Cahuita Sloth Research Center and Playa Negra
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Today we ventured out on the public bus system to the Sloth Research Center. They rehabilitate injured sloths and re-introduce them back into the wild. They also house sloths that are found as babies or are too hurt to live in the wild. Many of the sloths have been injured by climbing on electrical wires or being stoned by children. Some of the babies are abandoned by their mothers because of injury or illness, or their mothers are killed by cars. We both got to hold Buttercup, a three-toed sloth, that has been at the Research Center since it was started 14 years ago. We saw some sloths that were as young as 1 month old. We watch an educational video that and toured the grounds. Then we took a guided canoe trip down the river by the research center where we were able to see a wild sloth! We also saw Greenback Herons (baby and full grown), Boat-billed Herons, Montezuma Oropendolas (birds), Green Basilisks (which can run across water), and Howler Monkeys.
Next, we headed to the Playa Negra, or the black sand beach. Contrary to popular belief, the sand isn´t actually black, it is just dark brown. It is one of the cleanest beaches in Costa Rica. We swam in the waves there, but it was a little difficult since it was shallow for a long time and the waves broke far out from shore. After some pizza for dinner, we went back to our hotel, Cabinas Palmer.