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Colourful Life in our Precious Southern Zone of Costa Rica

Welcome to several new Subscribers & Pura Vida Blessings to All!

We are looking forward to our the feria this week in Perez Zeledon ... our hours are 7 to 7 on Thursday and Friday from 8 to 1 at Colibri's Corner.

We also offer shipping and delivery service throughout Costa Rica. For our area ... we have a network of Xpress & Taxi's who can delivery our products 7 days a week ... just let us know! On feria days, we can also do limited shopping and shipping.

Our neighbor at the PZ feria, Maria, will be bringing fresh Coconut Milk!

Many here in the Southern Zone knew the Benders or knew of them after John Bender's controversial death in 2010 .. here is a current article about his widow, Ann Maxine Patton Bender, Bender’s wife will be on trial for murder a fourth time. Of course, whether she will come back to Costa Rica to be retried ... or what will happen to their missing fortune, are questions still unanswered. 48 Hours did a very good episode on this case before her third trial ... check out this page to view the 48 Hours segment and read about the history. One other very good article, The Tale of John and Ann Bender and Their Quest for Paradise is here.

Work Trade Opportunity for a Professional Videographer. Rancho Mastatal is currently seeking someone with professional experience at making short videos for 2-4 weeks between Jan & April 2019. Contact us

For those in Jaco or Quepos area ... (thanks Vicki Skinner for this info):

QUEPOS & JACO - U.S. CITIZEN CONSULAR OUTREACH & TOWN HALL FORUM - U.S. Embassy San Jose, Costa Rica is pleased to announce upcoming Consular events in Quepos & Jaco. Consular staff will open each event with a town hall forum, then provide routine passport services & notarials, as well as answer federal benefits & voting inquiries.

To RSVP for services, please indicate your preference & location by writing to Applicable fees must be paid in colones & in cash. We cannot accept dollars or checks. No RSVP is necessary to attend only the town hall portion of either event.

QUEPOS: WHEN: Tuesday, May 22, 11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. WHERE: Marina Pez Vela

JACO: WHEN: Wednesday, May 23, 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. WHERE: Epicentro para la Paz de Garabito

Please check our Events page for a variety of entertainment, workshops, ferias, etc.

For The Finest in Authentic Stonework, call Rob ... check out his website.

Lots of Great Rentals ... see Rental Page for more listings

House for rent in Chimirol de Rivas: Two bedrooms, Kitchen, Living Room, Bathroom, Garage. Light and water included for $200 per month. Organic vegetable gardens on property. Call Carlos at 8571-8669 (Spanish only)

Cozy Hardwood Home for Rent:

Lovely, simply furnished well kept studio in private wooded section of East Los Angeles de Rivas. Nestled on 1.25 acres with an altitude of 3600 feet and an ideal climate of sunny days and cool, crisp nights. This private setting borders the scenic Talari River and has good road access, river bathing, fruit trees, bananas and high grade spring water. Includes high speed internet, porch, hot shower, flush toilet and secure parking. Lots of hiking in the area and near to the Mt. Chirripo Volcano and National Park. Fifteen minute walk to bus line with frequent bus transport to San Isidro. Pets okay but dogs must be leashed or fenced in. Available now. New Deck just added! Contact Just $345/month


A small private secluded and comfortable cottage with kitchenette and deck will be available for rent on the farm of Noe Andershadt in Pederagoso around May 10th. The monthly rent will be $155 /month and includes a reliable internet connection, water, and electric.

The cottage is a ten minute drive from downtown San Isidro, and is situated next to Finca Amrita and Finca Alba Nueva in Pedregosito. The cottage is a five minute walk from hourly buses to town. If anyone has an interest in an advance look cottage contact Bill Van Horn via email at

Houses for rent and properties for sale, in the Rivas area. $10 per hour for my time and I will tell you what I know. 8915 24

Lots of new "Stuff" listed on our Stuff to Buy & Sell Page ... check it out. Here is a sampling:

2 Tubes of All Natural Solar Body Block spf 30+ 10,000 colones each

New Unused Contact Lenses still sealed in original packs. NOW FOR FREE

-3.00 I have 6 sets of these

-2.25 I have 4 sets of these

Am asking just 2000 colones per set. If someone buys in quantity, I

will include a new 12 oz bottle of lens solution. I no longer wear

contacts or glasses. I kept lowering the prescription over a period of

years. So if your current grade is 0.50 diopters stronger, you can use


Call or text 7169-6257 (no voicemail please) or email

Magnesium Oxide bulk 5 sacks of 50lbs.


An excellent pH modifier and

heavy metal scavenger in contaminated soils. Effectively precipitates

heavy metals, thus preventing subsequent leaching from treated soils.

Good animal feed additive. Adsorption and precipitation of silica and

heavy metals as an integral part of industrial water treatment

systems. Helps prevent scale formation in boilers, heat exchangers,

and piping.

See this link for information and uses:

This cost several hundred dollars for a project which never happened.

Call or text 7169-6257 (no voicemail please) or email

EDIBLE CLAY 40lbs Pure Earth, 100% Pure Amargosian Therapeutic Desert Calcium Bentonite Clay (aka Healing clay, Living clay, Green clay Etc...). Tasteless, odorless and non-gritty. Milled to 325 screen mesh, finest available. PH value 9.7. This is exceptionally clean therapeutic clay.It is ideal for use in all traditional clay therapies, including cosmetics, clay compresses, clay packs / poultices, clay baths, clay wraps and internal clay detoxification supplements. Mined from greater than 6 meters below earth's surface. Shipped in sealed, air-tight FDA approved non-vinyl, high-density polyethylene plastic containers to avoid contamination. Highest available grade for internal and external use. Use internally for detoxifying and re-mineralizing at the rate of 1 teaspoon dissolved in 8oz pure water daily. Hydrate clay 3:1 for external use. It was purchased for a project which never happened. Original cost about $160 landed in CR. I want to sell the whole thing. I will consider all reasonable offers. 40lbs sells on Ebay for $137 (excluding transport and customs to CR). Call or text 7169-6257 (no voicemail please) or email

  • 00' ext. extension cord $20.00

  • Hatchet $8.00

  • 25' ext. extension cord $5.00

  • Corded Circular Saw $60.00

  • 6 pc. rope w/8 clasps (for hanging hammocks) $15.00

  • 16" x 13" x8" tool box w/tools $50.00

  • Stainless steel commercial stove

  • Yoga Swing

  • Twin Gear Juicer:

  • 70 Amp Welding Machine Chicago Electric

  • Ampair Stream/River Hydroelectric Generator. Can provide 2.4

  • kilowatt hours per day.

  • Magnesium Oxide bulk 5 sacks of 50lbs. FREE

Aztecas ---a beautiful & artistic & delicious Mexican Restaurant is now open from Thursdays til Sunday from 10am to 8pm. Ana is doing a fabulous job and Terry is the cutest waiter ever. Here is their FB page. We wish them all the best!

Chef Memo's New Restaurant is now open & delighting with great meals, beer, and the best host ever! See their FB page here. Across from Little California mini super, next to Fut5 Quiros Corner of Calle 2 and Avienda 16 in downtown San Isidro Del General,

New friends here are offering Organic Meats .. even have Turkeys that are free range & organic and fed with coconut, bananas, and cane. Pork too! Write here for contact:

Rico's Cajun Seasoning Blend

Rico's Rub has a new, Cajun, spice blend available at Colibri Corner. It is a traditional Cajun recipe, with a little twist of course. This blend is great for seafood, like blackened red snapper, fish tacos, or with chicken or meats. It has five different types of peppers blended into a medium hot spice. It's hot enough to taste, but not too hot to enjoy. Developed by request it has received nice reviews at a local restaurant. Put a little spice in your life with Rico's new Cajun Seasoning Blend. For restaurants or bulk orders, please contact Rick Vance:7242-2178

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

  • Delicious Dates!

  • Organic Extra Virgen Olive Oil

  • Kalamata Black Olives

  • Coconut Aminos (limited supply)

  • Organic Lemon & Peppermint Extracts

  • Organic Yuca Flour

  • Tea Tree Oils

  • Crunchy Spirulina

  • Matcha Green Tea ... amazing health properties & delicious

  • 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. BACK IN STOCK

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:

  • Kale Chips

  • Organic Eggs

  • Turmeric Powder & Roots & Capsules

  • Organic Coconut Aminos ...Traditional

  • Organic Red or Black Beans

  • Fresh Trout / Smoked Trout

  • Sacha Inchi NutsPalo Santo

  • Hombre Grande

  • All natural organic tobaccoVegan Cookies

  • Hot & Sweet Mustard

  • Organic Vanilla Beans

  • All Organic Corn Chips ... yellow & purple

  • 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

  • Becca's Amazing Hot Hot Sauces

We also have now:

  • 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 EarthEpsom SaltsMoringa 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 and can ship throughout Costa Rica.

Pura Vida Blessings to all

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