23.04.2017 36 °C
EXPENSIVE but much needed breakfast at a Boston style cafe, scrambled egg and veg and sourdough bread. Mel had fruit and yoghurt,
We then caught the local bus at a massive 60 cents a piece to the park entrance. We paid $6 dollars each to get into the park and decided not to get a guide as we didn't want to be part of a huge group of Holdaymakers. Instead we cheekily followed the guides from a distance, who spotted the wildlife for us. We immediately saw tons of White faced Capuchin monkeys all very eager to be snapped by the overly keen Grockles. We then saw a couple of sloths high up in the trees but could only make out their vague outlines. We were both a little frustrated we didn't get a guide as they were all looking through binoculars and saw a mum and baby sloth. We ventured on along a quieter sloth walkway and saw loads of purple,blue and orange crabs scutterling in amongst the leaves. Our attention was then drawn to a rogue sloth who had seemingly decided to make his 8 day venture to the ground to do his business. We made a quick detour under the walkway fence and clambered through no mans land in a bear grylls style jungle run. We got to the path and were blown away at the magnificent male sloth at shoulder height in the tree right above us. Mel welled up as her years of dreaming of seeing a sloth close up in the wild had come true.
We saw a few more sloths as we ventured further into the park. After a short walk in the humidity we arrived at the first beach, amazing white sand, Palm trees and jungle all around. We couldn't resist and went in for a refreshing swim.
We spent the rest of the day exploring the walk ways through the jungle, wildlife spotting, more crabs, possums, mole rats, raccoons, more monkeys the list goes on. I must admit though I struggled with the humidity and Mel will probably tell you at some points I was a little grumpy. Haha! But as soon as I cooled off in the sea I became more bearable.
We stopped at a final beach where there were hundreds of hermit crabs crawling around and we swam in the particularly choppy water.
We came out of the park around 4pm and the heavens had opened we got a little wet but it was bloody nice to be honest.