Cahuita

Trip Start Sep 28, 2009
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Trip End May 02, 2010


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Flag of Costa Rica  , Limón,
Thursday, January 14, 2010

Cahuita is a lovely little Caribbean village, very unspoilt - get there before it changes - already very expatty! There are many economical places to stay though the food is not cheap.

Like PV, has a black beach, debris covered and not that much sand for lying out on, plus a white sand beach in the national park, again with not overmuch sand & dangerous currents close to town. Thankfully it's free to get in the park from the entrance in the village - supposedly entrance by donation but I saw no-one reaching into their pockets, which is a real shame, as the park is great & could do with the money - maybe then they could build a couple of bridges or at least mark the easiest route to cross the rivers. Rio Perezoso has strong currents & the other river was no less deep though it appeared so - all the quick mud/sand/wood matter you sunk into up to your knees significantly increased the depth - not pleasant!

The park was full of monkeys, aggressive capuchins who can sniff out a banana in your backpack from 500m and come rushing in to intimidate you into parting with it, plus huge packs of howlers.

The river name was a bit of a giveaway, but also plenty of sloths - I spotted 3 of the 2 toed ones - all my previous ones had been 3 toed. Two were active, especially stumpy, the one without the tail, who was most curious & closest to the ground - maybe the lack of tail slowed him down?!

There were also racoons, one of them up in the palm above a sloth, who wasn't bothered by it nor the monkey swinging by. Nice to see racoons, as have previously seen coatimundi, which have more pointy noses and tails not stripey.
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