Hiking, Biking and Walking in the Caribbean: No Cake Walk for Herpetophobes and Cynophobes

Things to Do, Travel Tips, Whats New — By Sophia LaMonica on February 21, 2011 at 7:00 pm

All walks of life live and breath in Costa Rica, and nowhere is this more on display than on the Caribbean coast. When visiting Puerto Viejo and the surrounding communities, walking, biking, and hiking are the top three ways to get around, and by far the best ways to experience nature most intimately. Those who’ve traveled in jungles and rainforests of the world may still find themselves unprepared for the profound diversity of this region. The Caribbean in particular is known for its superbly eye-popping flora and fauna, bird watching, and for spotting not only monkeys and sloths, but pizote, tepesquintle, green iguanas, eyelash vipers, red-eyed frogs,  and schools of others.

From the short walks from Salsa Brava to Cocles and Playa Chiquita, to the more adventurous explorations of Manzanillo-Gandoca Wildlife Refuge, these, some of the most biologically diverse sites on earth, make up a wonderful place for conquering fears, irrational, commonplace, and scientific: hermetophobes and cynophobes in particular may find themselves exactly out of their element. Canines, snakes, lizards, frogs (and horses) run free in the street, on the main road, and just about everywhere in Puerto Viejo, and are rarely if ever hostile towards humans, since they tend to be way too busy having fun or foraging for food. Fideo or Bully could be your night gaurdian to and from the bar, especially if you have a scrap of some leftover emapanada or a bone.  Pigs, goats and sheep are sometimes as plentiful as primates on a given afteroon in Bri Bri.

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