Snorkeling and Hiking in the Jungles of Cahuita
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Today we headed to the beautiful coastal town of Cahuita for two of our favorite expeditions. I must say I enjoyed the sleepy town of Cahuita a little more than Puerto Viejo, but then I do love little towns. There was much less traffic, as well. One of our guides was a mother of two, and she was excited about my name since both of her daughters are named Susan and Susiana. How cool is that? I have Tico name! She is well educated and had the most powerful calves I've ever seen on a woman. We went out on Roberto's boat with the two guides and a capitaine to a beautiful coral reef for excellent snorkeling. The fish were incredible. Large and colorful. (I think I found Nemo there.
We began with an education of the namesake of the town by viewing the 247 year old Cahuita trees at Cahuita point. We also saw a yellow eyelash viper in one of the trees, as we prepared for the walk. Walking through the jungle, we observed the curious white faced capuchins.
We also observed congo monkeys, and although they remained further away, they managed to get our attention by throwing vegetation at us from their perches. Our guide "Steven" tells us that the white faced and the congo are rarely in the same place, so perhaps they are doing their typical territorial behavior.
Our next creature of the day was a busy Three Toed Sloth. He was rather noisey as he moved down the tree, knocking down large leaves with his descent, and played the perfect host as he turned and smiled and posed for the camera. The rest of the walk was very picturesque, and followed the carribean most of the way, before we reached the entrance of the park, where several people came to enjoy the beautiful waters. I decided to make a contribution to the park on the way out. It is truly a beautiful place, and is always free to the public, as is so much of this beautiful country. Our entire trip, including dinner, the hike, and the snorkeling was only 45.00 dollars each. Definitely the best tour deal we will have on this trip.