Thursday, November 1, 2012

ATVing, Morphos, and Sloths!

Ojochal Vacation Day 5   April 9, 2012

Finally Monday was here! We had all been looking forward to our ATV excursion. We chose to go with Adventure Motorsports which is located in Uvita, about 15 minutes north of Ojochal. We had an awesome time and spent about 5 hours running up and down mountains, past coffee and banana farms, through streams, and swimming in waterfalls. It was one of our favorite days on the trip!

The above photo isn't us, but I thought it was a great picture of one of the streams we crossed.
La Familia
Stopping for some refreshments

We also encountered some gorgeous views:

The famous "Whale's Tail"
During the trip, we came across this tree with fruit. Our guide stopped and picked a bunch for us to try--delicious! He told us what the name is, but I have since forgotten. If anyone knows, please comment on it!  I put a close-up of the fruit in the bottom right corner of the photo.

Towards the end of the trip, we made it to this oddly shaped waterfall.

As is usually the case, it's never easy to get to the best spots, and this spot was no different. We had to walk a little through the jungle and squeeze between a barbed wire fence. Don't tell anyone, ok?

At the top of the waterfall was this lazy river that we enjoyed cooling off in--and I do mean cooling off. The water was COLD!

And I love this picture of Abby. It really brings home the scale of things and how majestic the rock and greenery really are.

I have to mention that we also saw TWO stunning, elusive Blue Morpho butterflies during our trip. Of course my camera was not ready when the butterflies floated by, but here's what a Blue Morpho looks like:

They are large butterflies, with a wingspan of about 5-8 inches. The vivid blue on the top of their wings shimmers in the sun, and is a gorgeous sight to behold! It really was awe-inspiring to see these beauties in flight.

Ok, I know this is a long post, but I have just one more thing to mention. After we cleaned up from exploring all day, Gary and I headed back out to Uvita to hit the bank and get some more groceries. On our way there, we saw cars pulled alongside the road, and people milling about. We thought it was an accident, until we got closer and saw the real culprit:

It was a 3-toed sloth crossing the road! It's amazing it hadn't been run over because it took several minutes for it just to get into the grass from where it was in my first picture. But he made it safely across.

Needless to say, after such a busy day, we slept very well that night!


  1. That fruit is called "manzana de agua" or roughly translated "water apple". Hope this answer did not come too late since this entry is from 2012 XD. Great blog btw.

    1. Thank you for your help! You are the first one to let me know. Wish I could give you a prize! lol The fruit is very tasty, but I haven't seen it again on any of our recent trips, but now I know what to look for. Thanks!

    2. Your welcome!