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Holiday Season is here ... so much to be grateful for in our amazing Southern Zone of Costa Rica

​PZ central looking bright & fabulous!

Welcome to many new Chayotevine Subscribers! What an influx of intelligent, interesting, talented people we have coming here!

Because Christmas Day is on a Sunday this year, our PZ feria will have regular hours for Christmas week & New Years, Thursday from 7 to 8pm and Fridays from 8am to 2pm.

The annual Marchamo (taxes, insurance on cars) is due by December 31st and is now online. You do not want to drive without it January 1st and beyond. Check it out here.

  • Local Housesitters Available March 1 We are a retired couple from the US and we have lived in Platanillo for 1 1/2 years. We own a reliable 4x4, our Spanish is passable and we have many contacts in the local service industry. We owned a restaurant and catering business on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina for over 20 years and are used to handling responsibility in a timely manner, maintaining a spotless environment and directing a team. We are available March 1, 2017. Email us at David and Christine Bohn

Personal Chef,vegetarian, vegan, raw, your place or mine, 8915 2461 or

Spanish Classes beginner,travel, conversational, English Classes beginner, intermediate, advanced, Guadalupe de Rivas,2mil($4) hour, Wendy Crews 8915 2461 or wendy

For Rent;3 brdm house in Los Angelos de Rivas, Dione Barrantes 8394 4288

Healing Sessions with Amber

Mobile Bodywork Sessions brought right to you. Amber offers Thai Massage, Deep Tissue, Relaxation as well as reflexology. She is known for her Deep Tissue combined with Thai Massage Stretching Techniques. Amber also offers private or group yoga classes. For more information you can go right to her website at or Facebook Page: Healing Sessions with Amber. To Book your Session: contact her directly. 50684794685

Pallet and/or Crate Company for Shipping

My husband and I are relocating from the U.S. to San Isidro in early 2017.

Can you please recommend a crate and/or pallet company to ship our belongings? (Our cat tree is priority :)

Thank you so much!

Juana and Guillermo 928.852.0120

Don't ReTire. ReFire!

  • Hi, I'm Paul Carter. When I turned 80, my friends and colleagues said: “Whatever you’re drinking, Paul, we want some, because you look and act amazing for your age.”

  • Little did they know how hard I have struggled with my internal prejudices about ageing, a.k.a. "self-inflicted ageism." But over time, I developed what I call The ReFirement Map, a step-by-step process by which I continuously ReFire my life.

  • I'd love to meet you and hear your story. I plan to hang out near Colibri's Corner Thursday mornings at the farmer's market at San Isidro de Pérez Zeledón. Stop by for a chat.

  • I'll also share my story at Carol's Costa Rica Club meeting January 27th, 2017, 12:30 PM, Bazooka's Restaurant.

  • I'm currently investigating what Pura Vida has to do with reFirement by interviewing folks in the San Isidro de Pérez Zeledón area, and publishing short videos weekly on my blog. You can watch, leave comments, and/or subscribe at

  • Pura Vida!

  • Paul, a.k.a Pablo Carter


Semi-retired professional painting contractor available to paint interior and exterior projects. Protect your property, tile/wood floors, rugs, tapestries,furniture, fixtures and cabinetry, artwork and stauary. If your home is furnished and contains valuables and you do not want several strangers viewing your property, I work solo to protect your privacy. The experience of 20 years painting luxury homes and National Historic Buildings in resort towns in Traverse City/Harbor Springs. MI and Key West has provided me the knowledge to conduct a very organized, fast, efficient performance as illustrated by my portfolio of completed projects on luxury homes. I offer many different "technique" painting styles, faux and murals. I even painted our friend Maria's house, who is a happy, smiling fixture at every feria!. I offer secure and private painting services which protect your privacy I have an excellent portfolio of interior and exterior projects displaying the beautiful properties I have painted. If it is your preference not to have strangers working in your home please contact me. To view my portfolio, please go to my website: Bill Floto 506 8655 9555

Wanted to let everyone know that the last couple years of the Chayotevine is now on our blog ... click here to see any old editions.

Learn to Paraglide / Fly with our Zion ... click here for details!

Amy Schrift has put together this very important petition to ban agrochemicals in our local communities ... please read and share and sign, click here.

For a self sufficient, off grid beautiful organic farm ... click here for more information.

We will have large (3 kilos mas o menos) farm fresh chickens at Colibri's Corner this week and thruout the holiday season ... not a bad idea to send a pre-order to

In general, pre-orders are very useful and appreciated as the season gets busier. Also, we receive and recycle all glass bottles & jars (clean or not) and egg cartons with lids.

We now offer all organic eggs weekly! Also, all organic, gluten free & organic Yuca Flour and Macadamia Flour and Banana Flour.

Here are a few of the new & available items on our Great Stuff to Buy & Sell page:

  • CROCS BRAND: Work Boot/Rain Boots

  • Wii Madden NFL .. new in box

  • Almost new, purple suitcase

  • BRAND NEW Porter Cable Cordless Combo Kit $155.00

  • Uniden 2-way radio GRM2238-2CK set

  • Panasonic SC-PT570 DVD stereo and surround sound system 5 speakers and sub-woofer - $50

  • Oppo OPDV971H DVD player - $35

  • Go Pro 3 - $150

  • 32 cup coffee maker $25

  • Nespresso Milk Foaming Machine

  • Gas Water Heater ... save electricity!

Very happy to have amazing, organic turmeric available in many forms ... now also in easy to take capsules! We also have the root and powdered forms.

Happy to offer now Coconut Aminos, large & small, and Teriyaki or Garlic. Healthy & delicious!

We are now offering beautiful BeesWax Candles ... a more ecological alternative ... locally made.

Turkey Tail Extract can be magical ... please click here to read of all the benefits. We are so fortunate to have a good supply at this time.

Stop by to sample our Vegan Flaxers, truly delicious and satisfying ... as well as spicy hummus & Gluten Free Goodies. Come enjoy a Sampler with our amazing Ginger Kombucha.

Kapi Blu has become a favorite hangout for coffees, meals and music. Now open on Sundays, too, come enjoy their drinks & food.

Remember to visit Urban Farm restaurant in town for their delicious breakfast & lunch menus. They are also adding new dishes and have a beautiful consciousness with their food.

Happy to have this week BarBQ beef jerky, Blackberry Cobbler, Nag Champa Incense, various fluoride free toothpastes ... great repellent ... Sacha Inchi Seeds ... organic tobacco. Also red & red/white quinoa ... delicious protein substitute for rice.

  • Blackberry Vinaigrette ... super on salads & more!

  • Organic Macadamia Flour

  • Organic Lemon & Peppermint Extracts

  • Organic Yuca Flour

  • Tea Tree Oils

  • Organic Turmeric Extract

  • Organic Shea Butter

  • Patchouli Oil

  • Clove Oil

Sauerkraut is one of the best foods for your tummy ... we are so fortunate to have Rosita's Organic Kraut ... so delicious & great for your digestion and general health.

The shitake mushrooms are extraordinary and quite magical .. click here to read about their many benefits.

Grass feed, beef bones, 5 dollars a pound. I can deliver to Tinmastes or PZ Thursday market.

Moringa: One Of The World’s Most Abundant Sources of Vitamins And Minerals We are fortunate to have local, organic Moringa here in our area now ... I've been learning more about it's benefits and the amazing energy the seeds and leaves give ... and the healing qualities of the Oil. Trees also available ... all @ Colibri's Corner

Come enjoy a sticky yummy Cinnamon Roll made with real butter!

We have mangosteen "matas" or baby trees at Colibri's Corner. If you want larger quantities .. let me

At Colibri's Corner this week:

  • Turkey Tail Mushroom Extract

  • Turmeric Extract & Roots & Capsules

  • Organic Coconut Aminos ...Traditional

  • Mango or Papaya Salsas, spicy & delicious by Rosita

  • Fresh Trout / Smoked Trout

  • Sacha Inchi Nuts

  • Palo Santo

  • Hombre Grande

  • All natural organic tobacco

  • Mariola Honey ... excellent for eye & ear infections

  • Hot & Sweet Mustard

  • Organic Vanilla Beans

  • All Organic Corn Chips ... yellow

  • Raw Honey

  • Fresh Salsa

  • Local Organic Beans & Rice (Integral & White)

  • Organic Teas

  • Stevia in Powder & Liquid

  • Organic Dried Pineapple / Mangos / Bananas

  • Coconut Secret Amino Acids This sap is very low glycemic, an abundant source of 17 amino acids, minerals, vitamins, and has a nearly neutral pH.

  • Organic Sauerkraut

  • Vegan Pesto & Vegan Raw Cookies

  • Sourdough Bread

  • Becca's Amazing Hot Hot Sauces

We also have now:

  • Manuka honey

  • Organic Alfalfa Seeds

  • Crunchy Spirulina

  • Salt shaker grinders

  • Peppermint Oil

  • Lavender Oil

  • Clove Oil

  • Ylang Ylang Oil

  • Frankincense

  • Organic sauerkraut

  • Goat cheeses

  • Swiss Cheese

  • Mozzarelli Cheese

  • Fresh & Smoked Trout

  • Nutritional Yeast

  • Diatomaceous Earth

  • Epsom Salts

  • Moringa Seeds & Leaves

  • Organic Black Strap Molasses

  • International Phone Cards

  • Cactus Juice & other Natural Bug Repellents

  • Sticky, Yummy Dates

  • Costa Rican Macadamias

  • Integral Oats

For anyone with pain from spots injuries, muscle spasms, fibromyalgia, arthritis, sciatic, please check this link. We are very fortunate to have this high quality Magnesium Oil now available. Also works great as an all natural deodorant!

International Phone Cards available for major savings.

We appreciate pre-orders & can ship throughout Costa Rica.

Pura Vida Blessings to all

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