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dediaed rier and reina hgraher r ediria eam ihe 
nrgeae hida and a e ear  raida
ae  eer ndered ha he ene  he h aii a Ria i  i
he ne he eahe he nare he idie i riend ee re 
i add me inereing eare   i a earn a a ara ar
en  a h an  immere hemee in a nge regin hme  nie
idie
d ime aai  in a aena a   n and ain a aena
greae gi are ging r a a r ing hrgh nare he mnain
aing a ream  reh raine aer a mrh er ha en i
ra e ing  hen  a  r eing near he eerhanging
eahe and ean
  reer i mre reaed hae a da a r he imming  r en a
reahaing ie er reain a ne rm ne  hee anage in ang
he aa higha  a r  ere he marine enirnmen r idie
and ae a hrea ride ang he eah a ne  he rn  he ear
ra eerae i radiina ie Dei Dane a he heigh  he
aamana mnain  i n a e  hr aa  i i rh ging
he eiiie and he e ear are  arnd he rner and rearan hae
a eia men and eai deraed enirnmen  i remmendae 
mae r reerain in ime
e remmend ring he  eia reie i  ih  eerae a hme
 in ae ia hae a mee aehear edia ener ih a
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Price Automotive Group – D. Reinhard
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Hello fellow readers!
This article will focus on the Sun, the most prominent
star in our solar system, and the astrology chart's central
focus. Our Sun is incredible, providing warmth that allows
our crops to grow and thrive and nourishes our spirits.
Astrology tells us how we express our energy and gives
clues on how to nourish our souls. Have you ever met
someone who seems listless, down, or without direction?
Knowing more about our sun signs can be a remedy for
alleviating these experiences and help us to honor who
we are.
Ways to feed your Sun Sign:
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Ballena Tales Free Digital Magazine #87
AAA A
:anna 
ooden Tallship  to emar on tlantic crossin
A eautiful wooden tall-ship is moored in the still,
murky waters of a utch canal. his eautiful wooden
ship is A, a wedish-uilt, top-sail schooner, and she will
soon leave the flat waters of the canal and
emark on a transatlantic voyage. he stands
out amongst the hulking steel ships sharing the uay
- a star shining a little righter than those surrounding her.
AA ., recently purchased A. ailcargo is
a shipping company uilding the wooden cargo
vessel A in osta ica. he company is amassing a
fleet of cargo vessels to transport products such as coffee
and cacao under sail and is on a mission to prove the
value of clean shipping.
he construction of A is taking place in unta orales in
osta ica. he shipyard, Astilleroverde, is now operating at
maimum capacity, and they make tremendous progress in
uilding the ship every day. he team has worked tirelessly to
complete the steel weather deck strapping, wooden lodging
knees, and portside weather stanchions in recent months.
he net maor task is the interior planking, starting with the
ilge and turn-of-the-ilge sections. here are now four
planking teams working parallel to increase efficiency, targeting
two installations every working day. lsewhere, teams finalie
the construction of the galley and fairing of the ships eterior.
nce complete, the hull of A will ecome enclosed, and her
true cargo-carrying purpose will ecome ever more prominent.
Ballena Tales Free Digital Magazine #87
But she's not ready to launch yet - which is why SAILCARGO INC.
moved forward with purchasing VEGA earlier this year,
responding to demand from clients to start shipping cargo
under sail as soon as possible.
VEGA sailed from Sweden to the Netherlands in May this year. It
was
supposed to be in the Caribbean undergoing a refit to
transform her into a cargo vessel.
Instead, for the past five months, VEGA has been moored in a
canal in Harlingen, The Netherlands - a tall-ship mecca of Europe.
It was supposed to be a quick visit to do routine maintenance
and load some supplies. It became a huge challenge when they
discovered that all three masts and the bowsprit would need
replacement.
he entire ship was down-rigged, a spar hall opened, and
work began crafting a new bowsprit, masts, and cross-trees. The
carpentry team worked tirelessly crafting incredible new masts
sourced from a timber mill just down the road. They
painstakingly shaped lumber that was more than 20 meters
long, work that was huge in scale and had to be precise to a
matter of millimeters. Meanwhile, other crew members
upgraded and did maintenance on the rigging and
conducted the transforming VEGA from a sail training vessel
into a cargo ship.
Hoisting three huge masts is no mean feat; it involves
careful planning, the right machinery, and an expert
crew to ensure everything goes smoothly on the day. It's
been a considerable
undertaking for the crew and an
immense success, with the entire rig back in its rightful
place aboard VEGA. In just three days, using a crane and
a cherry picker - VEGA stood tall again, with her masts
and topmasts proudly on display. Now the crew is
working hard to finalize all the preparations for VEGA's
big journey down to the Canary Islands and across the
Atlantic Ocean. By November, she will be ready to leave
Harlingen and European waters for good.
Once she has crossed the Atlantic ocean - she will begin
a new chapter, transporting coffee under sail between
Santa Marta in Colombia and New Jersey in the US, the
first SAILCARGO INC. ship in the water.
Once the CEIBA is complete, she will join her sister ship
VEGA - and work will begin in the shipyard on the third
ship, Pitaya."
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Our private yacht charter is available for deep-sea and
inshore tours throughout the year. We also offer educational,
private yacht tours, whale and dolphin watching excursions,
paddle boarding, and snorkeling options. All ages and all
experience levels are welcome!
hey say that at Marina Pe Vela, the fun starts.
The Marina is located in uepos, north of Costa Ballena.
You arrive in another world in less than an hour on the
Costanera Route 3.
This relaxed Pacific marina has 195 floating docks for all
sies of boats. Marina Pe Vela has elegant shops and
attractive restaurants.
Navigating around the beautiful Manuel Antonio National
Park is spectacular. njoyịñh the rich coastline in
search of dolphins or whales, or sneak a stunning
sunset from Tulemar Bay is magic.
The Catch Relax yacht moors in the marinas splendidly
blue waters. It is a one of a kind 53 ft Yacht. You know a lot
about yachts, and your uestion is, what do you mean?
Well, indeed, it is the only Cruiser boat here.
This beautiful 53 ft Luxury Yacht is available for families
and small groups. It has air-conditioned cabins and two
state-of-the-art sound systems. And very important, there
are two full bathrooms on board.
Private Half-Day Morning, Private Half-Day Sunset,
Private Full-Day, and Private Multi-Day Boat Cruises.
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We stop in the gorgeous iesan ay, and you can choose
etween water toys, e.g., paddle oarding, which is a lot
of fun, and other sports euipment. r do you fancy
snorkeling near the shore
aptain verth have will take you where you wish. or
the past seven years, he has worked eclusively on the
atch ela with a ase in heavy mechanics and
ualifications in navigation safety. As a onus, hes a
great cook and father of two kids.
avigating around the eautiful anuel Antonio
ational ark is spectacular. ither you enoy the rich
coastline in search of dolphins or whales, or you sneak a
stunning sunset from ulemar ay which is asolutely
magic.
We offer alf-day or full-day tours. ur private yacht
charter is availale for deep-sea and inshore tours
throughout the year. We also provide educational, private
yacht tours, whale and dolphin watching ecursions,
paddle oarding, and snorkelling options. ur yacht
charter can do it all All ages and eperience levels are
welcome
he oat crew provides food, snacks, everages, and
fruits.
oull hae a unforettale day of fun and pleasure.
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he panish name for the crested caracara is
uerantahuesos or one reaker. hough have never
seen it happen, know two people who have witnessed one
of these irds carry a one high into the air and let it fall on
a hard surface, like rocks on the each. f the one doesnt
reak on the first try, the caracara repeats the process until
it does. nce the one reaks, the caracara plucks out the
nutritious marrow.
eautiful, powerful, dignified, respected y larger
scavengers, and thrifty. What is there not to admire aout
the one reaker
W A A 
 A
A
 
I once posted a photo of a rested aracara on aceook along
with the caption that it is my favorite ird. Among the
comments was the uestion, ow can you have a favorite
ird hat means that should love all irds eually. aye so.
evertheless, several make my heart eat faster whenever
catch sight of them, ut none so much as the crested caracara.
he irds of osta ica y ichard arrigues says that the
crested caracara is the national ird of eico, so guess m
not the only one whose heart goes pitter-patter at the sight of
one.
any years ago, when acienda ar was a cattle ranch, we
used a tractor and a mower to chop pasture weeds. t was a fun
o ecause the sound of the tractor attracted flocks of cattle
egrets and a scattering of other irds. nsects, liards, frogs, and
other small animals ran from the machine. he egrets walked
and skipped alongside, fluttered ahead in short ursts, and
graed and ate every living thing small enough to swallow.
nce a large rat dashed out, arely avoiding getting killed y
the mower, only to get pecked twice, rapid-fire, on top of the
head y the straight sharp pointed eak of an egret. t lay there
writhing and tried to run ut could hardly move. own
swooped a roadside hawk going for the kill ut missed the rat,
and right ehind it came another raptor, twice as ig as the
hawk.
t effortlessly snatched up the rat and carried it off to the
pastures edge to enoy a hardy meal. he ird turned out to e
a crested caracara, and it was the first and only time had seen
one ehave like a raptor and capture live prey. hey usually are
scavengers and sustain themselves on carrion, the rotting flesh
of dead animals. eeing a crested caracara feeding with a group
of vultures isnt unusual. hough much smaller than a lack
vulture, when a crested caracara arrives at a carcass, the large,
lack scavengers move over and give it plenty of room. uch a
eautiful ird is a strange sight pecking away at a carcass while
the vultures stand aside and watch.
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he Ācains Āare a -meter walk from the each. Ālaya Āar has
ig Ā waves and strong currents, which makes swimming
dangerous, ut Āalso offers a chance to hike three kilometers of
undeveloped coastline. f Āyou get there early and at the right time
of year, you may e Āale Āto see ay sea turtles released from our
nursery scuffling their way to the ocean.
A  - ---. A A 
AA A - ature
A Stephen Shroud
isit acienda ar and connect with your natural
side. ip through the canopy, eplore our trails with local
guides or hike the seven kilometers of self-guided trails. ou
can visit for the day or stay longer at ar odge. ake sure
to treat yourself to the delicious food at aguarundi estaurant.
At least  of acienda ars  acres is protected.
here is much to discover along the each, mangrove,
stream, wetland, and young and mature forest haitats.
ince the mid-, we have offered tree climing tours, ut
now, you can glide through the immense forest gallery along the
light of the oucan ip lines and oserve how light and
humidity change as you get higher into the canopy. r
hike through the lowlands, along the mangrove, and in
the mountain with our guides pointing out and eplaining the
species you encounter, especially irds. ou can even hike
into the mountain and spend the night in our ungle tent
camp and eplore the forest at night.We offer five cains, si
rooms, a swimming pool, a souvenir shop, a restaurant, and
tours.
ince , acienda ar has managed the forests and each
as a ational Wildlife efuge under the supervision of the
inistry of the nvironment. We form part of the ath of the
apir iological orridor a  iosphere eserve that
connects ar to the avegre iver forests and permits more
iodiversity than if we were an isolated island of forest.
acienda ar has a iological research station and
a ooperation Agreement with the niversity of osta
ica to support research in our region. he station accepts
researchers and groups and provides access to the forest,
dormitories, food service, a laoratory, and a classroom.
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he colodge is surrounded y aru ational Wildlife
efuge which conserves  hectares  acres of
tropical rainforest, mangrove, wetlands, river ank, and
each front. his wide variety of ecosystems means a
high level of iodiversity, and that is why ird Watchers
have sighted over  species on the refuge. he si
cottages and si pool view room are very nice and
comfortale.
he open air restaurant serves delicious typical osta
ican dishes at popular prices. Within the gardens
surrounding the lodge you will find an orchid garden
and a ird watching tower. leven ecological tours
are availale including rainforest canopy tours, hiking
tours, overnight tours and ird watching tours. acienda
aru has een catering to cotourism and irding in osta
ica for more than  years.
W A A 
esearch over the years has helped educate us on how
to manage the refuge etter and provide our guides with
specific information aout the forests. ur resident
iologist spends considerale time reaching out to local
schools to share what we do. he works with local volunteers to
assist the sea turtle nursery and ars each clean-ups please
reach out, visit, and share some time with us.
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DOMINICAL
4pecific locations and residents help in shaping the town’s atmosphere and vibe.
Situated beachfront, hugging the south bank of the Baru River, Dominical is the
gateway to Osa, Costa Rica’s southern pacific. Dominical is the first town in the canton
of Osa as you head south. Although only separated by the river from the northern
district of Aguirre, the feeling of the town is somehow very different. Crossing the
bridge over the Baru opens a portal to an alternate universe of fun and excitement.
For residents of inland towns like Perez Zeledon, Tinamastes, and Platanillo,
Dominical is also the closest accessible beach town. Dominical has always been the
destination for local families and residents of San Isidro to enjoy weekend beach
activities and holiday gatherings. Surfers and global travelers have found refuge in
this little paradise. Until 2009, pavement did not connect Dominical to Quepos and
the rest of central Costa Rica. Bumpy dirt roads and river crossings kept the fair-
weather travelers from reaching Dominical. Those that braved the trip found a lively
little beach town with an irresistible charm. The people that moved to Dominical then
were like-minded with an adventurous spirit seeking an unspoiled tropical beach.
Now Dominical is connected for all to enjoy. It’s no longer a secret, yet the town
remains cohesive with its local comradery and small-town atmosphere. Unlike many
coastal towns, you can walk to every business within minutes. You can find
everything you need or don’t need within a few blocks. The bohemian vibes of artists
and musicians continue to bring character. Long-time resident ex-pats and local ticos
laugh and tell stories reminiscing the town’s history and sharing good times. Weekly
farmer’s markets showcase the best in local foods, handmade clothes, crafts,
tinctures, and tapestry. Appreciation for the artisan has given inspiration to a broad
range of restaurants, coffee shops, and a local craft brewery.
The Good Life – All in a Few Hundred Meters
AUTHOR: TREVOR BROWN
Surfing continues to bring attention to Dominical. The
heavy waves breed dedicated surfers and National
Team level athletes. “Sunset Sessions,” a local Saturday
afternoon surf event, is open for all to participate in and
enjoy. DJs set the mood for locals and tourists to watch
the surfers compete as the sun melts into the sea.
Yoga and massage centers help counterbalance the
many activities bringing tranquillity to liveliness.
Whether you’re here for the surf, the sun, adventure, or
relaxation, Dominical offers each visitor the option to
choose their own path. For a small town, Dominical
provides a lot of variety; however, the proud residents
and locals make Playa Dominical so special.
Ballena
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osta allena ifeguards is a osta ican non-profit association
comprised of volunteers. reated as the first pulic-private
partnership in osta ica, its purpose is to manage the funding of the
lifeguard program in ominical and laya ermosa de vita.
istory of the osta allena ifeguards y teve ergus
he program was started in  y oy onale, ike cuiness,
and myself after the destruction y urricane esar. ike Witte came
on oard in  with a large donation to get att aley to come to
osta ica and lead the lifeguard group. ichard and iane Araham
were early supporters and started the th of uly parties iane in the
kitchen and ichard and as mcee hosted at the oca erde. ike
kept the program afloat with generous donations until , with
me administering the program and gathering donations from local
usinesses.
Andrew Wester led the team of guards after att left. uckily soon
after, rian ice helped fund the ifeguard rogram. n  erry
ladstone created an Association for the lifeguards to receive partial
funding from the unicipality, and Alvaro edeno ecame the
lifeguard captain. he association needs volunteers to help with
pulicity, attending events, we design, and fundraising.
The Costa Ballena Lifeguards save Lives every Day
A - A A 
 Brad Dean
o ou Can elp - olunteer Opportunities
eliver lunches donated y local restaurants in vita to the
lifeguards in laya ermosa.
olunteer in laya ermosa to roll out the walkways to the
each for the disaled at  a.m. and roll them ack up at 
p.m.
rganie and participate in a outh ifeguard  itness
program.
rganie and participate in future fundraiser events.
elp to write grant proposals.
elp with our uarterly newsletter.
onations
Without the support of the osta allena community, there
would not e a lifeguard program keeping our families safe in
ominical and laya ermosa. We need your help today for
them to keep saving lives tomorrow.
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   A A
A im urley
A long time ago, fleas were a part of everyday life for most
people.
illions died from diseases spread y fleas like the uonic
plague. As time passed, some progress was made with chemical
dips and oms. either was  successful. t wasnt until 
that a significant reakthrough in the attle occurred
arasitologists eperts that study parasites such as fleas figured
out that fleas dont live in the environment  they live on the pet
n , the first symposium discussing this great war on the
pesky parasites was held. n , ufenuron rogram was
introduced and y , midacloprid used in many insecticides
and ipronil rontline oined the fight. his was the first time we
had products that worked against fleas
osta ica is the perfect warm and humid environment for fleas
to thrive. leas are hitchhikers. our flip flop, pants leg, each
towel, etc. provide easy access into your house. ince many of us
have open-air homes, fleas have an open invitation to come right
in
Adult fleas are dark reddish-rown insects that measure less than  of
an inch. hey have strong legs that permit them to ump up to  times
their ody length, close to feet o move through your pets fur and
keep from eing dislodged, they have ackward-directed ristles on
their legs and thin, laterally flattened odies.
nce on your pet, a flea egins to feed immediately y ingesting
your pets lood, usually within minutes gg production starts
within twenty twenty-four hours of female fleas taking this first
lood meal.
leas have a life cycle that has four stages
. ggs
. arvae
. upae like a cocoon
. Adult flea
nder most household conditions, dog and cat fleas will
complete their life cycle in - weeks. owever, depending on
temperature and humidity, the entire cycle can e completed in
 -  days
 ST
lea eggs are pearly white ovals with rounded ends. hey are not
visile, measuring aout  of an inch. Although laid in the hair
coat of the host pet, the eggs are not sticky. hey readily fall off
into the environment in areas freuented y your pet. A female
flea will lay eggs  to  hours after she has a lood meal from
your pet and mates. hen, she can lay from  -  eggs a day and
more than , over a lifetime ggs usually hatch in  -  days.
LL ST
ewly hatched flea larvae are slender, white, segmented
creatures sparsely covered with short hairs. hey, too, are not
visile, measuring  of an inch. he larvae feed on the
environments organic deris, including an adult fleas feces. he
larval stage usually lasts -  days. lea larvae avoid light, and
they move downward in response to gravity. As a result, you can
find them in carpet fiers, cracks in wooden floors and concrete,
etc.
PPL ST
ature larvae change into pupae inside a whitish, loosely spun,
silk-like cocoon. Within -  days, the pupae usually develop.
he length of this stage varies from -  days. owever, a fully
developed flea can stay inside the cocoon for several days to
several weeks up to  days until stimulated to emerge.
hysical pressure, caron dioide, viration, and heat can all
stimulate emergence. o fleas, these stimuli signal the possile
arrival of a suitale host.
As soon as an adult flea emerges from its cocoon, it immediately
egins searching for a host for a lood meal. n contrast to the
larvae, adults orient toward the light and move upward, looking
for your pets warm furry ody.
When you see your pet scratching, fleas are a strong possiility.
ook for thinning hair on their stomachs and rear end area,
especially near the tail. o determine if your pet has fleas, it is
helpful to ru through their fur, looking for signs such as feces
we like to call flea dirt which looks like pepper. Also, look
where they sleep
for similar signs.
R
emember, if liuid hits "flea dirt," it will turn reddish brown
because it contains your pet's blood.
Your local veterinarian can provide different topical and oral
products to kill fleas and help keep them off your pet. It may
be wise to also seek a groomer for a flea bath to wash all the
"flea dirt" down the drain.
Natural products are also available. If you need help, please
feel free to contact me for advice.
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To further epound on the issue of safety in our
coastal communities, here is another story ve heard. We
were on this eautiful each with no one around so we left
our each ag on our towel and walked down to the
ocean for a dip. ight after ducked my head under the
water, looked ack and saw a man picking up my ag
and then running ack into the ungle.
f you are at any each, not ust in osta ica, then
you should not leave your elongings unattended. f
there is someone neary who looks trustworthy, ll ask
them to watch it. m talking a towel and flops, not a
phone or passport though. ou can leave your passport
in a safe in your hotel and take a picture of the front page
and the page with the entry stamp. f course you could
leave your phone in the safe, too, ut the reality is the
phone is often coming with us.
A -
A A 
Stay Safe in Costa Ballena
O:  OO  OO B: O
or the each, would ring a plastic sealale ag, like a ag for
granola, and d put the phone in that. hats for random rain
shower protection and if someone looked on my towel they are
going to see a ag of granola, not the phone.
hen if had to leave my towel and my ag for a few minutes,
and no one was around, would dig a hole and put the phone in
it and then cover it ack up with my towel. would actually dig
two holes so it would take longer for someone to figure out
where the phone was.
ost thieves hide in the shade ust off the sand and wait for you
to ump in the water. hey will run out, gra the ag, and run
ack into the trees. o if you cannot ury your ag, at least take
it with you as far as you can from the tree line so they have
farther to run to get it.
PHOTORAPHY BY: CONCAT
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am ris in ango urry
otel illas Alturas is located in the heart of the ungle with
a spectacular ocean view, he very friendly staff invite you to
celerate your festivities with friends and family at the hotel.
And, if you rather stay at home, hef ayron of nusionillas
Alturas estaurant shares an easy-to-prepare recipe for the upcoming
ew ears ve parties.
hef ayron eraa, aka oko, is from the new generation that loves
to create, merging osta ican recipes with international ones, always
with fresh local ingredients, resulting in euisite signature dishes. e
studied astronomy and utrition at the nstituto e ordon leu
eru and the A osta ica ational hef Association. He also
explores various currents: Vegan Gourmet Pedro Prabhu, Randy Siles and
Saúl Umaña.
Lam ris in Mano Curry
ngredients to cook the lam
ne rack of the whole lam
unch of parsley
wo ranches of rosemary cut.
 fine onion
ight finely chopped garlic
 cup olive oil
 cup of white wine
 cup of water
ne talespoon of salt
epper
A ayron  eraa, hef oko
Preparation.
lean the ris and remove ecess tissue and fat.
i everything ecept the ris in a owl.
our the rine into a container, add the ris, and let stand
for  hours in the refrigerator.
After  hours, preheat the oven to 
emove the rack of ris from the rine, wrap it in
aluminium foil, place it on a aking sheet and put another
layer of aluminium on the tray so that the rack is well
covered.
ake for an hour and a half at . emove the foil and
ake over high heat for ten more minutes to rown.
or the mango curry
ne ripe mango cut into cues without the peel.
 ml of coconut milk
ml coconut oil
our talespoons curry powder.
hree talespoons of raw sugar.
 talespoon salt
 onion finely chopped
 seedless anamanian chili, finely chopped
wo finely chopped garlic.
reparation
ncorporate all the ingredients in the lender and reserve
for when the ri is ready.
n a large skillet, place the sauce over low heat and the
aked ris and athe with the sauce until thick.
elicious to accompany with asmati or asmine rice,
mini rosemary potatoes, or tomato salad with alsamic.
ood luc and happy holidays
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shops, information centers, beauty salons, and real
eae e
One  ee a r ae  ie a are 
planning on doing with so much sunshine and tropical
beauty? We suggest you explore!
ii arin Baena aina ar e am ae
Tail is located at Punta Uvita, with a length of about
 ee an a i   ee i i e r
irare anan rin e  ie  an
a  i er en
rein ri a  enrane ee  e ar an
national visitors pay $2 (no cash accepted). Please save
your receipt because you can use it on the same day
to visit the Colonia and Ballena beaches further south.
ae a rr aain r in e naina
ar  an ae im an nre an e
ra ree a n e ae  ai an ener e
mysterious world of the mangroves in Bahía. You
can experience all the different ecosystems this
nie marine ar a  er in ne ere r
een rin eae are erma amn an
Ventanas. A surfer said: “0nce you have surfed
Playa amn  i neer e ae  eae
ia a i a aene  im an 
man er On enea an ara
mrnin ii e armer are i i ere e
a mee   are an ai reaer ii e 
ia enan re next to the Tracopa
bus stop. For ten years, Uvita was the home of
the world-famous Envision Festival.
UVITA Costa Ballena, Costa Rica
OO B O
Ballena Tales Free Digital Magazine #87
A - A A 
A agmar einhard
isitors to the ookout are osta icans, many from the capital,
tourists who have heard of the well-kept secret of the irador, and
locals who love meeting their friends here. t is an open-air roofed
family restaurant, and pets are allowed.
our years ago, oerto took over the management of the irador,
named in honor of on oger, one of the first pioneers in vita.
oerto invested in improvements for the clients comfort and
added a terrace with the same impressive views.
ou can watch multicolour irds pecking at the flowers and flapping
their wings through the well-kept vegetation of the property and
ongo monkeys swinging etween the treetops. epending on the
time of day, you can hear their coarse howls.
on oerto and his family aait you. elcome
One is to visit the waterfalls, another to walk along the famous
Whales ail. And eually important is admiring the creation at
your feet.
A site not only recommended for its eautiful views is the
irador de on oger. ou will travel with your eyes the entire
ay of laya olonia, ending with the passage of oses as they
also call the whales tail and the dense adacent vegetation.
When the sun sinks into the ocean in the afternoons, the whole
sky paints in pastel colors, and you can admire this incredile
spectacle with a good glass of wine.
he kind hosts of the irador are oerto ora and his wife
Zaida. oerto is a dedicated chef, always finding the freshest
ingredients for his various regional and international dishes. e
has many years of eperience in the kitchen and has ensured that
the menu standard always remains the same. he specialty of the
rustic restaurant is fish and shellfish, and our very special
recommendation is the chefs creation ish fillet with shrimp and
irador sauce.
is collaorators elong to the family and are grateful for the
encouraging comments they receive for their good attention and
tasty food. he ar is well euipped ask for the wine list, your
favorite cocktail, or a shake of fresh seasonal fruits.
What to eperience when you visit vita
eautiful views from irador on oger
Ballena Tales Free Digital Magazine #87
usion ood
eafood, ish, eat and hicken
egetarian and esserts
reakfast, unch and inner
onday to at  A -  
unday  A -  
losed uesday
m orth of the as tation
rench avoir aire
 
A
  A  A -  
AA AA AA A AA
AA   W  AA WA
editerranean estaurant
ar and outiue
 
hursdays resh una pecials
Weekends  - ive usic
 
 
an artin orte -  km outh ominical
W  
Ballena Tales Free Digital Magazine #87
AA
nternational with Austrian ouch
reakfast  unch  inner
ocktailar
pen every day  A-  - ls eserve for inner
   A AA
-
resh usion ishes
egan and luten ree ptions
uesday to unday  A -  
ri  at inner until  
   A  AA A
 
u ood - ocally rewed
eer, ocktails
unch  unset appetiers and dinner
 A -  
   A
A

-
ake ut ption
eafood - asta - hicken
ocktails, Wines, atural rinks
 
 A -  
 m outh erretera l olono
I
rench aery and estaurant
reakfast and unch
egan and egetarian options
very ay  A to  
 LOCTIO T AA TS
very ay  -  
AA AAA A
 
 
A
Creatie Cuisine
nternational uisine
ushi - Wine ar
 
aily  to 
A ,    A
onitor your ealth at vitaa
UvitaLab is a company committed to the environment, with
the rational use of resources and the proper
disposal of biohaardous waste, subject to certified
processes before final disposal.
In addition, they provide visits to your home, hotel,
or company.
The prices of the exams at UvitaLab are according to the
rates established by the College of Microbiologists
and Clinical Chemists of Costa Rica.
You can count on another reliable service in Uvita!
ou no longer have to travel to San os, San Isidro, or
uepos!
UvitaLab is located in the new VITA PLAA Medical
Center at the entrance to Uvita near the Baha Ballena
Service Station. The atmosphere is friendly and neat.
The laboratory has state-of-the-art technology, both in
state-of-the-art euipment and specialied software for
carrying out analyses, preparing, and sending reports.
The UvitaLab staff is committed to medical ethics and
works both with doctors in the area and others
nationally and internationally. The results are available
the same day, except for some tests that must be sent
outside the country due to their complexity.
Dr. Carol Castro Castrillo is a Microbiologist and Clinical
Chemistry and is currently studying a specialty in
Medical Bacteriology. Microbiology deals with analying
and studying organisms that are only visible through a
microscope. Her passion for this microscopic world
prompted her to open UvitaLab in December 2021. She
and her bilingual team are pioneers in the Canton of
Osa, providing a wide range of clinical analyses
covering the areas of Haematology, Clinical Chemistry,
Immunology, Urinalysis, Parasitology, Bacteriology,
Molecular Biology, and Sexual Health, among others.
At UvitaLab, you can undergo everything from general
health check-ups to the most modern genetic tests for
the diagnosis of congenital malformations, compatibility
tests for couples, and different types of cancer, autism,
epilepsy, or sexually transmitted diseases. In addition,
you can perform water analysis and guarantee the safe
use and consumption of this vital liuid.
A - A 
O: agmar einhard
Ballena Tales Free Digital Magazine #87
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en ir ame  a ia ie rememer 
eeriene e ame rrr rie a man ea en
rain a ar ree remai ar an rinin
n aer e ina en  ee rie mie r
in arria
e a eie i er aiiin an  rie
ine me nine an inire er  eme a
raniee r ia  an  ae ee eaae
rie reiaii an ranmi e eein  ein
eme rm e ir mmen
: ie an er eam reae e araie a
menne an erae main renin a ar r an
ra eie ea i n ien ee an 
erae inrane ine
re: rie  ae  ia rie  ae are
ae ri  e main ra  e ri  ina
e an ar e ree rm e e nree
ae   are ne  e area r  nierin
min ere a er a  r 
in an a i ie
A
ie emar ner  rie  ae in ia r
are: n e an  ear e ae eme e arie re
ne ar eaer amn ea an nime iir e are
e ir eaeri in e  aii  er a e ar ne
ear arran Or eie me i  erae inrane
nainie raie aiane an ee mn  ree
mainenane
e eie a rram er a  aernaie 
e i   renin r e  are n ere r r ie
mn   e ear  an  an ar rm em an rern
i iin i mn  n a  ae are  e eie e
aranee  rerae i r   a  ai
i n: e rerae in a   ee r
ar BO  arrie in a ia On r arria in an Je
 are ie  in a riae e an r ire  r
eaeri ere r ar aai  rea  rie me Or
ine ea eam i ae a r ie an raner men
rea  i a ne eeriene
Ballena Tales Free Digital Magazine #87


Our cars come wilh:

 
 
  
 
COUPON
   
   
   
Making People appy through her Music
iana aea i a ia rm an J e re  in
a ami a re er aen a a iner rm
i er rearanmer a am iner in
a ia a e i  er
iana ariiae in aen  a n  ear 
an eee in er i  ir e ir re
e nie ae ea an enra meria
Braa a aa er ream inin
eame er ain
 er eaer a  remmene a e
re a rea rein inea  emin a iner
 e ie ra e in a riae
een   m eni ear a n ime a e
menin
eea a a ne in in iana´  n
e ae er ane  er i enire
imrie an e memen are i an
ere
eea i a ii ea a an a
eaer rm ea an in  e ir ame 
a ia rm in e aia  eei
een e a inrie  a e  in in
e ne in a ia
rien a me remmene e aen
niin in ia in a Baena ere e
 mee er ami
A - A A 
e amiane an ener a niin ere in i
e an r an e ne an e ea ire
aner mi eerere i emerare a ni
an ria ea rin e a eea re a a
neer arain i iin e am ae an
iin a ae
e me a n i a enn  in e
minia´ rer mmni e en ne a e a
n e ami rmie  er ean rien ear a
Ba  iana a aenin  e arae i nne
 an  eir rieni i ineren a  i ee
iana´ an i a irin an ie ear a
e marrie in ea n a Baena e rn a
rer anaemen ine
B e me r e ir ime a e arn´
m in minia rn  a  ie in e ame
mmni iana an eea eme rien in a
ea iee an arin iea a nerin
marein ein ine i e mmni an
earnin a  rm eir ne i neir
e e arie an anin an an  rme
een an e a a a eam
ood lc o are ettin tere
ianas assion is inging
A agmar einhard
Ballena Tales Free
Digital
Magazine #87
Lets do it said ilar alaar, president of the hamer
of ommerce and ourism of osta allena.
And with the collaoration of usiness people from osta
allena, the omos oundation, utas lctricas, and other
associations, the first results were seen. hey invited the
silent ones who showed up at the ahiavita community
hall in eautiful electric cars that are silent and help reduce
gas emissions. his is a dominant factor in osta ica, a
country that prides itself on using clean energy.
he guests came from the entral alley, and after days of
continuous rain, in aha, they were received with a radiant
lue sky.
he purpose of the visit was to pulicie the well-
distriuted attery chargers on the road along osta
allena in hotels, restaurants, the medical center, the
workshop specialiing in electric cars, whose owner ohnny
arotto proclaims we are more and more.
he silent ones have arrived
A agmar einhard
A - A A 
on ric rlich oley, president of A osta ican
Association of lectric oility, arrived in ahia in a dream
car. he charge of his attery covers a distance of  km
r. ric affirms, every year, the atteries will e cheaper
since there are already alternative sources to lithium. e
shares that there was an increase of  in the import of
electric cars in the country compared to eruary  .
n osta allena, electrical routes are eing estalished
consisting of outlets and semi-fast chargers laeled as
charging points. hese facilities to recharge the atteries and
take advantage of the time enoying tours, sightseeing and
gastronomy of the area, are attracting tourism from an os
and other parts of osta ica to the outh acific.
n vita, there is an lectromechanical Automotive workshop,
certified nationally and internationally in electric moility.
heir licensed electrician can install  residential home
and retail outlet charging stations for  chargers.
he future has arrived in osta allena What do you think
Ballena Tales Free Digital Magazine #87
TS ILL C TS TO I
he updated list is pulished on the wesite of the
inistry of inance in the a nformation section,
ist of nterest section.
Airn, omeaway and ro are companies that offer
a digital platform dedicated to offering
accommodation to individuals and tourists vacation
rentals through which hosts can advertise and rent
their properties with their guests hosts and guests
can rate each other, as a reference for future users.
As of uly , , in terms of real estate leases, we
have a general rule
he new chapter on income from real estate capital
rentals estalishes that such must e taed monthly,
with a rate of  and with an automatic deduction
of epenses of , without the need for proof
electronic invoices, contracts, etc..
he fact that it is the general rule is that y default all
rental income will pay its income ta under these
provisions, unless it falls within the eceptions.
ic. auro uivel nforms
A - A A 
he eneral irectorate of aation through a
press release indicated As part of the actions to
improve ta collection, the list of cross-order
digital services on which the ta rate of  value
added ta A must e applied was updated as of
ovemer st.
ross-order digital services are those provided
y a provider not domiciled in osta ica through
the nternet or any other digital platform and that
are consumed from osta ican territory.
he  A levy on these cross-order services
egan on ctoer ,  and applies to the
acuisition of digital services made y final
consumers or A payers from a supplier
domiciled outside of osta ica, in order to e used
or consumed in osta ica.
he new services included in the list are hosting
services Airn, omeaway and ro.
n accordance with article  of resolution -
--, the a Administration is empowered to
include or eclude suppliers or intermediaries y
simply pulishing the updated list on the wesite
indicating the effective date, with at least three
usiness days in advance and without the need to
issue a new resolution, added the ta portfolio.
Ballena Tales Free Digital Magazine #87
NEW ADDRESS: UVITA
NEXT TO SIBU
irst, uilding a proect should not e an adventure nor a
challenge, and if so, the matter does not look very good.
concluded that it is essential to have discipline and a lot of ethics.
t will e necessary to have something more than commitment
or passion.
here is never enough udget, not even when we go to the
supermarket or the cinema. What would e very ad is that the
final result does not meet your epectations lest the film was not
as good as epected, or the trip was a fiasco.
deally, if you invest money, it amaes you, nourishes you well,
and entertains you. We all hope that, in the end, the credits are
well deserved.
y dear colleague livier told me having a eer with my clients
after finishing their house is a privilege. eing calm and sleeping
peacefully, and ale to see him on the street and greet him as a
close friend is wonderful.
Well, what wise teaching, what a time saver. should have known
him years ago, only now we have a few glasses of wine now and
then.
he igger the dream, the more important the team, and have
learned to count on trustworthy and good people, who have
helped me and taught me many things, supported me, shared,
and entrusted their usinesses. dont owe them, admire them
every day, and know they will e there for our clients for a long
time.
We dont train people we make them part of the organiation
we dont teach the team to e nice we only hire nice people
aking care of money, yes, ut taking care of the people who
take care of your money is more important thats why trying to
have a deep respect for mutual values, allows us to communicate
etter.
apers and more papers to uild a proect, sometimes its tiring.
aye there is too much paperwork, ut cant imagine a ook
without a prologue, the ile without enesis, or a calendar
without eptemer. here is a process, a protocol, a
formaliation, and, as they say here in A osta ica, a
piece of paper speaks
ifficult terrain, easy terrain reminds me of a famous ook it is
more epensive to design and uild on easy terrain since you
assume that everything is resolved. herefore, there is no
prudence with epenses. t is not easier to uild on rugged
terrain, ut at least you pay attention to money more
intelligently.
nforeseen, unforeseen, and more unforeseen, thats like
working with the clients credit card. f its not in our minds, they
dont eist.  recommend simply not having it.
he most epensive thing in construction is not the materials, it is
not the finishes, nor the electrical - well, the latter is - much less
the eterior works it is the personnel, the payroll, and the people
who work on the proects. ntil there are roots that uild
houses, people will e here, and they must e reimursed
ethically and responsily. acrificing an  proect to lower
laor costs is like going on a tour to see whales, and the captain is
illigan.
hat the storms hit, yes, ut hopefully they dont hit the udget
that the sun urns, yes and that the plan doesnt dry out that
prices go up, yes, ut that our egos dont go up, that the wind
lows hard, yes. opefully, it does not affect our relationships in
the end, it is ust work and usiness. Aove all, we are human
eings with flaws and limitations, and that empathy is the
umrella that protects us from the water and the sun that
umrella flies with the wind and makes us laugh from time to
time. hank you all.
o to uild your house and not die tryin
A - A A 
A ose oerto uillen argas
Ballena Tales Free Digital Magazine #87
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A
A

appiness is a ealing ourney
A r. aula arca haves
icensed sychotherapist
ne a ie man ai a e n eae  i in a
e   e mnain i e ne  arrie  i 
n ae  aine e an reem
e rie r
 n e ereie a a ana einain  a ar
 a e an ae an nrre an r rne e
ai  r reaini eeia e i r n
e eermine r ai  ie  eere  e
a
 eere eain  i ae  na e era n
era i a mar an nain ea ie
riin immeiae reie a r immne em 
reer an reare ie ainin rain
nei ea
e nine eraei ae er a nara rien
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r eeriene aern  an emin in
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imenin   an r r
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Ballena Tales Free Digital Magazine #87
he ilird is one of the rarest irds in osta ica
o matter what time of the year you visit orcovado
ational ark, whether its rainy or dry season, it will
always e a lifetime eperience for nature lovers,
especially for a irder. t was around  A. when was
leading a family ecursion in an edrillo tation.
We oserved pider, owler and apuchin monkeys,
Agoutis, oatis, rocodiles, and endangered irds like
carlet acaws, reat urassows, rested uans,
rogons. eturning to the ranger station halfway through
argo trail, saw a very active mied flock of irds with
several species, including usset Antshrike, ocoa
Woodcreeper, lack-striped Woodcreeper, awny-
crowned reenlet and lack-hooded Antshrike.
hey were very low near the ground level, calling loud and
ecited, especially the White-throated hrike-anager
that usually leads the flocks in this particular trail. At first,
thought it was ecause of a large swarm of Army Ants ahead.
hen suddenly, from nowhere, perched aout meters
from the forest floor, the rare ilird, rocking up and down as
the mied flock passed y. t was ust like the image had
seen millions of times in the irds of osta ica ook and
pulications on rnithological revelations he views had of
this rarity were ust uneatale.
here are ust  official records of this ird in osta ica,
including my report. he spectacular orcovado ational
ark was sending me the est irding vies ever. here is no
research aout this ird distriution or natural history in the
sa eninsula.
A Walter nche
here was report from iedras lancas ational ark,
and in an edrillo station, the ird was seen
twice. t is considered one of the rarest irds in
osta ica. t is the only flying fruit-eating ird with
echolocation, rooting in large groups in caves.
he ilird
Steathornis caripensis is named for the
young irds, which are so fat that indigenous people
and early settlers used to catch them to make oil for
lighting and cooking.
t is a ird native to outh America in countries
like eneuela, rinidad, olomia, uyana,
olivia, eru, and cuador. ere are links to eird
showing their distriution in osta ica
hat day was not leading a tour aout natural history
and was not epecting to find this incredile ird.
shared the irds location with another
naturalist leading tours, so we all could witness this
moment. After that day, we never saw the ird
again. ven the trail disappeared due to fallen
trees after some heavy winds. ere is an ird link to
an edrillo otspot so you can check the irds
constantly reported
currently organie and lead professional
irdwatching tours  to this destination with
groups minimum and maimum pa. hat
includes local epert irding nature guide, park fees,
transportation, snacks and lunch.
PP II
W- A A 
Ballena Tales Free Digital Magazine #87
A A - A A 
ain and leasure of iving in sa
rememer when my family first ought property here in  felt
like we had gone to a distant part of the universe at siteen years old.
We traveled y unpaved roads for hours, across mountains and
through rivers, only to land in a place where most of what we could
see were forests and pastures intersected y more dirt roads.
ack home in anada,  had ust grown accustomed to surfing the
world wide we, and now my family was seemingly traveling ack in
time to a place where we didnt even have a phone in our home
here were two restaurants in ochal, and not a whole lot to do for a
teenager from the city. ut there was a certain magic to this place
that pulled each of us in, laying its uick-growing, ungly roots deep
into our hearts.
n the years since we watched ridges get uilt, roads paved, new
usinesses open, and more internationals visiting and moving to the
region. very year rought more recent changes and more people,
ut the pace of growth seemed natural and welcome, and life still felt
like living in nature.
eeing my eloved, tranuil ochal fast growing in the last two
years, with so many trees coming down and houses going up,
wonder if we immigrants invited this level of change. id we not
appreciate the magic that was here r did we appreciate it so much
that others inevitaly caught on to the wonder we felt and naturally
wanted to eplore it for themselves
hey say those good secrets are hard to keep, and it is hard to conceal
the glow from visiting this eachside mountain ungle paradise. ack
in anada, people would see the whole-hearted eam on my face
and the sun-kissed glow on my skin and wonder where it was that
kept going and returning feeling so content.
f course, nothing is perfect. And, of course, we were not the first
nor the last to discover this special place. he notion of paradise
lives in the hearts of those who are sated here and unwilling to leave.
We are true elievers in what makes sa feel like paradise. t is still the
wild, untamed eaches of this area. he verdant green mountains still
dip their toes in the coast. t is still the tranuil, good vies of living a
slower style of life, more in sync with natures rhythms.
As we approach the tipping point of world renown, am
reminded of how things here have changed, not ust for the
worse ut also for the etter.
echnology is vastly improved, with high-speed fier optic
internet availale almost anywhere in the country we even have
phones now, which we didnt have ack then. nfrastructure like
ridges, paved roads, consistent water supply, and more arrived
alongside population growth. Access to schooling and the
uality of curricula have also improved as more foreigners with
school-aged children find themselves seeking a more
straightforward, peaceful way of life for their families. And a
sense of community continues to e a central focus that ties in all
the different people of this remarkale region. eople here work
together and look after our neighors, and friends in times of
struggle, e it a fallen tree or a flood.
 elieve that if we focus on how each of us can help one another,
we can find a alance etween why we have chosen the sa to
settle and what good we can ring to the tale. eamwork makes
the dream work, and together we can ensure that growth and
progress do not mean scrapping all of the good we have created
and maintained over time.
A Aleandra uty
ra: O
Ballena Tales Free Digital Magazine #87
.  
 C A   B 
Spring? This cannot be very clear when you are from Europe or
North America, where people are used to the winter at the same
time of year. When we moved to the Costa Ballena in Costa Rica,
back in July, a little over three years ago, many people said that
spring would start in December, and then it wouldn't rain until
April.
Well, back then, in 2019, that was no longer quite the case because
there were still some rain showers within the dry season at the end
of December, and thus spring and summer were only really felt
from January onward. Now wait, spring and, respectively, summer
starting in December?
How is that even possible with Costa Rica being in the Northern
Hemisphere and north of the equator? But it is like it is, and you
instead accept this peculiarity and enjoy it than try to explain it.
Here you hear the terms summer and winter or probably more
appropriate dry season and rainy or green season. High and low
seasons are also often mentioned - adapted to tourism, defining
the busiest time starting at Christmas and specifying the dry
season.
The rainy season seems a less attractive time to many.
Connoisseurs know that the green season can make a visit to Costa
Rica even more appealing; it is cooler, the prices are reasonable,
and everything is less crowded.
Periodically the weather phenomenon La Niña sets in, and we
must adapt to changes. After this year's long and heavy rains,
which again had a heavy toll on the Southern zone, we welcome
the Costarrican spring and summer!
December to April is no longer exclusively dry, and in recent years
there have been a few short rain showers even in these months.
Nevertheless, the time of spring and summer is longed for by
many - locals, business people, and tourists.
WHO IS UP FOR SPRING?
LLE UVITA AN SONNS
The vegetation needs hours of sunshine, the soil needs to dry out
again, and plants need the sun's rays to thrive in full bloom and
give fruit. Not to forget, all animals - especially the little ones like
hummingbirds or pollinators- will have it easier to do their essential
work.
It was stunning to see how last year most plants developed with
the onset of spring and summer. For example, we planted passion
fruit in June and then Luffa/Loofah a little later. And with the end of
the rainy season, hardly any rain, and many hours of sunshine,
beautiful flowers developed within a short time and, subsequently,
sumptuous fruits, some of which you could harvest quickly.
At the same time, as the dry season increases, you can observe how
grass and plants - especially along the Costanera Highway - slowly
turn brownish and how the dry soil gradually changes the
vegetation. So enjoy some beautiful months with a lot of sunshine!
ATO C T  
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e monce o eulo ln
he Regar an i he a
anning inrmen ha deine he
deemen i and he an r he
diriin  he ain and e
irain re i erie and
mmni aiiie
here hd mmeria r reidenia
iding e i  ha he d n ae he
aer rere and here i n danger
ha he are in ri area  hd
he enrane and ei  a mmni r n
e deigned  ha here i an eiien
rad ner  i he andae
reed  imiing ran deni and
iding heigh nd er imran
imae hange adaain rieria hd e
inrraed in a regar an
a ernmen hae he meene and
ahri  an and nr
ran deemen a i ne  he
niiaiie ha aread ha a Regar
an reared ih he arain  he
Reearh rgram in ainae ran
Deemen  he nieri  a
Ria rD R hih i e in he
reie re in 
r mre inrmain  an ind he
Regar an and ma a hi in anih
erin
Regar an m e reieed
eridia e read i anae i and ge
ined
 i ihee e
regar an i n eerna i m e
nan daed eae ndiin hange
he ain arie and he i re ha
arie an ae he added ae  he area 
a rea eae re mdi he dnami  a
errir
 inde iien ariiain in deeing
a regar an dring he diagni and in he
ra hae n hee meeing he
di he main rem  he ann and heir
in r eame he minimm ie  a 
re r aier rein ne diiin and
rad ie  i eenia ha e a n hee
an and ha e ge ined ih he reie in

Environmental Protection
he Regar an i a he ndamena 
r generaing meare he rme he
ainae e  he nara rere  a
errir h a he ainae managemen
 aer rere he rein  aier
reharge ne he nerain  reed area
and he rein ne  he ae and he
igia rridr
eie nrin in me aa area i
aread aing ee edimenain hih
rea ha n he eah ine
Let's stay vigilant and involved!
Ballena Tales Free Digital Magazine #87
 - A A 
The history of the Borucan Diablito masks began over 500
hundred years ago, when created with the intent to scare the
unwelcomed invaders, the Spanish conuistadors.
The Borucan people were triumphant. Traditionally, the village
of Boruca celebrates their victory by what they call the
Dana de los Diablitos from December 30 to anuary 2.
In Curr, on the banks of the Terraba River, the dances are
celebrated a month later, usually at the end of anuary. Stay
tuned!
The cultural heritage of a nation or region is not
solely composed of monuments and museum
collections, but also of living intangible expressions
inherited from our ancestors and passed on to our
descendants. The definition of intangible cultural
heritage (ICH) is made up of oral traditions,
performing arts, social practices, rituals and festive
events, knowledge and practices concerning nature
and the universe, and traditional craftsmanship
knowledge and techniues.
The indigenous Borucan and Rey Curre festival The
Dance of the Diablitos (little devils) was
indoctrinated by the National Commission of
Intangible Cultural Heritage (CONAPACI), stating the
festival as a hallmark of Costa Rican identity.
Melvin onle Rojas (amel), a member of the
Boruca community and of the Heritage Commission
of these indigenous people commented:
"Our community has many years to preserve this
legacy that our grandparents left us, so it is up to us
young people to pass it on to the new generations.
This declaration comes to reinforce the work we are
doing, to give us strength at opportune moments,
because at this moment the Dance of the Devils
undergoes an important cultural change, because our
older members aren longer there, we have
lost them all in the last two or three years there
are already successors who until this year will take
the baton of this practice as lder Devils or leaders
who undertake the tradition, so this declaration
allows us to protect our culture, tradition, meals,
dances and safeguard our immaterial and spiritual
practices.
R: Sussie Atkinson
ulture eritage
Ballena Tales Free Digital Magazine #87
Uf there is a town along Costa Ballena that genuinely
deserves to be called a tranquil spot, it is Ojochal.
If you seek quiet and calm, you will find it here. That is one
of many reasons why so many foreigners, especially French
Canadians and North Americans, made their new home here
in this relaxed town.
That does not mean that there is nothing to do; there are
many places to explore while staying here. Yoga and Pilates
is offered in several retreats for peace seekers.
If you love going to the beach, you should visit Playa
Tortuga; and as the name says, the beach is named after
the turtles that nest here, mostly Lora or English Olive
Ridley, although there are reports of green and leatherback
turtles. During the turtle season, they come here in large
numbers to lay their eggs.
Near to Ojochal is another beautiful beach called Playa
Ventanas; its name comes from the big openings in the
rocks that the ocean shaped like a big “ventana”, the
Spanish word for window.
OJOCHAL
An Immense Park Near the Ocean
If you want to comine adventure with hiking while
discovering wildlife, you might end up in a natural pool
with pure mountain water. ou could go on a hiking
tour to l avon, an outstandingly eautiful waterfall, an
eample of what nature has created in this masterpiece
called osta allena. ou can swim in the natural pool
with fresh and clean mountain water. ou will feel
overwhelmed y the eauty of the osta ican ungle.
If you want to discover more of this beautiful town, you can
decide if to explore your surroundings or go on horseback
with a guide to explore the mountains towering over the area.
No matter what you choose, be sure to bring your camera to
take photos of all the animals that you will detect in the
impressive landscapes in the middle of exuberant nature.
er a da   adenre  an he eeen a
a and inernaina rearan ha i a n here
man reigner eed reaing an araie grme
deinain in a aena ih a d  i ind
d  eeen ai deii and in a eaan
enirnmen r i  ih a hi amhere
Ballena Tales Free Digital Magazine #87
A - A A 
In 2010, the history of Pancito Caf began in Plaa
Los Delfines at the entrance to Ojochal. Urged for
more space to prepare their sweet and savory
delicatessen, they recently opened their new facilities in
the Plaa Ventanas Shopping Center, just km north of
Ojochal. They have a large kitchen and a laboratory.
arly in the morning, Pancito Caf tempts neighbors
and passers-by with delicious aromas that emanate from
the place, the smell of fresh bread, croissants, and freshly
brewed coffee. You can taste croissants, French pastries,
a full breakfast with eggs and toast, and the lunch menu
shows sandwiches, salads, and French specialties.
They recently added Croissant with Brie Cheese,
Prosciutto with Caramelied Onions, Ratatouille
Sandwich with oat Cheese, and Olive Oil.
Fiber optic Wi-Fi is available on the comfortable outdoor
terrace and the relaxed local inside. Pancito Cafế is
famous and has become a meeting place. They
speak French, Spanish, and nglish.
Pancito Caf now at Plaa Ventanas
 Dagmar Reinhard
The owners of the well-known cafe, restaurant, and
bakery Philippe Mireille, comment: With
mixed emotions and beautiful memories, we have
turned the page and continue with this great
announcement!
Ballena Tales Free Digital
Magazine #87
A - A A 
We thank everyone for their support and love
since 2010. It would not have been possible
without the support of our friends and loyal
customers. We hope to greet you very soon!
And for those who don't know Philippe yet: He
learned the baker's trade in the '0s with his
father. He had a family business in Lorraine in
the ast of France. He studied at a business
school and later taught management classes.
In 195 he went to the United States, where he
resumed his profession as a pastry chef and
worked in New York and Boston kitchens. Upon
returning to France, he married Mireille, and
they both opened their pastry shop in
Montpellier (southern France), which they had for
20 years.
The desire to travel and live new adventures
brought them to Costa Rica for their latest project.
After several trips to this tropical country, they
fell in love with Ojochal.
ancito af now at laa entanas
You will feel very relaxed thanks to the pleasant
atmosphere, the kind attention and above all the
exuisite food. Welcome to Mireille and Phiippe
Pancito Caf! Open every day from  am to  pm.
Welcome, bienvenido, bienvenue!
Ballena Tales Free Digital Magazine #87
  -A A 
Fòssięl: Petrified Art in Costa Rica
ssil offers home dcor, furnishings, and even landscaping items
crafted from petrified wood from the iocene poch, enooic -
esooic ras, and urassic - riassic eriods, transforming raw materials
into dramatic home dcor and accent pieces, stunning furnishings, and
more. ssil sells slices, slas, and planks for customers with a more 
attitude, wishing to create their customied furnishings.
Prehistoric is new again thanks to Boston-based Fòssięl Inc. The
company has revolutionized New England’s interior design
industry by introducing something rarely seen available
MILLIONS of years-old fossilized wood furniture and building
materials. Fòssięl’s gallery is now officially open in the heart of
Plaza Ventanas, Ojochal, Costa Rica!
Aout ssil nc. ssil nc. is a outiue trader and
manufacturer of petrified wood and gives customers access
to the highest-end petrified wood products on the market.
rom pedestal sinks to epansive athtus and floorwall
tiles to chairs, enches, and dining room tales and
countertops, the company helps customers ring their vision
of an ideal home to life through stunning raw materials and
eemplary craftsmanship,
iscerning homeowners, designers, and architects searching
for the perfect uniue statements for their homes,
commercial properties, or hospitality venues now have
access to a material etraordinarily rare and never efore
availale at commercial scale thanks to ssil nc. he
company and its affiliates transform ancient, petrified wood
into incredile one-of-a-kind home dcor options and
opportunities.
m happy to finally e ale to commercialie my passion to
market at a road scale and ring this stunning, semi-
precious material application, eplained amie rien, the
creative force ehind the company. ssil will e offering
products from countries in outheast Asia, including
ndonesia, hailand, and urma, as well as other nations,
such as adagascar and rail, and the nited tates. y
material is etween ,, and ,, years old.
etrified wood was once organic material ancient, living
trees. ver time, minerals slowly replaced the woody tissue in
a process known as permineraliation, perfectly preserving
this once-organic material into fossilied stone. ncredily
eautiful, no two pieces are identical, and rien rings out
the materials uniue colors and rich tetures through special
production processes.
he result ncomparale and hyper-uniue additions to the
home. rom one-of-a-kind countertops and sink asins to
patio pavers older than the human species and dating ack
through the times of the dinosaurs.
Ballena Tales Free Digital Magazine #87
,  A  - A A 
our skin is constantly eposed to a variety of components in
the environment that can damage the skin or cause
photoaging.  of the aging of the skin is due to sun damage
or sun eposure. he environment contains a numer of
agents that accumulate on the surface of the skin and can
cause different skin conditions as simple as acne or allergic
reactions.
ememer the days when darker skin was fashion. ours and
hours in the sun or tanning eds were invested to have tanned
healthy looking skin. Well,  years later you look at that
investment and your skin shows signs of this unprotected
eposure on your face, chest, neck, arms.
ome of these signs might e mild like medium to fine wrinkles,
some saggy skin, hyperpigmentation or spots and uneven skin
tone, ut others can e of more clinical significance like
precancerous or cancerous skin lesions.
he first thing you can do, even if you are already showing sign
of sun damage is preventing any more damage to your skin.
rotection y means of physical measure like the use of long
sleeves, a hat, sunglasses is always eneficial, as well as a road
spectrum sunscreen that will protect you from ultraviolet
eposure, especially on the areas of your skin that cannot e
covered y clothing or otherwise protected.
un eposure can lead to skin cancer. o, avoid tanning eds,
and if possile, manage your sun eposure to the least harmful
times in the day, efore  am or after pm. e aware of any
changes on your skin. ew spots that show up, areas that flake,
leed without stimulus or are very itchy are places that your
doctor need to check, as well as any areas that have irregular
shape, coloring or that grow very rapidly.
Anything that seems unusual should e evaluated y a trained
physician. ome people cannot manage or prevent their sun
eposure ecause it is part of their work to e eposed. f you
are in this group of people, consider regular skin checks as a
necessary thing to do.
un amage or hotoaging
A ra. nica Alfaro .
eople that have a family history of skin cancer, those who have
had serious sunurns with peeling of the skin or those who are
very fair skinned should also have periodical skin checks to
monitor any changes on their skin.
revention is always est, ut for those who already show signs
of sun damage on their skin, all is not lost. nterventions to
minimie these signs can vary from the use of topical creams
and gels, chemical peels, mechanical peels and the use of
technologies like laser,  or intense pulsed light and fractional
dermarasion y means of radio freuency or plasma energy.
hese treatments can help uneven pigment and teture or
roughness, they can help shrink pores and stimulate the
production of new collagen.
hese treatments encourage skin cells to slough off, regenerate
the skin and renew, they slow down the skins degeneration
from rogue chemicals, such as free radicals, that cause visile
signs of damage. Antioidants can aid in the treatment of the
signs of aging, reducing ultraviolet damage to skin and help to
reduce the reakdown of collagen.
he damage produced on our skin y sun eposure will slow
down the rate at which the skin cells renew themselves
resulting in dull, dry skin with uneven tone and teture. All
these signs of aging as well as precancerous and cancerous
lesions have different treatment options that must e discussed
with your doctor. Waiting, without professional guidance, is
usually not the est strategy. onsult with your doctor aout all
of these treatment options for your skins needs.
Ballena
Tales Free Digital Magazine #87
 
 
 


 
  
 
 
 

  
  

  - A A 
social graces, charm, and new eperiences
they see in sas future.
allena Tales hey said when they opened
echerch, it was only the eginning. asked them, the
eginning of what ot knowing what to epect, here
are ust a few of the prospects they talked aout.
or echerch, it is not ust aout uality home
furnishings. t is aout your opportunities and your
eperience. omething surprisingly impressive,
memorale, and an eperience that you feel you
must share with others. ust another furniture store was 
what osta allena needed. An eperience to rememer
was echerchs vignettes give you, the customer, that
eceptional personal and intimate eample of creativity,
amiance, and avoir-aire you want in your home.
r. awyer and r. olansky stated that depending on the
local response, echerch was ust the eginning.
lans are in the works for some fascinating
events that they will sponsor, cater to, promote, or
provide. ive music, art ehiits, ook signings,
meet-and-greet well-known personalities, fashion shows,
culinary and wine events, festivals, health workshops
from the worlds leading eperts on living in divine health,
new stores, a caf, and more.
hope you have enoyed your peek into the future of the
outhern one.
To e informed and up-to-date on the years
cultural eents, you may suscrie to our
imonthly mailin list y email to
jerrypuraidaimports.com.
The Future of Osa?
A lake awyer, agmar einhard
othing could e a etter eample of these positive
changes than the new high-end furniture and home
goods store, called echerch, that was recently uilt and
opened on the ostanera, ust a few minutes south of
ochal.
n a previous interview with the two owners, lake
awyer and erry olansky, they mentioned the future
of the outhern one and the changes they saw
coming. avoir-faire is the term they used for the
Blake & Jerry
nyone living in the outhern one for over a few months has
seen changes in sa. hose of us who have een here for years
have seen dramatic changes.
ike most things in life, every situation has pros and cons.
ost of the changes that have occurred here in the past few years
have een very positive. his is the opposite of most of the world,
suffering through scarcity, totalitarian governments, loss of
freedom, increased death rates, famine, and a plethora of other
untold setacks.
o, what does the future of the outhern one look like irst, let us
peek into the future y eamining the two main changes that will
almost certainly take place over the net several years.
 opulation rowth here is no dout that the outhern one
has finally een discovered. he natural eauty of flora and fauna,
the slower pace of life, the lower cost of living than most places in
osta ica, and the authentic ura ida lifestyle have een a
magnet for people from all over the world. hey are coming and
will continue to come. our social calendar will most likely have
significantly fewer lank spaces in the near future.
 ore people means more options. What options reater
choices for restaurants, shopping, and opportunities. he outhern
one oasts one of the most eco-friendly lifestyles in the world.
his trend will increase and improve. ulture, with all its splendor
and charm, will urgeon. All this results in etter conveniences, an
improved lifestyle, and a happier community.
Ballena
Tales Free Digital Magazine #87
  - A A 
ont let your eihors o unry Toniht
n  a group of local women heard aout a struggling
family in the village. ogether they gathered resources to
help the family. hey were overwhelmed y the outpouring of
generosity from the community and knew others needed help.
As they sought ways to support needy families, they soon
discovered something else, a new purpose. And so, the amily
upport enter of ochal  was created.
 helps children and families in ochal in many ways. he
centers services and programs provide asic needs, teach
life skills, encourage wellness, and more. he main goal is to
provide resources that help people escape poverty and lay the
foundation for a etter life for themselves and future
generations.
he center matches its services with a familys specific
needs. ne family may need food, while another needs a
safe place to live. An individual may need transportation to
medical appointments, while another needs assistance with their
childs education.  volunteers dedicate countless hours to
ensure these local needs are met and families feel supported
and respected y the community.
 relies on the kindness and generosity of donors and
volunteers to assist families. hrough donations of finances,
materials, and time,  is making a difference in the lives of
locals every day.
amily upport enter of ochal
A ue ellord
You may e asking, ow can  help
here are several ways to get involved
isit the  thrift store, a anita, in ochal -
pen uesdays - and hursdays -.
hop or drop off gently used clothing, toys, household goods,
and furniture
olunteer your time upport our upcoming fundraising
campaigns
elerate World hildrens ay y donating to our ack-to-chool
ampaign.  provides each child with a school uniform and
school supplies www.fscoochal.orgdonate designate for ack
to school
uy tickets for our hristmas affle tickets availale at a anita
thrift store in ochal and at os aureles estaurant in vita.
onate for the holidays instead of uying a gift.
oving out, moving in, uilding, or renovating onate
unwantedunused construction materials, furniture, fitures,
or appliances.
oom in your suitcase while coming to  ack a little
something for   we can provide a list of items needed.
 has grown into a full-service support center, helping hundreds
of families and children each year. We invite you to partner with us
in assisting local families who need it most. ets ontinue
upporting amilies to uild a ealthy ommunity.
onations can e made online
In person at La Manita on Tuesdays from 9 am
12 pm and Thursdays from 12 pm – 3 pm.
Location: Calle Soluna - 150m north of Calle Principal,
Ojochal
Ballena
Tales Free Digital Magazine #87
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