Jan 01, 2001
Dec 28, 2010
28th - Staying around the camping area catching up on some chores and relaxing.
29th - Same again.
30th - Almost the same but it is pouring with rain so staying inside
Set off to go through the town of Puerto Limon and then up the coast towards the border. The temperatures are picking up once more, today it has been up to 35C, and it is very pretty once through the banana plantations approaching Puerto Limon. The road basically follows the coast and we follow it until we reach a Sloth rescue centre. This was started about 16 years ago to help injured sloths to recover and to teach the locals about them. The visit started with a film explaing how and why the place was set up and gave a basic introduction to the animals. There are two different types of sloth in Costa Rica, the two toed and the three toed, and we should add that they are as different as horses and cows. After the film we went in to see four rescued adult animals, a mix of both types. Sloth's actually sleep for 16 hours a day and even when awake are very slow moving, that said it is quite angelic in the slow and smooth movements. They are the only other mammal, apart from the dolphin, that always appears to have a smile on its face. After our look and feel, it feels like a wiry dog fur, we then went in a canoe with a guide to tour the river on the property. We started off seeing a lizard, then some howler monkeys, a quick glimpse of a sloth. I say that because it was moving, still very slow, but was amazingly well camouflaged. Next came several birds, including a green backed heron, a boat billed heron, a humming bird and several varieties that we cannot remember the name of. Next we saw a crested lizard, the one called Jesus since it walks on water, a couple of baby Cayman and finally a sleeping sloth that was sleeping about 4 ft above us and none of us could see it until the guide pointed it out. After the boat trip it was time to see the baby sloth's, they have about 20 of these, aged up to one year old. One of them had only been handed in that morning, some people in a hotel saw it fall out of a tree and left it for a day for the mother to collect since it was left they collected it and took it to the sanctuary. In all another very interesting tour. After lunch we drove about 4 kms back to get to a place we had been told we could stop. It is a bit of beach called the Painted Palms( N9.50.81 W82.56.77), a very apt name since the entire palm trees are painted in about 15 different bright colours. On asking we found we could stay here. The owners are from the USA and have lived here just over 6 years and could not be more helpful. You can stay for free on the beach but we decided to get some electric and so are parked over the road, about 50 m from the sea. As we had some time we have even managed to catch up with our laundry.