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Published: April 4th 2012
Uvita is a small town on the Pacific coast that boasts some fine beaches and prime wildlife habitat. We stayed in a permaculture retreat on the side of a hill a couple of kilometres from town and enjoyed the sounds of the jungle as we melted in the heat. The retreat was set in a gorgeous tract of rainforest and all around us was lush green wilderness. There were nearby waterfalls with nice swimming holes to cool us off and a background chorus of insects and birds.
Interestingly, the guy who ran the retreat was from Spain and was a native speaker of Euskara (Basque), one of the oldest remaining European languages! What an awesome sounding language - totally peculiar!
The Marino Ballena National Park was gorgeous, with golden-sand beaches thickly lined with palms and mangroves rich in birdlife. However, the heat was super intense! Without any doubt, this is the hottest region we´ve experienced in many years - it is notoriously hot at the best of times, but during our brief visit it was almost unbearable. The nights did cool down quite a bit though and our lodge was half way up a hill, so it
made for a comfortable night. We found time to do some stream-splashes in the evenings, hiking up small streams donning our rubber boots and headlamps searching for reptiles and amphibians... It was very special...
On our morning of departure we were woken up by the beautiful and haunting sound of the gray-necked woodrail (whoop-WHOOP whoop-WHOOP whoop woop-woop-woo). One of our favourite bird calls! We would really appreciate it if all of our blog readers at this exact moment tried to imitate the call of the woodrail using the above sound-prop...!
Having explored a bit of Costa Rica's Pacific coast, we have came to the conclusion that sea level, March and Latitude 10N are not collectively compatible with comfortable travel... We proceded to seek out cool mountain air and shade under forest canopies... And with a bit of luck - get rained on...
We are always amazed at human mentality when it comes to hot countries - people go to a hot country and spend all day seeking shade and air conditioning - curious?
Hace mucho calor, salimos ahorita...
Los viajeros, T y D
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