Manuel Antonio/ Quepos Tidings

August 17, 2011

Welcome back to Chemaine and Joel Almquist from Forever Wild Exotic Animal Sanctuary. The last time they were here was when they were featured on “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.” The reality TV series sent them to Manuel Antonio to stay at Si Como No resort and to volunteer with Kids Saving The Rainforest while they remodeled their house and wildlife sanctuary. The Almquists loved it here so much that they are back with their “adopted son and daughter-in-law,” who got married Saturday night and came with them for their honeymoon. Congratulations to the newlyweds, Anthony and Karissa Harper.

Also here with the Almquists is Cat Ogle, a volunteer at the sanctuary (www.foreverwildexotics.org). They are taking a canopy tour this week with MidWorld Costa Rica, our area’s newest adventure park (see story on Page W4).

Iguana Tours hosted its annual “Millionaire Bingo” last Sunday in appreciation of everyone the company works with. With help from 4Trax, Titi Canopy, Si Como No’s Fincas Naturales and Adobe Rent a Car, the event offered fabulous prizes and at the same time raised money for the old-age home here. Word has it the event it will be even better next year.

We have a few new tour options in our area. Diego Serrano, owner of Canopy Safari, has branched out and gone into partnership with Asher Hayes and Christian Lutz to offer horseback riding tours. It is a real Costa Rican experience, starting at a working dairy farm and riding through a finca with palm groves, rain forest and pastures to a swimming hole. The ranch is owned by the founding family of this area. Bilingual guide Willy Montero and helper Miguel León are incredibly knowledgeable and stop to let guests savor local fruits right off the trees along the way. For more information, call 2777-0100 or visit www.safarihorsebacktours.com.

Also new is Paraíso Watersports’ parasailing tour, leaving from Marina Pez Vela with takeoff and landing from the boat. The company also offers paddleboard tours. Both trips can include snorkeling as well. For information, call 8605-1990 or go to www.paraisowatersports.com.

The new Maxi Palí is scheduled to open this Thursday in front of the public high school on the way into Quepos. Details to follow. Also, the Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) now offers the new iPhone 4 here in Quepos – $300 for the phone with a two-year contract. The iPhone 3 is also available and is less expensive. The two-year contract is cheaper than those in the U.S. with AT&T.

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