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Chirripo National Park Celebration and Race

Carrera Chirripo

August 24/25 will see the annual celebration of the founding of Parque Nacional Chirripó and a weekend full of fun events. The event is organized between MINAE – Oficina de Parques San Gerardo de Rivas, the Guides and Porters Association – Los Arrieros, and the Asociacion de Dessarollo de San Gerardo de Rivas (village council) Make sure you come by to enjoy:

Saturday August 24

  • Football tournament
  • Delicious food available all day in the Salon
  • Dance in the evening

Sunday August 25

  • Marathon covering Los Angeles, the National Park limits and Cloudbridge Reserve.
  • Bingo – 4 pm in the salon
  • Expo of local handcrafts
  • Children’s events related to the Park

Proyecto San Gerardo at Café Bambú will also be featuring:

Saturday August 24

  • 10 am – Cachivache (second hand sale)
  • The Café will open with our new super cook Angie Chavez

Sunday August 25

  • 8:30 am – our regular Feria La Union (Farmer’s Market – get all your fresh food in one place and grown locally)
  • Super breakfasts and morning pastries in Café Bambú.

See you there!

For more information (in Spanish) about Parque Nacional Chirripo and the Anniversary event see Parque Nacional Chirripo

NEW! Costa Rica Cooking Classes in San Gerardo de Rivas

 

Yummy corn tortillas

 

So you’ve come to love your ‘gallo pinto’ in the morning – literally ‘painted rooster’! That delicious mixture of rice, beans and flavorings goes down a treat with fresh eggs and coffee first thing.

How about tortillas? Enjoyed with ‘natilla’ (sour cream) or cheese, tortillas with fresh coffee are traditional afternoon snacks in Costa Rica.

So when you have to go home wouldn’t it be handy to know how to make your favourite Costa Rican dishes? We thought of that too, so starting the first week in January we’re offering cooking classes twice a week in San Gerardo de Rivas:

What?

LESSON 1: A full lunch (almuerzo)
Learn how to make gallo pinto, tortillas and ‘agua de sapo’ (fresh ginger lemonade)
Served for lunch with eggs and fried plantain
Cost $20

LESSON 2: Tortillas
Learn how to hand make delicious corn tortillas! It takes some practice!
Served with natilla (sour cream) and locally produced blackberry jam
Cost $10

When?

Every Monday and Wednesday in January, February and March
Lesson 1: 11 am
Lesson 2: 2pm

Reservations?
Call 2742-5356 or 8793-7783
    or 2742-5102
Or email: costaricaholidayhomestays@gmail.com

Teachers: Dona Leyla, Dona Xinia & Dona Shirley – all Costa Rica Holiday Homestay hosts.

Gallo pinto with all the trimmings

 

 

Frisbee Fun in Costa Rica!

 

One Costa Rica Holiday Homestay family made a big difference in the lives of San Gerardo kids this week! Holly had packed up a bunch of Frisbees to bring with her thinking perhaps the children would enjoy them – never knowing how much they did!

Once the word got around that there was ‘’frisbi ultimo’’ in the plaza around 20 children appeared – aged between 3 and 14 – and Frisbees started to fly!

Holly, Jack and Marcela taught the children how to throw the discs (as accurately as possible!) and they practiced and practiced for hours until the light began to fade. They invented a new form of ‘Monkey’ – one or two kids trying to intercept the frisbee passed by 2 on the outside. They ran and ducked and leapt and ran again till everyone was exhausted. Holly then sent a Frisbee home to every household represented there in the plaza and they took off to the Roca Dura for a well-deserved pint!

Such a simple gesture – but such a great feeling of playing, and enjoying the warm summer afternoon together. And who knows where this will end! An ultimate frisbee team in the making? A chance to share with visitors from all over the world this well-known sport. Thanks Holly and your family – really nice!

(CRHH provides opportunities for inter-cultural activities such as this one. There are also many volunteer opportunities you can match with your homestay. Contact us for a downloadable information sheet about homestay/volunteer options in San Gerardo de Rivas)

Neighbours from Térraba visit to learn about Costa Rica Holiday Homestay program

Last Monday Costa Rica Holiday Homestay hosted a visit from the indigenous community of Térraba to San Gerardo de Rivas. The senoras from the village nearby to Buenos Aires about two hours’ drive south-west of San Gerardo, are members of the Boruca tribe who live in various settlements in the Talamanca mountain range. They have a long history of art and culture as well as a distinctive language; see: http://www.boruca.org for more information about the Boruca.
Getting together was a chance for us to get to know each other better, and to share Costa Rica Holiday Homestay’s development as a local social enterprise benefitting women in the region. Getting together for a delicious lunch featuring torta de oja de remolacha, picadillo de aracache and fresh local salads and fruit, we shared our experiences with visitors from faraway places and the wonder of learning about new cultures as well as respresenting Costa Rica.
As a social enterprise Costa Rica Holiday Homestay is committed to helping women in various communities explore ways to support themselves while building awareness of cultures, beliefs and language. In the near future we hope to offer tours of one or more days to the Boruca village in Térraba to our guests. Contact us for more information about opportunities to learn more about indigenous peoples in Costa Rica.

PLUS! If you are planning to visit San Gerardo de Rivas during January – March we will be offering traditional cooking lessonsat Café Bambú, Proyecto San Gerardo’s community centre in the village. Learn how to make tortillas, gallo pinto or (wáter of the toad!) from delicious and all-local ingredients. More info here next month about times and rates!

Sharing homestay tips!

Gathering at Cafe Bambu

Gathering at Cafe Bambu

Last Monday Costa Rica Holiday Homestay hosted a visit from the indigenous community of Térraba to San Gerardo de Rivas. The senoras from the village nearby to Buenos Aires about two hours’ drive south-west of San Gerardo, are members of the Boruca tribe who live in various settlements in the Talamanca mountain range. They have a long history of art and culture as well as a distinctive language; see: http://www.boruca.org for more information about the Boruca.

Getting together was a chance for us to get to know each other better, and to share Costa Rica Holiday Homestay’s development as a local social enterprise benefitting women in the region. Getting together for a delicious lunch featuring torta de oja de remolacha, picadillo de aracache and fresh local salads and fruit, we shared our experiences with visitors from faraway places and the wonder of learning about new cultures as well as respresenting Costa Rica.

As a social enterprise Costa Rica Holiday Homestay is committed to helping women in various communities explore ways to support themselves while building awareness of cultures, beliefs and language. In the near future we hope to offer tours of one or more days to the Boruca village in Térraba to our guests. Contact us for more information about opportunities to learn more about indigenous peoples in Costa Rica.

PLUS! If you are planning to visit San Gerardo de Rivas during January – March we will be offering traditional cooking lessons at Café Bambú, Proyecto San Gerardo’s community centre in the village. Learn how to make tortillas, gallo pinto or agua de sapo (wáter of the toad!) from delicious and all-local ingredients. More info here next month about times and rates!