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Published: March 14th 2015
How cute are this little beauties!!
So stinking hot here today, don't remember it being this hot when we were here last. Two ships in port today, so didn't know how we would go with organising our own driver - but all went well found Francisco, a lovely local from Puntarenas - as we had been here 3 years ago and done the capital San Jose and Sarchi the craft area - we decided to do a more country and nature type tour today. Costa Rica is just so rich with wildlife -birds, crocodiles, lizards, monkeys etc - set out to see what we could find just in the wild. Saw the cutest little cappuccino monkeys. To get to see all these things we travelled along the Pan American Highway for about 30 kilometres. Huge mango, melons, cashew growing area as well - but it seems the Americans and Chinese have infiltrated here as well, setting up big co-ops and paying the locals very little for their produce. There are about 45,000 US citizens living here. Francisco very proud of his two daughters, one at Uni and the other still in secondary school, education is free here - they don't have an army so have put all
Red mangoes and the trees are enormous!
that money into education - 90 percent literacy rate. Costa Rica is 25 percent national parks - hence the abundance of wildlife. Very basic town is Puntarenas but we had a wonderful day in port!
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