Costa Rica on a Shoestring - Day 5: Puerto Viejo
Puerto Viejo Travel Blog› entry 26 of 31 › view all entries
July 25th, 2009 – by: daisywho
Later that morning, we found out that we weren't the only room that had gotten broken into last night. The couple next to us found their door open too, but nothing was taken. We think it's because they placed all their belongings in the back of the room, making it more difficult to take. The two girls staying in the last room down the hall had both their day packs stolen. Luckily, they had their passports and credit cards in their main bag. The thief even stole one of the girls cellphone that was placed on the table right next to her face. We think the thief broke into our rooms by sliding a knife or something through the door frame to open the lock.
We tried to continue the day as normal as possible. Our guide put together a great excursion package for all of us. Our first stop was the Frog Garden. I opted to skip this activity and save $8, I've already seen my share of frogs at the zoo. A few of us waiting in the bus while the rest of the group went into the frog garden.
After about 40 minutes, we headed to the Sloth Sanctuary. We watched a cool video that gave a brief history of the sanctuary and what they strive to do here. The sanctuary started off as a bed & breakfast until they decided to rescue a baby sloth named Buttercup.
Our next stop was the Chocolate House, where we learned how the indigenous tribes of Costa Rica made chocolate. They walked us through all the steps of making chocolate. You start with a cocoa fruit pod and remove the seeds. The next steps involved drying the seeds, separating the shell from the seed, grinding the seed into a paste, boiling the paste, separating the coco butter and paste, adding flavors to the paste, and then you end up with chocolate. We sampled all the different chocolate flavors: milk, mint, ginger, pepper, coconut milk, and many more. The chocolate wasn't like the chocolate I was use to eating at home, it was more sugary than creamy.
Our last stop was at a Iguana Farm. There were several cages full of iguanas at different maturity levels. The adult iguanas were fenced off in pens around the property. I wasn't very interested in the Iguana Farm, we only stayed for a few minutes to walk around the farm.
After the tours, we drove over to Puerto Viejo. We stopped at Manzanillo to check out the beaches and have lunch. We originally had planned to spend more time at the nature reserve, but because of the late start due to the robbery last night we didn't have enough time. We checked into our hotel, Kaya's Place and hung out there for the rest of the night. We ate dinner at the restaurant downstairs and had some drinks at the bar.
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