Posted by: gardner310 | June 11, 2009

Costa Rica #1

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One of the ports of call on our itinerary is Costa Rica, one of my very favorite destinations.  We call at Puerto Limon on the Caribbean side which allows us access to the Tortuguero Canals, Veragua Rainforest, Pineapple Farms, Banana Plantations, Aerial trams, sloth sanctuary, horseback riding in the rainforest and my favorite – zip lining or canopy tours as they are called.  We had an 84 year old lady do the zip line with her family and they have the photos to prove it!

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Costa Rican Resident

 

I went to the sloth sanctuary, which was delightful.  An American woman and her Costa Rican husband started a bed and breakfast here years ago.  Someone brought them an orphaned baby sloth who they named Buttercup.  They raised her and she is still at the sanctuary, the matriarch of the place.  It is she in the photo with me and the owner.  They became known as the place to take injured/orphaned sloths and they have become world reknown experts on sloths.  They had a number of babies there when I went who absolutely steal your heart away.  Those little faces are just tooo cute!  At the sanctuary you do a canoe ride on the river and we did manage to get pretty close to a cayman (small crocodile) before it ran off. 

Baby Sloths

Baby Sloths

 

Veragua Rainforest, Costa Rica

Veragua Rainforest, Costa Rica

 

Costa Rica has over 500 species of birds alone.  If you are a birdwatcher this is the place for you.  If you are at all interested in wildlife then Costa Rica and Panama are wonderful destinations and cruising is a perfect way to sample them both.

 


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