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Published: February 26th 2010
Our road over the pass
Dusty mountain 4-wheeler road to Cabuya and Rainsong animal refuge - 7 km from Mal Pais
Wednesday: We drove along a road from Mal Pais to Cabuya C.R. that is only for those with 4 wheel drive. It skirted the Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve. We had to go across a couple of rivers (don’t do this during the rainy season!), went up and down some very steep inclines and sharp curves, but the dirt road had been recently graded and didn’t have huge pot holes and ruts. Also, we weren’t dodging people walking and biking, or avoiding ATV’s and cars passing at daredevil speeds. We were glad we took that way to get across the peninsula.
We went first to another wildlife sanctuary called Rainsong. In this place, animals were rescued when they either were injured or had been people’s pets and couldn’t be released into the wild. We saw some birds, an anteater, a beautiful toucan, and played with some baby monkeys.
The mother monkeys had been killed or injured and couldn’t take care of the babies. There were 3 females that were still being fed formula and one that was about a year old with part of her tail cut off. These monkeys were out of their cages while we were there and
we were able to handle them and see them up close. They were the ‘howler’ monkeys that we hear from our villa but learned that only the males make the noise. These babies didn’t make any sounds at all.
Our next stop was the town of Montezuma. It was a cute little crossroads along the ocean with some shops and restaurants. We wandered there for a while and then drove up to take a zipline over the jungle.
There were really 9 zipline runs in all—some longer than others. About midway we walked down to a pretty waterfall area where we could swim. Since, we got a late start out of the place (waiting for other people to join the group), we only had about 20 minutes at the swimming place. Jim and I opted to not take off the harness and clothes (even though I did have my bathing suit under my shorts and shirt).
Then we had to walk back up and from then on, we walked up to take the next zip line. This zipline was much faster and scarier than the one we had taken in Mexico. We had to use our hand
Aunty the anteater
Playful creature lives to eat ants of which there are plenty.
on the wire to slow down, especially when nearing the platform. We were issued gloves with a special leather insert to use as a brake. Since I was the oldest one in the group (by quite a few years), I found it challenging but I did it and they rewarded us with a soft drink or a beer—I took the beer!!
After leaving the zipline office, we went back to Montezuma for a late lunch on the beach at Playa De Las Artistas. We had something they call smoked trout (a type of salmon here) on a toasted whole wheat bun with some kind of excellent sauce - very tasty. The Imperial Beer was very cold and tasted great after a hot day on the zipline. We took a different way back - just as dusty (it has not rained a drop on us the entire trip). This time, the way was through Cobano which is on the main Hwy 160 (if you can call a badly graded gravel & dirt road a highway).
Our next adventure will be Saturday morning and will involve making our way back to the ferry, catching a ferry ride for our car
No names but these are people friendly howler monkeys - females don't make noise.
and ourselves to Puntarenas and driving back to the B&B in San Jose.
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