Rancho Bienvenido, Maleku Reserve, Costa Rica

Apr 26, 2012

Burning of the Old Rancho

The New Rancho Bienvenido
The New Rancho Bienvenido

I have new news concerning the old Rancho Bienvenido. I was out at Palenque Tonjibe in mid February to visit my friend Bienvenido Cruz Castro, for whom the rancho is named.

As we sat on his front porch talking he asked if I’d noticed the old rancho when I walked by. Dumbly I said “no, why?” Bienvenido said, laughing, “Well, last month a neighbor was burning his yard trash and a spark landed on the old Suita palm roof and caught it on fire. It went up like a pyre, amazing!”

Check out the photo I took that day of the burned rancho. Come on everyone the Maleku Tribal Council needs a meeting place more than ever. They have been unable to meet because of a lack of a common place and need to continue their project planning sessions.

I submitted an application for a small grant from the Rainforest Biodiversity group to help with the remainder of funding needed to rebuild Rancho Bienvenido. With all of your help and theirs we can get the rancho built by June.

Progress of trees planted June 2011, Rio Sol
Progress of trees planted June 2011, Rio Sol



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Map of Rancho Bienvenido, Maleku Reserve, Costa Rica