Humbug Mountain OR



 It was a drippy drizzly day driving south to Cahuita. 

Wide long load coming through.

One blade for a wind turbine

Bridge construction along the way

There will a very nice four lane highway all the way to Limon soon.

The next morning we awakened to a deluge of rain

We were used to short bursts of heavy rain, but this storm continued all day dumping more rain in 24 hours than all of the previous year.

We weren't going to let the rain stop us. We have four wheel drive.

We headed for the Jaguar Rescue Center. It was created by Encar Garcia and Sandro Alviani, both from Spain. They meet in Costa Rica and shared a passion for saving orphaned and injured animals

Many rescued animals are rehabilitated and returned to the wild. Others for various reasons remain guests at the Center.

These Spider Monkeys were kept as pets and never learned how to socialize with other Spider monkeys, so they would never be accepted by a wild troop if released. 

Neotropical Rattlesnakes

Ringed Tree Boa

Blotched Eyelash Pitviper. They also come in bight yellow and orange. 

This little guy has a busted wing.

White tail deer are endangered do to over hunting.

An Ocelot. Alas no Jaguars were in residence.



 We are off to the East Coast.

There are very nice toll roads here. We spent about $5 on tolls.

On the East side of the mountains that run down the middle of Costa Rica we passed through miles and miles of banana trees

This is the jumping off point. Tortuguero is only accessible by boat or airplane. There is a ferry service to Tortuguero for about $10 per person. For $11 dollars we hired a boat to take us directly to Tortuga Lodge & Gardens. 

The breed of cattle you see everywhere.

Homes along the way

The boat ride to the lodge takes about an hour. The dotted line shows the ferry route. If we had taken the ferry we would have had to hire another boat in town to take us up to the lodge.

Typically, you wash your hands at the entrance to a business.

Sunrise from our balcony the next morning.

Love the artful presentation

Breakfast is included. Everyone enjoyed the fruit plate. I also had granola and yogurt. Eggs, pancakes, and french toast were also on the menu.

Behind the lodge are trails through the jungle.

We spotted a half dozen of these red poison dart frogs.

Another visitor.

A Toucan feeding outside our room.

Bird nests adorning the palm tree.

Mr. Sloth hanging out behind our room

The resident lounge lizard

We went into town to check it out and have diner.

One gets a very laid back vibe here

Another very good day.

Our final meal at Tortuga Lodge.
A Calypso Band played during diner.


Manuel Antonio National Park

After a short drive down the coast we checked in at the La Vela Boutique Hotel.  

Greetings from the locals. They were looking for a handout.

Later we were visited by these adorable squirrel monkeys

Checking out what is below. They stole bananas from the bar.

Walking down to the park

Raised walkways through the mangroves.

The information plaques were in brail.

Some crabs living at the edge of the mangroves

We were luck to see this deer.

A great day followed by a great Thai diner.