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Published: April 2nd 2012
Looking down at us
Three-toed sloth. Bradypus variegatus.
Costa Rica surprised us in that there was a lot less garbage on the highways and in towns and cities, which is a good thing! We did notice many more car dealers here as well and this might help explain why our bus from the border was half empty as opposed to crammed with people. We also noticed that prices are higher and you do not get the same value for what you pay compared to the other countries in Central America. We do hope that some of this money funnels down to better wages for locals and more protection of the national parks and environment.
We chose to explore the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, a fairly tourist trodden area but beautiful nonetheless. It is extremely rich in wildlife diversity and we are dedicating the majority of the remainder of our trip to our planet´s amazing nature.
We headed to the Coastal town of Quepos, where we stayed a few nights and used it as a base to explore some of the gorgeous coast, its palm-fringed beaches and abundant wildlife. There was also a farmers market in town (or rather an ex-pat market) where we feasted
Staring at the Gringo Tourists...
on some excellent organic, fresh fruit and veggies, and even some homemade hummus - a very welcome treat!
A few miles from Quepos is Manuel Antonio National Park. We knew that there would be hoards of people there so we made it to the gate the minute they opened in order to avoid the crowds and to see the wildlife before it retreated deeper into the forest for the day. We were pleasantly surprised with our experience! Lizards, snakes, iguanas, agoutis, coatis, deer and squirrel monkeys... And our first ever sloth! We spent time watching this lovely creature and observed it for a while. Then it actually moved! Haha. We pretty much had the park to ourselves for the first couple of hours but by 9 am the entourage came sweeping in, most people hit the beaches, but the trails were starting to get a little clogged.
The hot, humid air was so intense that Theresa experienced her first beard made from sweat rolling down her face and Dave´s sweat was dripping from his face and splashing his knees as he walked...! We both drank about 5 litres in about 4 hours of fun and frolick in the
The markings on the back indicate a male. Isn´t he just so handsome.
Hasta la proxima, T y D
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