San José, Costa Rica, since 1956

Manuel Antonio/Quepos Tidings

The first Savegre River Fest was held Dec. 11 to raise funds to fight the damming of the river. The event brought out hundreds to enjoy the music of Los Caciques, Utopia, Robbie Clark and the Live Wire Blues Band and Gran Escape. Organized by Ríos por la Vida and the Santo Domingo de Savegre Development Association, the festival was sponsored by H2O Adventures Costa Rica, Amigos del Río, Quepoa Expeditions, Dominical Surf and Adventures, Rafiki Safari Lodge, Pez Rey, Iguana Tours and Canopy Safari. Everyone hopes there will still be a river in years to come so the festival can be an annual event.

Did you know the International Analog Forestry Network (IAFN) headquarters are right here in Quepos? Led by chairman Milo Bekins, coordinator Eduardo Aguilar and Aislin Livingstone, IFAN is a nonprofit international membership organization that works toward restoration of degraded landscapes and strengthening communities’ livelihoods and ecosystems. The network has more than 30 members on five continents, all working on community-based projects. Analog forestry has been recognized by the United Nations as an important restoration tool, and has great potential as an alternative to adapt and mitigate the effects of climate change. To learn more, go to or call 2777-7259.

If you are looking for last-minute Christmas gift ideas, Kids Saving the Rainforest Souvenir Store has a special offer: spend $20 and get “The Tale of the Titi Monkey” storybook free, so you get a gift while helping to save the rain forest. 

Places offering Christmas meals and New Year’s celebrations in our area include La Hacienda, Gaia Hotel, Hotel Mono Azul, El Gran Escape, Barba Roja and Dos Locos. Happy holidays!

–Jennifer Rice,
& Anita Myketuk,

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