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¿Qué Pasa en Quepos? – February 2011

cover-feb-11Bienvenidos/Welcome to Paradise. How lucky you are to be visiting the Quepos/Manuel Antonio area. We hope that your vacation is a wonderful experience………..you have come to the right place for exciting tours like rafting, sportfishing, & canopy zip line – just to name a few!………we also have the most enticing restaurants with delicious meals-culinary delights – no fast food here! made of the freshest seafood including International, Fusion,  Sushi, Thai, Tipico Costa Rican, Tex-Mex – we have it all………..not to mention lots of ice cold libations! This being the month for Lovers & Friendship with Valentine’s Day check our ads for those offering a very special dinner for those romantics – you will also find great live music in both Quepos & Manuel Antonio almost every day of the week including– wonderful classical guitar with Rafa at Victoria’s, Live Music on Monday& Belly Dancing on Thursday at Bogart’s, lots of dancing on Weds with Benjammin & the Howlers At Dos Locos so check our Niven’s Musical Notes on the left sidebar……….for those looking for the  Super Bowl Game we suggest El Gran Escape, Wacky Wanda’s, Byblos just to name a few…….Our local animal rescue group PAWS would like to invite you to visit with them every Saturday on the seawall at the Feria – come see the animals for adoption and learn about PAWS – you can also volunteer to help if you will be staying for awhile…. we would like to thank Gil Westreich of The Silk Shop at the beach for the photo of the Saddleback Caterpillar which makes our cover –watch out for these colorful little guys as they have a nasty sting!……..we hope you enjoy your visit –stay in touch with our website when you return home……..we welcome your comments –  ciao……….P

Getting Tough with Tourism

By Matt Casseday

This current situation with Nicaragua makes me feel like I am witnessing some mean, underfed yet frightening school bully stealing lunch money from the timid, studious kid the next barrio over. The powerless one—Costa Rica– offers no resistance, hands over his change, and looks about pleadingly for help, for some authority figure or big brother/mentor to step in and make things right but no help is forthcoming. Meanwhile, the dull bully –Nicaragua– flexes his angry anemic muscle as Costa Rica waits and waits patiently for someone to come and put the meanie in his place. I love this country, but I don’t love the wimpiness, the “turn the other cheek for we are a trembling but proud people of peace” image we seem to be cultivating. Our answer to this illegal occupation of a small piece of Costa Rica has been to….wave flags. We lack toughness. It’s a brutal world out there and too often the Costa Rican response to turmoil is to seek immediate refuge. And while I have no solution to aggressive neighbors, I do have an idea how Costa Rica can assert itself and show some huevos on the international stage.
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Great Weather for Bare Throated Tiger Herons

By Jack Ewing

The season is here for bird watching fever.

The patter of raindrops lightly pelting the leaves far above our heads was the first warning of a change in weather. It would take a minute or two for the rain to filter down 50 meters, through the layers of canopy to the jungle floor. We covered our binoculars with plastic bags.

“Maybe it’ll pass,” I offered weakly.

“You think so?” queried John, hopefully.

“No, not really, but let’s wait and see. When the rain comes this early in the day, it’s not usually a passing shower. If we go back, we’ll be soaked by the time we get to the house anyway, so we might just as well wait a while and see.”Hacienda Baru

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Why Practice Yoga?

By Mark Goldstein

MeditationWhy practice yoga? Because you will feel better.

Practicing the type of yoga that is right for you will improve your life. Some enter a yoga practice in search of physical improvement, and some are searching for a deeper spiritual involvement. Many find their way into some of both. It is truly unimportant what physical shape that you are in, or whether or not you believe or disbelieve in any type of higher power. All that is important to practice yoga is showing up on your mat and letting your practice unfold.

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Lower Back Pain Release Tips

In my practice as Holistic practitioner and Body Worker I see many people with lower back pain. There can be many causes of back pain and finding what triggers it is crucial for long lasting relieve. I believe that a real solution for any health issue needs to be found by addressing our being as whole. Body mechanics unbalance, unhealthy inner chemical balance and emotional discomfort can all participate to create diseases and pains. While long lasting results can require a professional assessment there are few simple tricks that can help you managing lower back pain.
Holis Wellness Center

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The KSTR Organic Farm

By Volunteer Trevor Tierney

Kids Saving the Rainforest recently partnered with Blue Banyan Inn, an environmentally friendly bed and breakfast located right outside of Manuel Antonio.

The Blue Banyan is part of a 75-acre ecologically sustainable community, encompassing KSTR’s new Wildlife Sanctuary and International Volunteer Center, tilapia farms, nurseries, and botanical gardens. As a KSTR volunteer, I spent part of my time volunteering at the Blue Banyan Inn, helping them move towards their goal of becoming fully self-sustainable. My primary job, along with Rodrigo and Tio, two of the workers on staff, was to harvest a food source for the animals housed at the sanctuary.
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The Duke and Duchess of Londres

Merle-&-Alexander today

Merle & Alexander today

by Steve Huffstutlar

In 1984, I was assigned to work in the dusty, smelly, broken down Pacific banana port of Quepos, which seemed to me then to be the veritable armpit of Costa Rica — it was far from being the shiny tourist paradise it is today. That year, it was my good fortune to be recruited to organize the first oil palm production cooperative in Costa Rica, thus ending the United Fruit Company/Chiquita Banana monopoly and making plantation workers into land owners.

Quepos had been in a gentle downward transition since the 1940’s, when the United Fruit Company had given up farming bananas after the Panama banana disease had somehow followed them from Limon. Oil palm took the place of the bananas, but was much less profitable and employed many fewer people. The company railroad tracks were torn out in 1970 and the first vehicle road to the outside world was built in its place.

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The Kids Come First

Fundacion EditusBy Jim Parisi

Musicians throughout the world have a good reputation for giving back to the community, especially to the next generation, the children, and Central America is no exception. Costa Rica’s three-time Grammy Award winners Editus are a good example. They have recorded twelve albums in their seventeen years together as a group and in an effort to give back to the community, they founded their Acadamie de las Artes in San Jose, Costa Rica in November 2004. It is a modern conservatory that integrates diverse elements of artistic development, not only for music but for dance, literature, theater, painting and photography as well. The music classes they offer are incredibly staffed and diverse, with three drum and percussion instructors, six teachers specializing in voice, lyrics and songwriting, four electric guitarists, six acoustic guitar instructors, two violinists, a cellist, five pianists, one saxophone teacher and a bass guitar instructor. Not surprisingly, some of the current teachers are former students, a sure sign of the Acadamie’s success. The academy also offers a sound lab to teach engineering, mixing, mastering, even DJ sampling. And there is a chorale group who performs a minimum of twice a year with selections as varied as Gospel and spiritual, Rock and Pop, Costa Rican and Latin American songs, in an effort to create a completely diverse chorus.

Jaime Peligro Books and Music

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Connection with Nature

By Juliet Davey

Costa Rica changed everything for me.  I was a suburban London girl whose closest experience to wilderness had been the placid, ambling hills of the English countryside.  They are quite charming but at 23 I wasn’t looking for charming, I was looking for great adventures in far-flung lands, challenges and discoveries.

So I came to Costa Rica and here was a land that appeared untameable.   All those fierce rivers with their fierce will to flow, flanked by luxuriant rainforest, all the heavy mango-scented air.  I swear I could even feel the earth’s pulse beneath the clay-rich soil.  I ate rice and beans, my feet got dirty, my hair wild.  I had found my place.
Holis Wellness Center

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Pasta with Cheesy Chorizo

This is an easy dish that doesn’t take a lot of time and is full of flavor. Basically, it is pasta smothered in a cheese sauce topped with sautéed meat and veggies. The trick is to cook everything gently and watch carefully to make sure nothing overcooks.

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A must for 2011

By Tey Arce

Last Nov 19, more than 120 persons toasted for the titis while enjoying an incredible evening at Gaia Hotel & Reserve. Beyond a local sustainability investment, it was a special gathering for professional and personal networking between like-minded, community-oriented businesses and individuals. Everyone was invited, and even guests staying in various local hotels had a great community bonding time. May Manuel Antonio continue hosting more events like this one. Thanks to Titi Conservation Alliance for going beyond a cocktail party and reminding us that we are part of the solution, and that is possible to contribute for a good cause that will last in the destination that we all love.

A part of the proceeds will be use for purchasing 2011 school supplies for young students in the affected communities of Parrita and Londres. Affected families won´t need to cover for these extra but essential expenses. By ensuring those kids will attend school next year, TCA seeks to maintain a level of education and preparation of the youth.

Luckily, Manuel Antonio/ Quepos is surrounded by people who care, and a new year full of positive perspectives is approaching. We invite you to be a part of it. Join TCA or any local organization that ensures a responsible work towards local sustainability. And don´t forget, if you didn´t toast this year, add it to the list of 2011 musts. You won´t regret it and above all you´ll have a great time!

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

Fishing Report January 2011

By Jerry Glover

Happy New Year, and bienvenidos to Quepos and Manuel Antonio.December began the prime fishing season for our fishing fleet and we’re all geared up and ready to take you fishing. The Sailfish bite is good and should begin to get better each week, with Mahi Mahi fishing still very hot, some being in the 40 to 50 pound range. The Marlin bite is fantastic, the Ojaran III with Captain Junior and mate Alex have released (9) Marlin in the last 4 days. Yellow Fin Tuna are being boated some 80 pounders. Rooster fish are also being boated on our inshore trips, with two to five fish being released. Fishing in Quepos is always good year round.

For your fishing adventure contact Luna Tours Sportfishing, our office is located in the Hotel Best Western Kamuk lobby, downtown Quepos central. We own and operate the Ojaran II, Ojaran III, Magic Moon, and the Reel Deal (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

Cosmic Confetti’s Horoscopes – January 2011

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


CAPRICORN – December 22-January 19

What are you looking for here for? You should be on a spaceship sticking a fish in your ear. It’s not like you didn’t get enough hints. If you are vaporized, it’s your owned damn fault, I’d say.


aquariusAQUARIUS – January 20-February 18

It’s a good idea to take up a new hobby, if you want to make yourself a more interesting person at parties. In your case, I recommend welding. This is also a good month to defy convention. Be yourself. Buy a fedora, for example, and wear it indoors.


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¿Qué Pasa en Quepos? – January 2011

Bienvenidos/Welcome to Quepos/Manuel Antonio the home of Quepolandia ….HAPPY NEW YEARFELIZ ANO NUEVO….we are glad you have found us and hope you enjoy your vacation…..thru our pages you will find helpful hints, interesting articles about our area and Our Wonderful Advertisers that make our magazine possible! Please – when visiting with them, booking a tour or eating in one of our outstanding restaurants– let them now you found them in Quepolandia!………we are happy to announce the winner of our Maple Syrup Contest – Debra Boileau of MA – let us know when the waffles are ready and we’ll be right over! Debra only missed one answer, thanks to all that entered the contest & Jeannie Bird for the syrup! ……Byblos asked us to pass along that the Pizzeria has been completely renovated and is ready to serve you with great pizza and special dinner offers…so stop on by and enjoy the pool & see the monkeys …….our thanks to Diego Solis of Rancho Savegre for our beautiful cover shot…you can book your tour with him at diego@ranchosavegre.com and maybe get your own cover shot—we are lucky to have an abundance of great musicians in our area – you can see where they are playing  in your live music listings in the left sidebar….so go on now and have a great time & when you get home remember you can still stay in touch at www.quepolandia.com where we welcome your comments….ciao…………P

The Sky Is Burning!

sequemaBy Jim Parisi

The alarms sounded some decades past about diminishing rainforests and the worldwide implications, but dry rainforests were overlooked. In his new documentary “Se Quema El Cielo”, Luciano Capelli waves the banner for all to see. The film focuses on the plight of the Guanacaste tropical dry forest, documenting the struggle to preserve over three hundred thousand species of life. One method is to recreate the natural habitat in the area, from the Pacific coastline to the chain of volcanoes Rincon de la Vieja and Orosi, covering lowlands and highlands. Much of this area was pastureland for centuries. One major problem rose when the cattle were removed around 1977 leaving non-indigenous grasses that were planted as feed to squeeze out local plant life. This is how a downhill chain begins because once the native plants disappear, so does the wildlife that depends on them. Without natural enemies, the grasses took over, dried out and became kindling for natural fires due to lightning, controlled fires, mismanaged campfires and even fires set as arson. Historic winds also play a major role.

Jaime Peligro Books and Music

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