Puma Rescue, Miravalles, and Rincón de la Vieja

Continuing our journey East towards the Pacific Coast, our next stop was the Centro de Rescate las Pumas near Cañas. This is another rescue centre, but this time specialising in cats. They have 5 of the 6 species of wild cat in Costa Rica.


The Puma wasn’t playing:



We didn’t manage to get a good view of the Margay… They also had some monkeys, toucans, and parrots.

The next day we visited Las Hornillas on the slopes of the Miravalles Volcano. This is a crater with bubbling water and mud pools, steam vents and the like:

Our admission fee included guaranteed rejuvenation by the miraculous properties of volcanic mud. First you had to go in the “sauna” (more like a steam room), then you had to head to a shin-deep mud pool and cover yourself with mud. Mark took to this with great gusto, leaping in and wallowing like a very thin hippo! You then had to stand in the sun to dry before showering the mud off then soaking in the hot pool.

Our next stop was the Llano Cortez waterfall. This featured on a hand-drawn map given to us at our hotel the previous night and was on our route so we went to check it out. It was a very popular spot, with lots of Costa Rican families as well as tourists.

Today we spent the full day at Parque Nacional Rincón de la Vieja. This also has some good bubbling mud, steam etc….

We had a great time wandering along the trails looking for wildlife. We had our first sighting of an agouti and saw two more groups of monkeys, one of which included a tiny baby monkey.

All in all we had a fantastic day 🙂

Tomorrow’s plan is to head for the Pacific Coast at Playa Tamarindo…