La Jungla

Sunrise through the jungle (beach in background)

It’s Sunday and we’ve been here three days, and I’m overwhelmed. We’ve been getting up before sunrise, making coffee and walking to the beautiful beach, sitting an a simple bench and watching the sun rise over Panama across the water. I’ve gone surfing twice and am working out the rusty skills. I go swimming at least twice a day, swimming in warm water is one of the best things in my world. The surrounding jungle is just unbelievably full of life, monkeys, birds, butterflies, mapaches (CR’s version of the raccoon), plants and trees and flowers in profusion like I’ve never seen before. Chilón turns out to be a world-class cook and has been making fantastic meals. I’ve shot about a 1000 pictures, and have a ton of stuff to show people, but for now it’s time to get a meal. We came back into town this morning to get provisions. Chilón has found out from out local maestro of the jungle Rafa of a Tico place (no gringos) to eat lunch and we’re going to do that, then get ice and groceries and head back out to paradise. In Spanish, the word for jungle in jungla (hoon-glah). Mas despues.

Both photos by Chilon

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

3 Responses to La Jungla

  1. lloyd….this is scott, i have lived on aspen road in bo for the past five years…a friend and i have a beautiful piece of land at the foot of poas volcano with a waterfall and river , rio aggrio, with the acidity of coca cola! beyond healing. i am becoming ispired to build a small shelter on the land (there is a tico house we live in) and so i checked in for some inspiration from your books…and lo you are in costa rica! youre always welcome to stop by for a stay…we're outside the town of bajos del toro amarillo…i must say, it is a bolinas away from bolinas, unreal..ask joaquin at the bar or at the police station for where rob and scott live and drop in any time. if not, give my love to bolins. scott.

  2. actually, thinking about it for a second….we are on about 25 acres, beneath poas, sandwiched between two national parks…we are in the beginnings of a project to establish a simple community where people can come for free and heal, relax, and commune. the river is magical and so is the waterfall. the howler monkeys talk to the cows. we're aiming to live of the grid, are thinkning about yurts back in the forested areas (there is a tico house by the road)….wonder what your expereinces and insights would see here…..we're in the teal house next door to gerardo and his family outside Bajos….all time is good, no exceptions….have a great trip and as always, give my love to bo!

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