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Author: Jenny

Fiesta time in the Chirripo region!

It’s summertime! It’s that time of year – when all the communities celebrate the new year and the sunshine with community fiestas or parties! Each fiesta is distinctly different so it’s worth trying to get to more than one. What they have in common is that members of the community get together to host a wonderful weekend of fun and food in order to raise funds to maintain their roads, community centers etc. What a fun way to fundraise! Here are the dates of upcoming fiestas: San Jose de Rivas: January 6/7 Visit the new Sendero los Gigantes and collaborate with the carbon neutral tree project. Canaan de Rivas:January 12 – 14 Traditionally Canaan hosts a beautiful parade of working carts pulled by oxen and horses decorated in their finest regalia. Bingo, delicious food and ice cream, dancing and much more! Herradura de Rivas:January 26 – 28 The second year of the marathon Campo Traviesa Herradura this cross-county run, together with the ever-popular cabalgata (cross-country horse marathon passing through various pueblos) will draw lots of crowds. Football and food too! Carrera Chirripo and Fiesta San Gerardo de Rivas February 16 – 18 Probably the biggest of all the Chirripoi Race is now into its 30 + edition and everyone is holding their breath to see if this year the 3 hour + record can be broken. Combined with the...

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Hurricane Nate creates havoc in San Gerardo

Not since Hurricane Alma in May 2008 has our community of San Gerardo de Rivas seen such devastating storms. But on October 4th, 5th and 6th 2017 Tropical Storm Nate that morphed into Hurricane Nate, laid a path of destruction throughout Central America including Costa Rica. San Gerardo de Rivas is located on the flanks of Mt Chirripó – Costa Rica’s highest peak and part of the Talamanca Mountain Range. As can be imagined any storm coming off the Caribbean brings very high gusty winds and rainfall to our slopes and frequently results in the landslides and flooding we saw in early October. Miraculously no one was injured in our area, and damage to homes was minimal. However, roads and bridges, water lines, crops and businesses were badly affected. Photos of the landslides that affected the road to Herradura give some idea of the damage throughout the region. Similarly in ‘La Chispa’ – the farming district of San Gerardo – people were stranded as bridges collapsed and roads washed out. The same stories were repeated in ‘El Lloron’ barrio of Los Angeles de Rivas, in Chucuyo near San Francisco Chimirol and all the way down to Rivas itself. Livelihoods have been greatly changed: Truchero Cocolisos lost all its trout as the river surged through the trout farm; avocado and tomato harvests were destroyed and coffee farms suffered landslides and...

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Benefit breakfast and tour of Jardines Secretos

Proyecto San Gerardo Invites You to the First Annual Benefit Breakfast and Tour at the Secret Gardens. When: Sunday May 14th Where: The Secret Gardens (Los Jardines Secretos) at the bridge in San Gerardo, on the road to Herradura Menu Option 1: C7,000 (includes tour of the Gardens) Huevos Rancheros (or scrambled eggs) Pinto Fried Plantain Tortilla Fruit Kebob Coffee or Tea Option 2: C7,500 (includes tour of the Gardens) Spinach Quiche Salad Garlic bread Natural Dessert Coffee or Tea Please purchase your tickets by emailing Janice Lewis at janicemichelle12@gmail.com before Monday, May 8th. Choose 9 am, 10 am, or 11 am sitting for breakfast. Tours leave before and after breakfast sittings. Wynn Mackey and Sheelagh Richards will be giving guided tours of the Secret Garden in English. Funds raised will help Proyecto San Gerardo provide English and Computer classes and maintain our scholarship program, the Women’s Group and the library....

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