Cahuita is a little reggae town and is made up of only a few streets.
The bus stop is located in a strip mall where at least a quarter of the stalls are filled. There’s a fresh vegetable and fruit stand, a meat market, a post office and a bank that gives us money when we use our debit cards which is a blessing because some don’t work with our cards. Town is mostly made up of souvenir vendors, hotels and restaurants. There is a sloth that uses the telephone wires at night to get from one end of town to the other. Frustratingly my timing was off on those events but I ‘just missed it’ a couple times!
The first four days rained and the sea surged. The waves pounded the sand and the salt spray permeated well into town. It takes a long time to dry freshly washed clothes when it’s like that. On an extended trip like this we hand wash our clothes and cook our own meals whenever possible. It makes life a little more ‘normal’. We are thrilled to have use of the kitchen here and our burgundy haired hostess loves that Brad is the cook. She told a few of her friends and they stop by at dinner time to peek in the door and grin at him.
The National Park is a block from our door and is unique in Costa Rica because entrance is by donation, not $35 like many others. As soon as we settled in at the new hotel we were out the door and down to the park. It was late afternoon and I was so intent on finding a sloth that I was ready to blaze my own trail if necessary!
We walked a few meters up the path when a local pulled us aside and said, ‘hey do you want to see something cool?’ then pointed out a pit viper that was concealed under a large leaf not two feet off the path. I was shocked! My visions of exploring the park from end to end (screw the path) vanished!
I had a sudden respect for everything OFF the path. The same guy took us back to the entrance for the next surprise. He revealed a bright yellow eyelash viper that had made it’s home slightly above head level under a tin roof… either snake is deadly. We saw no sloth but learned that we know nothing about wildlife and safety in the jungle.