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July 2011

Like a childhood friend, nature has a mysterious power to comfort us without words and inspire playful laughter. When we created El Silencio Lodge & Spa, a special connection with Nature was our guiding principle. We fell in love with our surroundings, inspired by the cloud forest, raging waterfalls, and gently streaming rivers. We playfully tasted the wild blackberries that were to become one of our signature flavors. Local neighbors joined our team, keen to teach us about their birth land and its traditions. Follow!

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Today, we are proud to showcase one of Costa Rica’s most amazing landscapes, allowing visitors to reconnect with Nature in peaceful equilibrium. These first two years have brought us many blessings and we are thankful to all who have supported El Silencio Lodge & Spa in sincere friendship. Muchas gracias! -Andrey Gómez, General Manager


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Emerald Treasures! We proud

are to contribute to the protection and recovery of the area’s Quetzal bird population. This stunning emerald-green bird is considered a bird watcher’s dream sighting and it is as fascinating as it is beautiful. During mating season, males grow their signature pair of twin tail feathers that can reach more than a yard in length. Pairings are committed, with both partners taking turns to incubate their eggs. The deep-red plumage of their breast is said to have been tinted by the blood of a wounded Tekun Umam (Guatemala’s national hero). Known to self-annihilate if in captivity, the Resplendent Quetzal is thus an enduring symbol of freedom throughout Central America. Follow!

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Home-style Summer BBQ Sauce

Chef Marcela at the Organic Garden.

Peeled, seeded fresh tomato (200 grams)

Finely diced onion (40 grams)

Water (1/2 cup)

Dijon mustard (1 tbsp.)

Tabasco sauce (a few drops)

Liquid smoke (optional, a few drops)

Brown sugar (2 tbsp.)

Apple vinegar (2 tbsp.)

Bay leaf (one)

Salt, pepper, thyme (to taste)

El Silencio Lodge & Spa, celebrated World Environment Day by inaugurating a reforestation initiative targeting the reintroduction of the beautiful Quetzal bird to the area. Located 90 minutes away from San Jose, the small community of Bajos del Toro is

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A home-made BBQ Sauce is simple to make and adds a burst of flavor to your favorite Summer backyard party. Chef Marcela’s easy recipe will be a crowd pleaser. Just sauté all ingredients in a sauce pan over low-medium heat until reaching a rich consistency.

deeply committed to environmental stewardship and looks forward to a successful process where this long-tailed bird of stunning green plumage will return in abundance. Thank you to all who participated. Viva World Environment Day!

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l Silencio Lodge & Spa thanks Virtuoso, the select travel organization for nominating us

as one of the Best of the Best Hotels for 2011. We are proud to be recognized among the globe's Most Socially Responsible destinations. We are equally honored to have a chance to promote

Most Socially Responsible Nominee

Costa Rica among travelers who fully embrace planet-friendly, people-positive voyages.

At Hotel Punta Islita, Costa Rica’s best experiences intensify in planet-friendly, peoplepositive equilibrium. Upscale comfort, inspiring ocean views, privacy, eco-adventures, local art & pampered wellness provide a storybook setting for a fun beach getaway. We are thrilled to announce the return of the turtles for the 2011 egg-laying season. If Costa Rica is on your travel radar, do not miss this incredible miracle. www.hotelpuntaislita.com

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El Silencio Lodge & Spa: Whispers July 2011