Puerto Viejo and the Jaguar Rescue Center – Cute Overload

HappE: We took our first trip to the east side of the country, also known as the Caribbean and the Atlantic Ocean is over there too. Cool! Up until now we have only been on the Pacific side of the country so it was a great adventure to travel to the other side.  There was a really nice relaxed ‘island vibe’, Jamaican feel to the place.

Fiestas and the Beach surrounded by Jungle, who could ask for more 🙂

We stayed near Puerto Viejo in a small town called Playa Chiquita. It was at the very edge/tip of Costa Rica near the Panama border.

Playa Chiquita map

We rented a great little house with some new friends and brought our dog. The house was more of a Costa Rican style house that was mostly outside. It was great!! We got to basically hang out outdoors and slept in sealed bedrooms, it was perfect. Especially when it rained, we got to be in our outside in a covered living room.

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A few critters on the property
(this purple thing is at least 4 inches)

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Poison Dart Frog hopped into our kitchen. This did not look like breakfast? 😉
It was very, very bright and pretty 🙂
(i released it behind the house near the river)

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We enjoyed some time in the beautiful tropical ocean. There was some of the most beautiful beaches I’ve seen and we only saw a few that trip.
Looking forward to going back beach exploring.

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JAGUAR RESCUE CENTER

One thing we had planned on our trip was the Jaguar Rescue Center. I have been excited about his for months, I have heard only great things. We took a private tour where it was just the guide, Us and the animals. I highly recommend, it was great. We got to be up close with the animals and got to ask a ton of questions.

CAUTION: “SQUEE ZONE” in

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Meet Stanly the Kinkajou.
I love Stanly. I am dieing from cuteness!

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Baby Kinkajou….

SQUEE

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We were greeted by a baby Anteater. Funny little creatures.

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Friendly dog-like deer

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Toucan with broken beak

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They have a loooong skinny tongue as long as their beak. Crazy!

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Porcupine!
That dark fur on his body is covering his sharp quills underneath.

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Pretty Parrot

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Monkey time!!!
Monkeys need a lot of space to be happy healthy monkeys. It is pretty amazing what the Jaguar Rescue Center does with the monkeys that have been rescued. During the day they let these misfit rescue monkeys out into the jungle to do monkey things. They get to play in primary rainforest open and free to play and do monkey things. But most of these monkeys can not live on their own and are not ready to leave so they come back to a caged habitat to eat and sleep each night.

We got to feed them! About 15 monkeys (Spider, Howler and 1 capuchin) all jumped and climbed all over us while we fed them. They just came back from the jungle and were very hungry.

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The momma of the rescue. The monkeys loved her so much.

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Baby Monkey Cuteness

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Take a breath, the cuteness is NOT over.
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Baby SLOTH!!!
SQUEE

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Good Night

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Monkeys and the Beach!

We went to Manuel Antonio National park and had a very close encounter with a Capuchin family. So cool!

Monkey peeking

puchin face at us

puchin grabinThis little Capuchin was happily eating her fruit while we took pictures. Then she drop it right in front of me, I could of touched her!!
I had my camera and filmed it.

After she was unable to find it and went back up in the trees, I found the little fruit she was looking for. I picked it up an placed it high in a crack in the tree. She happily came and got it and the pictures continued.

puchin and fruit

puchin face

Then we saw the cutest thing we have ever seen. One monkey laid down putting it’s belly on a branch just letting it’s feet dangle. Then a second monkey came face to face, and did the same thing, arms and feet dangling.
Then IT HAPPENED!!! They held hands…… and started kissing SQUEEEEEE!!!
The pictures came out blurry but worth it. OMG the cutest thing to see in nature.

Kissing monkies

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After watching these cute little monkeys, a third monkey came and did weird monkey acrobatics.
Fun to watch.

Monkey shadow branch

dragon fly

Then we were at the beach.
We were at Marina Bellena aka The Whale’s Tail. This is where on low tide, you can walk out very far to sea on a part of beach shaped like a whales tail.
It was pretty amazing to have ocean on both sides of us. The jungle comes right up to the ocean with amazing clouds. So beautiful.

Sand waves

Dormirrrrr!!!

Cute couple and beautiful Sunset.

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And THIS is where Pineapples come from!
What?!

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Hacienda Baru – Manuel Antonio

First we stopped at Manuel Antonio beach. Our dog had one of the best days of his life running in and out of the streams of water.
We found a nice spot to sit and watch the crabs.

black crabs at sea
Found this guy stuck to a rock. He is alive!!
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We walked up one of the streams leading to the ocean and found a Jesus-Lizard
(that’s what they call them here)

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Jesus Lizard
Above this lizard we spotted a small family of Howler monkeys. So cool!
Howler Monkey
Then went to Hacienda Baru. A national reserve that was formally a pasture for cattle where they grew tall grass and rice. The farmer had a change of heart through his experiences in Costa Rica and wanted to return the land back to it’s original form. They have restored the land the last 30 years by planting trees and letting the jungle take over. Now there are more monkeys than animals in this area, thanks to an old farmer.
We explored the land….
An Iguana
zoo iguana

iguanacrop
Weird fruit
Noni fruit

Very large Golden Silk Spider (harmless)
Golden Silk Spider
Beautiful Moth
red moth - clear wings

Very cool bug, eggs and new hatchlings. The color was shimmering copper, very pretty.
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One of our favorite birds, the Tanager. No camera can ever express the amazing color on this bird. Truly amazing. The color is brighter than LIGHT, no joke.
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Then we went Ziplining!!

Eric zipline
Zip Line Me weeee

Zip Line group tree pic

From FLIGHT!!!

And a monkey….

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Our trip to Playa Hermosa

HappE: Fun trip to the beach with great company. The water was warm, clean and the jungle came right up to the beach in some spots. The sand was black, spotted with shells and seeds that have traveled here. We played in the water and got our a$$ kicked by huge waves. It was so much fun.
And we saw SCARLET MACAWS over the beach!!! Um, YES please!!!

Jumping Gfriends

beach scene

shell sponge

Little crab

Some cool birds.

hawk

snowy egret

water birds formation

This guys Parrot Tuti

green bird eye

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Birdie krystal

And now,
SCARLET MACAWS!!!!

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macaws flying over

 

The END 🙂

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Our trip to Montezuma

HappE: My friend Krystal and I took a trip to Montezuma. The trip was long and amazing. Very ‘Indiana Jones.” It took us about 7 hours to get there with many obstacles  along the way. We went through mainly dirt roads, went through rivers, past farms, cows, ox, detours, got lost in the most amazing locations. and took the LONG way around.
The journey makes most of a trip and this was quite the journey.

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We found these Amazing Ginormous Beanstalk looking-like-things to start our journey.

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We were stopped by a family of cow on the MAIN ROAD. Yes, everyone must drive through/past them to continue on the road.

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YES!!!! YES! A REAL OX pulled cart!!!
OMG these things were HUGE. The biggest hoofed creature I have every seen.

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Arrived!!!

Montezuma beachtime

Zen beach kid. Just watching the ocean, no toys or distractions, just himself and the sea.

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Ocean bursts

ocean shelf splash

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We were greeted by some cool insects by our cabina.

fluffy moth

Leaf bug

flight moth

mantis

This moth was HUGE and those spots were TRANSPARENT. So pretty!

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This Costa Rican beauty was wonderful. She packs up her ‘motorcycle’ with a table and all her crafts to sell by the beach. Her motorcycle has little pockets on it and her crafts made with love. She brings her little hammer and leather to make art along her way.
She matches this amazing ‘Costa Rican women’ character I imagined. She is perfect.

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This guy had climbed up a coconut (or palm tree) barefoot with a machete and was hacking at the leaves. These guys are Hardcore. I even saw guys fishing with just a rope AND one guy was fishing with a NET. Straight up ‘Lost’ style.

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We were told by the locals that we can NOT leave until we see the infamous Waterfall (or two). So we stayed another day for another adventure. We weren’t ready for a big hike that day so we wore our flip flops to the river. We had no idea what was in store for us that day. We started our day in rocks taking pictures of the river and trees it was beautiful.

Tree waterfall

An older Costa Rican scrambled up the rocks barefoot through the river passing us. Krystal had mentioned he seemed like a Medicine Man. A few pictures later, I looked up and noticed the medicine man was calling us over. “Um, Krystal, it is time to go, the medicine man is calling and our train is leaving”

There we were, all of a sudden, following the barefoot medicine man through the jungle. We also had another couple join us as well. We were all very unequipped for a jungle trek and all of us took off our flip flops to follow this barefoot man. Yes, BAREFOOT! We all did it together, he took care of us the whole way and hardly spoke any english.

Tree money shot

Through the mud, over tree roots, rocks, used a rope to scale rocks, tip toed over some hills until we came across THEE Waterfall. OMG,  this was a powerful body of water.

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This was our crazy Medicine Man doing a SWAN DIVE in the waterfall. Silly

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On one of the detours, aka getting lost, aka led by magic….. we stopped to hear the HOWLER MONKEYS. They were so loud. They were right above us in the trees. As we were recording the sounds, we had noticed more MAGIC. Hundreds of butterflies on a rock and flying around. It was so beautiful, magical and full of fairy life. Never seen or heard anything like it.

Hands down one of the most beautiful butterflies I’ve ever seen.

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Here is a link to my friend Krystal blog to the same trip, she also has pictures too

http://blog.travelpod.com/travel-blog-entries/krystalbell11/1/1372498153/tpod.html