Land’ ho Costa Rica History and the Last Unconquered Tribe

Land’ ho Costa Rica History and the Last Unconquered Tribe

Land’ ho Costa Rica History and the Last Unconquered Tribe

Imagine yourself an explorer. You’ve sailed a long and arduous journey fighting off starvation, scurvy, and death. You’re exhausted, and you’re ready to set foot on dry land. The salt air fills your nostrils as waves break beneath the bow of your ship in warm coastal waters. You put your looking glass up to your eye and scan the horizon in a slow, sweeping motion, right to left. Ah-ha! You spot an emerald green coast lined with palm trees and lush tropical forest. You grin ear to ear then cry out excitedly from the crow’s nest atop the mast, “Land’ ho!”

The Rich Coast

Wow, what a journey that would have been. Can you imagine? It must have been incredible to discover such a beautiful place like Costa Rica, “Rich Coast” in Spanish. If you’ve ever seen the beautiful and majestic coastline here, you’ll understand its name. Do you know who “discovered” and named Costa Rica? Take a guess.

Voyage in the Late 1400s

So, did you guess? You might be surprised to learn that Christopher Columbus named Costa Rica the “Rich Coast.” He sure was right. The coasts here are incredibly rich with beauty. Columbus may have been right on the name, but I’ll tell you something Columbus got wrong. Columbus thought he was the first person to discover Costa Rica. When Columbus and his crew landed on the picturesque tropical shores, they were surprised to find Indigenous tribes had been living here for almost 10,000 years before their arrival.

Spanish Conquest

In 1524 Costa Rica became a colony of Spain. During this time, Costa Rica was part of a vast country called Captaincy General of Guatemala. This country was basically all the countries in Central America lumped into one, which the Spanish ruled for 300 years. Spain set out to enslave the natives, plunder their riches, steal their gold, and make them pay tribute (taxes) to Spain. As you can imagine, the indigenous tribes tried to band together to ward off the Spanish invaders and expel them from their sacred lands. They fought off the Spanish conquistadors bravely. Despite their valiant efforts, the well-armed and well-equipped conquistadors were no match against their primitive bows and arrows. The tribes fell one by one, except for one.

Evil Mountain Spirits

Danza De Diablitos | Photo Credit: Tilyian Morrin, Peace Corps Volunteer,
(Festival of 2017 – 2018) |

Imagine you’re wielding a machete trekking through the mountains in a dense tropical rain forest. Your hands are sweaty from the intense heat and humidity, your body is weak from lack of nutrition. With each slash of the blade, you grow weaker. The Capitan orders you “adelante” (forward). You swing your machete again and break through the dense undergrowth of the humid jungle into an open field. Your heart stops, your eyes widen as you gaze upon the most terrifying thing you’ve ever seen. It’s standing right in front of you in the clearing. Like they’ve been waiting for you.

Large, brightly colored feathers shoot out from the tops of their masks like a crown. They have large distorted scowling faces, long noses, dark empty eyes, jaguar like fangs protruding from their mouths. Their bodies are painted in bright colors. Some of them are covered in spotted fur like the ocelots you’ve seen and hunted for food in the jungle here. Others look like the jungle brought to life covered in leaves and glowing eyes. Their mangled hands clap together, and they let out an otherworldly bellowing sound as they charge towards you. Panic sets in, it’s fight or flight. What do you do? You run, that’s what you do. You run the fastest you’ve ever run in your life.

They Ran!

During the Spanish conquest, they encountered one indigenous tribe that made them quiver in their armor. Believe it or not, this tribe caused the conquistadors to flee back to their ships in terror. I know it’s hard to imagine this happening to the brave conquistadors, but it did and to this day the tribe lives peacefully in the mountains of Costa Rica. They still celebrate warding off the conquistadors with a big festival. The tribe is called Boruca. Stay tuned for the next chapter featuring the Boruca tribe.

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Key Tips Upon Arrival at Your Foreign Destination Luxury Vacation Rental

Key Tips Upon Arrival at Your Foreign Destination Luxury Vacation Rental

Key Tips Upon Arrival at Your Foreign Destination Luxury Vacation Rental

Last year you spent hours looking at holiday apartments and the time has finally come to go on your holiday. It’s been a long year, right! You’ve waited all year for this moment and you’ve been excited about it ever since you booked the trip. You’ve arrived at your luxury vacation rental home, or in an exhilarating Global Basecamps foreign location. Things are bound to be a bit different from home. Either a rental agent, concierge or homeowner will be there to Meet & Greet you. But there’s more involved than just handing you the keys. Follow these tips to get the most out of your Meet & Greet and maximize your experience at your home-away-from-home.

Actively Participate in the House Tour

All the adults in your party should accompany your greeter on the house tour.What usually happens is just one person goes on the tour while the rest of the party wanders about checking out the different rooms. Leaving 90% of your group uniformed about important details in the house is a recipe for disaster. Work as a team and eliminate the possibility of being left in the dark literally because the one person who knows what to do when the electricity goes out just ran to the grocery store.

Check the Lights

Ask to be shown where all the light switches are. Building standards vary from country to country and you don’t want to be groping around in the dark for alight switch. Try all the lights and make sure there are no burnt out bulbs so they can be replaced before you need them. Power outages may be a common occurrence in some foreign countries, so you’ll want to ask about the location of emergency lights, flashlights, candles and matches.

Check the Air Conditioners

Your luxury vacation rental home will likely have air conditioners. Turn each one on briefly to make sure it works then review the functions with your greeter. The last thing you want to happen on a scorching hot day is to discover an air conditioner doesn’t work and the technician can’t come over until tomorrow.

Know Your Kitchen

The most complicated room in the house is the kitchen as it usually has several appliances. Some foreign countries, especially Latin ones, use propane gas stoves. You’ll want to know how to light the stove and oven if you plan to use them. If there’s a barbecue grill ask how it works if you’re unfamiliar with the model.

Ask Questions

The operative phrase here is “ask, don’t assume.” Don’t be afraid of sounding dumb if you aren’t sure about something. Your greeter is there to help and inform you. Getting your questions answered during the tour can save you several phone calls later. Everything won’t be exactly like it is at home. Be sure and ask for contact information in case something goes wrong. Also ask for local emergency numbers for the hospital, police and fire department. Chances are you’ll never need them but it’s a good idea to have them close at hand, if nothing else, for peace of mind. So, encourage everyone in your party to be an active participant during the Meet & Greet. Learn all you can about the house and check that everything is in working order. Be sure and ask plenty of questions and you’re bound to have a great experience at your luxury vacation rental.