Chocolate Tour at La Tirimbina, Costa Rica
In this tour the visitor will get to know the wonders of one of mankind’s favorite foods: chocolate. This plant is native from Central America, and was one of the most important products for the Mayan and Aztec cultures. The discovery of America led to the introduction of chocolate in Europe, transforming it into the product we all know today.
The tour starts crossing the suspension bridge, and a former cacao-growing plot. During the hike, the natural and cultural history of the cacao tree will be explained. On arrival at the plot, the artisanal process by which cacao fruit is transformed into chocolate will be demonstrated (harvest, fermentation, drying, etc.), while the story of pre- and post-colonial chocolate is told. At the site, one may taste different kinds of chocolate, which are prepared on the spot in a traditional way.
Tirimbina supports the Amazilia del Caribe Women’s Association, composed of rural women from Pueblo Nuevo de Guácimo, in Limon Province, which has dedicated itself to the production of hand-made organic chocolates. These may be found in the souvenir shop, and through their purchase the visitor can assist in the well-being of the whole community.
This Black-mandibled Toucan in Tirimbina Reserve in Costa Rica was very restless as I was trying to photograph it. And only when I looked at my images later did I realize the reason for it’s restlessness. A perfectly camouflaged Green Iguana was hiding on a neighboring branch.
Obviously neither the bird nor the lizard felt like having company. But looking at the size of the toucan’s beak, the lizard had more to loose than its perch! #toucan#greeniguana#animalbehavior#costarica#tirimbina
One morning, after some heavy rain we were standing on a suspension bridge in Tirimbina Reserve in Costa Rica, watching birds. Suddenly, out of the corner of my eye I saw a large shape approaching us along the top cable of the bridge. I couldn’t believe my eyes. It was a soaked to the skin Hoffman’s two-toed sloth. When it came closer, we noticed that it had a young clinging to its belly.
Without a break in her stride, mama sloth passed right above our heads, reached the opposite end of the bridge, grabbed a tree branch and climbed into the canopy. #sloth#costarica#tirimbina