Justins World

Birds, Monkeys and Moonrises

So when I last left you I was on a crappy internet and computer. Ok things have improved, the snobbish hotel down the road where rooms start at $55 (sounds cheap hey) have a computer with a screen that does not have a yellow tinge and isn’t too blurry.

Urraca

Urraca


Anyway just typing this will cost me an arm and a leg at their prices, but the hotel is very nice. It would have cost me $165 at Villa Paraiso plus expensive meals compared to $69 for 3 nights at Finca Santa Domingo which has nice small rooms and cheaper and nicer food.
So yesterday arvo I was going for a walk when I spotted movement in the bushes. No it wasn’t an amorous couple, but rather a troop of white capped capuchin monkeys. I had a very David Attenborough moment just sitting there watching the cute little buggers eat and play and swing around (They don’t swing as well or as much as a spider monkey). I took many photos probably well over 100, the joys of digital cameras. They knew I was watching they kept looking as to where I was, because they kept coming down to a pile of plantains they wanted to eat.
Even so they thought I might be dangerous so I couldn’t get super close although several came within 2 to 3 metres of me. Realistically they were more dangerous to me, they have sharp teeth and claws.

White faced Capuchin

White faced Capuchin


Then as I ate dinner I watched a beautiful moonrise over the lake, then went to bed.
This morning I had a quick dip in the lake as my shower is crap ($23 a night remember), then had a lovely breakfast of scrambled eggs with ham and a fresh fruit platter, fresh pineapple juice and a nice hot coffee. These blueish coloured birds called Urracas are often around, but this morning they decided they’d go for some fresh fruit, I kept them away from mine, but they pinched fruit of another persons plate. Although this was not a David Attenborough moment as there were too many people were around.
Then I decided I’d go for a Sunday walk up to the main road to the town of Altagracia, its only 8kms….. in hot humid steamy conditions. Quite why I did this Im not sure, I was planning to catch a bus back, but being Sunday not many buses were running, so I had to fork out $10 for a taxi/ute back to the hotel.
Anyway I better go this will cost me an arm and a leg in Nicaraguan terms.
Tomorrow I’m on a ferry and going into some more remote parts for a few days, hopefully in Costa Rica on Wednesday.

White faced Capuchin

White faced Capuchin

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