South Pacific Costa Rica Guide

Pioneers

Our Pioneers’ Stories

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Can you image to live in the jungle with no roads, electricity or water from the tab, fighting with the all overgrowing vegetation and no doctor nearby. Our brave pioneers were heroes taking care of their families amidst a demanding environment. And still they refer to it as the “good old times”. Stories of hardship and victory are awaiting to be discovered!

Las Rocas de Amancio

By Dagmar Reinhard Photos Isidro Obando Vargas Don Amancio Vargas Obando was born in Guápiles (Limón) and raised in Quepos. He worked with the Banana company, where he also met…

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Remembering Roger Watson

Roger Watson rode up to Escaleras on horseback 12 years ago, long before the Costanera highway existed, and landed his opportunistic eye on a plot of land. Shortly…

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Pioneer of the jungle

In 1971, Don Walter Odio returns to Uvita after having studied Animal Science at Louisiana State University, and becomes part of the family enterprise of El Rancho La…

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John Tresemer – La Cusinga Ecolodge

At the beginning of the 70’s and just 21, John, a college dropout, sensitive and idealistic, left the States feeling unable to adjust to militarism, materialism and racism.…

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Claudia Langguth – A well-traveled woman who fell in love with the Sierpe River

Claudia Langguth was born in Germany. When she was twenty, she moved to Paris, France to study Fashion Design. For several years, she worked as a fashion designer…

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In Memorandum of Woody Dyer, a Great Free Spirit

Indian Poetry In memory of Woody Dyer, a great free spirit from Bella Vista Lodge, Escaleras-Dominicalito.  He did wonders for his community, A role model!  He will always…

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Guillermo Ástua Zúñiga, known as Memo Madriz

In 1956, Memo and his parents left Turrialba to move to his godparents’ farm called La Concepción. For Memo, only 10 years old, school and games had finished.…

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Don Fernando, Bahia’s last fisherman

In the village, they call him Casco; he came 30 years ago from Quepos to Bahia – Uvita, Costa Ballena.  Back then, he worked as captain of a…

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Rivers with no Bridges and Horses that got stuck in the Mud…

Eida Esperanza Fonseca Cruz, was born 80 years ago at Legua de Aserrí near the capital. Still very young, she came with her family to La Esperanza where…

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An Eight Colones Pair of Pants

An Eight Colones Pair of Pants Don Regulo Gonzales is a 70-year- old-man; at…

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