The first to be welcomed to field base were from our host countries and they soon found their way around and began to get into the spirit of the expedition. In fact they seemed so keen to be here, they even made friends with one of our vehicles!
They also took some time to meet the staff on the base such as our Programme Manager, Ross, and some of the Project Managers. I've no doubt these guys will be bringing a lot to our expedition if today is anything to go by!
Hopefully they will soon feel at home and will be ready to meet the other 50 Venturers who will be arriving tomorrow, following their overnight stay in San Jose. There's a busy week planned for everyone with lots of training and preparation before deployment out to the projects.
Having the Venturers here is a great chance for everyone to meet and learn about each other's cultures. And I'm sure you'll agree that the most important element of any culture is food! So thanks for our expert in-house chef, Sandrita, and our compère for the evening (Keiner), we were treated to an interactive lesson in how to prepare the classic Tico dishes of gallo pinto (rice and beans) and empanadas (tasty little parcels!).
So with the expedition officially underway, we look forward to welcoming everyone else here tomorrow. And please remember that if you'd like to send messages to anyone out here you can post up comments on the blog and we'll make sure they reach the right people - even when they are out trekking through the jungle or building trails at the top of a mountain! Until tomorrow, Pura Vida!