The Crocodile Farm and the Hanging Bridges

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Crocodile Farm

We woke up this morning very sore from our hike to Cerro Chato yesterday so we decided to take it easy for the morning.  We went to the bank, ran some errands and then headed over to the Crocodile Ranch.

The Crocodile Ranch is a cool little place, it's part tourist attraction, part crocodile conservation center.  It has around 50 crocodiles and caimans in little ponds around the lot.  Our guide didn't speak very good English (although, we did manage to have a conversation about the US's and Costa Rica's chances in the World Cup this year) but it seemed like at least some of the crocodiles came from smugglers.

Later that day, we went to the Hanging Bridges.  The Hanging Bridges are steel, suspenion, foot bridges that are built so that you can walk through the tree tops.  We walked around a little on our own and saw some crested guans and two great currasows (both large turkey-sized birds).  Then we went for a guided night tour.  Our tour guide was great, he was a university educated biologist.  We saw a three toed sloth, a tarantula, leaf cutter ants, a walking stick, toads, geckos, and kinkajous (a relative of raccoons that live up in the trees).  We were also able to another view of Arenal Volcano and we saw more lava pouring down the side.

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Crocodile Farm
Crocodile Farm
Hungry Crocodile
Hungry Crocodile
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