We're back. Jen is visiting. And I don't have anything in particular to say. Figured I'd post some pictures of our trip. (As paraphrase of what Jen said: It's cool to have to visit Costa Rica to run errands.)
This first one is a shot of the Bocas harbor where all the larger boats are docked. It was our last sight of Bocas on the boat to Changuinola. The boat (6 dollars to and from Bocas) is longer but far more beautiful and interesting than the boat ride to/from Almirante (4 dollars to and from Bocas.)
Then the sloth we saw our first night there. It was creeping ever so slowly across an electric wire in the driveway of the hotel. This is a 2-toed sloth. You can tell by the pig-like face. (Notice the baby as well)
The following day we went to the Aviarios del Caribe, a sloth reserve about ten minutes north of Cahuita. You take the bus to Limon and just tell the driver Aviaros. It started with a look at sloth babies and the other sloths they've taken in over the years. These animals are found after losing their mothers or after an injury. Some are treated, heal and are released into the wild. Some are not able to return and stay living on the reserve.
After the babies, you're taken on a canoe tour of the surrounding land. It was amazing how many animals, especially birds, we saw so closely.
The Aviarios is a perfect place to visit with a child or really with anyone who would find a trek through the jungle (found at the national park you can enter from Cahuita and all around the area) to be too much. They owners are unbelievably accomodating. You can guide your boat tour as works for you and much of the water is extremely shallow, although there are deeper areas. Lila had a great time looking at the bird guide and then chooseing a bird to find
This is the Boat Billed Heron or Pica Cuchara (Cochlearius cochliearius).
I somehow didn't see this iguana even while staring right at it.
We bought some animal and bird guides in the gift shop of Aviarios. That's how I recognized the nests of the Montezuma Oropendola (Psarocolius montezuma) -- those long objects you see hanging from the trees. Their tails are yellow and form an upside down heart you can see when they fly.
Lila had fun!