It has already been another 90 days here in Costa Rica. Crazy how time has been flying bye.
We have been wanting to visit the Caribbean side of Costa Rica. We were planning a trip to Panama so this was a perfect time to spend a few days along the Caribbean coast.
After researching we decided on Puerto Viejo, not only for the beautiful beaches but also for the wildlife and jungle.
Our GPS said it would take around 4 hours, we had some amazing scenery on the way, going over and cutting thru some mountains.
We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day, hot, sunny, and not a cloud in the sky. We were all ready for a few days in sun. Little did we know the next 6 days would be rainy and overcast.
The 4 hour ride turned into a 5 1/2 hour trip, but we finally made it. We booked a large family style room in the jungle within a short walk to beach.
After dropping off the bags we wanted to see the beach. We had to walk down a little wooded path to reach the beach.
We saw our first sloth up close. Can you see him? Looks like a ball of fur.
Reached beach and it was amazing. Secluded, sand right up to the jungle.
We had brought along some snorkel gear. The water was clear but was a little rough so we didn’t get to see too much.
Next day we woke up to rain and cloudy skies. This would become a sad but normal occurrence. We decided to make the best of it and go visit the Jaguar Rescue Center. This is a rescue center with the goal of releasing all animals back to the wild.
First up was the monkey cage. MK and GL were too small so Gigi and TM went in. A baby monkey immediately jumped on TM and started grooming him and messing with his hair. It was a pretty funny site.
They had birds, sloths, snakes, frogs, bugs, deer, and more.
It was cool that a lot of the animals can freely roam around. So a Tucan might just hop over next to you. (He had a broken wing so as of now he just hops around)
After a tour they brought out a baby monkey. They don’t let anyone touch her but for some reason they said MK could. When she went to touch him he jumped on her arm and then climbed down her leg. She was really happy and excited because earlier she was a little sad about not being able to go into monkey cage.
Everyone had a great time at the center and I would recommend it to anyone. Informative, inspiring, and just plain cool.
TM and I explored a few other beaches for calmer water to snorkel but we were unsuccessful. We did get to enjoy the pool even in semi bad weather so kids did get to swim, etc..
One thing we learned is how loud the packs of howler monkeys are. It is crazy. We couldn’t see them but you defiantly could hear them. TM said they sounded like the T-Rex in Jurassic park movie.
Up pretty early the next morning and back in the car that felt like we just got out of…
Panama here we come!