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A Slothful Day in Costa Rica

sunny 34 °C

Anyone who has not experienced a truly tropical environment will not appreciate how exhausting it is to move at any speed in the heat and humidity. It's 34 degrees here in the jungles of Costa Rica and this little guy knows how to conserve his energy...
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This is a three-toed sloth. And here he is very, very, slowly climbing down to see us...
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The tropical rainforests of Costa Rica are alive with creatures of all kinds but the dense vegetation makes it very difficult to see many of the animals. This capuchin monkey was as curious of us as we were of him so he came out into the open...
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While most of the creatures hide in the dense undergrowth many of them are masters of disguise. The slender 'stalk' in the middle of this picture is actually a very long green snake...
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The birds of Costa Rica are easier to see when they are in the air but it's a challenge to catch them on camera. We are still working on that, but here's one to whet your appetite...
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While Costa Rica is best known to us in Canada as the source of pineapples, bananas and coffee, most of the country is still covered in forest. Here in the district of Manuel Antonio on the Pacific coast the forest ends at the beach with vistas straight out of the travel brochures...
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Mangroves, coconuts and banana palms fringe a soft sand beach around a lagoon of crystal clear water as warm as the air. As we swim in this liquid Nirvana we are in agreement: of all the seas, rivers, lakes and oceans of the world that we have experienced – this is the best...
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After a day in the forests and on the beaches of Manuel Antonio park we returned to our hotel to dine in the poolside restaurant...
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Our dinner: deliciously fresh mahi-mahi that had been caught that morning by another guest, Barry, one of a trio of American fishermen taking part in a fishing competition. This is Barry's mate Derrick with his mahi-mahi...
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Could life be better than this?

Posted by Hawkson 09:08 Archived in Costa Rica

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Have eaten much mahi-mahi but had no idea the fish looked like that. I pictured something much smaller like a mackerel.
Going to be hard to move on from there, eh? Sounds très idyllic.

by R and B

Love the natives of the forest - particularly the sloth. Great photos.

by Janet

Oh how beautiful. So wonderful for you. Glad you found your paradise. Great photos. Loved them.

by Sue Fitzwilson

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