Wildlife Rescue Center/Waterfall Swim/Chocolate!!!
Trip Start Apr 15, 2011
10Trip End Apr 23, 2011
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We started at the wildlife rehab center, known as the Jaguar Rehabilitation Center (yet it had no jaguars). Our tour guide was a friendly man named Dexter, though he bore no resemblance to the homicidal vigilante on television. Our tour began perfectly….with us petting sloths.
The center takes care of animals who have been injured or are otherwise no able to take care of themselves in the wild
Jen said her life was complete now that she had pet a sloth.
After that we went to the monkey house where Dexter introduced us to three playful howler monkeys. They climbed all over us, and you wouldn't believe how soft their hands are. With perfect nimble dexterity they held on to us before jumping or swinging to the next person. Their intelligence and grace was truly something to behold.
We also got to see a wildcat, which was essentially the cutest wild kitty cat you’ll ever meet. We also saw various poisonous snakes, spiders, and other creatures before returning to the van which was going to be taking us up the waterfall next.
Now we didn’t know that this was going to be a real hike when we signed up…but thankfully we dressed appropriately
When we reached our destination it was another 20 minute hike on foot to the waterfall, crossing several streams and passing over some very dangerous trail segments. But finally we reached the waterfall and it was beautiful. Jen and many of our van mates went for a swim under it, but being painfully afraid of water I took a pass and instead snapped photos instead.
Once back at the van we were treated to a lunch of…fresh pineapple and pipas (young coconuts). Afterwards we continued on the chocolate house where a member of the Bribri tribe showed us how chocolate is traditionally made. While not overly complicated, it takes a skillful hand to do it right. It was also impressive to see just how many uses the cocoa fruit has.
We headed back to our hotel where we went to the beach for about an hour and then got ready to go into town for our last night in Puerto Viejo.