1. What a back breaking lifestyle they lead, sounds like hard work yet they look so happy. How wonderful that you were able to immerse yourself into their way of life and see what they do firsthand . Hopefully tourism will help them provide better for their family on the future. An amazing post yet again Nicole.

  2. ‘You’ve got to be patient and have faith.’ Such wonderful advice.
    Hello Nicole! Another wonderful insight into jungle life. I didn’t know about the gold mining at all nor the effect on the environment.
    The meal looks fresh and healthy.
    I’m in awe that you had this experience. It looks like conscious travel is certainly the way forward. Thank you for showing us that it’s possible.
    Bye for now, from Di 🌺🌺

    • Thanks Di! I still love how you connected with Miriam!!! I was thinking when I read your IG posts how you and Miriam would hit it off. You both are so inspiring. I wish I lived closer. Would love to meet the two of you. Can’t wait to read your blog and welcome you into our wonderful WordPress community (if you use WP as your blog platform which I highly recommend).
      As for the trip, yes this was a marvelous experience. I am so glad I got to do it. Really magical. 🙂

  3. Who knew there was a gold mining community in Costa Rica? I had no idea. In Nicaragua gold mining is on the eastern side of the lake in an area called Chantales. We’ve never been there, but someday I would like to see the gold mining process. I heard it isn’t environmental friendly because they use chemicals to process the gold flakes.

  4. I hope so too, Nicole! You are doing great work promoting it, and indirectly (as you’ve explained), potentially helping the environment. I love how you described rural tourism. I totally agree…I am not so experienced at it, but so far I really have cherished that intimate experience in the local community.

    • Yes me too Peggy! This was the first time I’ve ever spent an entire week doing rural tourism and I loved it. I want to do more trips like this down the road. It is so amazing getting to know the local people and their lives.

      • A week! That’s wonderful! Yes, I agree…it is so rewarding to visit where you are really wanted and welcomed. I’ll never forget getting called out in a line for the bathroom with a huge tour group bus ahead and behind me in Cinque Terre. I hadn’t bought a coffee yet, and I wasn’t “allowed” to use the bathroom till I bought a coffee. Getting out of line, I would need to wait another half hour to get my coffee and then go back in line. And the woman that worked at the coffee shop knew that, but didn’t care. Tourists had become a pest, almost, for them. It isn’t nice to be somewhere where you are a pest. And so nice to be somewhere that your curiosity is helpful… 🙂

      • I had such an amazing time in the Osa, Peggy. I want to do another tour with Lokal. They are going to Guatemala this summer doing similar rural tourism. I just can’t swing it but I hope to someday soon. When are you going back to Italy? Enjoying your time in the US?

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  7. What a difficult way to eek out a living. Hopefully rural tourism will take a foothold to support the environment and provide a better life for many. Thanks for sharing a side of the Osa Peninsula that many do not ever see.

    • Yes I hope so. The word just needs to get out there that these opportunities exist. The tours I did in the Osa were so amazing because they were so unique and so intimate. I loved my experience and I am grateful that my business was able to help support them as well.

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