriguez Porras

(in English)
Por Carol Vlassoff
Traducido por Rosa Arechederra

Krissia Rodriguez PorrasProbablemente lo primero que le llama la atencion a uno cuando conoce a Krissia Rodríguez, Gerente General del supermercado mas grande en Quepos, Super Mas, es que ella se ve tan joven. Y es joven – sólo 31 años -y lleva trabajando en la tienda de su padre desde que era niña.

Se ríe cuando recuerda cómo ella y su hermana se organizaban las vacaciones de verano de tres meses: “Nos poniamos de acuerdo para tener un mes de vacaciones y pasar los otras dos trabajando en la tienda. Pensábamos que trabajabamos muy duro, siempre pidiendo a los cajeros que nos dejaran ayudarles, ahora me doy cuenta que realmente no trabajabamos tanto.”

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