Bocas del Toro: Land

Upon arriving at Tranquilo Bay resort, it didn’t take long to get into island mode. A cold beer, a comfy hammock, and a view out over the bay. 

This girl loves her brother. Besos todos los dias.

Our little cabin overlooked a secropia grove that was a hotbed of 3-toed sloth activity. At one point we counted 5 animals happily munching away above us. Manuel Antonio was the best place to see sloths in Costa Rica; we saw five times as many here in Bocas, however.

This was our lone grumpy sloth. It rained one day and he hunched up, flinching every time a particularly big drop landed on his noggin.

This is a young male, as evidenced by the vertical black stripe on his back. Sloths are grow a nice layer of algae on their fur which occasionally gives them a peculiar green tinge.

The fantastically flamboyant flag-footed bug.

The resort has a canopy viewing platform, which is great once you mustered the courage to climb to the top.

The view from the top is definitely worth the hike! We spotted dolphins feeding out in the bay on multiple mornings. 

A walk through the mangroves out to the dock.

The grandparents took the kids so that Chris and I could have some adventures, including a jungle hike to spot critters. The kids, not surprisingly, were thrilled with the undivided attention.


Leaf cutter ants are the unofficial trail-makers of the jungle. Running across the forest floor are hard-packed dirt paths that have been carved out by ants on their daily pilgrimages to find food.

Interesting fact: leaf cutter ants don’t actually eat leaves. They stash the leaves in underground chambers in which a specific type of fungus is housed. The ants grind up their leaves and feed it to the fungus; which the ants then consume. 

Here’s a leaf that has been completely decimated by ants. 

This female Golden Orb Spider is roughly 2″ long, not including her legs. Elegant, yes?

This is a red-winged grasshopper; she was 6″ in length and happy to pose for pictures.

And the yellow grasshopper version. I’m telling you, Latin America has fantastic critters. It’s probably not your best vacation destination if you can’t handle insects. 🙂

A perfect scorpion shed, the actual animal is no longer present. Fun fact: some species of scorpions can live up to 15 years, although 3-5 years is more common.

A most excellent poison dart frog; their color varies greatly depending on location. A mere mile away the frogs had deep blue legs, while retaining the tomato red upper bodies.

This gal was about an inch long; they’re quite petite.


Life is good; so fortunate to be here.

Next up: Beaches


Assorted photos: Cherie J.

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