Have a ball at the Stone Spheres Festival in Costa Rica

Coming at the end of the month to the Osa southern region of Costa Rica, the ninth Festival of the Stone Spheres celebrates one of the most enigmatic historical and cultural mysteries of Costa Rica.

The 2014 Festival of the Spheres will be held March 26 to 30 in Palmar Sur, Palmar Norte and Sierpe. Put on by the National Museum of Costa Rica, the majority of the activities will be at its new satellite Museum of the Stone Spheres at Finca 6 in Palmar Sur, where research on the country’s spheres is centered.

The giant, perfectly-formed spheres of granite-like igneous rock were discovered in southern Costa Rica. Their origin, exact age and history are still a mystery, though archaeologists tentatively date the spheres to 400 to 1500 A.D. Man-made by an indigenous people who disappeared long ago and left no written records, the spheres have sparked international attention as to their origin and purpose. It is suspected that they were used to represent astronomical constellations, for delineation of tribal areas, or served as a place of worship and gathering. They were declared a UNESCO World Heritage in early 2014.

Around 300 spheres have been found in the Diquís Delta region in the south Pacific of Costa Rica, near the Térraba River and the cities of Puerto Cortés, Palmar Norte and Sierpe. The almost perfectly spherical stones range in diameter from a few centimeters up to 2.5 meters, with the largest weighing 16 tons. They were discovered in the early 1930s during the clearing of jungle for banana plantations. One of the many unanswered questions is how the native peoples transported a 16-ton ball made of a rock that exists 50 miles away from where the spheres were found in the jungle.

The Festival of the Stone Spheres will combine cultural and artistic performances, environmental themes, concerts, craft fairs, and educational and sports activities. Shows will be put on by indigenous local Borucas, whose ancestors are credited with having made the spheres. A 47 km mountain bike recreational race will follow historic routes through some pre-Columbian communities and former banana plantations. There also will be an 8 km foot race.

Attend the Festival of the Stone Spheres on your way to or from Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge on Golfo Dulce. The remote oceanfront jungle property is a unique and exotic Costa Rica eco-lodge on a 165-acre private reserve across from the Osa Peninsula.

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Rainforest retreats at a unique Costa Rica eco lodge

Imagine attending a workshop or a retreat, but instead of a conference center or event hall, you were surrounded by lush coastal rainforest, listening to the sounds of lapping waves of 80-degree calm Pacific gulf waters and roars of howler monkeys in the jungle.

This is what it is like to have a retreat or seminar at Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge in Costa Rica. The remote oceanfront jungle lodge on a 165-acre private reserve in southern Costa Rica is a unique and exotic location to organize relaxing and private retreats.

From conferences with scientific guest lecturers to yoga retreats, family reunions to company meetings, Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge is ideal for small group getaways. Groups of 18-28 persons can take the entire lodge for a completely private event; or smaller groups can share the lodge with other guests and still have private meeting and gathering space.

Accessible only by boat, Playa Nicuesa is situated on the breathtaking Golfo Dulce (“Sweet Gulf”), one of only a handful of unique tropical fjords in the world. The renowned Osa Peninsula is just across these placid Pacific Ocean waters from the lodge. Their protected reserve joins into the Piedras Blancas National Park.

The undeveloped and pristine haven embraces conservation and harmony with nature. Electric is powered by solar panel generators and fresh water bubbles in from a natural spring. Playa Nicuesa’s beautiful and specially-designed 3,000-square-foot main lodge building – described by some to be like Robinson Crusoe’s tree house – was built all with sustainable materials and houses an open-air bar, dining room and lounge areas. One-of-a-kind “jungle-chic” accommodations in five private bungalows and a separate four-room two-story guest house all have private open-air bathrooms with hot water showers, canopy queen beds, hardwood floors, ceiling fans and private terraces. Fresh meals are included in all stays.

There is a spacious yoga deck by the beach and a canopy-level yoga platform in the main lodge building. Yoga classes are given daily in the early morning and late afternoon. To complement any retreat or seminar program, there are plenty of adventure tours: rainforest hikes on private trails to a waterfall, bird-watching, kayaking and snorkeling on the Golfo Dulce, a botanic garden tour, fishing, a jungle river tour by boat or kayak, and more. Abundant wildlife in the area includes three types of monkeys, coatis, agoutis, crocodiles, Scarlet Macaws, toucans and other tropical birds.

For more information on holding a retreat, seminar or group event at Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge, check here.

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5 Strange and exotic animals you don’t want to miss in Costa Rica

Sandwiched between North and South America and two oceans, Costa Rica is an amazing bridge of biodiversity bursting with natural wonders. For such a small country, it is home to more than 500,000 species; 250 of which are mammals.

Costa Rica’s south Pacific region of Golfo Dulce (Sweet Gulf) is one of the most intense zones for plants and animals. Surrounded by the Corcovado National Park, Piedras Blancas National Park, and Golfito Wildlife National Refuge, Golfo Dulce is wild jungle at its best.

Here are five strange and exotic mammals you don’t want to miss seeing at Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge on Golfo Dulce:

1. The Central American Agouti is a large rodent, kind of like a hamster on steroids, which feeds mainly on fruits and seeds. You can see them roaming the forest foraging during the day. Agoutis have a keen nose and sharp hearing, and make a high pitched noise when frightened.

2. The Tayra, known as a “tolomuco” in Costa Rica, is in the weasel family. Most tayras have either dark brown or black fur with a lighter patch on its chest. Tayras eat mainly rodents, but also fruits, honey, reptiles and birds. They live in hollow trees, underground burrows or nests in tall grass.

3. Also called a coatimundi, the White-nosed Coati is a long-nosed brother of the raccoon. They are omnivores, preferring small vertebrates, insects, eggs, and fruits like bananas and papayas. They can climb trees easily and use their tail for balance, but usually they are on the ground.

4. Sloths are known for being incredibly slow; sloths sleep 16 to 18 hours a day and live high in the tree canopy, coming down only once a week or so to relieve body waste. Although slow in the trees and walking, they are actually strong swimmers. They eat mostly buds, tender shoots and leaves, mainly of Cecropia trees. You can see both the Three-toed sloth and the Two-toed sloth at Playa Nicuesa.

5. The Northern Tamandua is a medium-sized anteater with a prehensile tail that can latch onto tree trunks and branches. Its fur is pale yellow over most of the body, with a distinctive “vest” of black fur. Living mostly in the trees, its tongue is long and covered in sticky saliva able to pick up ants and termites – these animals might eat up to 9,000 insects in one day. Northern Tamanduas are mainly nocturnal.

See these animals and much more at Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge on their 165-acre private reserve bordering the Piedras Blancas National Park at Golfo Dulce. The eco-lodge is a great place for travelers interested in ecotourism, nature and adventure. For the best wildlife viewing, go on a guided hike on the lodge’s trails in the early morning or just before sunset.

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See Scarlet Macaws on a Nicuesa Lodge rainforest adventure.

As far as beautiful tropical birds go, Scarlet Macaws are the kings and queens. There is nothing quite like the flash of brilliant red, blue and yellow of wild Scarlet Macaws flying overhead or their loud raucous squawk to let you know you are in the jungle.

An endangered species, Scarlet Macaws (Ara macao) live in tropical forests from Mexico to South America. In Costa Rica, they live in dry, moist, and wet tropical lowland forests along the Pacific Coast where large mature trees provide nesting holes and food of nuts, fruits and flowers. Macaws especially like Costa Rica’s coastal almond trees.

Their distinctive noisy cry carries for miles, so you usually hear them before you see them. When you do sight a Scarlet Macaw in the wild, they are a breathtaking rainbow of colors – fire engine red bodies with sunshine yellow and royal blue wing feathers tinged with a bit of green, and a distinct stark white patch around both eyes. Unfortunately, the birds’ striking colors makes them a favorite on the world illegal pet market, tagging prices of up to several thousands of dollars. Poaching and loss of habitat from deforestation are the main factors for the Macaws’ declining numbers, according to the ARA Project.

The non-profit ARA Project operates a breeding and wilderness release program for the Great Green Macaw (Ara ambiguus) and the Scarlet Macaw (Ara macao) in Costa Rica. Over the past 13 years, the ARA Project has freed 70 Scarlet Macaws in their Tiskita release site on Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula. “These macaws have survival rates of about 85% and have successfully reproduced in the wild,” said Project co-director Chris Castles. “There are over 100 macaws there now including the babies born in the wild.”

Macaws can live to be over 60 years old and mate for life. There are an estimated 1,500 Scarlet Macaws living in Costa Rica. You can see them along the Central Pacific Coast from the Carara National Park to Manuel Antonio, and throughout the Osa Peninsula and Golfo Dulce region in the South Pacific.

At Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge on the Golfo Dulce, Scarlet Macaws like to hang out in the almond trees by the beach, munching on the tasty almond fruit. Including the Macaws, at Nicuesa you can see more than 250 species of birds. Nicuesa Lodge is actively involved in wildlife conservation and protects 165 acres of rainforest in a private reserve bordering the Piedras Blancas National Park. The area is a biological corridor connecting to the Osa Peninsula and Corcovado National Park to the west and Panama to the south.

Nicuesa eco-lodge is a great place for travelers interested in ecotourism, nature and adventure. We offer guided birding walks and hiking in the rainforest, among other adventure tours.

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The dining is exquisite at Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge

One of the most frequently asked questions we get at Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge is: “What are the meals like?” Given Playa Nicuesa Lodge’s remote location, this is an important question. Everyone wants to know what they are going to eat!

At Playa Nicuesa Lodge, all meals and snacks are included in guest stays. We know what you’re thinking … isolated eco-lodge means spartan, simple meals, right? Wrong. Nicuesa’s chefs prepare exceptional meals of world-class cuisine fresh every day. Emphasis is on healthy local Latino-style cuisine, fresh fish, tropical fruits and vegetables.

On our 165-acre private reserve we grow many different tropical fruit trees, including mangoes, star fruit, oranges, lemons, papayas, water apples, bananas and coconuts. Our edible garden supplies us with pineapples, sugar cane, some vegetables and herbs. Our breads, tortillas and desserts, juices and salsas are made fresh in our kitchen, as is our signature lemongrass tea. The water at Playa Nicuesa is drinkable right from the tap. It comes from a natural spring, and we have a UV and sediment filtration system.

 

The Golfo Dulce in front of the lodge is full of fresh fish. Take one of our fishing tours, or learn to fish with a hand-line right from our dock. What you catch may be dinner or an appetizer that night!

Menus may be custom tailored to “children friendly” foods, vegetarians, and persons with specific dietary needs. We ask that you or your travel agent let us know about any dietary requirements as early as possible before your arrival. Since the lodge is remotely located, we plan all meals far in advance. See sample menus here.

Dining at Nicuesa Lodge is family-style in our uniquely designed tree-top open-air dining area (or, you may dine at a separate table upon request). We always enjoy the wonderful conversations and sharing of adventures that take place between our guests. Happy hour with drink specials and appetizers is nightly between 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. in our thatched roof candlelit bar.

Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge is located on the Golfo Dulce next to the Piedras Blancas National Park in the South Pacific region of Costa Rica. Nicuesa Lodge is a unique adventure travel destination. We offer family vacations, honeymoon trips, nature and adventure vacations, and yoga classes and retreats.

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Guarding the King of the Jungle on the Osa Peninsula

Like the lion or the tiger, the jaguar is the “king of the jungle” in the Americas. It is the largest feline in the Americas and the third largest in the world, notes Wikipedia. With a range extending from Southwestern United States and Mexico across much of Central America and south to Paraguay and northern Argentina, there are only an estimated 15,000 jaguars left in the wild, according to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

“The jaguar is still an abundant species, but is threatened by habitat loss and persecution,” notes a 2008 report by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). “Due to loss of habitat, poaching of prey and fragmentation of populations across portions of the range, this species is considered to be ‘near threatened.’ If threats continue at the current rate, the species will likely qualify for ‘vulnerable’ status in the near future.”

This spotted cat most closely physically resembles the leopard, although it is usually larger and stockier, and its behavior is more similar to that of the tiger. Jaguars prefer dense rainforest for their habitat, but will range across a variety of forested and open terrains; they usually stay near water, and jaguars are noted for enjoying swimming like tigers.

In Costa Rica, the Osa Peninsula is an important refuge for the jaguar. The large cats roam between the vast Corcovado National Park, the biological corridor of the Golfo Dulce Forest Reserve, and the Piedras Blancas National Park. The biggest threat to the jaguar population is being killed by farmers, reported a 2011 article on jaguar conservation by the Tico Times. According to Eduardo Carrillo, biologist and director of the International Institute of Conservation and Wildlife at the National University (ICOMVIS-UNA) in Heredia, the conflict between farmers and jaguars has resulted from the loss of the wildcats’ natural prey.

“Much of the reason that jaguars enter farms to attack cattle is because sport hunting has diminished their principal prey and sources of food in protected areas,” Carrillo said. “People kill the principal prey of the jaguars and it leaves them without sufficient food. As a result, they leave the protected areas and kill cows and pigs, which results in the jaguars being killed by farmers. In Costa Rica, it is the principal cause of the decreasing population of jaguars.”

Wildlife conservation groups on the Osa Peninsula are actively trying to educate farmers and landowners located near national forests on how to protect their animals while also safeguarding the jaguars.

In Puerto Jiménez, Yaguará (the native word for jaguar) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that protects wildlife, mainly wild cats. They work with the community and the National Parks system to study jaguars and ensure their survival and also for their prey throughout southern Costa Rica and northern Panama. Yaguará is experimenting with alternative strategies, such as a farmer compensation program when a wildcat kills an animal.

The organization has created an extensive network of infrared “camera traps,” which use motion detectors to capture on film anything that passes by the camera. Yaguará’s scientists use the information to study the Osa’s wildcat populations, especially those of ocelots, pumas and jaguars.

Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge, across the Golfo Dulce from the Osa Peninsula, also has installed camera traps to record wildlife activity in their 165-acre private rainforest preserve. The Playa Nicuesa Reserve borders the Piedras Blancas National Park, which connects to the Osa Peninsula and Corcovado National Park, so it is feasible that they could capture on camera the same jaguars that roam the Osa.

Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge is an environmentally sustainable lodge on the pristine Pacific coastline of the Golfo Dulce. The award-winning eco-lodge caters to travelers interested in ecotourism, nature and adventure. They offer family vacations, honeymoon trips, nature and adventure vacations, and yoga classes and retreats.

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Costa Rica’s Rich Biodiversity Reveals 5,000 New Species

It is amazing, that in this day and age, scientists are still discovering completely new species of plants and animals in the world. You would think that everything had already been discovered.
In Costa Rica, for instance, recent reports reveal that 5,000 new species of animals and plants have been discovered and classified between 2011 and 2013. The finding is part of the country’s National Biodiversity Strategy (ENB in Spanish) for 2014-2020, which follows the United Nations Environment Program’s (UNEP) Strategic Plan for Biodiversity. Most of the new 5,000 species found are insects. The others include a few orchids, mushrooms, mollusks, fish, reptiles and birds.

In the world so far, scientists say they have identified between 1.5 and 1.8 million animal and plant species, about half of which are insects. Beetles are the largest group with 300,000 species. In comparison, there are only 4,500 species of mammals recognized on the planet. Costa Rica, although a tiny country occupying only 0.03% of the planet’s landmass, hosts more than 500,000 plant and animal species. Keeping with the world trend, Costa Rica has about 300,000 kinds of insects. (Anyone who has ever walked into a Costa Rican rainforest without bug repellent knows this!)
Scientists estimate there are probably roughly 8.7 million species existing on Earth, according to a 2011 study in the journal PLoS Biology, published by the Public Library of Science. The crucial point is that approximately 83% of those plant and animal species have yet to be discovered. Scientists calculate that there are probably 6.5 million species living on land, and 2.2 million in the ocean, but that 86% of land-inhabitants and 91% of ocean-dwellers are still roaming at large undiscovered, described or cataloged, reports the study.

At Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge, you can see an abundance of plant and animal life. Located
on the Golfo Dulce next to the Piedras Blancas National Park, the award-winning eco-lodge features several unique ecosystems – primary and secondary rainforest, ocean and mangrove forest. Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge offers nature and adventure tours, yoga classes and retreats, family vacations, and honeymoon trips.

Comfortable accommodations in an amazing setting!

A unique adventure travel destination: lush, green vegetation as far as the eye can see, with leaves as big as elephant ears. Jade colored water. Toucans, monkeys, iguanas, dolphins, majestic blue butterflies – all are here at Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge, in Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica.

Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge awarded Certificate of Excellence 2013 by TripAdvisor.

Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge, a unique and transformational lodge & retreat center for wellness retreats of all types, located in the pristine tropical rainforest of southern Costa Rica, recently won the 2013 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award.

 

The prestigious award celebrates hospitality excellence and is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor.com, a travel review site. Only 10 percent of businesses on TripAdvisor earn the award, placing Playa Nicuesa’s lodge & retreat-site offering in the upper echelon of hotels & retreat centers worldwide.

 

Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge, situated in a 165 acre preserve in the Golfo Dulce/Osa Region of Costa Rica, has received praise and recognition in reviews by TripAdvisor travelers; particularly by those who have organized retreats there: “I was privileged to host a wonderful Yoga Vacation here. It was all, plus more, than I could have hoped for. Nobody left untouched by the experience.”, claimed Cathy Daley, “Alive With Yoga” retreat organizer from Sarasota, Florida.

 

The lodge offers a unique adventure travel destination to host workshops related to yoga, meditation, and any other wellness areas. Workshop attendees are surrounded by the sounds of toucans, monkeys, and vibrant wildlife in the rainforest, along with the soft lull of the ocean’s waves: “The yoga platform is on the beach, beautifully situated, and the classes I had with our yoga teacher there touched me deeplycommented Ago; from Branford, CT who stayed on February 2013. Lodge is reachable only by boat, which assures the privacy required for a workshop to effectively inspire the spirit, creativity, and harmony of an eco-friendly and relaxed experience.

 

To qualify for the Certificate of Excellence, businesses must maintain an overall rating of four or higher, out of a possible five, as reviewed by travelers on TripAdvisor. Reviewers rated Playa Nicuesa a 4.5 on average. Additional criteria include the volume of reviews received within the last 12 months. “A fabulous place to be in the Osa! Playa Nicuesa has it all, from lovely accommodations, gorgeous location, great food, great staff and so much to do in one of the most pristine places left on this planet! A real life changing experience. I am a yoga instructor and will be leading my 3rd yoga retreat at Nicuesa in February 2013!MWYoga from Laguna Woods, California.

 

Yoga group leaders, wellness centers or other workshop intermediaries can take advantage of the exclusive special rates Nicuesa Lodge offers to host workshops & retreats; which includes Tours, use of Lodge Facilities and Preserve, recreational equipment, three fabulous daily meals, and an excellent Guest-to-Staff ratio. As TCDaley expressed: “Everything about this place was wonderful… but the staff really made the biggest impression. I came away from this experience feeling, not only relaxed, but deeply inspired.” The lodge has extensive experience supporting the execution of wellness retreats, and our staff handles all operational details so that the organizer can focus on the marketing of their retreat and achievement of their own workshop goals.

 

Interested retreat organizers are invited to visit the Nicuesa Lodge website for full details (http://Retreats.NicuesaLodge.com), and contact Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge in order to obtain further information [call toll-free: 866-504-8116 or email: workshops@nicuesalodge.com].

Complimentary lodging for familiarization-trips is available for retreat organizers interested in viewing the site before scheduling their workshops at Nicuesa Lodge.

What is it like to work at Nicuesa?

Being a yoga instructor and a massage therapist at Playa Nicuesa
is one in a life time experience… One of our Costarican yoga instructors, Nati Soto, shared with
us her side of the story…

Snorkeling 

Living and working at Nicuesa Lodge changed
my perspective on life. My expectations for this opportunity were really high,
and no doubt I had the time of my life. The knowledge and the fun that I experienced there is owed to the awesome people I was so lucky 
to spend the time with; guests,
co-workers, and the coolest managers you could ask for. 

Melo, boat captain

It
has been seven weeks since a captain with a beautiful smile, Melo, picked me
up for a wonderful 30 minute boat ride from Puerto Jimenez to Playa Nic
uesa.  A ride that I was able to take many other
times, and to Golfito and around the gulf as well; sometimes to pick up new guests,
to help with errands, to represent the lodge on recycling campaigns,
or just for the fun and pleasure of being there. 
Those boat rides made me realize all the amazing secrets that this water holds, and the different
sensations that you get just by staring at it. 



Looking calm and still like if the surface of
the water was a mirror, it can suddenly be disturbed by a jump of a dolphin -or
many dolphins-, the bright yellow skin of a sea snake only seen in the Golfo Dulce, or
by a turtle trying to swim unnoticed beside your boat.  

Sea Snake (Pelamis platurus)
Once the boat approaches Playa Nicuesa’s
pier you get involved in the magical feeling of becoming part of the rainforest
and the mountain. The lodge and cabins are very
beautiful and cozy structures, but my favourite place of all with no doubt is
the yoga deck. It is placed in between the beach and the lagoon, so that on one side
you have a very strong energy from the waves striking on the shore, and on the
other side you have the peaceful water moving very slowly and very wisely from the lagoon, to the river and finally into the sea.

Sunset at Yoga Deck

The yoga deck was my every day sanctuary,
the place where we practice yoga and massage.  Every day at least twice a day I did the most
beautiful walk from the lodge to the deck on a wooden path over the lagoon,
always taking the time to see all the humming birds flying around the flowers, animals walking on the side or swimming
underneath the bridge. Nature fills up the
platform with the purest energy. 



The only problems I had to deal with, while I was there, was the fact that you needed to speak a louder during the
yoga class because the macaws are being louder than you; being distracted on
meditation by an ant eater sliding down of a palm tree next to you; the
strength you needed to hold your body into an Asana (posture) while the rain got you; to
get astonished by a big cruise ship going by while practicing balancing postures; getting lost during a massage distracted by a group of dolphins doing
360 jumps in front of you; or get your breath stolen every time a lightning strike illuminating the dark platform during a evening massage. 
All of these moments made me feel so small in
front of that big infinity that is the
ocean, but made me feel one of the pieces that completes the puzzle. 

Dancing with the staff

Working here you really get to relate to the guests, we share every meal with them but you actually end up sharing more
than that, lots of good talking, music, laughs, drinks and even some dancing.
People come here from all over the world and for that reason I got the chance
to hear stories from very different situations and very diverse points of
view. I
learned a lot from everybody that I spent time with. I learned
a lot from Verónica, our Sustainability Coordinator. Sustainability is very strong in Nicuesa, and from her I learned the importance of it. I also learned from her and the
rest of the staff  a lot about the flora and fauna of the Golfo Dulce and the Osa region.  


Hiking in the trails

Working at Nicuesa Lodge was a great and
refreshing  experience, but LIVING at Playa Nicuesa… that’s a life time
experience. There are so many things to do in your free time: running in the trails, swimming in the calm sea, and discovering the incredible biodiversity of the area. The food
is awesome, healthy and fresh, both of the cooks are excellent!! But, the greatest of all is the people that you
live with, the regular staff of the lodge, people that showed me their hearts,
taught me to see live from an angle I never saw before, they laughed with me
all the time and got to my very soul.


I started my journey on my first day going
snorkeling  with Joe, Vero and Sandra; and ended it hiking very
early in the morning with Vero, one hour before leaving Nicuesa. But, in between I did so many amazing things in this magical place… I went running on the trails with
Amelia, started practicing acroyoga with Sandra and Kattia, fishing with the
boys, hiking to the waterfall with Cuy, tracking puma with Felipe,
dancing lessons with the staff -different types of dancing: cumbia, salsa, bachata, reggaeton, and even belly dancing!


Jumping from a palm tree during high tide

I had so much fun jumping off the dock on low tide with everybody
and jumping off the fallen palm tree at high tide, took couple of cooking lessons, swam to see the bioluminiscent planckton at night, visited the Old farm house, went kayaking the river, did
the loop trail, visited the wild life refuge and botanical garden
with guests, went to cheer for my Nicuesa boys at the soccer games, watched a
movie at the neighbour’s, watched the stars laying at the dock, relaxed at the hammocks. I loved to hear the
stories from the local staff, incredible people that have been living in this jungle since they were little. 




This morning Juan Pablo brought me to Puerto
Jiménez to take my flight back home. I already know that I’m going back being a
more open person, willing to become a better human being and to give my best to
the world.

Flying back home