Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Quitirrissi Indigenous Community, Costa Rica

Global College took a field trip to Quitirrissi, Costa Rica. This is a community of Huetar indigenous people. We visited a shaman, an organic farm, and women in the indigenous community.
(A photo of a costa rican saddle)

(photo of an indigenous farmer man in Costa Rica)

(Organic Chickens in Costa Rica)

(Global College Teacher, Emilio. He teaches Indigenous People of Latin America)

(The indigenous organic farmer)

Photo of the Traditional indigenous House of Costa Rica

(Road in the Indigenous Huetar community of Quitirrissi, Costa Rica)

(Photo of the mountains in Quitirrissi, COsta RIca)

(an organic farm in Quitirrissi, Costa RIca)

(Global College students on a Field trip in Quitirrissi, Costa Rica)

Playa Uvita and Waterfalls, Costa Rica

Playa Uvita is just south of Dominical. Only local people go to this beach. There is a large national park and a beautiful beach. There is a waterfall nearby run by germans. It is a great place to swim where you can jump off the falls into the water.

(This is a photo of the German-run waterfall)

(photo of rocks and waterfalls)

(Wade looks like a squid)

(WAde is happy to be naked and wet.)

(Me and the Waterfall)

(A boat on the Beach in Playa Uvita Costa Rica)

(Photo of the beach at Sunset, Playa Uvita, Costa Rica)

(Photo of the sunset over the Pacific at the beach Costa Rica)

(The beach at Playa Uvita in the day time)

(Photo of My boyfriend on the beach in Playa Uvita, Costa Rica)

Photos of Quepos and Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

I went with a couple of friends to Quepos, Costa Rica. We got off the bus at night, ran around looking for a hotel and could not find one. We had to take a taxi to Manuel Antonio, stopping at every hotel to find one with room for five. It was a crappy trip actually, and Wade and I ran away from the other students.

(Photo of the Bus stop at Quepos, Costa Rica. It is cheaper to stay here than in Manuel Antonio. There was a good backpacker's place.)

(Photo of a man selling green mangos with salt.These are delicious)

(Photo of a Japanese traveler in Costa Rica. Nice kid)

(Photo of a naked man standing on the beach. Actually it is just wade, and he is wearing his underwear)

(My red traveling shoes)

(Photo of the Beach at Manuel Antonio. On one side it is crowded and ugly, but on the other side it is empty and beautiful.)

(Photo of a Krishna tattoo on a leg)

(Photo of my tattoo on my shoulder)

(THe airplane restaurant in Manuel Antonio.)

(THis airplane restaurant is in between Manuel Antonio and Quepos on the hill. It is very expensive though.)

(Vendors in Manuel Antonio selling local crafts.)

(Monkey in a tree in Manuel Antonio)

(Photo of a monkey on the beach in Manuel Antonio. They are very friendly.)

Coffee and Sugar Plantations, Archaeology in Costa Rica

Here are more photos from Turrialba and Guayabo archaeology site. The archaeology site is actually very large, with many stone structures. It is believed that Costa Rica has no archaeology remains, but this is just a problem with excavation and permission. Most of the sites are on private property, so archaeologists are not allowed to excavate them. Guayabo has a huge cobble stone road and many stone structures, worthy of recognition as awesome sites.
(Photo of Sugar cane growing on a plantation)

(Aerial view of the Guayabo Archaeology Site)

(Cobble stone road at the Guayabo archaeology site)

(A waterfall in the mountains of Costa Rica)

(Photo of stone structures at Costa Rica archaology Site)

(Stone mounds at Costa Rica Guayabo Archaeology site)

(Photo of Leaf Cutter ants in Costa Rica)

(Photo of red banana plant and flower in Costa Rica)

(Photo of Cows in the road in Costa Rica, blocking traffic)

Photos of Turrialba, Costa Rica

These are photos from a trip to Turrialba, Costa Rica. The is not much to look at, but the surrounding area is beautiful. You can go walking up in the hills for hours around the town. Just head out on the road and ask a farmer to point you in a direction. All the campesinos are friendly and will walk with you down paths through coffee plantations and horse ranches. Also, check out the Guyabo Archaeology Site, not far away. Take a bus from the main bus terminal for a few colones. Once you get to the park, try to get in for the local price. Tell them you are a student at one of the Universities and they should let you in for the local price.

(Archaeology ruins in Guayabo)

(Photo of a banana flower.)

(Photo of Wade by a river)

(Photo of a trail through sugar cane farms)

(Another hiking path through farms)

(A sculpture from the Costa Rica archaeology site)

(A trail in the grass left from army ants)

(A coffee plant at a cafetal coffee plantation in Costa Rica)

(A Photo of me with coffee plants)

(River in Costa Rica