On this part of our tour our guide was the grandson of the woman who started the sanctuary. Sloths are very susceptible to disease from humans so we could not touch them. We just got to look at them. They seemed to be very curious about all of the people standing around looking at them. This one is trying to look back at the people behind him.
|He would really rather be taking a nap.|
If you would like to view a cute video of the baby sloths, check out the youtube video below.
The best part of this tour was the canoe trip through the bayous of the Estrella River Delta. The
|Poro Tree (orange)|
The Poro Trees are beautiful. What makes them so beautiful is that when they bloom, they are leafless. It is the dry season of the year so the trees conserve water by dropping their leaves and then blooming, which also helps with pollination. Poró extranjero (meaning "foreign poró"), was introduced to Costa Rica from its native South America specifically as a shade tree for coffee.
Why so much information about the Poro Tree? They were so colorful and all along the bayou they were dropping their beautiful orange blossoms onto the water.
This was the best photo I could get of one of the monkeys. They were everywhere. You could hear them, but they were very difficult to see in the jungle.
|Old Termite ball|
These bananas are too seedy for us but the animals love them.
|We canoe underneath this tree|
There is a bat hanging underneath.
|We are in the last canoe.|
|I grew one of these once. I think it had one branch.|
I don't know what Retired Mountain Man has in the bag, but it must be important.
After a very nice lunch of fresh fruit, (NOT Retired Mountain Man's favorite), we are back on the bus headed for the ship.
Our tour guide shows us this blossom and the paste made from it. In Costa Rica it is added to recipes for both flavor and color. Anchiote Paste.
Next port: Ocho Rios, Jamaica - 651 nautical miles.
We have traveled 3568 miles on the Island Princess for a grand total of 10,093 air and nautical miles.