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When you drive down a road on your own Costa Rica property you are likely encounter more than just other vehicles. People walking, riding bicycles, and on horseback. Also seen on most drives are dogs, school children, cows, iguana, tropical birds, horses - all who seem friendly and unhurried.  
Ticos near Finca Las Brisas, Costa Rica

 

Tico is a colloquial name for the natives of Costa Rica. The locals refer to themselves as tico or tica (female). The tico ideal is that of a very friendly, helpful, laid back, unhurried, educated and environmentally aware people, with little worry for deadlines or the "normal" stresses of life in the United States. Visitors from North America are often referred to as gringos, which is virtually always used in a good-natured way.

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In general, we have found many gringos to be the most friendly and helpful Americans we have met anywhere in the US or abroad. 

 

Costa Rica also has no military or navy, but an abundance of wildlife, it has been said that the soldiers are the leaf cutter ants, the pilots are the macaws and the navy ships are the whales. Over 25% of Costa Rica is composed of protected forests and reserves.

 

The tico above is one of our neighbors and we first met him when he was walking his two prized oxen with traditional headdress up the road. The tico to the left came to the fiesta we had to meet our neighbors and raise money for the local school.

 

Following this local use of oxen, and in our attempt to practice green and sustainable building practices, we have used oxen to pull downed trees from our forests.

 

When you drive down a road near your Costa Rica property you are likely to encounter more than just other vehicles. People walking, riding bicycles, and on horseback. Also seen on most drives are dogs, school children, cows, iguana, tropical birds, horses - all who seem friendly and unhurried. Dogs for example seem to be found in most places including restaurants and they all seem to get along everywhere we have gone. 

 

So right now, we are broadly using tico to refer to all of the wonderful people and creatures of Costa Rica.  International people who are legal residents and who have have raised families, we still tend to think of them as German, Gringo, Italian, or Swiss.

 

Typical dogs found in most restaurants

Black iguana found everywhere

Some of the older gentlemen who play checkers with bottle caps at the local place we frequent for lunch

 

One of our neighbors Santos Garcia

Coto, Wayne and Howie

This dog is in every cafe

There are at least 10 local sawmills close by

One of our neighbors

Local children's art

One of our workers wife and little girl

Drying bean on the mountain road above us

During dry season the local farmers make molasses from sugar cane for their cattle

Local boys walking to school

Friends found in many local restaurants

On the road to Mel Gibson's finca

Local tico gathering dinner

Soccer team at the school playing a game at the fiesta we held to meet our neighbors

One of our neighbors with his prized oxen

     
 

Photos


Traffic jam on the road to Playa Buenavista where Mel Gibson just purchased his finca
Adrian at La Roca where we eat when we are working on the finca
Colt on Road to Nosara
Howie, our neighbor who's house we can see up in the hills behind our finca loves basketball. He put up a hoop in his village.
Some of our maintenance crew
Christoph lives in Nosara and is our reforestation consultant
Local children art
Gerald our road guy with Keith
Coto on the far right grew up in the area and had been our main mountain guide early in the project. Also shown is his sister and other family members.
 
 
 
 
 

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Located (near Playa Samara, Playa Carrillo, Playa Garza, Playa Buenavista, Playa Guiones, Playa Nosara, Playa Ostional, and Playa San Juanilla) on the Nicoya Peninsula overlooking  the Pacific coast of Costa Rica

 

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