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So, several parties interested in renting Casa de Teca have asked the question:  Is the casa in the jungle?  Many of these people identify themselves as avid wildlife fans.  They want to experience the birds and wildlife of the jungles of Costa Rica.  

If you look at the Casa de Teca pin on Google Earth, it definitely appears to be in the jungle. Our casa is located in the village of Ojochal, which often bills itself as the gateway to the OSA, the largest, basically untapped jungle/wilderness area in Costa Rica. 

We are located on the first ridge of the Ojochal Mountains, approximately one (1) kilometer from the Costanera Coastal highway (Highway #34). It is approximately two (2) kilometers to Playa Tortuga, a large turtle nesting area. We have one acre of property. The casa is surrounded on all sides with mixed vegetation – a variety of trees, bushes, and vines.  

Forest/Jungle looking West

Forest/Jungle looking West

This “tangling” of vegetation is one of the marks of a jungle.  Casa de Teca is in the tropical zone and receives about 160 inches/year rainfall – not quite rainforest standards.  Theses facts meet the “jungle” criteria as well.  Much of the area was logged in the 1940s and 70s so most of the vegetation is second growth, not nearly as impenetrable as areas that have been protected.  My vote:  Jungle!

"Mo," Casa de Teca visitor Watching us through the glass door

“Mo,” Casa de Teca visitor
Watching us through the glass door

Wildlife is abundant; hawks, falcons and turkey vultures roam our skies; kiskadees, chocolatas, and many, many species of birds share their songs; we’ve seen Jesus Christ lizards, coati, iguanas and an occasional sloth, travel our grounds. Howler and white faced monkeys feed and play in the trees in our valley. You don’t always get to see these creatures but their sounds fill the air. When you first arrive, you will probably not see many creatures; they will be shy until they are comfortable with you. 

If you are considering staying at the casa, we hope this information helps you with your decision. We can’t imagine living anywhere else in Costa Rica for experiencing Costa Rica.

But you ask, “Are there whales, crocodiles, water fowl,…?”  Yes, but that’s another story.

A final caveat.  We rent our casa during the “high” season, late November to late April.  This is the “dry” season and for this reason it is the primary tourist season.  

Que La Paz Prevalezca en la Tierra! May Peace Prevail on Earth!

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It came with such fury, the rain, yesterday.  Mona and I had returned from Playa Hermosa.  We enjoyed a light lunch and had just settled down for a lazy afternoon nap (yes, for some of us at least, the afternoon siesta is alive and well).

I could feel myself beginning to nod off when I heard the first raindrop.  Then the rain hit, hit with such ferocity as if all its pent-up frustration at being held back for the entire “green season” was unleashed at once.  No thunder yet; just the pounding rain driving its drops hard into our metal roof, creating its own thunder of sound and fury, our small casa becoming the surround sound speaker for the symphony.  Unrelenting and undeniable, the rain consumed our senses, falling so hard and so steadily that we were soon blissfully asleep.

We awakened an hour later, the roar still deafening, the chorus now joined by eye-popping lightning followed by tremendous claps of thunder.  We went out to the porch to watch the lightening dancing out on the sea!  Such an incredible display of raw power.  The rain had now overwhelmed our deep gutters creating waterfalls off the eaves.  Our canedas, cement drains designed to carry off and drain the water, were overflowing, the trays filled with mud, sticks and leaves.  Now, we had our own mini rapids and dams!

Note:  Since I do not have video privileges on WordPress, I have uploaded a short video on my Facebook page).

The rain continued unabated for another six hours before stopping just as abruptly as it started. The light show continued on into the night.  These storms are like cleansing agents, at once washing months of dust and dirt from plants, trees, even casas.  At the same time, we find they open our hearts and soul to all that surrounds us.  I can’t think of a better high and “coming down” is easy and peaceful.

Now such a storm has not always affected me with such anticipation and joy.  I am including an earlier post from a couple of years ago to provide some perspective.

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Meanderings of a Possibly Deranged Mind

It’s raining, four hours and counting – hard, and steady – beating down on our casa metal roof, the roar deafening, assaulting mind and body; consuming, beautiful in its special brutality.  And the rainy season is six weeks away!  

Mona loves it!  It reminds her of her cabin days in Northern Minnesota.  I’m not so sure.  The cacophony of sound feels like an invasion on my privacy, my Right to peace and quiet.  But, oddly, I’m getting used to it, the rain.  It has a cadence of its own.  It cares not how I feel; it just Is.  And, I am losing it or losing to it, the rain?

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It’s raining so hard, how hard?

Beautiful. Simply beautiful!  Its raining – hard!  Mona loves the rain beating on our roof.  I don’t know.  I need more time.  The rain will most certainly oblige!

Happy 4th of July!

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July 4, 2012, Casa de Teka, Ojochal, Osa Puntarenas, Costa Rica