We had a nice sleep in and breakfast this morning. After that it was time to head out and explore some more. We confirmed at the desk that you can’t take a water taxi to the Playa de los Perros, you must take a tour boat. So it wasn’t really our Spanish that failed us yesterday.
Literally right next door to us is the Las Ninfas lagoon (lagoon of the nymphs). It is a mangrove lagoon surrounded by wooden boardwalk and nature signs. We took a stroll around and saw a blue skate (a kind of ray), tons of fish from minnow size to 8″ and surprisingly a sea lion cruised through. Quite serene and beautiful. The birds here are plentiful and have great songs.
After that we walked to the square which is about 2 blocks away and found a taxi (not at all hard to do). We negotiated a day rate of $40 and he was ours for the day. Our bad Spanish, his next to nothing English and we’re good to go. I also bought a stupid tourist hat. I had to, I burnt the back of my neck yesterday and wanted full coverage. We have slathered sunscreen like crazy but the heat melts it off pretty quickly. And being on the equator magnifies the sun. Sanity over vanity prevails. I guess I am maturing!
First stop was Los Gemelos, 2 volcanic craters overgrown with ferns. We’ve seen similar on the Big Island of Hawaii but these are still wonderful and beautiful.
Hop back in the taxi and off to El Chato Tortoise Reserve. $3 entry, and we were free to roam. The rule is you must be 3 meters away from the tortoise but nobody says that the tortoise can’t invade your space. We saw small ones that must be close to 100 pounds and larger ones that must be 500-600 pounds. Easily 5′ long and 3′ wide. It sure looked like a lot of work to move.
I could have crawled inside the one on the right.
Back to big.
Mud bath anyone?
This little guy was cruising a decent speed.
Part way through.
Back to our taxi and we asked our driver to get us to Lava Java Coffee. He didn’t know that but kept saying Trapiche (which is grinder in Spanish) so we said yes and went with it. Turns out he was saying El Trapiche Organic coffee. Everything is done by hand. We met the owner and he gave us the tour.
Mule driven grinder. The famous Trapiche I guess.
And a small batch of beans roasting over a bamboo wood fire.
After a nice swim we walked down the street to the food carts. There is a whole street that shuts down and becomes a food court.
During the day.
At the far end is an Italian place run by a little old crazy Italian guy. We had to stop and have pizza. We got to practice our Italian with him too. Good pizza and entertainment.
Tomorrow we have booked a boat tour of Academy Bay. Snorkeling and hopefully more wildlife.