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COSTA RICA by KRISS on 01 december 2015

Today was our last opportunity to go pay a visit to Cahuita National Park in Talamanca, Costa Rica.
We were very lucky it was a sunny day and we did leave early in order to be there quickly.
We arrived around 9 o’clock, I know we could have done so much better right !

Anyways, when we parked the car, we couldn’t believe there was already so many people registered on the book (you fill in in a book with your name and hour of entry and give a little something, what you see fit).
That plus being with three children and Rose very very highly excited today, our chances to spot rare animals were getting slimmer by the minute.

Besides, we were told the park wasn’t necessarily a good place to play around with expensive electronics so we had a couple of cameras in bags.

The first few animals we spotted in the mark we either too far or we were to slow to get any of our gear out.
We missed a very sympathetic raccoon and a white sloth.
The raccoon was really walking in between people and suddenly took a detour in the forest when it bumped into us, then appeared on the path again once it had taken us over.
What ? Was it really snobing us !

Later on, Amy came running with a hermit crab the size of her hand.
There are many of them all along the trail but that one really was something !

There are lots of picnic tables for people to rest and since the trail follows the sea more or less, Cahuita national park is a beach where many locals come to spend the week end.
And tourists too.
We saw a capucin monkey very close, because one couple having lunch let the little bugger steal some food (involuntarily of course since there are signs everywhere telling you not to feed the monkeys).
Of course, it made for a few nice photos and it was a fun tourist attraction but there are reasons behind the interdiction to interact too much with these animals.

First this is not our place, second they can be dangerous.
Last week, an american woman refused a monkey to steal her sandwich and he bit her hard.
She had to go the hospital, it’s as simple as that !

Anyways, it’s about a couple of hours walk until you get to the middle of the trail and we had to do only this part because the stomachs were feeling peckish after 4 hours walk.

The conditions for working animal photography were far from ideal but we managed to get a few interesting shots anyways, so here they are !

CAHUITA NATIONAL PARK

CAHUITA NATIONAL PARK

CAHUITA NATIONAL PARK

CAHUITA NATIONAL PARK

CAHUITA NATIONAL PARK

CAHUITA NATIONAL PARK

CAHUITA NATIONAL PARK

CAHUITA NATIONAL PARK

CAHUITA NATIONAL PARK

CAHUITA NATIONAL PARK

CAHUITA NATIONAL PARK

CAHUITA NATIONAL PARK

CAHUITA NATIONAL PARK

CAHUITA NATIONAL PARK

CAHUITA NATIONAL PARK

CAHUITA NATIONAL PARK

CAHUITA NATIONAL PARK

CAHUITA NATIONAL PARK

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COMMENTS

4 comments

Paul & lisa on 2016-04-16
Great photos Kriss also good advice on traveling ! Nice to me & your wife last week, looking forward to our wedding see you soon

Kriss on 2016-04-19
Thank you Paul and Lisa, plenty of time before that for a few nice travels :)

sara on 2015-12-02
fantastic photos, but do note the error in the title!

KRISS on 2015-12-02
Thank you Sara, automatic correcting keeps doing things like that !

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