Saturday, June 13, 2015

San Vito



San Vito as seen from the grounds of the Cantaros Ecotourism Project


Our cabana at Casca ta del Bosco

We followed a wide, flat river through a scenic valley on our way to a new Costa Rica destination. San Vito. Our drive climbed to the foot hills of the Talamanca Mountain Range and planted us on a plateau close to the Panama border. We passed cows and cowboys, vast mountain vistas and abundant local color. 

No other place in Costa Rica has been so heavily influenced by Italian culture than San Vito. In fact, we were schooled by Lillian from the towns' steadfast Italian joint as to the right time of night to say,"Buenas Noches"  7 pm to be exact. 


We loved our beautiful and super affordable cabana facing the endearing green San Vito Mountains. But the icing on the cake was a pastel blush on the horizon... 



 We woke up to a magnificent sunrise!  And if you actually read my blog (and I hope you do) you'll know I never miss this moving morning event.



Breathtaking.



We spotted a Violaceaous Trogon in the trees out front of our cabana.  I've found the property where you are staying is almost always the best place for birding.



We followed the signs at Jardin Botanico Wilson.



We saw fuzzy trees.


And weird exotic plants.  


There were Agoutis galore. 

Side Note:  When the Queen visited Belize she was fed what is now referred to as Royal Rat.  Agouti.  Ha!


Front
A perfect specimen. 


Back



A tower view of tall palms.



Another day in San Vito begins...

"Buenos dias,"  I say to no one in particular after breathing a heavenly sigh.  "Gracias, Costa Rica!"


19 comments:

Linda Hensley said...

Your photos make me smile. Beautiful!

Mama Zen said...

Gorgeous pictures!

eileeninmd said...

Hello, beautiful images of Costa Rica. I love your sunrise images. And the Trogon is a cool bird sighting. The Rat is huge, I can not imagine it being dinner. Love the neat fuzzy trees. Thank you so much for linking up and sharing your critter post. Have a happy weekend!

TexWisGirl said...

so beautiful! love the critters, too. :)

Lina Gustina said...

Wonderful place. Enjoying your shots.

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Adam Jones said...

The Agoutis is a funny looking animal.

carol l mckenna said...

Marvelous photography and great critter shots ~ love the butterfly!

Happy Weekend to you,
artmusedog and carol

Neil said...

Beautiful post.

Amy Franks said...

what a lovely place to visit - my favourite photo is the butterfly - beautiful colours on it :-)

Rajesh said...

Beautiful sots from the place. Some of the locales are very scenic.

Anni said...

Mucho benito!!!

The sun, the sky, the trees, the bird, the butterfly and plants....a very beautiful.

Anni said...

I guess it should read muy bonito! Sorry...

DJan said...

Ahhhh... a wonderful visit to the tropics. Great pictures, Sharon, as always. :-)

Gunilla B├Ąck said...

Gorgeous photos! I love all the critters.

Marie C said...

It is an exquisite place! Beautiful scenery! Interesting flora and fauna, of course. And I loved your sunrises. Wow...I know you are having a wonderful time!

I am a little surprised by the Italian influence...Portugese I would have imagined, so this was interesting, too.

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Such a beautiful place... I loved all the photos
love
tweedles

Andy Wilson said...

I've always heard such good things about Costa Rica.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Seriously envious, but still loving your pictures --- the next best thing! I heard about the agouti when we were in Belize... We were not so brave as Her Majesty! Thanks for getting up early ... Magnificent start to a beautiful day. Buenos Tardes!

Stewart M said...

I think that birding in the hotel / resort is great fun - they feel like 'stolen' birds - rather than ones you have paid for!!

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne (briefly)