Costa Rica: camping in the jungle, fascinating people and health talk

Early February, I arrived in Costa Rica. This country has a reputation of being the most safe and peaceful country in Latin (or at least Central) America, a little paradise being all about “Pura Vida” (Costa Rica’s slogan, which means something like: “full of life”).

So I was certainly curious to see what that was all about, but it was not my first objective. First, I was going to visit a Canadian who calls himself “the medical missionary man”, and who is trying to set up a Christian community in Costa Rica. It was to be another chapter in my journey of exploring the idea of (Christian) community, while at the same time having a place to hang around for a while, and do some work in exchange for food and a bed.

The property where I was staying, at Las Tumbas near Tinamastes

And so I arrived by bus in Dominical, a little beach town on the Pacific coast, from where I got to an even smaller town called Tinamastes, and then finally ended up in Las Tumbas, which is not even a town. The Canadian I was visiting is staying here, on a piece of land in the mountains owned by a friend, who has a few properties in this area. Turns out the community wasn’t quite happening yet, though there are a bunch of people living on this property, both Costa Rican and American, but not quite as a community. Everyone has their own little place, the Canadian was staying in a tent and so would I. Camping in the jungle, right on!

this what I walked around in for 4 weeks my friend's tent

my hangout for a week or two, at night kinkajous and possums would hang out here too (which freaked me out)

our kitchen

people I hung out with, about to have lunch here

On the very first day I found out that Costa Rica attracts an interesting breed of people. There are lots of Americans here who are on a spiritual journey and have left their country because they no longer believe in it, or are trying to escape ‘the system’. Then there are the Costa Ricans themselves, which I found to be very laid back and friendly.
All of this was interesting enough in itself, besides that I learned a lot from my new Canadian friend. He knows a lot about the Bible, so we spent a good amount of time studying it, during he shared his interpretations of some of the prophetic books.
Then he also knows a lot about living healthy and natural healing, about which he has written a book, called Divine Power, Human Strength. He needed some help publishing it on Amazon.com, so that’s where I came in. I actually didn’t know too much about it, but I know how to do it now, which is nice! It took quite some time, but I enjoyed it, and even got paid some money for it. And sure enough, now you can buy both the physical book and the ebook on Amazon now!
Of course, ‘being into health’ and all, my friend made sure we ate well and healthy, together we prepared hearty meals and delicious smoothies from scratch. One thing I know for sure: I need to get a blender when I get home! If there was one thing I loved about (tropical) Latin America, it was fresh juices and smoothies.
Concerning natural healing methods; I’d never taken them all that seriously, until I read my friend’s book and witnessed the power of them in real life. One day we heard from a man in the area who’s leg was about to be amputated, because of cancer. My friend went over the next day, and through some simple natural remedies, the leg was cured in a few days! Incredible! Makes you wonder about our medical system.

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view from the hut over the garden

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going up the mountain of the Diamante river

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awesome flowers in the garden abseiling next to one of the Diamante waterfalls

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Meanwhile I found myself in a beautiful environment; a jungle-like mountainous area, not too far from the beach. Every now and then I made an excursion, to the beach (where I swam in the Pacific Ocean for the first time in my life) or into the mountains (where I went rappelling and jumped off a waterfall). And living in a tent in the jungle was an adventure in itself! Almost every day we saw some interesting animals, and heard the howls of the howler monkeys in the mountains. At night, possums and kinkajous played around my tent (that actually freaked me out, so I moved my tent after a while, haha).

Another adventure was a trip we made to the capital, San Jose. It went something like this:

A Dutchie, a Canadian, an American and a Costa Rican make a roadtrip to San Jose, Costa Rica (and back): push starting the car, eating watermelon at the beach, biblestudy while driving, chili tasting for charity with too many gringos, staying in a Clockwork Orange-style mansion with some hippies, eating too many bananas, being woken up by a small earthquake and peacocks, getting back by bus with the Costa Rican because the Canadian sold the car, smelling really bad. Well, those were two interesting days.

the guys I was staying with in Costa Rica

roadtrip to San Jose - here at a beach along the Pacific Coast ...and a cute little dog

Costa Rican who was also living on our property

charity chili cookout - with American music

70's style mansion we stayed at near San Jose

I was fine with being here, and after 4 months of traveling I was pretty tired of moving around anyway. So I decided to stay here for 4 weeks, skip the rest of Central America, and fly straight to California, in the US.

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