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#74 | Sep15 / Nov 14 2020THTHMAGAZINE & TRAVEL GUIDEWWW.BALLENATALES.COMPg. 40Leer versiónen EspañolLeer versiónen Español

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LODGING1. Hacienda Barú 2. Hotel Cuna del AngelRESTAURANTS3. Pizza La Casita (Take-out Service)4. Hacienda BarúACTIVITIES5. Reptilandia 6. Hacienda Barú7. Happy Feet BalletSERVICES8. AAA Accounting 9. House of the Artist10. Feria Orgánica Tinamaste11. Camino Real Eco Feria 12. Costa Rica Real Estate Service 13. Dra. Mónica AlfaroLODGING50. Tangara Azul Boutique Hotel51. Hotel Diquis del Sur 52. Three Sixty Boutique Hotel RESTAURANTS53. Pancito Café54. Citrus Restaurant & Wine Bar55. Los Gatos Locos56. The Bamboo RoomACTIVITIES57. Reserva Tortuga58. Lalo Tours Horseback RidingSERVICES59. Ballena Legal Team 60. Centro de Pinturas Ojochal 61. Plaza Ventanas 62. Century 21 & Ballena Properties 63. Ballena Homes64. Remax / We Sell Paradise65. L´Épiceríe Super & Deli 66. Farmacia & Macrobiotics Ibarra 67. Osa Tropical PropertiesDOMINICALOJOCHALLODGING14. Vista Ballena 15. Cristal Ballena16. Rancho Remo 17. Bungalows BallenaRESTAURANTS18. El Gusto (Rancho Remo) 19. Beehive 20. Café Sibu 21. Gelato 22. Retro Café y Bar 23. The Dome 24. Five Maes 25. Ginger House 26. Ballena Bistro 27. Pura Vida (Cristal Ballena) 28. Villas LeonorACTIVITIES29. Jungle ATV ToursSERVICES30. Ópticas del Sol31. Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars 32. Cortinas Krisa 33. Osa Property Management34. Iglesia La Costa 35. Ropa Americana Buena Voluntad 36. Uvita Information Center 37. Correo de Uvita 38. Alamo UVITA39. Imprenta Brother´s 40. Rincón de Uvita 41. Royal Palm 42. Mora & Valdéz 43. Farmacia Ibarra 44. RVA Engineer Roger Valverde45. Uvita Law Firm 46. Costatika Language School 47. Centro Llantero 48. Sherwin Williams Costa Ballena 49. Pointing Market & Ballena Tales DIRECTORYBUSINESS

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PHONE DIRECTORYPOLICE STATIONS Police Emergencia: 911Transit : 2537 0631Dominical: 2787 0406Uvita: 2743 8538Ojochal: 2786 5661Cortés: 2788 8030 HOSPITALS & HEALTH Hospital Tomás Casas (Cortés): 2786 8148Hospital Escalante Pradilla (Pérez Zeledón): 2785 0700Servicios Médicos Bahía-Ballena: 2743 8595Farmacia Ibarra: 2743 8558EBAIS: 2743 8170Ópticas del Sol: 2102 0122ICEInformation: 1113International Operator: 1116Breakdown: 1119OTHERS VETERINARIO COSTA BALLENA: 8730 8282MINAE: 2786 5392 ENVIRONMENTAL COMPLAINTS: 1192TAXIS DOMINICAL Erick 8602 3394Guiligan 8847 0231Ricardo (minibús 4x4) 8605 0801Daniel (pick-up) 8920 2322 UVITA Alex (freight) 8989 2298Carlos (freight) 8308 2695 Geovanni (minibús) 8870 6040Greivin 8791 5680Hermes (minibús) 8855 3830Lusbín 8576 7606Mario 8839 8484Rodolfo (freight) 5711

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8WWCONTENT #74MAP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Directory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Content . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Editorial . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Coffee Under Sail: An Alternative Shipping Option - Shani Meintjes . . . . . . . . .Title StoryLizeth Quirós, Ballena Bistro´s SmileDagmar Reinhard . . . . . . . . . . . 4070809102604 PacicoSur41317182123MAP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Globalised Digitalized EconomyChema Medina . . . . . . . . . . .Longing to Hear the Humpback´s SongSusana García . . . . . . . . . . .Tiger Ratsnakes – Pufng but not BlufngRoel de Plecker . . . . . . . . . .The Strange Behavior of Teenage MonkeyJack Ewing . . . . . . . . . . . .Taking Refuge in the Tranquil Costa Ballena Alexandra Luty . . . . . . . . . . . .13 PérezZeledón4242729313335MAP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Mareas - Tide Charts . . . . . . . . .AAA Accounting: Catalog of Goods andServices – Mauro Esquivel . . . . . . . Aprisco La Hortensia: A Goat TaleDagmar Reinhard . . . . . . . . . . Why You Should not Surf AloneGreg Gordon . . . . . . . . . . . . Rejuvenation of the Contour of Mouth and Lips – Dra. Mónica Alfaro . . . . . . . .Sustainable Finance: A New ApproachPedro Pérez Manrique . . . . . . . . .24 Dominical46364656771727577MAP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Where does your Hardwood come from?. . .Restaurant List . . . . . . . . . . The Slow Cooker making Life EasierTara Tiedemann . . . . . . . . . .Was that a Thunderquake? / Beth Sylver . . . Beaches and Natural Healing / Nyle Seabright The Legacy of the Banana CompanyDagmar Reinhard . . . . . . . . . .The Diquis Stone Spheres – Archeologica Site Finca 6 / Carlos M. Barrantes . . . . . . .Hello From Beautiful Drake Bay - Sportshing Capt. Willy Atencio . . . . . . . . . .76 OjochalandSurroundings436394043454749515355576067MAP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Restaurant List . . . . . . . . . . . . .And Love Passes through the StomachNicole Voss . . . . . . . . . . . . .Lizeth Quirós, Ballena Bistro`s SmileDagmar Reinhard . . . . . . . . . . .Refractive Defects / Ópticas del SolDra. Flora Hernández . . . . . . . . .How to Help our Community - Osa Property Management - Nick Halverson . . . . . . .Miguel, The Herbalist – Dagmar Reinhard. . . ASADA Uvita and Bahía – Miguel Ríos . . . .Ginger is a Wonderful Addition to your Garden J.S.P. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . What has DAWG been doing – Susan StrongFarmacia Ibarra: A Family LegendPhar. Jeimmy García . . . . . . . . .Moisture affects your Construction Costa Ballena Centro de PinturasJulio Fernández Agüero . . . . . . . .The Crystal Floor - INNOCEANALaura Vanopdenbosch . . . . . . . .Was that a Thunderquake? / Beth Sylver . . .42 Uvita 186029 72

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9WWDAGMAR REINHARD Editor in Chief(506) 8914 1568 / 2743 Art & DesignPOINTING MARKETDIGITAL COORDINATORCarlosLeóncarlos@ballenatales.comCONTRIBUTING WRITERS: AlexandraLutyBethSylverCap.WillyAtencioCarlosHumbertoMoralesChemaMedinaDagmarReinhardDra.MónicaAlfaroDra.FloraHernándezGregGordonJackEwingJulioFernándezAgüeroLauraVanopdenboschMauroEsquivelNicoleJossRoeldePleckerShaniMeintjesSusanaGarcíaSusanStrongTaraTiedemannPHOTOGRAPHY BallenaTalesPhotographyBethSylverCarlosHumbertoMoralesGregGordonJackEwingNicoleJossOsaTropicalPropertiesRoeldePleckerSusanaGarciaSusanStrongWeSellParadise COVER PHOTO: Ballena Tales PhotographyNEXT EDITION/ PRÓXIMA EDICIONNoviembre/November 15, 2020 Cierre/Deadline Octubre 10, 2020www.ballenatales.comEDITORIALDearreaderWorld Tourism Day 2020 will celebrate Rural Development -September 27 This year’s hosts belong to the Mercosur Bloc, which exemplies the spirit of international solidarity. And for the rst time, tourism is focused on providing opportunities outside of the big cities, thus preserving the cultural and natural heritage. This change in perspective comes at a critical moment, functioning as a virtual impulse to attract visitors to southern Costa Rica with its unspoiled landscapes and friendly people.It will empower rural communities, providing them with jobs and opportunities, allowing them to care for their cultural heritage and unique traditions while protecting habitat and endangered species.Rural communities are often less prepared to deal with the short and medium-term impacts of a crisis due to lack of opportunities, lower income levels, and the “digital divide.” Tourist activity offers a solution to all these challenges. Tourism is a lifeline that allows rural youth to earn a living without traveling within their country or migrating abroad. For the rst time - Tourism Day 2020 in the South Pacic of Costa Rica – Puerto CortésIn less than six months, the tiny town of Puerto Cortés has reinvented itself thanks to an incentive from the Chamber of Tourism (CATUOSA). With a titanic effort, neighbors, business people, and friends collaborated with the Municipality of Osa, Judesur, the Corcovado Foundation, and the Free of Single-Use Plastic organization. They created the rst phase of a more signicant project that will benet rural areas, such as Puerto Cortés, Sierpe, and Puerto Jiménez.On September 27, Puerto Cortés will inaugurate the Historic Walk to the “El Embarcadero” Pier. Be sure to follow the event on Facebook.Costa Rica has positioned itself as a destination that mainly attracts tourists with a high educational level, stable employment, and economic situation, who value the country for its nature, human well-being, and the locals’ friendly welcome.For Ballena Tales, the crisis represents a unique opportunity to make strategic changes to face a completely different world. We much appreciate our clients and writers who brilliantly describe what happens in our paradise. They have been with us, overcoming difculties as they arise, always with their positive contributions and the conviction to overcome these challenging times together.We live in a historical moment that offers us the unique opportunity to reinvent ourselves to be the way we want to be.Lots of love

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How does the delicacy of Costa Rican coffee reach its international destinations of export? What if that coffee we know and love is grown sustainably, but once it is shipped, it has cost the environment in a myriad of ways? What if there was an alternative for companies who already practice responsible methods of production to ship their products without contributing to air pollution, oil spills, or the release of invasive species through ballast water? Instead, if you could ship 100% emission-free while simultaneously supporting communities through education, tree-planting, and income opportunities, only by choosing an alternative transport option.In Punta Morales, a tiny village on the Pacic Coast, nestled amidst vibrant mangroves lining the edge of the Gulf of Nicoya, a 45m wooden ship is being built to meet exactly that requirement. You may have already heard of Ceiba, a cargo schooner destined to change the way we recognize modern shipping by being the nal missing link in otherwise already sustainable supply chains. She will have 250 tonnes of carrying capacity to freight sustainably-sourced goods to Hawai’i, Canada, and mainland USA, before sailing home southwards, making a stop in Mexico en route. Also, due to available days outside of the biannual PAX route, there are proposed extensions: the Gold Lines could take Ceiba as far north as Alaska and as far south as Peru to fully use those extra days. The cargo team is hard at work, making all the necessary preparations.Meanwhile, the build of the 3-masted tall-ship is on the eve of the next phase of construction: Framing hands gradually over to deck-beam construction and planking. The sternpost has been hoisted, the deadwood is complete, and the last frames are waiting, eager to be raised. Over a year of structural framing is coming to a close, giving way to planking the hull with primarily Cedro Amargo (Cedrela odorata) timbers.August brought a second wave of rain, the almost exponential growth of vegetables in the new Huerta, and the successful closure of this year’s tree-planting program - TREES for SEAS. Astillero Verde harvests the rst lettuce and cucumbers, and the planting of various fruiting tree species continues alongside the evolution of Ceiba.Designed with ecological intention, the company behind the agship of Costa Rica - SAILCARGO INC. - aims to not only build ships and sail cargo but inuence the surrounding community at home and each port of call positively. It is providing educational courses in fading traditional skills, employment in areas that have limited opportunities, and regenerating degraded land through practicing agroforestry and supporting producers who also believe in doing business responsibly. The result is an interconnected, increasingly self-sufcient community composed of a diverse group of people from all corners of the globe, working together with the same objective: bringing shipping back to people. Diversifying a crucial industry, connecting many small-scale, ethical producers with conscious consumers, all through several emission-free shipping lines - creating a robust and resilient trade network. ‘COFFEE UNDER SAIL: AN ALTERNATIVESHIPPING OPTION’AUTHOR: SHANI MEINTJESINITIATIVE - COSTA BALLENA Y ALREDEDORES11

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One should be very attentive to the reunion of the Economic World Forum in Davos, Switzerland, in January of 2021, where the economy’s future and globalized humanity would presumably be determined.A solution for the “globalists” and apparently part of their agenda, is the implementation of a society managed by Articial Intelligence and industrialized by robotics, resulting in the vanishing of the middle and working-class. It would also give more of a possibility for sustainable development, where consumerism, as a signicant factor in the economy, would be restricted only to an elite. This way, there would be no need to require programmed obsolescence, therefore minimizing the abuse of natural resources and its consequent pollution. That economy would be digitalized with cryptocurrency. This ‘pandemic’ is very ‘convenient’ to take a determining step towards the implementation of this plan. The proper technology is already here, so it is just a question of globalizing it. There would always be the question of what would happen to the middle and working classes, the majority of the population. Perhaps here is where depopulation would be justied. It would seem to be a science-ction story if it weren’t already living it.Indeed, I feel so much for the naive that still believes that things would go back to ‘normal.’ They don’t realize that we have reached a critical point in human history and that there are many effects from so many causes that will be dened in our planet, inclusive in humanity.But there is still a chance to give a turn to this possible destiny. Primarily, parting from this critical situation, a brief period of ‘tipping points’ will be established, implying that causes and their effects would be transcended, and a singularity principle presented. This entails that we know nothing of what could happen, nor the consequences of this entropy that we are living. The only thing is that we must be attentive, avoid the trivial, and be ready to implement practices towards a new paradigm.GLOBALISED DIGITALIZED ECONOMY WITH CRITPTO-CURRENCYAUTHOR: CHEMA MEDINA+(506) 8387 8229INITIATIVE - COSTA BALLENA Y ALREDEDORES13

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We attract the same situation into our lives over and over again. Recognizing and accepting it will take us to a new place in consciousness. From this new space, we can manifest our future without recreating our past. However, as poetic as it sounds, how do we ensure that the path is clear of obstacles?The family tree is a living being that houses the entire family system’s information, just as we host the information on this whole system. This is why we often see ourselves repeating situations or patterns of overwhelming behavior.What are Family Constellations?The goal of the constellations family is awakening our potential and nd treasures within ourselves.To achieve this, we must put an order in our relationships and family ties. Our system is always in search of balance and at the service of the natural order.How do Family Constellations work?According to Bert Hellinger, known as the father of this therapy, each constellation movement is based on the “orders of love”: belonging, the hierarchical order of birth, and the balance between giving and receiving. When we respect these orders and give them their place in our family, we will also allow harmony to ow in our lives.Thus, the enigma solution is always love, work, and the path itself is progressive. Compassion with ourselves is the only requirement to start ordering our relations. The most signicant inuence on us on a psychic level is that of dad and mother. They represent abundance and the force with which we attract energy to our life. I do my work through cards representing the universal archetypes of the human psyche. They encompass both the process of Family constellations, and muchof what I learned on my spiritual path.THE SOLUTION TO THE ENIGMA IS LOVE FAMILY CONSTELLATIONSAUTHOR: MICHELLE MACLUF VARGAS+(506) 8695 6663BODY MIND SOUL - COSTA BALLENA Y ALREDEDORES15

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In 2010, I began with the rst marine environmental education courses at the Flor de Bahía School, with the collaboration of volunteers and students, as well as some tourism companies in Costa Ballena. In the following year, I guided tourists at Finca Tres Hermanas, to observe birds and offer nature walks.Years later, these educational programs have allowed Bahia boys to have their rst contact with marine and underwater fauna, so much so that some of them today, ten years later, have become naturalist tour guides.Later came the years of the project Protect the Animals of the Costanera Sur (PRASCOSUR), which monitored 42 km of road for a year, from Hacienda Barú to the Manglar de Térraba Sierpe (Punta Mala) in which they collaborated with numerous institutions such as the Tortuga Beach Reserve. We were able to demonstrate the Hacienda Barú wildlife underpasses’ efciency, and we promoted awareness of this problem, such as the electrocution of wildlife on electrical cables. We rescued monkeys, coatis, sloths, limpets, turtles, and many anteaters were sent to the best-prepared rescue centers to receive them.ICE insulated cables and poles in high-trafc areas for monkey species, reducing electrocution accidents. Later, trafc signs were installed to indicate the passage of wildlife.It was a pleasure to carry out the non-formal education program Forjando Alas, in Uvita, where many children from the community received their rst fundamentals in English, art, ecology, citizenship, resilience, and prevention of risk situations.They did know how to enjoy birds and nature! Many of those boys and girls, now teenagers, surely remember the excursions on horseback, boat, waterfalls, or even to the wildlife rescue centers where the animals run over on the road would stop.After the Huén Tebec biological station’s closure, I took on the challenge of promoting sustainability and avitourism at the Hotel Cristal Ballena, where I was very grateful to work for its founder and bird lover, Don Waldemar Steiner.An unexpected turn in the footsteps of a famous ornithologist placed me in Pérez Zeledón. From this place, I continued working in bird tourism: guiding, organizing groups and events, or as an Ornithology and Ecotourism instructor for different organizations such as the Neotrópica Foundation, the Costa Rican Ornithological Association, Uvita Tropical Studies Institute, as well as associations of the Alexander Biological Corridors. Skutch, Paso de la Danta, and Río Cañas.I am proud to have provided an environmental management plan for the La FINCA Training and Recreation Center, a Municipality project of Pérez Zeledón, thanks to its Environmental Promotion and Disclosure ofce. More than ten years have passed since I settled in this paradise that is the South Pacic of Costa Rica, and it is time to return to my Castilian-Leon roots, where birds are different, but also beautiful.I will always be longing to hear the call of the toucan again, the roar of the waves and the Congos of Playa Ballena, and under its waters, the humpbacks’ songs.Pura vida, Costa Rica!LONGING TO HEAR THE HUMPBACK`S SONG AUTHOR: SUSANA GARCÍAENVIRONMENT - COSTA BALLENA Y ALREDEDORES17

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CULTURE -+(506) 2787 0343TIGER RATSNAKES:PUFFING BUT NOT BLUFFINGFast and agile are the two words for describing the beautiful tiger rat snakes (Spilotes pullatus). This name refers to their distinctive black and yellow tiger-like pattern. Although some adult individuals are almost entirely black, others from dry forests, are seemingly more yellow, this to blend in more to their environment. They have a wide distribution, from southern Mexico to Argentina, in Costa Rica on the Caribbean versant and the Pacic side. They are sometimes seen in gardens, in lowland rainforests, lowland dry forests, forest edges, in savannas, even in swamps or simply crossing roads, and when disturbed, they move at high speed showing only a glimpse of them. But once in a while, you can observe them basking in the morning sunlight hanging out on branches and the treetops. These diurnal species like to chase their prey, this being mostly mammals but also lizards, birds, and bats are on its menu. They are a non-venomous species. Instead of constricting its prey, they mainly crush it to death by pushing it against rocks or branches. Sometimes, they swallow their prey alive, head rst, and grab them with their powerful bites. Like most snakes, they will rather ee when disturbed.When cornered, these animals become impressive opponents! First of all, they will inate their throats and front part of their body, exposing the black skin between the scales, which makes the dark body markings even bigger caused by lateral compression of the body.ENVIRONMENT - PÉREZ ZELEDÓN Y ALREDEDORES18

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TIGER RATSNAKES:PUFFING BUT NOT BLUFFINGAUTHOR: ROEL DE PLECKER They will move their tongue slowly in and out of their mouth while vibrating their tail strongly. If this doesn’t help back you off, they will puff themselves more up, lift their front body from the ground (or branch), and repeatedly strike. Some individuals reach a length of 2.5 meters. Another species from South America, the Amazon pufng snake (Spilotes sulphureus) can even reach a length close to 3 meters. Both snake species are oviparous, meaning they lay eggs. Clutches can have up to 10 eggs laid in the dry season and the young hatch at the start of the rainy season. Hatchlings have a more banded pattern, and this fades when they get older. Neonates of tiger rat snakes measure approximately 50 cm in total length. The Amazon pufng snakes have a more yellowish to creamy coloration. The lower part of the body and tail are greyish brown like their name reveals they have the same impressive defensive display as our native pufng tiger rat snakes.Interestingly, a study showed that the species from South America does have a venom gland and enlarged teeth at the back of its mouth, proving this snake being a rear-fanged species. This adaptation allows the animal to kill and consume larger prey. You can admire both of these species at Parque Reptilandia in totally remodeled enclosures!19ENVIRONMENT - PÉREZ ZELEDÓN Y ALREDEDORES

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-Leave the city withoutleaving your social bubble ...Book Now!I once saw a show on the Discovery Channel about agame reserve in South Africa where poachers had killed all of the mature bull elephants.A group of adolescent bulls was wreaking havoc, harassing, and attacking other animals in the park. They were much like a teenage gang. Finally, the reserve owners brought in some older bulls from another reserve, and the young elephants settled down. When I think about a strange experience, I once had with a group of young White-fronted Capuchin Monkeys this situation comes to mind.They looked like a bunch of teenagers goong around, teasing each other and just hanging out. There were six of them altogether. Most were up in the trees relaxing on branches with arms and legs dangling over the sides, or sitting, munching on something. A couple of them would occasionally go to the ground, venture out a few meters from the tree’s base, and quickly scamper back up. None of the monkeys were very large-bodied. From their demeanor, I imagined that they were a group of adolescents off by themselves, temporarily separated from the adults in the main troop. I had never seen or heard of a similar case before.Something got their attention. Leisure activity ceased, and all looked in the same direction. A big sow raccoon with two small cubs in tow came into view after a minute, snifng around and scratching in the leaf litter on the forest oor. The monkeys watched them for a minute, chattered among themselves, descended to the ground, gathered at the base of a giant strangler g, and again appeared to be in some sort of discussion. They lined up, side by side, standing upright. Somewhat hesitantly, this wall of primates moved toward the mother raccoon. At rst, she ignored them, but at some point, the monkeys crossed an invisible red line, and the big sow’s behavior changed from measured disinterest to full attention.Still not alarmed, she checked to make sure that the cubs were behind her, turned to face the monkeys’ line, raised slightly on her haunches, bared her teeth, and hissed at them. I could almost imagine her saying to them: “You want to try it, boys? Come right ahead! Who’s rst?”But none stepped forward. The whole gang of monkeys turned tail, ran for the g tree, scufed for a position, and ascended to the crown. Once safe from the mother raccoon, they seemed to lose interest in her, like a person trying to forget an embarrassing incident and pretending it never happened. The monkeys returned to their vagrant behavior, and mama continued about her business with her cubs at her side. None of us at Hacienda Barú has witnessed another incident similar to this one. Mother Nature is constantly coming up with surprises.THE STRANGE BEHAVIOR OFA GANG OF TEENAGE MONKEYSAUTHOR: JACK EWINGANIMAL - PÉREZ ZELEDÓN Y ALREDEDORES21

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TAKING REFUGE IN THE TRANQUIL COSTA BALLENAAUTHOR: KEVIN CHAMPAGNE Many changes are taking place in our world today. Thoseof us who have the drive to make the most of our lives are thinking about where and how we want to spend our hard-earned time. Though borders are temporarily highly restricted to tourism in Costa Rica, our ofce has received many calls and emails from people who want to prepare to move here as soon as they are free to travel. Each day, we eld calls from people worldwide, wondering if they can make their lives work for them in South Pacic Costa Rica. Questions come up like: Is the internet fast enough? Where can families send their kids to school? How do investors go about using an IRA to purchase? We cover these topics and many more with those who want to take a chance and try something new, somewhere that few people have yet to nd and is full of vibrant life. The answers we offer can mean the difference between them making the decision of a lifetime or not.Our tranquil yet robust Costa Ballena communities cover the many essentials needed for everyday life. Anything you want to accomplish can be done in an environment that will have you feeling energized and enthralled. You don’t have to wait for the holidays to have exciting experiences amid the wonders of nature. Wellness is a prominent part of our daily lives, whether it be bathing in natural mineral waters, scrubbing down with locally sourced blue clay, or eating organic chocolate grown and made in our neighborhood. Life in the South Pacic is naturally infused with delightful scents and sensations.Most people who come to Costa Rica ock to the developed coastal regions on the North Pacic coast. But those who venture south never look back on those barren lands that pale compared to the verdant green and wild landscape of our coastal mountains. Although this region is named for the iconic marine life that visits annually, this land’s most notable distinguishing feature is the pristine and rugged environment that draws us in as though we have nally come home. Colorful life greets us at every twist and turn of our dirt road communities, which are also home to humans’ diverse population. Techies, artisans, and retirees alike, among many others, have chosen to make this amazing place their home, and we are proud to welcome them, knowing that each new addition only adds to the avor of this heavenly space. Those who want to change what people here have grown to love — the slow, tranquil pace and the favoring of nature — will nd an immense pushback from a population who do not want to see progress at the cost of paradise. Instead, we prefer to tend to our garden with a gentle hand, leaving room for nature to take its course. We’re just here, going along for the wild and enjoyable ride.+(506) 2786-5500REAL ESTATE - COSTA BALLENA23

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DIA / DAY BAJA / LOW ALTA / HIGH BAJA / LOW ALTA / HIGHTUE 15 00:40 / 7.72 ft 06:40 / 1.39 ft 12:59 / 8.29 ft 19:09 / 0.71 ftWED 16 01:29 / 8.52 ft 07:33 / 0.62 ft 13:50 / 8.91 ft 19:57 / 0.05 ftTHU 17 02:16 / 9.31 ft 08:22 / -0.13 ft 14:37 / 9.47 ft 20:42 / -0.53 ftFRI 18 03:01 / 9.99 ft 09:09 / -0.73 ft 15:23 / 9.87 ft 21:27 / -0.93 ftSAT 19 03:46 / 10.45 ft 09:55 / -1.11 ft 16:09 / 10.04 ft 22:12 / -1.09 ftSUN 20 04:31 / 10.64 ft 10:41 / -1.20 ft 16:55 / 9.95 ft 22:58 / -0.97 ftMON 21 05:17 / 10.52 ft 11:29 / -1.00 ft 17:44 / 9.61 ft 23:45 / -0.58 ftTUE 22 06:06 / 10.11 ft 12:19 / -0.55 ft 18:35 / 9.07 ftWED 23 00:35 / 0.03 ft 06:58 / 9.49 ft 13:13 / 0.07 ft 19:31 / 8.43 ftTHU 24 01:31 / 0.74 ft 07:56 / 8.77 ft 14:13 / 0.72 ft 20:35 / 7.83 ftFRI 25 02:35 / 1.42 ft 09:02 / 8.13 ft 15:21 / 1.25 ft 21:48 / 7.46 ftSAT 26 03:50 / 1.87 ft 10:15 / 7.72 ft 16:36 / 1.49 ft 23:02 / 7.41 ftSUN 27 05:09 / 1.96 ft 11:27 / 7.63 ft 17:47 / 1.44 ftMON 28 00:08 / 7.65 ft 06:18 / 1.75 ft 12:30 / 7.78 ft 18:46 / 1.21 ftTUE 29 01:03 / 8.01 ft 07:13 / 1.40 ft 13:22 / 8.03 ft 19:33 / 0.94 ftWED 30 01:48 / 8.39 ft 07:58 / 1.02 ft 14:06 / 8.29 ft 20:13 / 0.70 ftFULL MOON FIRST QUARTER LAST QUARTERNEW MOONMAREAS - TIDES SEPTIEMBRE / SEPTEMBER 15-30, 2020FASES LUNARES / MOON PHASESRESTAURANTSSmoothies-CakesCoffee-IceCoffeeTake-Away11 AM - 10 PM CALLE SESAMO - 50Seafood, meat, pasta y snacksTo Go y Express.11am - 9pm. Tuesday ClosedDOMINICALITOBEACH,NEXTTOTHECOASTALHIGHWAY(BEFORESODALAMACHA)NUEVO2101 44312787 0347MAPDOMINICAL Y ALREDEDORES24

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DIA / DAY BAJA / LOW ALTA / HIGHTHU 1 02:28 / 8.71 ft 08:37 / 0.69 ft 14:45 / 8.50 ft 20:48 / 0.51 ftFRI 2 03:04 / 8.96 ft 09:11 / 0.43 ft 15:21 / 8.62 ft 21:22 / 0.41 ftSAT 3 03:37 / 9.10 ft 09:45 / 0.27 ft 15:56 / 8.64 ft 21:54 / 0.42 ftSUN 4 04:10 / 9.12 ft 10:18 / 0.23 ft 16:30 / 8.53 ft 22:26 / 0.55 ftMON 5 04:43 / 9.01 ft 10:51 / 0.32 ft 17:05 / 8.30 ft 22:59 / 0.79 ftTUE 6 05:17 / 8.78 ft 11:26 / 0.54 ft 17:41 / 7.97 ft 23:34 / 1.12 ftWED 7 05:52 / 8.44 ft 12:03 / 0.86 ft 18:19 / 7.58 ftTHU 8 00:11 / 1.50 ft 06:30 / 8.04 ft12:44 / 1.23 ft 19:02 / 7.19 ftFRI 9 00:54 / 1.89 ft 07:14 / 7.63 ft13:31 / 1.60 ft 19:52 / 6.88 ftSAT 10 01:45 / 2.22 ft 08:09 / 7.27 ft14:26 / 1.88 ft 20:54 / 6.74 ftSUN 11 02:48 / 2.39 ft 09:15 / 7.09 ft 15:31 / 1.96 ft 22:03 / 6.89 ftMON 12 04:01 / 2.27 ft 10:27 / 7.20 ft 16:39 / 1.75 ft 23:09 / 7.37 ftTUE 13 05:12 / 1.80 ft 11:34 / 7.61 ft 17:41 / 1.28 ftWED 14 00:07 / 8.08 ft 06:14 / 1.09 ft 12:32 / 8.21 ft 18:37 / 0.65 ftTHU 15 00:59 / 8.89 ft 07:08 / 0.28 ft 13:24 / 8.86 ft 19:27 / 0.00 ftFRI 16 01:47 / 9.68 ft 07:58 / -0.48 ft 14:13 / 9.44 ft 20:15 / -0.56 ftSAT 17 02:34 / 10.32 ft 08:46 / -1.06 ft 15:00 / 9.85 ft 21:02 / -0.92 ftSUN 18 03:20 / 10.71 ft 09:33 / -1.39 ft 15:47 / 10.03 ft 21:48 / -1.03 ftMON 19 04:07 / 10.79 ft 10:20 / -1.41 ft 16:35 / 9.94 ft22:36 / -0.85 ftTUE 20 04:54 / 10.55 ft 11:08 / -1.14 ft 17:24 / 9.61 ft23:25 / -0.41 ftWED 21 05:44 / 10.03 ft 11:58 / -0.63 ft 18:16 / 9.09 ftTHU 22 00:16 / 0.23 ft 06:37 / 9.32 ft12:51 / 0.04 ft 19:13 / 8.49 ftFRI 23 01:14 / 0.94 ft 07:35 / 8.55 ft13:51 / 0.73 ft 20:17 / 7.94 ftSAT 24 02:19 / 1.58 ft 08:41 / 7.87 ft 14:57 / 1.29 ft 21:27 / 7.60 ftSUN 25 03:34 / 1.98 ft 09:53 / 7.45 ft 16:09 / 1.59 ft 22:38 / 7.55 ftMON 26 04:50 / 2.03 ft 11:03 / 7.33 ft 17:17 / 1.63 ft 23:41 / 7.73 ftTUE 2705:56 / 1.81 ft12:05 / 7.45 ft 18:14 / 1.50 ftWED 2800:34 / 8.02 ft 06:49 / 1.47 ft12:56 / 7.68 ft 19:01 / 1.30 ftTHU 2901:18 / 8.34 ft 07:32 / 1.11 ft13:39 / 7.94 ft 19:41 / 1.09 ftFRI 3001:56 / 8.64 ft 08:09 / 0.77 ft14:18 / 8.17 ft 20:16 / 0.92 ftSAT 3102:32 / 8.88 ft 08:43 / 0.48 ft14:54 / 8.34 ft 20:50 / 0.80 ftFULL MOON FIRST QUARTER LAST QUARTERNEW MOONFASES LUNARES / MOON PHASESMAREAS - TIDES OCTUBRE/ OCTOBER 1-31, 2020MAPDOMINICAL Y ALREDEDORES25

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The Tax Control department as detailed in the document called “Annexes and Structures V 4.3” of the electronic receipts dated March 22, 2019, indicates that as of December 1, 2020, the Catalog of Goods and Services (Cabys) are mandatory for all taxpayers who carry out transactions in the national territory.WhatisCabys?It is an ofcial list of codes for mandatory use in electronic receipts to standardize the details of the goods and services traded.The goods and services in this Catalog are identied with a unique code of up to 13 digits, allowing their individualization, starting from 10 general categories, expanding to more than 20,000 products.CatalogstructureCabys groups goods and services into hierarchical categories and assigns a code to each one: it starts with ten general categories, expanding to more than 20,000 products. The code of the general categories is made up of 1 digit, the following by 2 digits, and so on until reaching products identied by 13 digits.The rst ve categories, except for clothing, drugs and health interventions, respond to the international classier called Central Product Classication (CPC) published by the United Nations (UN), with the support of international organizations such as Eurostat and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). The CPC maintains a correspondence with the International Standard Industrial Classication of all economic activities (ISIC) and the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System, based on the Central American Tariff System (SAC).How were the codes for the CABYS openings created?-Through international classiers.-Lists of goods with differentiated tax.-List of medicines from the Ministry of Health.-Export and import amounts.-BCCR economic indicators.-Work sessions with experts.On this site you can also access:• Guide using the web browser.• Frequent questions.• Means of contact for additional questions.• Lists of goods and services that have a reduced rate of the Value Added Tax.HowwillCABYSbenet?• Identify goods and services with differentiated taxes.• Facilitate inventory control.• Basis for the development of facilities for taxpayers.• Consistency of the information declared by taxpayers.• Group goods and services into categories that facilitate traceability.• Exercise more control over commercial transactions.Our next article will show you how to validate the coding of services and goods in CABYS.WherecanIndtheCatalog?This Catalog can be consulted through any web browser and downloaded from the BCCR website through the following link: CATALOG OF GOODS ANDSERVICES (CABYS) AUTHOR: MAURO ESQUIVEL PROFESSIONAL ADVICE - DOMINICAL Y ALREDEDORES27

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THURSDAYFeria de San IsidroSPICY CARROT DIP • KEFIR • HERB CHEESEYOGURT WITH PITAHAYAEach Friday: DeliveriesDominical – Uvita – OjochalAt the farm of Mrs. Gina Morales and family, at the top of the coastal range in the small village of Mollejones de Platanares, we met six of the 60 recognized breeds of goats in the world. The Morales keep the Saanen, Alpine, Nubian, American Spot, Toggenburg, and Boer dairy breeds. To distinguish them, look at the color of the body and face, extremities, the size and inclination of the ears, the coat, and horns.During the year’s driest season, the goats live in a kind of hotel with several bedrooms and areas where the little ones can play, and the adults practice their jumps and rub their horns. They eat grass all day, and a delicacy for them is green bananas; it shows they are happy. Their owners have named almost all of them and emphasize that the goats are only for milk production. There is a separate milking area, which is very clean and well ventilated.Mrs. Morales obtained her degree in Cheese and Yogurt with INA (National Learning Institute: “I feel the passion for developing a new product.” Everyone in the family collaborates with the care of the animals. They descend twice a week from the mountain to sell their merchandise: exquisite fresh and mature cheese, cream cheese with spices, and milk, and yogurt. On Thursday, Daniela is always present at the Feria in San Isidro, and delivery day along the Coastal Highway from Dominical – Uvita – Ojochal is Friday. Mrs. Gina tells us about the benets of goat’s milk: It has a lower casein content and is hypo-allergenic milk. When it reaches the large intestine, it helps in the development of the probiotic ora. Thanks to its high content of essential fatty acids, it can decrease the total cholesterol and triglycerides levels, reduce elevated transaminases (GOT and GPT), and prevent cardiovascular diseases.It is a good quality protein because it provides practically all the variety of essential amino acids to our body (3.3 grams per 100 grams of milk).It is an excellent source of vitamin D and calcium and is ideal for people with anemia and osteoporosis since vitamin D is necessary to absorb calcium properly. On the other hand, goat milk can regenerate hemoglobin (in the case of anemia). It also provides reasonable amounts of vitamin A, B2, and minerals such as calcium, potassium, and magnesium.The fat content is a bit higher than in cow’s milk; however, thanks to its high amount of coenzyme Q, anti-cancer properties are attributed.Indulge in these healthy specialties!APRISCO LA HORTENSIA - A GOAT TALEAUTHOR: DAGMAR REINHARD HEALTH - DOMINICAL Y ALREDEDORES29

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In almost 25 years of surng in Costa Rica I have had many solo surf sessions. In fact, one of my favorite things to do is to stay out in the lineup until after the sun has set and everyone else had paddled in. I can see the sets glimmering by the light of the moon and keep my bearing using the bonres on the beach. But I’ve always known that surng by myself is a big mistake. My rst lesson took place all the way back in October of 1998. I was taking Spanish classes by the beach in Dominical and waking up at dawn to catch some waves before breakfast. Back during this time in my life I was also smoking cigarettes so my underwater breathing skills were not at their peak. I paddled out by myself on a big day super early and quickly was pulled out by the rip. The sets were coming in packs of 8 with only a few minutes between them. The waves were 2-3 feet overhead with some double overhead monsters. I was sitting way outside so I would not be caught on the inside, but I went to paddle for the rst wave of the set and missed it. (This is called the ‘bait wave’ for a reason). The next waves were even bigger and each duck dive was more difcult as I was running out of energy. Of course the biggest, nastiest looking wave of the day appeared and It was going to break right on my head. I did not have the strength to get under it so I ditched my board and swam for the bottom to grab sand. The explosion of the lip cracked my board in two pieces, but somehow my leash did not break. I was dragged underwater for about 15 seconds and right when I was swimming to the surface I saw another set wave about to crash on me. That tossed and tumbled me forever, to the point I wasn’t sure where the bottom or the surface was. I was exhausted, but luckily the set passed and I was able to use the back half of the surfboard to ride to the beach. I crawled up the sand like a sea turtle and laid there until I felt the sun burning my skin. After all of that time, I didn’t see one person on the beach. I could have easily drowned. This was well before the lifeguard program had started in Dominical. Luckily, now on almost every day of the year there are lifeguards on duty there and in Playa Hermosa. They have saved hundreds of lives and I’m always grateful that they are keeping an eye on us surfers. If you want to support them, visit the website - YOU SHOULD NOT SURF ALONEOctoberof1998.AUTHOR: GREG GORDON SPORTS - DOMINICAL Y ALREDEDORES31

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Chronic conditionsHypertensionDiabetesEKGSkin checkBloodworkPAP SmearMinor surgerySpider vein sclerotherapyBotulinum toxinDermal fillersFat graftingPlasmage non surgicaleye lid rejuvenationMicro needling - DermapenPRP - Patlelet rich plasmaChemical PeelsFractional DermabrasionPROVIDING YOU WITH THE QUALITYHEALTHCARE YOU ARE LOOKING FORGeneral Practice Medical AestheticsDra. Monica AlfaroHotel Cuna del88336431

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Chronic conditionsHypertensionDiabetesEKGSkin checkBloodworkPAP SmearMinor surgerySpider vein sclerotherapyBotulinum toxinDermal fillersFat graftingPlasmage non surgicaleye lid rejuvenationMicro needling - DermapenPRP - Patlelet rich plasmaChemical PeelsFractional DermabrasionPROVIDING YOU WITH THE QUALITYHEALTHCARE YOU ARE LOOKING FORGeneral Practice Medical AestheticsDra. Monica AlfaroHotel Cuna del Angeldralfaro@bahiaballenadoctors.comVoluminous lips are traditionally a sign of youth and beauty. The characteristics of the lips change with age. They lose volume, but usually, maintain the proportion with the lower lip being larger. The part of the skin over the upper lip becomes longer. General aging, sun exposure, smoking, the consumption of liquids directly from the bottle, and bone resorption at the jaw level produce changes in the face’s appearance, which affects the way the lips are appreciated. As a result, the lips thin, the cupid’s bow is at, the corners of the mouth curve downwards, marking the beginning of the puppet lines, and wrinkles are found around the mouth’s contour.There are different treatment options to combat aging around the mouth and lips. These include rejuvenating the area with botulinum toxin type A, implants, dermal llers, microneedles, Plasmage, fat injection, and platelet-rich plasma.The use of different techniques is an art. There is not a single indication for all patients. A natural appearance results from a delicate balance obtained only with the proper knowledge, experience, and detail when applying the treatment.It is necessary to listen to the patient with particular attention to what they want to improve. Sometimes they request a product that another person has applied without necessarily being indicated in their case. Most patients go to the doctor already with information about the treatment or product they want, although not always with a clear understanding. Botulinum toxin type A, for example, will help to relax the muscles so that wrinkles from the smoker’s barcode or lips are not produced or disguised, smoothing out marionette lines. Hyaluronic acid llers can minimize whole area wrinkles, smoker lip wrinkles, marionette lines or nasolabial folds, plump the lips, and slightly lift the mouth’s angle.There are several types of dermal llers available on the market. The most appropriate are those that produce a temporary effect. The most recommended for this area are hyaluronic acid and the patient’s fat. How llers work varies, some have molecules that attract water to the injected area and produce signicant hydration; others stimulate the body to produce Collagen. The duration of the effect of these temporary llers varies between 4 months to 12 months. Selecting the most appropriate product with your doctor will give you peace of mind during the process.Other treatments that also give good results in the rejuvenation of the lip contour are fractional dermabrasion or radiofrequency, microneedles, the use of plasma or Plasmage energy, or PDO threads. All of these stimulate the production of Collagen and rejuvenate the skin.REJUVENATION OF THE CONTOUR OF MOUTH AND LIPSAUTHOR: DRA. MÓNICA ALFARO E.WELLNESS - DOMINICAL Y ALREDEDORES33

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Today, faced with the environmental challenge, the interests of citizens, consumers, businesses, and Finance seem to be aligning in an unprecedented way.¿Can Finance be an ally of sustainable development?Despite being associated by denition, with short-term bank loans while sustainable development issues are being addressed, there are now many signs pointing to an evolution in the nancial sector from a longer-term perspective.This sector has not given up on prots. Still, now the “Financial Stakeholders” recognize that companies that put sustainable problems at the center of their business models tend to be healthier economically since companies that act responsibly and guarantee good practices minimize risks.These statements can be summarized as:1- Ecological regulations are adding conditions to the license of industries to operate. States and governments are increasingly refusing to take control of the adverse effects of industrial activity.2- Companies committed to supplying sustainable products and solutions, which are also produced responsibly, improve their competitiveness, generate more prots, and create long-term value. For example, when we invest in new generation green plants, we reduce the volume of raw materials used and improve productivity.3- The third aspect highlights a change in the current labor market. Future generations reject employers who have not embraced the green imperative as their primary concern. The message is simple: “If you deprive us of our environmental capital, we deprive you of your human capital.”These are aspects of great importance when addressing the sustainability of our production systems; our values cannot be left at home when we go to work every morning. This ctitious separation between personal and professional life must be a thing of the past.In this way, the interest of Finance in supporting sustainable transition companies is growing. In this way, the nancial sector can become a crucial ally in the radical ecological transformation that we must all implement to face these novel challenges.SUSTAINABLE FINANCE:A NEW APPROACHAUTHOR: PEDRO PÉREZ MANRIQUE INITIATIVE - DOMINICAL Y ALREDEDORES35

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RESTAURANTES UVITA - BAHÍAMediterraneanRestaurant BarandBoutiqueGreat Food • Great Friends • Great FunMonday - Friday - 12 - 9 pm Saturday & Sunday - 12- 7 pm300m North of the Gas StationPulseándolabonitoEVERY DAY 7:00 AM onwardsHOME DELIVERY200m west of Iguana VerdeTHE DOME& SPORTS BARRESTAURANTJML MARKETING & GRAPHIC DESIGNCLIENT: The Dome RestaurantLOGO REDESIGNC: 50M: 0Y: 100K: 0 C: 100M: 100Y: 30K: 0 FONT: FFX TIMES ENGRAVEDNorthAmericanBreakfast,Lunch•EarlyDinnerOPEN 8 AM – 3 PMCLOSED ON SUNDAY DOME PLAZAOPENOPENOPENDelicious Homemade ItalianFood With A Wonderful ViewLunch • Sunset appetizers and dinner 5 KM NORTH OF UVITAOPEN GASTRONOMY - UVITA Y ALREDEDORES362100 1825 8448 35714702 39398936 67892743 8506

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RESTAURANTS100%GlutenFreeRestaurant.Gourmet seafood and meat menuesMonday–Friday11AM–10PMSaturday&Sundayclosed.PlazaPacicPoolsRESERVATIONSBreakfast • Lunch• DinnerOrganic Costa Rican Coffee SpecialtiesMON-SUN 7:00 AM-9:00 PMNext to Uvita Information CenterDeliciousartesanalgelato,bananasplit,milkshakes,bananas,wafebowlsMON-SUN 11:00 AM- 8:00 PMNext to Uvita Information CenterChinese-American FoodTake Out OptionLunch • Sunset appetizers and dinner11 AM - 10 PM 5 KM NORTH OF UVITAOPENOPENOPENOPEN GASTRONOMY - UVITA Y ALREDEDORES372743 8674 8308 66042743 8674 8308 66048507 494927438182

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RESTAURANTSInternational Food with Austrian Touch Breakfast buffet, Lunch & Dinner Cocktail-BarOpen every 7 AM-5 PM - Pls Reserve for DinnerKM 169 HOTEL CRISTAL BALLENAFresh Fusion DishesVegan and Gluten Free OptionsTuesday to Saturday 11 AM - 4 PM6 KM SOUTH OF UVITA NEXT TO BALLENA BEACHWe are BakingMonday-Wednesday-FridayPlease order today! Home delivery Uvita - BahíaWholemeal Bread w/Species Seeds- Chocolate- CarrotOPENOPENOPENSeafood,Mariscos Casados,Pastas&FreshTunaPlease contact us for current days and hoursPLAYA BALLENABETWEEN UVITA & OJOCHAL KM 170OPEN8341 17302786 53542786 54078390 0130 GASTRONOMY - UVITA Y ALREDEDORES38

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Gallo Pinto is rice, cooked, and seasoned with black beans (beans). The “spotted rooster” is even vegan! The mixture of rice and beans, especially red, is visually reminiscent of a spotted rooster’s plumage.A “Gallo Pinto” is the traditional and popular breakfast in Costa Rica. It is served with fried or fried plantains, tortillas (corn cakes), or tostadas. The non-vegan starter may enjoy a fried or scrambled egg with custard (sour cream), a spicy sausage, or ham.Little is known about the history and origins of the Gallo Pinto. Many Central American countries claim for themselves to be the cradle of this special dish.In Central and South America, there are different versions with many other names. It is often called “Rice and Beans” in Limón, on the Caribbean coast. Rice and beans are traditionally cooked there with coconut milk.Which culture mixed these two ingredients rst? It seems highly likely that this nutritious combination of beans and rice was created, mixed, and cooked naturally and spontaneously in individual cultures.Here in Costa Rica, the “Gallo pinto” has been known since colonial times, also known as “dirty rice”, as the dish is called in San Sebastián, south of San José. As a “snack,” it nurtures the community outside the home, especially at festivals and popular celebrations.What Costa Rica can undoubtedly claim for itself as an author isthe funny name!Enjoy your meal!One of the earliest mentions of this quote, perhaps the initial one, can be found in a 1928 etiquette book “The Completed Adam”. It was written by tennis player, writer, and author Paula von Reznicek (1895-1976) and her husband Burghard, Baron of Reznicek. In it, they mention: “And love passes through the stomach”! Wherever the quote comes from, we agree that love for Costa Rica runs through the stomach!Have you already enjoyed one of the traditional Costa Rican dishes?The typical Costa Rican dish, the famous Casado is the main dish of the Ticos. Each local soda and restaurant prepares its individual Casado.As a tourist in beautiful Costa Rica, you may wonder why the Ticos call their famous main dish “Casado.”There are several explanations of terms, the most beautiful is probably that a married man symbolizes the rst course of the newlyweds. When two people meet, they still don’t know what the other likes and dislikes.Since a Casado is the composition of many different ingredients and can be cooked to your taste, it was given this original name. Future husbands should be as well combined as the ingredients in this popular main dish. Thus, the Casado is a symbol of a happy and varied marriage.The ingredients of the promising Casado:Spiced rice, black beans, a few banana slices, the picadillo, a nely chopped vegetable and some hot chili peppers.Depending on your taste, you can choose between chicken, beef, pork, or sh to accompany your Casado.And a Gallo pinto?It will be a “spotted rooster”, which doesn’t sound so tasty. “AND LOVE PASSES THROUGH THE STOMACH”!AUTHOR: NICOLE VOSSOJOCHAL - SWITZERLANDGASTRONOMY - UVITA Y ALREDEDORES39

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We asked Liz what her biggest challenge was when she started managing the Bistro. “English,” he answers immediately. Luckily Liz’s eyes speak, and her smile invites you to practice your Spanish skills. “And if all else fails, there is the telephone,” she adds. “The clients like that we speak to them in Spanish.” The diners are a colorful mix of Costa Ricans, North Americans, and Canadians.Liz greatly appreciates the support of her clients! Two couples always come for lunch. They say they love going to Ballena Bistro because they allow them to change the menu. “We gladly accommodate our visitors’ wishes and make them feel at home,” says Liz.Only sometimes, you will happen to see a rabbit hopping around the restaurant. It’s Luka, Liz’s pet, who usually sleeps during the day. With its nose, it seeks attention, and if ignored, it kicks at the door with its hind legs. Jenga is also part of the Ballena Bistro family. He is an amiable dog and a good host.You see, you are going to feel at home, enjoy it and bon appétit!Liz (originally from Pérez Zeledón) used to run a coffee-ice cream parlor in Buenos Aires before coming to Ojochal in 2012. Liz is a sportswoman who loves to run, and her rst concern when she arrived was if there was a women’s soccer team. She found the Playa Hermosa Futbol Sala team that used to meet at the “Cancha Sintética” in Uvita. In 2014 she started working at the Ballena Bistro as the right hand of the owner and chef Anja Sonnenberg. When Anja decided to seek other horizons, in April 2018, Liz grasped the opportunity to take over the restaurant. With her innate friendliness and splendid customer service, she has demonstrated being an extraordinary host and a good leader of her small operations team.Liz strives to maintain a varied menu that includes vegan and gluten-free options, with always fresh ingredients. Chef Priscila surprises with fusion dishes such as sh soup with coconut milk, Fish Burgers, chicken in an almond crust, or trout in passion fruit sauce. The desserts like the basil and blackberry ice cream made with coconut milk, the chocolate and banana cakes are exquisite. To get in tune for your order, try a ginger Margarita, or a delicious Hibiscus mojito.LIZETH QUIRÓS, BALLENA BISTRO´S SMILE AUTHOR: DAGMAR REINHARD+(506) 2786 5407GASTRONOMY - UVITA Y ALREDEDORES41

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The human eye works similar to a camera. Thus, through a lens system (the cornea and the lens), it focuses the light coming from the objects on the retina (which would be equivalent to photographic lm).A refractive defect (or ametropia) is an ocular alteration that causes the image not to focus precisely on the retina, producing blurred vision that can usually be corrected by placing a lens in the light path.The variations in the eye’s length, the shape of the cornea, or the lens’s transparency can cause refractive errors. Types of refractive defects. Depending on where the light is focused inside the eye, we talk about:Myopia: when light is focused before reaching the retina (because the eye is too long, or the cornea or lens is too powerful). Distant objects are blurry, although up close, it is usually good.Farsightedness: the image is focused behind the retina. It usually manifests itself by poor near vision, although vision can be blurry both far and near in high hyperopia. Young people can have good vision but associated with headaches or visual fatigueAstigmatism: in this case, more than one distance point is formed. Small degrees of astigmatism associated with myopia or hyperopia is widespread. In high astigmatism cases, the images may be elongated or slanted when corrected with glasses, and the use of contact lenses is necessary.Presbyopia or eyestrain is a natural condition that manifests itself after 40 years due to the loss of the lens’s elasticity and makes it difcult to focus on nearby objects.Correction of refractive errorsInterposing a lens will bring the focus of light to the retina (glasses, contact lenses (soft or semi-rigid), or refractive surgery.)To nd out if you have any of these problems, do not hesitate to have an eye exam. At Ópticas del Sol, we can help you with the best option to correct your problem.REFRACTIVE DEFECTSMYOPIA, HYPEROPIA AND ASTIGMATISMAUTHOR: DRA. FLORA HERNÁNDEZHEALTH - UVITA Y ALREDEDORES43

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HOW YOU CAN HELP THE LOCALCOMMUNITYAUTHOR: NICK HALVERSON Costa Rica is mainly dependent on tourism for its economy, and the drastic restrictions have impacted especially brutal on nationals. The country currently has the highest unemployment rate ever recorded at 25%. That is the published rate, and with most unemployment numbers, I would suggest it is higher. When including the real rate plus adding in the under-employed rate, it is probably closer to 35%-40% nationally, and higher in the immediate region. Indeed, most of the Costa Ballena region is dependent on tourism. Given that as the background, we hear from our homeowners, clients, and the social media channels: “What can we do to help with the local economy?” On the one hand, it has been great to see the incredible outpouring of people looking to support and to help everyone, as we are all in this together. On the other hand, Costa Rica is slowly reopening its borders, but fresh tourists’ trickle won’t make an economic dent in the recovery. It will be months (hopefully not years) before a new nancial and physical ‘healthy normal’ returns. Here are recommendations to help: 1. Hire Local: Try and hire as local as possible. If there is someone in your immediate community or neighborhood, consider hiring that person or purchasing from them. The Costa Ballena region has plenty of service providers that live throughout the area. 2. Hire Legal: There are plenty of businesses operating in the region that have all permits in place and are paying insurance for their workers and taxes to Hacienda. If you are unsure, ask to see copies of the Hacienda and the Municapolity permits. By law, they must be hung on the wall of the ofce. If a service provider company doesn’t have an ofce, they will likely operate illegally in Costa Rica. 3. Be generous Please consider hiring an extra home cleaning or an additional landscaping service for the month if your budget allows. Order take-out from a restaurant once or twice a week. If you are friends with people in need, invite them over for a BBQ or a meal. Buy some extra groceries (bags of rice, beans, vegetables, meat, etc.) for your neighbor in need. Sometimes there are opportunities to work, but transportation is a signicant obstacle in the Costa Ballena region, especially now with the limited bus schedules. Offer to provide transportation to someone who may need it (while at the same time respecting the driving restrictions). 4. Be smart If you would like a list of recommended non-prots, government programs, or other places to donate to, please contact us. We can send you the contact information. If you would like to add your non-prot to the list, please send us a note. The local government has been delivering meals to those who can’t travel, and they are always looking for additional resources. All of us at Osa Property Management are working together, helping the community, and supporting the Costa Ballena region.www.osapropertymanagement.comPOTHO: OSA PROPERTYINITIATIVE - UVITA Y ALREDEDORES45

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Turn-key Property ManagementWE HAVE MOVED! • Full-service vacation Rental / Landscaping / Repairs Pool Cleaning / Taxes / Billpay• New Construction – Project ManagementUvita – Ed. Perla del PacíficoLocal #1(next to Servicentro Bahìa Ballena)Saturday: 8 am – 12 mMonday to Friday: 7 am – 4 pm:(506) 7100 1006: OsaPropertyManagementwwwHatillo – Dominical – Uvita – Ojochal – Coronado - San Buenas Non-profit project of the Open Arms Foundation, We accept donations of good, used clothingRopa de alta calidad a precios buenos para mujeres, hombres y niños: camisas, shorts, trajes de baño, jeans, vestidos(506) 2201-5962La Cancha Sintética, Centro de UvitaFacebook: Buena Voluntad Tienda AmericanaTHRIFT STORE UVITA Y ALREDEDORES46

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It also gives excellent results as natural pest control in the garden and biological control in an organic garden.Neem has been used to disinfect factory and home areas. There it is applied to ght insects and in the care of pets.Cosmetics, soaps, toothpaste, and others are handcrafted.Miguel has some Neem trees in his garden. He extracts oil from their seeds used on the skin, or according to the circumstances to fumigate.You have just discovered one of nature’s most prodigious gifts: Natural medicine, an option to save our earth without using chemicals that cause so much damage to the atmosphere and waters.We met Miguel, the herbalist, two years ago at the Uvita Fair. He used to have his booth to exhibit a wide range of herbs, leaves, and roots. He pulverizes them to prepare tinctures and oils.Miguel is from China Kichá, a town in the Talamanca mountains heights belonging to the Pérez Zeledón canton.Miguel grows neem, noni, and moringa, all of which are native to India. They say that these three trees are the most healing on the planet with scientically studied properties.Neem (neem) is the most used, and it has anti-inammatory, -viral, -parasitic, -hemorrhoidal, -diabetic,-hypertensive and many more antis.You can also use it to treat skin conditions such as hives, fungi, pimples, eczema, lice, mites, ulcers, and varicose veins. It is useful as a repellent and acts as a spermicide.Its leaves’ infusions are excellent for diabetes, control cholesterol, and purify toxins’ blood from the body. It is an anticancer and acts as a vaccine against many other diseases.Neem powder can go a long way in reducing hair loss and regaining abundant balance. See Miguel in the recent photo (as John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever).For this, you can prepare a paste of neem powder and water. You can add Aloe Vera or a little coconut oil to it if you want. Apply this paste to the scalp/root twice a week and leave on 20-30 minutes before bathing. Be consistent, have a little patience, and you will see. MIGUEL, THE HERBALIST AUTHOR: DAGMAR REINHARD+(506) 6183 9562ONE YEAR LATERBEFORE THE NEEM TREATMENTINITIATIVE - UVITA Y ALREDEDORES47

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For 2018, ASADA set its commitment to offer a continuous, constant, and quality service, adapting the Aqueduct work structure to all the guidelines established by law for its operation. We are thriving every day to become an Institution, formal, serious, and with the economic and scientic strength necessary to cover our community’s development without affecting our natural resources. Due to their way of working in the 2019 period, ASADA returns to the Sanitary Quality Seal program. This time we managed to incorporate four white stars of potability into our award. This award’s achievement was thanks to obtaining 100% of the points in the Sanitary Quality Seal program. This program qualies the following parameters: Protection program for water sources - Maintenance and cleaning program for tanks and networks - Program of disinfection - Environmental education and information on quality - Operational control -Compliance with the Regulation for water quality - Evaluation of sanitary risk.In the mid-eighties, the community of Uvita organized and began the construction of an aqueduct. It was not until October 2, 1996, that our ASADA was constituted through an Ordinary General Assembly, and on February 24, 2003, recognized by the A and A as an aqueduct. The ofcialization took place on March 18 of the same year, once it was published in the ofcial newspaper of our country La Gaceta No.72.Due to the community’s growth in the coming years, the development soon exceeded the capacities of the Aqueduct. During this period, the water capacity was very scarce. Between 2006 and 2009, a one-star award was received from the Sanitary quality seal program of the Costa Rican Institute of Aqueducts and Sewers. Despite the lack of water resources and some deciencies in the ASADA’s operating system, we could guarantee its water quality. During 2012 and as a result of a restructuring of the Board of Directors, changes arise in the administration and operation of our Aqueduct. It began with new improvement projects such as the capture of 6 new springs, which made it possible to increase our system’s water capacity injecting a ow of 20.83 l in the summer of 2015. The construction of a vitried steel tank with a capacity of 500 M³ in 2017 represented an increase in our storage capacity by 90%, the change in water resources and economism was notorious. ASADA UVITA - BAHÍA OBTAINS THE SANITARY QUALITY SEALAUTHOR: MIGUEL RIOS+(506) 8736 7004INITIATIVE - UVITA Y ALREDEDORES49

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GINGER IS A WONDERFUL ADDITION TO YOUR GARDENAUTHOR: J.S.P.There are more than 1,000 species of owering ginger families belonging to some 47 genera. The more common genus names you are likely to see are Alpinia, Costus, Hedychium, and Zingiber (the latter is the ginger we use for culinary purposes). Ginger roots are utilized as both spice and medicine. The “Zingiberaceae family” also comprises turmeric, cardamom, and galangal. It originated in South East Asia and is one of the rst spices to have been transported from Asia to Europe. The ancient Greeks and Romans used it in the kitchen and as a remedy for endless illnesses.The distant relative Wild ginger (Asarum) has a similar taste. All of the different kinds of ginger are owering perennials plants. Some have long stems and leaves, while others have large wide and tropical leaves. Ornamental gingers are amazing tropical and subtropical plants with brightly colored owers. They are the fancier relatives of the edible ginger or the bananas, and turmeric.You can grow your own ginger at home!You can experiment with ginger that you buy at a store or an online Farmers Market. Make sure you select a spot where the plants get plenty of light but no direct sun and protect it from the wind. Cu0t or break up the rhizomes with a couple of buds growing (or you can plant the whole thing). Plant the ginger root 10 cm (2-4”) deep, with the growing buds facing up.The soil should never dry out, and it loves humidity. It is a slow-growing plant, so be patient! Harvest edible ginger before the plant produces owers.Ornamental ginger is planted in the same way; it just is never harvested. Some ornamental gingers to consider for your garden include Red, Malay, Buttery, Torch, Shell, and Oxblood.Whatever you choose, ginger is a beautiful addition to any garden!BOTANY - UVITA Y ALREDEDORES51

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DAWG (Domestic Animal Welfare Group) has some exciting news! We applied for non-prot status in the United States, so people can benet from a tax deduction when they donate through our US non-prot organization. It also will allow us to apply for grant money in the US. We are happy to announce that we received approval as a 501(c)3 non-prot organization in August. This is perfect timing, as, in the past, most of our donations came from local fundraising events. Due to the restrictions, we have not been able to do any of these types of events. Another exciting thing that DAWG has been doing is holding spay and neuter clinics on a small scale: no more than 25 pets and having clinics where there is lots of space for social distancing. Presently we are holding 2 to 3 clinics per month, primarily in outlying areas where people usually would not take their pets to a veterinarian. Since DAWG’s inception, over 3000 pets have been spayed or neutered. DAWG continues to be committed to providing this service to the community to reduce abandoned or unwanted dogs and cats.Why is Spay and Neuter so important?Did you know that dogs can have 2-3 litters per year, and cats can have 3-4 litters per year in a tropical climate?In just six years, one female dog and her offspring can produce up to 67,000 puppies!In only 7 years, one female cat and her offspring can produce over 370,000 kittens!DAWG Needs Your Help?DAWG wants to continue doing these clinics, but we are getting low on funds. You can make a donation using our US PayPal account, and since DAWG also has non-prot status as a 501(c)3 in the US, your donations through this account are tax-deductible. Here is the direct link to our donate page DAWGPayPal LinkFootnote: Asociación D.A.W.G. Grupo Bienestar de Los Animales Domésticos Costa Rica, doing business as DAWG, Domestic Animal Welfare Group, is a non-prot organization focused on animal advocacy in the Costa Ballena region of Costa Rica for 12 years. WHAT HAS DAWG BEEN DOING DURING THE RESTRICTIONS?AUTHOR: SUSAN STRONGD.A.W.G. ANIMAL HEALTH - UVITA Y ALREDEDORES53

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Our grandfather had a medical dispensary in Pejibaye de Pérez Zeledón for many years.Jason and I grew up in Heredia in a small house, with dreams and illusions of achieving great things. My parents Olga and Guillermo decided to take us to the United States when I was 15 years old. They, among other tasks, worked in cleaning, living the “American dream.”Listening to God’s inner voice, this experience became the necessary impulse to know that we wanted something better for our lives. This desire to improve fueled a constant struggle in the right direction, and as part of this experience, we completed the learning of the English language.Meanwhile, my older brothers Michael and Mauricio stayed in Costa Rica, working and studying, going through difcult times without a doubt. Mauricio decided to keep working and help Michael nish his studies. After completing his career as a pharmacist, the adventure began. Our mother, Olga, already with signicant experience in pharmacies, at the age of 24, decided to open the Ibarra Pharmacy in Palmar Norte, accompanied by my brother and colleague, Dr. Michael (pharmacist).Michael helped us nish our studies, and we mobilized the other brothers with this same impulse. We migrated to the Southern Zone of Costa Rica. Mauricio in Ciudad Cortés, Jason in Sierpe (and currently in Ojochal), and myself, Jeimmy in Uvita, we opened branches to form the Ibarra Pharmacy and Macrobiotic Chain.For several years working separately due to different difculties we faced, in 2016, we decided to merge the pharmacies to work together. The process has not been easy; we have all learned a lot and work as a team. We recognize that the weakness of one is the strength of the other. We have gone through difcult times, and we have not stopped having faith that we are in the Southern Zone with a purpose.The values that we learned as children, teamwork, faith in God, the struggle despite economic problems, health, and any other circumstance give us the conviction that this will be temporary while focusing on our goals and dreams.After the branch in Cortés suffered a ood and many losses, we decided to build our own store in Cuatro Esquinas, located next to the supermarket. At Farmacias Ibarra, you will feel safe, with attentive staff, ready to serve you and attend to your concerns. More than products and medicines, we want to be your friends, answer your questions and take care of your health and that of your family.Our satisfaction is knowing that we are a blessing for this town, often giving a word of encouragement, guiding our patients, caring for them, and transmitting health in every way. At Farmacias Ibarra, we have dedicated many years to improve our service and care. When you enter our pharmacies, you will know that the pharmacist will always be available for you; you can ask the questions you want, have your medications reviewed, and receive instructions for the proper use.We currently have an extensive list of medications with promotions. On request, you can get one free after purchasing two or three of it.We have a wide variety of cosmetics, natural products, essential oils, dermatological products, and orthopedics line.If we do not have the product you are looking for, we try to give you a solution as soon as possible. On the second oor of the Alfaro Building located in Palmar Norte, we have periodic visits from specialists, and we want to carry out the same project in Uvita.We still have many other projects, with God’s help and these beautiful people, we want to serve you for many more years, provide you with the best service, the same prices, and always make you feel like in a family.Farmacias y Macrobióticas Ibarra - your Trusted Pharmacies!FARMACIAS IBARRAA FAMILY LEGACYAUTHOR: PHAR. JEIMMY GARCIA UVITA Y ALREDEDORES55

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MOISTURE AFFECTSYOUR CONSTRUCTIONAUTHOR:JULIO FERNÁNDEZ AGÜERO At this time of year, we have the most signicant amount of rain in our country, which could cause humidity problems. Due to this, the constructive structures are more affected by the aesthetic point of view by the appearance of fungi, algae, and other microorganisms. They can cause dark brown, black, orange, and red stains. If we do not act in time to treat this condition of nature, we could not only lose aesthetics, but we can also put the integrity of the structures at risk, and it could even affect our health. Uncontrolled humidity in a conned space could cause allergies and even respiratory problems. To prevent or correct this condition on the market, we nd various types of paint that help us control the humidity effects both indoors and outdoors.Various products are used to control the humidity outside, but the known ones are waterproong agents and 100% acrylic resin paints with the latest technology in a matte nish.Waterproong agents such as “Sherwin Williams Aqualock 8000” is a product used to waterproof concrete slabs, exterior walls, roof surfaces, among others. This product has a self-crosslinking technology that allows the paint to bind the molecules better and achieve a better waterproong. It also provides more exibility and better elongation. As if that were not enough, this paint is also heat insulating. It manages to reduce the substrate’s temperature by up to fteen degrees Celsius.On the other hand, in our store in Uvita, you will nd the paint “Excello Extreme Climate by Sherwin Williams.” This is a paint designed for exterior walls in severe environmental conditions such as structures facing the sea, in the middle of the forest, outdoors, among others. This matte nish paint allows the walls to breathe moisture that has been absorbed by capillary action, avoiding blistering of the paint and subsequent damage to repellants or masonry. Also, this paint has encapsulated fungicides that achieve protection against fungi, algae, mold. We can prepare it in more than 8000 colors. I will be happy to advise you.(506) 2215-2077 (506) 8874-4798INITIATIVE - UVITA Y ALREDEDORES57

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Caño Island, a beautiful biological reserve 20 km off of the South Pacic coast of Costa Rica, is a biodiversity hotspot. Hosting the highest diversity of corals of the Pacic of Costa Rica, this island is also located in a sea current. It brings many large mammals to the area throughout the year and various sharks and rays. These are among the reasons why Innoceana started marine conservation projects there three years ago and continues to learn, share, and protect this vibrant ecosystem today. Amongst many conservation projects, Innoceana has always focused on Coral Reefs. Indeed, we have already lost 32% of the planet’s coral reefs, and the scientic community agrees that we could lose another 35% in the next 10 to 40 years. Coral reefs are essential in many ways: They protect coastlines from storms and erosion. They are an essential food source because they provide habitat and nursery grounds for many sh and other invertebrate species. They are a source of new medicines and hotspots of marine biodiversity. Coral species are threatened and face extinction due to climate change and human activity. It’s difcult to visualize these effects because the Ocean does not change or reect this damage from the surface. However, coral colonies are slowly dying, and with them, ocean life. Studying the corals, their evolution, and their threats is as imperative as protecting them. This is why Innoceana created a new project called The Crystal Floor. It uses 3D models of the coral reefs to show us a glimpse of the Ocean’s future through the crystal water. Using an existing low-cost technology of photogrammetry, Innoceana creates visual 3D models of coral colonies, providing valuable information on their health and recording the reef’s changes and evolution over time. Moreover, The Crystal Floor brings the Ocean to the public through visual and interactive models. Many don’t have the opportunity to observe coral reefs in their natural environment and don’t understand the threats corals face. Educating locals, children, and tourists on what a coral is, its role and importance for the whole ecosystem is primordial. Last year, local guides discussed a strange underwater sphere around Caño Island that could be a pre-Columbian stone sphere of the Díquis. The Innoceana team decided to create a 3D model of this sphere to observe and analyze it in depth. They realized that they had previously seen this sphere in the magazine National Geographic in an article about women in the industry. It was an old buoy from the industrial era and is now part of the underwater scenery as coral colonies are growing over it. This discovery proves that the protocol used for The Crystal Floor project works not only for coral reefs, but could also be used for archaeological studies and more.THE CRYSTAL FLOOR: DISCOVERING UNDERWATER WONDERSAUTHOR: LAURA VANOPDENBUSCHUVITA Y ALREDEDORES61

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WHERE DOES YOUR HARDWOODCOME FROM?AUTHOR: ANDREA JOHNSON, M.E.SC.Cedro, nazareno, níspero, manglillo, corteza. Wood is a gorgeous, renewable resource, more climate-friendly than concrete or steel. Most of the construction on the Costa Ballena and Osa Peninsula is done by hotels and second-home builders drawn by the lush rainforest. Native timber feels like an obvious choice: who doesn’t love a hand-crafted Cristobal door’s luxury? The rustic vibe of Cara de Tigre porch pillars? The durability of Manú negro posts? But do we know where the wood is coming from? Or are we inadvertently supporting forest crimes? A friend in Uvita recently told me about a 300-year-old Cristobal tree that was cut down and stolen from his farm. Even the stump was taken! And, soon after that, beautiful new Cristobal doors appeared on his neighbors’ houses.Sadly, many home builders and hotel owners are unwitting accomplices to illegal logging and timber laundering. At least three sawmills within just 15 minutes of my house in Osa sell native species lumber. Yet throughout southern Costa Rica, MINAE has granted only a few permits for logging in natural forests. So, where does all the raw material come from? It’s an open secret that some mill owners buy both authorized and unauthorized timber, and use this mix to launder stolen trees into their “legal” supply. Unfortunately, it costs more time and money to do things right for both workers and healthy ecosystems. You may ask: is it a big deal to cut down one or two big old trees without permits or plans? But it’s not just “one or two” trees – the Director of the Golfo Dulce Forest Reserve reports that MINAE conscated over US$20,000 of illegal timber in just the rst three months of 2020 – only a fraction of the full picture. And that Cristobal robbed from my friend’s farm? It’s a species that only exists between the Nicoya and the Osa Peninsula. Once we lose those giant old trees that illegal loggers target, they are gone for centuries, and maybe forever, if the remaining population is too small to reproduce.The legal penalties can be severe if you’re caught with illegal wood. According to Costa Rica’s Forestry Law #7575, any person who acquires or processes forest products without complying with the law can be sentenced to three years in prison. Your wood will be taken away at a minimum, and you will pay hefty nes and waste months on lawyers and legal procedures. The good news is that it’s easy to do better. Here are ve alternatives to using that “no questions asked” Cristobal:1. Ask for and use local plantation timber or bamboo: Teak, melina and bamboo are excellent eco-friendly building materials. Teak is beautiful, durable, and oversupply around here.2. Check with Minae for reputable sources, sawmills, and builders: Go to your local Minae ofce and ask who has permits to sell their timber in your area. Deal directly with the farm owner. Buy salvage timber (madera caída). Ask which sawmills are registered and in good legal standing.3. Ask lots of questions: An invoice (factura) from the sawmill is no guarantee. Ask the mill owner to provide you with the transport permit (guía) and the logging permit (resolución) for any wood you buy. Check for valid dates and origin. 4. Put clauses into your contracts: Make sure that your builder’s contract contains clauses that require legal timber, veriable with invoices, transports, and logging permits. 5. Tell your friends and neighbors: Contribute to creating a legality culture by bragging about your efforts to use ethical green building materials!UVITA Y ALREDEDORES63

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RESTAURANTSOJOCHALOPENBreakfast and Lunch Vegan and Vegetarian optionMon. to Sat. 7AM to 4PM - Sunday ClosedENTRADA DE OJOCHALBreakfast lunch dinnerThursday & Friday - 12 - 8 pmSaturday & Sunday - 9 am - 6 pmNEXT TO HOTEL EL MONO FELIZCALLE DEL JARDINOPENCreative CuisineMonday - Saturday 12AM - 9 PMSunday ClosedPLAZA TANGARAOPENBelgian Beer BarCLOSED FOR VACATIONSTHE SLOW COOKER MAKING LIFE EASIER8729 41152786 50592786 51578583 6988UVITA Y ALREDEDORES64

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OJOCHALTHE SLOW COOKER MAKING LIFE EASIERLife has changed quite drastically for pretty much everyone in the past few months. If you’re like me, you might be looking for ways to save money by not eating out as much. Yet all that cooking at home is adding quite a bit of extra work in food preparation and cleaning up. I found myself spending hours every day in the kitchen, making multiple trips to the grocery store each week, and getting exhausted from all the extra work on top of routine work while trying to squeeze in some ocean time and have a bit of social life on top of it. Enter the idea of food prep and a slow cooker. This contraption is a game-changer in my life. Instead of just throwing together a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and a banana and calling it lunch, I am eating heartier, more satisfying meals now. I am spending so much less time at the stove and cleaning up after. I make large portions at a time and freeze whatever I don’t eat. The internet has tons of great recipe options, and you can enter the internet search for whatever your particular food preference may be. For example, non-dairy Indian butter chicken – check – in the slow cooker. A great plan that has worked for me is the following:1. Browse the internet once a week for 2-3 big slow cooker meals to make.2. Write down everything you need to buy on a list and take it to the grocery store and make one big shopping trip per week.3. Choose your slow cooker days – for example, Monday, Wednesday, Friday – and do the food prep in the morning and get that slow cooker cooking with enough quantity that you surely have leftovers.4. Enjoy a hearty lunch and dinner, and put whatever you don’t eat in the freezer.I have also learned that you can use slow cookers to make yogurts and jams. It will be fun to experiment, and I love having good food at home that doesn’t involve hours of preparation and clean up each day. Happy prepping! AUTHOR: TARA TIEDEMANNGASTRONOMY - UVITA Y ALREDEDORES65

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We experienced an immense amount of rain before the beginning of the real rainy season, usually August-November. A few of the storms back in late July were especially intense. I remember during one storm, the thunder and lightning were very nearby. The lightning was so bright, and the thunder rumbled with such force it shook our house. I thought we might be experiencing a small earthquake, but we weren’t. What I felt is known as a thunder quake. A thunder quake is when a thunderstorm is so severe that the rumbling seems like an earthquake. Wow, I just love nature!Now, with the rainier season upon us, here are some helpful tips and recommendations!It’s an excellent time to check out your vehicle. Make sure your windshield wipers are working well. Check the tread and air pressure on your tires and your spare tire. Check your emergency ashers, and all lights. Please make sure you have everything you need for your Emergency Vehicle Kit: 2 reective triangles, one reective vest, a spare tire, and tools to replace it, battery cables, and a re extinguisher.Leave extra time for driving and slow down. Try to be more patient and be ready for anything. If you see water owing across the road, think twice before crossing it. If you come to a river crossing and the river is light brown, stay far away from the edge. Please do not cross if the river is owing quickly.There is likely to be a lot of water coming down at once from the mountain. It is best to sit tight and wait it out. Also, the rivers and small creeks can be higher, depending on the tides and the moon.Get yourself set up with things you like to do at home. Borrow a few extra books from the Uvita Community Library, get engaged in a new hobby, take an online class (there is so much offered for free), or start a vegetable garden! Make great use of the extra indoor time by spending quality time with your family, friends, and pets!Help your furry friends who get frightened during the scary thunder and lightning storms. There are remedies you can purchase at our local vet such as Bach Rescue Night, a natural remedy, which I hear works great!It is a good time to check the supplies in your house. Make sure you are stocked up on candles, matches or lighters, batteries, jugs of water, extra medical prescriptions, and necessities. The most important thing to do right now is to embrace and welcome the rainiest time of the year! Remember, this is why we live in such a lush, vibrant, and green environment. Plus, when rain and sun meet in the sky, we get rainbows!WAS THAT A THUNDERQUAKE?AUTHOR: BETH SYLVER ICE (24/7):2771-5126INTERNET:1119EMERGENCIA / EMERGENCY:911OJOCHAL Y ALREDEDORES67

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NOTES ON BEACHES AND NATURAL HEALINGIn April of 2020, the US Department of Homeland Security released ndings from their study of anti-viral effects of sunlight. Their research demonstrated that viruses are destroyed entirely by 90 seconds or less exposure to outdoor sunlight. Other research indicates that possibly less than 10 seconds is the norm in bright sunlit environments.Viruses are destroyed by a PH of 8 (mildly alkaline), only slightly above the average human body’s PH of 7.28. Any hand soap has sufcient alkalinity to pass PH 8, which dissolves the virus’s fatty envelope. PH is an electrochemical property that can be expressed in millivolts of electron energy (negative ions). It is well known that air over a beach is lled with negative ions, which may reach the millivoltage equivalent of PH 8. The single most crucial immune booster in viral resistance is vitamin D, formed naturally in the skin on exposure to sunlight. Early-stage symptoms of virus infection correspond almost precisely to vitamin D deciency. Discomfort, lack of energy and low resistance to infections, are attributed, among others, to insufcient vitamin D formation due to sedentary daytime living patterns indoors. About ½ hour of sun exposure per day is enough to keep the liver’s vitamin D battery charged (3-month capacity). The light that bounces off the water and sand on the beach can create enough vitamin D in just a few minutes.Another essential product of skin exposed to sunlight is a molecule called cholesterol sulfate. Research currently in process by a team led by Dr. Stephanie Seneff at MIT has found that cholesterol sulfate has vital blood circulation benets within capillaries. Loss of such circulation is often part of the fatal nal stage of virus infection. Cholesterol sulfate is also protective of joints (arthritis resistance) and acts as an energy transport medium for cellular mitochondria. Such energy is key to optimum immune processes.The work of Dr. Gerald Pollack on cellular water indicates that cells convert long-wave infrared light, which penetrates deep into body tissues, to electrical energy that has a positive impact on the different body systems, including the immune system. It is common knowledge that long wave infrared is abundant on beaches.Illness, in general, viral disease in particular, increase inammation, which may be the most critical factor in the loss of health. Antioxidants, like vitamin C, work by supplying electrons that neutralize charged molecules that cause inammation. Air and sand at a beach carry a negative ion charge that enters the body through the skin or lungs, with notable anti-inammatory effects. Undoubtedly, during daylight hours for some effects and at night for others, beaches are a natural healing force of some consequence. Costa Rica is blessed with magnicent beaches that provide healing resources, the foundation for the well-being and vitality of its inhabitants. AUTHOR: NYLE SEABRIGHTTHIS ARTICLE IS PART OF ARESEARCH PROPOSAL, FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT THE AUTHOR. HEALTH / WELLNESS71

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THE LEGACY OF THE BANANACOMPANY IN PALMAR SURAUTHOR: DAGMAR REINHARD To forge a new future working with United Fruit Company, in 1975, Jaqueline Matarrita Gómez’s family moved from Guanacaste to Finca 8 in Palmar Sur. “The days began very early in the settlements”, Jaqueline recalls, “already at 4.30 in the morning there was light in the houses, it smelled of food that the women prepared on the stoves and ranchero music resounded from the portable radios”. At 5 am, the different squads’ work in charge of cutting or stripping the bananas and taking them to the conveyor belts began.The big train was the center of attention: it took the harvest from Palmar Sur to the port of Golto and brought the mail, the newspaper, ice, and kerosene. There were also passenger cars with ambulances.The town was built around the park. There was a school, church, hospital, stadium, a hotel for architects and engineers, and a cemetery. At the Social Center, the workers’ families enjoyed their free time, while the managers retired to their club in the American Zone.Before completing the bridge over the Térraba River in 1958, all merchandise had to be shipped in boats through the murky waters. It was built in collaboration between the banana company and the Government of Costa Rica.During the earthworks carried out by the Company’s workers on the farms, they discovered the rst spheres. You can admire some of them at the Parque de Palmar Sur, in the Fincas, and the Museum on Site of Finca 6, which exhibits many of these perfectly round and enigmatic works of art in their original position.Doña Jaqueline is the president of the Integral Development Association (ADI) of Palmar Sur. She comments that the quiet city’s identity on the banks of the great Térraba River originates from the legacy of the Banana Company that left the South zone of Costa Rica in 1984.Jaqueline and her ADI team work on various committees to raise funds, maintain and restore inheritances. Also, part of the great treasure of the Park of the Spheres are the ancient trees such as the beautiful Cannonball (Couroupita guianensis Aubl), which originated in India where it is intrinsically linked to the history of Buddhism. Likewise, the Cuipo (Cavallinesa platanifolia), a gray and pot-bellied giant, amazes with its corpulence. Taking care of the Park facilities is Ruben González alias “Barón,” a dedicated gardener paid by the Municipality of Osa.Thanks to a contest that the Park Committee won with UNESCO, they were able to label these impressive specimens and the archaeological sites around Palmar.Recently, the ADI acquired a wagon that soon, attached to the great locomotive, will be a museum with photos from the Banana plantation days.It is worth knowing the legacy of the Banana Company.HISTORY - PALMAR Y ALREDEDORES73

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The stone spheres are a representative sculptural element of the chiefdom societies of the Diquís delta. These artifacts were used as symbolic, ritual, socio-political objects, and possibly as chronological, status, and power markers. Its manufacture constituted an extended tradition, approximately between 300-400 BC. until 1500 A.D. During this period, its production and use reached its maximum development.Through them, people, communities, and societies transmitted spiritual, social, and cultural values, which is why they were located in privileged places within the main settlements, on the entrances of important people’s homes, and in public spaces, even forming alignments.In the archaeological sites Finca 6, Batambal, El Silencio, and Grijalba 2, stone spheres were used in strategic spaces, highlighting their ideological, political, and ceremonial character.At present, the stone spheres have been incorporated into some regions of the social and cultural community life of the region’s populations, mainly as a symbol of identity. Some contemporary artisans have dedicated themselves to making objects of this type inspired by their ancestral stone spheres.A MUSEUM THAT EXALTS THE CULTURE OF THE AREAThe Finca 6 Site Museum Visitor Center has the exhibition “Diquís, a singular region” with bulk sculptures and spike sculptures, which, together with the stone spheres, are representative and particular sculptural manifestations of the Pacic South of Costa Rica. Objects of this nature have been found in the archaeological sites Finca 6, Batambal, El Silencio, and Grijalba 2. Also, in the center, visitors will be able to see ceramic objects representing the region that are part of this exhibition. When you enter the archaeological site, you will be able to observe spheres preserved in their original site. They are associated with circular structures (mounds) and public or communal used spaces, where it is possible to identify two sets of aligned spheres. Due to the action of sedimentation in the area, they are semi-buried. Thanks to their large size, it is possible to observe a part of the piece that protrudes from the surface and is known as the crown.This sector constitutes one of the most attractive spaces for visitors. During April and the month of August, three spheres are aligned with the sun during the solar zenith period. This phenomenon has been studied by expert archaeologists and the staff of the National Museum of Costa Rica’s archeology department.The visitor center is located in the community of Finca 6-11. The temporary schedule is from Tuesday to Sunday from 8 am to 2 pm, and until further notice, admission is free. The visit is safe, all hygienic measures are taken, following the Ministry of Health’s protocols. Come and know part of our history!THE DIQUIS STONESPHERESAUTHOR:CARLOS HUMBERTO MORALES BARRANTESMUSEONACIONALDECOSTARICACULTURE - PALMAR Y ALREDEDORES75

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When you come to our amazing country, you have many diverse locations and activities to choose from. If your primary objective is to experience nature and wildlife, the Southern Pacic coast is the place to be. More specically, Drake Bay has world-class sport shing, snorkeling, scuba diving, and hiking in an unspoiled pristine setting.In the village of Drake Bay, you don’t even need a car. Everything you will need, including restaurants, supermarkets, hiking trails, and the beach are only steps away. Drake offers accommodations from basic to luxury.My favorite activity is, of course, sport shing. We are blessed to have incredible shing grounds right in our backyard. We offer both inshore and offshore trips on our two boats, the Reel Escape and the Reel Time. Because we are so close to Cano Island, we don’t have to go far to catch sh. The vast reef system surrounding the island holds lots of Snapper, Grouper, Amberjack, Dorado, Wahoo, Roostersh, Pompano, and Tuna. A little further offshore in the deeper, blue water is where the really big ones live. We sh for Blue and Black Marlin, Sailsh, big Yellow-n Tuna, and big Mahi. Not too many years ago, one angler from the US caught and released a 550 lb. Black Marlin after an epic 4 hour battle on the Reel Escape.Whether you want to sh inshore or offshore or even a combination trip, make sure to bring your cooler. My mates and I will expertly let your sh and put them on ice. Clients often take home a month’s worth of sh in a single day.Probably one of the most fabulous sport sh anywhere is the magnicent Roostersh. Roosters are a bucket list sh primarily for the beauty and incredible hard ght. The only place in the world these sh are found is from the Baja to Peru. Over many years, I have perfected the best methods to catch the big ones. Just outside Drake Bay are some of the world’s best spots for “catch and release”.For “sport” sh such as Sailsh, Marlin, and Roosters, we practice catch and release. I have been releasing sh well before this practice became popular. Releasing sh has many benets, including making sure we have a healthy sh population in Costa Rica. Tourists from all over the world will continue to travel here and stimulate the economy. Most importantly, our kids and grandkids will have the opportunity to enjoy these waters as much as we do.At the time of writing this article, we are open for business with absolute hygiene and social distancing requirements. Please note that we will take your temperature before you board the boat to keep everyone safe. We are offering a 15% discount for trips booked directly for 2020! Until Next Time…Tight Lines!HELLO FROM BEAUTIFUL DRAKE BAY, COSTA RICAAUTHOR: CAPTAIN WILLY ATENCIOSPORT / ACTIVITIES - OJOCHAL Y ALREDEDORES77

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ZBIGNIEW (BEN) BODZAK(506) 8723 0795HEATHER MANN(506) 8723 (506) 4702 (506) 4702 1307One World. One Search.Drone photographer: Zbigniew (Ben) Bodzak. Ocean view from Calle Perezoso, Ojochal.August 2020.Drone photographer: Zbigniew (Ben) Bodzak. Ocean view from Calle Perezoso, Ojochal.August 2020.WHEREyour dreamsFIND A HOME.(506) 8451 4590DINIA OTAROLAMAGALY AVALOS(506) 8411 4245CHRIS SCHAUER(506) 8705 7239(506) 8709 1469CHRISTIAN MENA100 METERS NORTH FROM MAIN ENTRANCE TO OJOCHAL DE OSA

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OCEAN VIEW PROPERTY VS. MOUNTAIN AND JUNGLE VIEW PROPERTYMany clients I work with automatically assume they want a property with an expansive ocean view. Many ex-pats who have lived here a while aren’t quite so sure. My wife and I had the default ocean view/beach property assumption ourselves on our rst visit to Costa Rica. Once we got here, we quickly found that beach proximity and ocean views weren’t the only choices. All it took was one visit to the Arenal Volcano area to open our eyes. I nd that many potential home buyers, particularly retirees, start to consider more options once they see the area’s incredible natural beauty.Ocean views are great, don’t get me wrong! I love them myself, and some of my favorite houses have them. I encourage you to keep an open mind and consider alternatives. All other things being equal, an ocean view home will typically garner a higher value than a non-ocean view property. Of course, this means they will typically cost more, and you will usually also get a higher resale value when you sell.Reasons to Consider Non-Ocean View Properties in Costa Rica· Lower price – Typically, all other things being equal, a home with a mountain, valley, and jungle view will cost less than an ocean view property.· Interesting scenery – Staring off at the ocean is one of my favorite pastimes, but watching the ever-changing jungle can keep me entertained for hours.· Wildlife – Have you ever sat and watched a monkey, bird, sloth, or other wildlife community members for hours? I have, and it is awesome.· Protection from elements – Depending on the layout, some homes will nd some protection measures from the elements when located among the trees.Examples of Other-than-Ocean-View Properties· A friend of mine has a mini river valley in the jungle behind his house.· I viewed a property near Lagunas that had a river valley view that rivaled national parks in the US, and the 2+ acre property was around $70k.· A home in my neighborhood backs up to a “monkey trail” with howler monkeys waking me up nearly every morning.· Many of the homes in the middle of Ojochal have a view of a jungled mountain that sprouts dozens of waterfalls overnight in the green season.· The location of a friend’s house is on a medium-size hill that is right at the level of the treetops around him. When the breeze blows through the trees, they sway at a leisurely rate, and the effect is truly unique and inspiring.Want to see jungle view and mountain view properties that will make you reconsider your ocean view preference while saving a bundle? AUTHOR: CHRIS SCHAUERREAL ESTATE - OJOCHAL Y ALREDEDORES79ZBIGNIEW (BEN) BODZAK(506) 8723 0795HEATHER MANN(506) 8723 (506) 4702 (506) 4702 1307One World. One Search.Drone photographer: Zbigniew (Ben) Bodzak. Ocean view from Calle Perezoso, Ojochal.August 2020.Drone photographer: Zbigniew (Ben) Bodzak. Ocean view from Calle Perezoso, Ojochal.August 2020.WHEREyour dreamsFIND A HOME.(506) 8451 4590DINIA OTAROLA MAGALY AVALOS(506) 8411 4245CHRIS SCHAUER(506) 8705 7239 (506) 8709 1469CHRISTIAN MENA100 METERS NORTH FROM MAIN ENTRANCE TO OJOCHAL DE OSA

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