Osa (Ocvsa), living with the essence of nature
AUTHOR: KEVIN CHAMPAGNE
The spirit of Osa is influenced by the Boruca, who is the main indigenous tribe of this region. The highest historical status of their tribe, the Chief of Ocvsa, became the eponym of this South Pacific province. Boruca elders continue to keep their oral culture alive, telling myths and legends that point to the roots of their connection to nature.
For the last 10 years, my office has gifted the beautiful, hand-carved masks of the Boruca to home buyers. I feel that Osa is a sacred place best represented by the stories of those who have lived here the longest.
Indigenous people were the first wildlife experts in Osa. Through close observation of their frequent encounters with flora and fauna, they built extensive mythology that is still well preserved and used today.
Agrarian families in Osa grow crops of rice, beans, cacao, corn, tomatoes, and fruit trees up and down the mountainous landscape
They farm animals and harvest plants for medicine. They grow enough food to feed their families and maybe a little bit extra to sell at a farmer’s market or roadside stall. They have learned how to work this land over generations. Being surrounded by this more natural way of life is what keeps Osa so clean and green.
The spectacular and diverse ecosystems found within Osa are likely what drew the first nature lovers to settle t his region. It has a unique geological history that makes it home to a nearly unparalleled amount of biodiversity. This small corner of Costa Rica is where you can find 2.5% of the world’s total biodiversity across less than 1/1000th of the world’s landmass. It is one of the last places in Costa Rica to have been settled and continues to be sparsely populated, covered largely in magnificent virgin rainforest.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY ANDY KARNITZ
Osa has the most significant wetland ecosystem and mangrove forests of Central America. On land, you will find the largest remaining tract of lowland forests in Pacific Mesoamerica. Around 2-3% of the flora in Osa is found nowhere else in the world. And there are more species of trees in this region than in all of the Northern temperate regions combined.
My personal favorite thing about this natural wonderland called Osa is that it provides us with clean air, drinking water, food, jobs, a strong ecological culture, and a stable climate (you only need one wardrobe to live here!)
You can travel to a number of different environments in one day and experience a variety of transformative sensations, from swimming in crystal clear waterfalls to sunning on the soft sand of this region’s nearly vacant beaches. There is quite possibly no other place in the world that is this perfect to both live in and enjoy.
If you long to be one of the lucky ones who call Osa their home, I invite you to contact my office with any questions you have about how to make this irresistible idea a possibility for you, too.
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It is an exhibition with identity, designed by and for the inhabitants of the Osa Canton. It is a temporary exhibition “In Osa history travels by bicycle,” which you can admire at the Finca 6 Museum site, in Palmar Sur.
The whole gang of teenage monkeys turned tail, ran for the fig tree, scuffled 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.
DAWG is a Dog and Cat Rescue Organization, provided food, a medicated shampoo, vet care, a crate and a puppy pen.
Another week went by, and another puppy showed up at the property beside the hotel, so then there were five puppies!!!