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Thinking of a Girlfriend Getwaway? The Five Best Things to Do at the luxurious Villa Perezoso in beautiful Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

May 4, 2014

The Five Best Things to Do at the luxurious Villa Perezoso in beautiful Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica You’re considering going on that bucket list trip to Costa Rica with your favorite gal pals. You’ve just booked a week at the top rated luxury vacation Villa Perezoso in Costa Rica. You want to relax, get away for a few days, and have nothing to do — no work, no traffic, nobody screaming for your attention. You just want to lie in the sun, enjoy delicious food and drink, and explore the beauty of your surroundings.

Aside from lounging, lying in the sun, and cocktailing, your more ambitious friends are asking, “What is there to do there?” This article can eliminate your need to do any homework, since we have the five best things to do on your girlfriend getaway right here.

As you’ll see in the online reviews, everyone raves about our concierge Victor, who will be your guide to making the most of your Costa Rican adventure. Ask him about any of these fun activities.

1. Spa and Yoga Day

From downward dogs to deep tissue massages, our staff of seasoned professionals will help you achieve that feeling of being at your personal best. Even better, the setting is our breathtaking, magical penthouse deck, with a 280-degree view of the Pacific Ocean’s whole horizon, in addition to views of the Manuel Antonio National Park, named one of the Top 12 Most Beautiful Parks in the World by Forbes. Get mani-pedis with your girlfriends while you relax on this magnificent deck, take a dip in the Jacuzzi, and enjoy cocktails and the exquisite, healthy creations from your own private chef.

2. Whitewater Rafting

If your ready for more excitement, we are the only resort outside of Rafiki Safari Lodge granted exclusive access to their whitewater rafting trips. Experience the exhilarating power of whitewater rafting on the Savegre River. You can also request custom hiking trips through the rainforest, kayaking excursions through the mangroves and horseback riding along the river with this top-notch outfitters. So not only can you experience the river, but the Costa Rican wilderness while you’re at it. Rafiki offers several trip options and difficulty levels, each catering to our guests varied physical abilities.

3. Catamaran Adventures

Our fun-loving, attentive, and responsible guides really help make this a memorable trip. For four hours, you will see our breathtaking coastline from the Pacific Ocean perspective, witness the dolphins and whales frolicking in the water, and even do a little snorkeling before the sunset drinks and light dinner.

4. Surf Class

Hang ten and rouse your inner surfer! Renowned for our world-class waves, it would be a shame to come all this way and not give it a try. Even if you’ve never touched a surfboard, our very Randall, ex-Costa Rican surf champion, will do more than teach you to stand up. From safety and caring for your surfboard to catching waves, and actually riding them, we’ll get you hooked on this exciting sport.

5. Salsa Dancing

You’ll burn an average of 150 calories for every 30 minutes you partake in this sexy, high energy, and beautiful form of Latin dance, taught by our favorite and nicest instructors. Once you’ve learned a few new moves, you can even hit the local dance clubs and enjoy a night out. A lot of our visitors will check out the local club scene after their lessons.

At Villa Perezoso , there is truly something to make every girlfriend getaway a memorable and exciting experience. While we invite you to just sit and relax, there’s something to do for those who also want a little excitement on their vacation.

Costa Rica’s Holidays

May 10, 2011

Costa Rica is a Catholic country and it’s holidays are mostly church-related. Most businesses, including banks, close on official holidays. The country closes down entirely during the biggest holiday time, Easter Holy Week, but only during Holy Thursday, Friday and Saturday, by Holy Sunday, some services might be available, but don’t count on it in remote parts of the country. Buses stop running on Holy Thursday and Good Friday. Banks and offices are closed. And hotels and car rentals are booked solid weeks in advance as everyone seems to head for the beach. Avoid the popular beaches during Easter week. Most Ticos now take the whole Christmas holiday week through New Year as an unofficial holiday.


Easter in Costa Rica is a perfect opportunity to see colorful religious processions. Individual towns also celebrate their patron saint’s day: highlights usually include a procession, plus bullfights, rodeos, dancing, and other parades. Fireworks and firecrackers are a popular part of local fiestas and church celebrations.

This is the list of the main and official holidays in Costa Rica:

January 1st: New Year’s Day, celebrated with a big dance in San Jose’s Parque Central.

March 19th: St. Joseph’s Day, patron saint of San Jose and San Jose province.

Easter: Holy Week or Semana Santa in Costa Rica. Dates vary annually but businesses will often close for the entire week preceding Easter weekend.

April 11th: Juan Santamaria Day. Public holiday to commemorate the national hero who fought at the battle of Rivas against the American invader William Walker in 1856.

May 1st: Labor Day. Dia de los Trabajadores.

June: Corpus Christi

June 29th: St. Peter and St. Paul’s Day

July 25th: Guanacaste Day. To mark the annexation of Guanacaste from Nicaragua in 1824.

b>August 2nd: Virgin de los Angeles Day. Patron saint of Costa Rica.

August 15th: Mother’s Day and Assumption Day

September 15th: Independence Day, with big patriotic parades celebrates Costa Rica’s independence from Spain in 1821.

October 12th: Dia de la Raza (Columbus Day). Limon province only, marked by carnival, which take place in the week prior to October 12.

November 2nd: All soul’s Day

December 8th: Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary.

December 25th: Christmas Day. Family-oriented celebrations with trips to the beach. Much consumption of apples and grapes.


Our Language

Villa Perezoso Housekeeping

When Ana went up to the gate, she looked for the bell, but there wasn’t one, so she screamed out “Upe!”, the Costa Rican saying for asking to be let in. Then, when Dona Mayela came out, Ana asked her “Como esta?” (how are you), and the lady answered: “Muy bien, gracias a Dios, y usted?” (Very well, thanks to God, and you?). If you’re a foreigner and you don’t know how to speak Spanish, it would be a shame for you to miss out on Costa Rican sayings and language in general. Even though a lot of people living in the capital city of San Jose, Costa Rica speak some English, (especially those people in the tourist trade), you won’t encounter many English-speakers in more rural areas. It’s always advisable to learn at least the basics, so that your stay can be more enjoyable and less stressful.

Costa Ricans don’t use the same Castilian Spanish that’s spoken in Spain. In Costa Rica, its a bit different.  The Spaniards lisp their c’s and z’s and they use the “vosotros” person, while Costa Ricans use the antiquated form of “vos”, and the more formal “usted”. They all mean “you” but they vary in their formality and they affect verb conjugations. Costa Rican Spanish is as dynamic a language as any other, and it’s full of “Tiquismos” or unique sayings and argot. One of the common Tiquismos is the use of the diminutive- Costa Ricans are called “ticos” because they add this word as a suffix in order to create a diminutive. In other words, instead of saying “blanquito” (small, white), they might say “blanquitico” or “blanquititico”, which means the same thing. Ticos also use tons of terms of endearment, which shouldn’t be misinterpreted as mean nicknames. For instance, it’s common for Ticos to call people “flaco” (thin one) or “gordo” (fat one) without intending any offense at all. People of other races are usually called by their race, as in “chino” (chinese) or “negro” (black one). I hate to think of what would happen in another country such as the U.S., which is full of more pronounced racial tensions if people were to call out these names to minorities.

Apart from the unique “Tiquismos”, Costa Rican Spanish isn’t really that difficult to learn. Ticos speak more slowly and clearly than in other Latin American countries. Ticos are also extremely patient with people who are trying to learn their language, and they will help and encourage them to do so. It’s advisable to learn at least the basics of the language, since as was mentioned before, only some people speak English. The only large population of native English speakers is located in Limon, where people of Jamaican descent settled.

Costa Rican Spanish, as most Spanish in Latin America, is extremely polite and sometimes formal. Some key words to learn, in order to keep up with the politeness are: “Gracias” (thank you), “Por favor” (please), “Buenos dias” (good morning). Ticos also mention luck and God a lot in their speech: “Que Dios lo acompane” (May God go with you), or if you meet them for the first time “Mucho gusto” (It’s a pleasure).

Language schools abound in Costa Rica, and they range from a few mediocre ones to a majority of excellent ones. Some are located in universities, such as the program for foreign students in the University of Costa Rica (506)207-56-34, in private institutions, like the Forester Institute (506)225-31-55, Intensa (506)225-60-04, and many, many more. There are even language schools in rural areas, near rainforests or in beach areas, that offer a good combination of exotic living and language learning for the more adventure-type travelers.

All in all, Costa Rica is an excellent option for learning Spanish in an easy and gradual way. There are intensive 2-4 week courses and semester and yearly programs for the more ambitious types. The best way to learn a language is to have a boyfriend or girlfriend that will teach you, but even if this doesn’t happen,in Costa Rica, there are numerous language schools where you can learn and friendly people in the streets who won’t make fun of you or loose their patience when you’re trying to speak their language.

Jaguars of Costa Rica

February 26, 2011

Currently in Costa Rica, this cat is found almost only in forests of protected reserves.Range
In suitable habitats, it lives from northern Mexico to northern Argentina.

National Parks

Tortuguero National Park, Santa Rosa National Park, Corcovado National Park, Rio Macho Forest Preserve and lower Cordillera Talamanca, La Selva, Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve; may also be found in San Jose, San Vito, and Cerro de la Muerte, Costa Rica.

Physical Description

The jaguar has a yellowish brown coat with a white stomach and black spots all over its body. Its tail is short for a large cat – less than half the length of its head and body. This cat is adapted to grip prey with its great head, shoulders and forepaws.

Biology and Natural History

This endangered cat is the largest of Central American carnivores. The jaguar used to be common in many habitats, including mangroves, lowland savannas, wet and dry shrublands and forests up to 1000 m in elevation–but now they are rare except in large protected reserves. Because of the jaguar’s conspicuous tracks, the market value of its pelt, its reputation for killing livestock, and its vulnerability to hound pursuit, their numbers and commonality are far reduced today. These cats suffer not only from hunting, but also from habitat destruction. They are sensitive to habitat size: in forest reserves a single male needs several hundred km2 for his home range, and females need somewhat less per individual. Sometimes young males will resort to areas with habitats far from normal for them. But because jaguars require such large territories, even in reserves their numbers do not compare to when they prowled most of Costa Rica.

Jaguars will leave deep scratches on tree trunks, but it is not known whether they use urine or scratches on the ground to mark territories. A strong swimmer, the jaguar is able to cross rivers and other bodies of water. It tends to prefer damp areas like streambeds where footprints betray its presence, size, and whereabouts. The jaguar is mostly nocturnal but sometimes will sun during the day. At night it may roar at any time of year; some hunters call to them with imitations.

Unfortunately for this impressive predator, the jaguar does not seem to avoid the scent of men and may even follow them, although they rarely attack humans unprovoked and do not provide much of a threat to humans. The main threat to current Costa Rica jaguar populations is no longer poaching, but deforestation for the sake of agriculture. Once roads enter a virgin area, jaguars and peccaries are the first large mammals to disappear.


The jaguar survives on a diverse diet: they prefer peccary, but also eat monkey, agouti, deer, bird, fish, lizard, turtle, or other animals. They’ve even been known to take sea turtles nesting in Surinam. Mud tracks have also indicated that jaguars will feed on dead fish, alligators, iguanas, or other dead animals beached by receding waters. Occasionally they will kill a domestic animal, but they usually kill and finish a single beast-unlike some other cats, jaguars are not wasteful predators, and even eat the entire ribs of their prey.

Adult males are 50 to 100 kg, and adult females are two-thirds that size.

Order: Carnivora
Family: Felidae

Koford, C. B. in Janzen, Daniel H. Costa Rican Natural History. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1983.
Wilson, D. E. in Janzen, Daniel H. Costa Rican Natural History. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1983.

-Amy Strieter, Wildlife Writer

Courtesy of

Bird Watching in Manuel Antonio


Anyone visiting Manuel Antonio National Park will surely notice flocks of brown pelicans gracefully soaring overhead, plunging headlong into the sea after fish, or maybe even “wind surfing” as they playfully glide along the face of a wave with a wingtip almost skimming the wall of water. Magnificent frigate birds – large dark birds with long pointed wings and forked tails – will probably grab your attention, too, as they effortlessly cruise on the slightest breeze.

If you are at all interested in birds, you know that most species are not as easily seen as pelicans and frigate birds. But for those who make an attempt to find them, the Manuel Antonio National Park area harbors hundreds of surprises. More than 270 species, including migrants, can potentially be observed in the park and the surrounding area extending to Quepos and the local airstrip.

Despite the image of beautiful beaches that the name Manuel Antonio conjures up in most peoples’ minds, the majority of its bird life is to be found in the forest – whether inside the park proper or in any decent patch of vegetation around your hotel. Screeching flocks of parakeets and parrots impart a decidedly tropical air to the birding here, as do the comings and goings of at least 15 different types of hummingbirds, including purple-crowned fairies, violet-crowned woodnymphs, white-crested coquettes, and blue-throated golden-tails.

If you come across a fruiting tree or shrub, you might be treated to a riot of color from a visiting parade of birds that could include scarlet-rumped, blue-gray, golden-hooded, and bay-headed tanagers; green, shining, and red-legged honeycreepers; and yellow-crowned, spot-crowned, and thick-billed euphonias, among others.

One of the biggest thrills in tropical birding in Manuel Antonio National Park is encountering a mixed-species foraging flock, because the action can really get fast and furious as the birds stream past, each one seemingly different from the next. In the forest understory at Manuel Antonio National Park, insectivorous flocks form around pairs of black-hooded antshrikes and dot-winged antwrens, and the entourage can contain plain xenops, long-billed gnatwrens, chestnut-backed antbirds, rufous-breasted wrens, russet antshrikes, buff-throated foliage-gleaners, sulphur-rumped flycatchers and, in winter months, any of a dozen or so species of migrant warblers, vireos, andflycatchers.

Of course, trying to identify all those fluttering creatures at Manuel Antonio National Park can be terribly frustrating to the novice. But what’s worse, too much or too little? After a flock has moved on, it can often seem as though there are no birds left in the forest. But even when you can’t see them, if you listen, you’re likely to hear birds. Perhaps my favorite singer in the Central Pacific forests is the black-bellied wren. From its preferred microhabitat of dense vine tangles at Manuel Antonio National Park, this difficult-to-see bird advertises its presence with an outpouring of rich liquid notes that are sure to stop any passersby in their tracks. Likewise, the clear tremulous whistles of great tinamous and the mellow phrases of blue-black grosbeaks are apt to please any human listener.

Beautiful Manuel Antonio Beaches

December 14, 2010
View of one of the Beautiful Manuel Antonio Beaches

View of one of the Beautiful Manuel Antonio Beaches in Costa Rica. These are one of the most stunning and preserved beaches in the world

Beautiful Manuel Antonio Beaches

Where else can you find the perfect combination of a peaceful, pretty laid back country, with easy access to many SURFING beaches that have consistent surfing year round? than Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica.

Peaceful Pacific View Costa Rican Beach In Manuel Antonio

Another Pacific View Costa Rican Beach In Manuel Antonio

QUEPOS / MANUEL ANTONIO, COSTA RICA is the perfect departure point for your SURFING adventure trip along the coast. BEACH BREAKS, rivermouth, and reef BREAKS can be on your daily schedule. Visiting QUEPOS not only puts you in reach of some of the best SURFING spots in COSTA RICA, but also allows you to enjoy a variety of day time activities. From WATER RAFTING, KAYAKING, and HORSE BACK RIDING, QUEPOS has it all. QUEPOS is also only minutes away from MANUEL ANTONIO, COSTA RICA where you can explore some of COSTA RICA natural wonders. When the sun sets in QUEPOS, the town comes alive with numerous bars and restaurants for nightlife. Inquire as to where you might find a place to have a good time, watch SURF videos, and hang out with the local SURF crowd. If you are looking for fun and SURF adventure, no matter how long your stay, QUEPOS MANUEL ANTONIO, COSTA RICA is the place!!!

To describe the general attitude of the people of COSTA RICA, it is best summed up by their favorite saying, “Pura Vida”, which refers to an easy, healthy and good lifestyle. This is what you can expect to find in COSTA RICA – a very slow and relaxed type of atmosphere – why do it today when you can do it tomorrow!?!. Nowhere is this more evident than in the local SURF community of QUEPOS, where foreign surfers will always receive a warm welcome. When encountering local tico SURFERS give your Spanish a try – no one will laugh. Even if you know only a few words, your attempt can go a long way. So, when SURFING in QUEPOS MANUEL ANTONIO, COSTA RICA, you must relax, enjoy life, and experience the meaning of “Pura Vida”.

The following listing will give you more information about the SURF BEACHES of MANUEL ANTONIO, COSTA RICA and the area :

1. PLAYA HERMOSA – Very strong BREAKS, this long stretch of BREAKS peaks working any given day, but the preferred sand bar is located in front of a large tree known as the Almendro, waves are general best when the tide is rising.

30km north of QUEPOS and the Manuel Antonio Estates

2. ESTERILLOS ESTE, ESTERILLOS OESTE, BEJUCO, BOCA DAMAS – Beach BREAKS, good WAVES,……. located very close to PLAYA HERMOSA, makes easy access, the wave conditions are very similar to them of PLAYA HERMOSA 20Km north of Quepos and the Manuel Antonio Estates.

3. QUEPOS – This small left point is found at the river-mouth in the city of QUEPOS, easy access. 2km from Manuel Antonio Estates and QUEPOS

4. PLAYITA / Manuel Antonio Beaches, Costa Rica – Beach BREAKS, lefts and rights with good shape, this coast area need larger swell for the …. 4km from the Manuel Antonio Estates and QUEPOS

5. PLAYA DEL REY – Right and left beach BREAKS peaks, beautiful wild BEACH, which hasn’t been touched by civilization. 11km south of QUEPOS and the Manuel Antonio Estates

6. PLAYA MATAPALO – same conditions as PLAYA del Rey, offers small restaurants. 20km south of QUEPOS and the Manuel Antonio Estates

7. DOMINICAL – Good strong BEACH BREAKS with lefts and rights. Beautiful landscape and very TROPICAL. 30km south of QUEPOS and the Manuel Antonio Estates.

Costa Rica Has it All

December 1, 2010
A view of Pacific Ocean From Villa Perezoso, Manuel Antonio

A view From Villa Perezoso

Costa Rica has it all

For relaxation there are beautiful white sand beaches and luxury spas. The hotels have all the modern comforts in the most private and secluded environments. For an action vacation you can surf, hike, do rafting, canopying, diving, deepwater fishing and snorkeling. You can go with a low budget or seek the more exclusive resorts. Life is good in Costa Rica, a friendly, democratic and peaceful country. Costa Rica is the ideal tropical paradise for your vacation. Tourists can enjoy the pristine beaches and see whales and dolphins play. For Nature lovers there is a great variety of exotic wildlife and tropical plants. Butterflies and orchids, crocodiles and sharks, turtles and toucans´ are everywhere. The rainforest covering the mountains are a paradise for eco tourism. Costa Rica is ready for the Tourist Season.

Come Visit Costa Rica

November 22, 2010
Pacific Beach, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

Pacific Beach, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica Near Manuel Antonio National Park and Forest Reserve

Costa Rica is ready for the Tourist Season.

Life is good in Costa Rica, a friendly, democratic and peaceful country.

For action vacation you can surf, hike, do rafting, canopying, diving, deepwater fishing and snorkeling. You can go with a low budget or seek the more exclusive resorts.

For relaxation there are beautiful beaches and luxury spas. The hotels have all the modern comforts in the most private and secluded environments.

Costa Rica has it all.

 Although explored by the Spanish early in the 16th century, initial attempts at colonizing Costa Rica proved unsuccessful due to a combination of factors, including: disease from mosquito-infested swamps, brutal heat, resistance by natives, and pirate raids. It was not until 1563 that a permanent settlement of Cartago was established in the cooler, fertile central highlands. The area remained a colony for some two and a half centuries.

In 1821, Costa Rica became one of several Central American provinces that jointly declared their independence from Spain. Two years later it joined the United Provinces of Central America, but this federation disintegrated in 1838, at which time Costa Rica proclaimed its sovereignty and independence.

Since the late 19th century, only two brief periods of violence have marred the country’s democratic development. Although it still maintains a large agricultural sector, Costa Rica has expanded its economy to include strong technology and tourism industries. The standard of living is relatively high. Land ownership is widespread.

Waking Up with the Monkeys!

August 24, 2010

One of the funniest Villa Perezoso vacation home stories

One of the funniest Villa Perezoso vacation home stories I heard was from our very first guests who stayed at the vacation home Villa. Thankfully, they were our “guinea pig” guests, friends of mine who invited their friends along to test out the vacation home Villa to make sure it was ready for prime time. Greeted upon arrival with our house specialty drink by Victor, our house manager, the gang of 9 were very happy to have finally arrived to begin their week’s stay. The evening was full of relaxation, good food, frivolity, (and tropical drinks!) as they admired the panoramic ocean and jungle views, the scenery and the sunset. Having flown on a redeye, it was early to bed for most. This is where the “fun” in a vacation home begins and how it was told to me…”In what seemed like the middle of the night, out of nowhere (but really from outside) came these thunderous sounds which catapulted everyone out of their beds scrambling to find out what on earth was happening. Running up and  down stairs, bewildered, still sleepy, they all bumped into each other on the main living floor,  a bit frightened, but mostly surprised by the cacophonous cries emanating from right outside the vacation home Villa…they were wondering if there was a lion or seal or perhaps a new vicious creature they had never heard of sending them warning signals .  At that moment, the sun was beginning to rise and looking out beyond the decks, the images of a dozen or more bellowing monkeys came into view. Realizing that these very very loud noises were coming from the monkeys, they all looked at each other in various degrees of dress (some a lot less than others) and burst out laughing until their guts ached”…They have told this story again and again to their friends. Of course Victor now is sure to tell the guests upon their arrival about the possibility of a morning wake up call at the vacation home from our howler friends!

Some “howler” facts:

Known and named for their loud cries, their “din” can be heard up to 3 miles away.  There are nine species of the howler monkeys, a New World monkey. Costa Rica is home to the common mantled howler (Alouatta palliata), called the mono congo in Costa Rica, which also inhabits parts of southern Mexico, Central and South America. What distinguishes the New World monkeys from the Old World monkeys is that they do not have a padded rump and they have large side-opening nostrils. They also have a gripping tail used to hang off trees while eating, a characteristic not found with Old World monkeys. They have thick long red, black or brown hair.

As our guests found out, howler monkeys usually vocalize at dawn and dusk and they do this  by passing air through a specially-adapted “hyoid bone” in their large throats. The result is a deep, grunt-like call that resonates for miles, and the reason why they are heard long before they are seen. Apparently, these vocalizations are used to mark territory and communicate with others within the troop.

These mantled howler monkeys inhabit rainforest canopies as they search for leaves in the treetops. A troop of mono congos consist of anywhere from eight to twelve females, three or four dominant makes and  a few young ones often seen riding on mom’s back.

Females breed about once every two years with their gestation period being six months and giving birth to one offspring. Males will typically breed with several females a year. Newborns ride on mom’s belly for about the first month of their existence and then can be seen riding on their backs.

Howlers are considered to be “folivores”, animals who primarily eat leaves though they also will eat flowers and fruit. They are arboreal creatures hanging out on the tops of trees—part of the reason they love to hang out at Villa Perezoso vacation home where we have the large canopy trees. They live about seven to fifteen years and are the largest of the New World monkeys.

Thankfully, howlers are protected by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species program which prevents the international trading of animals. Though the mantled howlers species is not threatened what is worrisome is the destruction of their natural habitat. These monkeys play an important role in the ecosystem by dispersing seeds in the rainforest (through their dung) which helps regenerate the rainforest.

I am always so happy seeing them settle into our canopy tree in the evening. It is one of my greatest morning pleasures  at the vacation home is waking up to their loud calls to each other just as the sun is about to rise…it always puts a smile on my face. The Pura Vida!


Perezoso (sloth) facts..

June 15, 2010


Many of you ask, so what is a “perezoso”? And why did you name the Villa that? A perezoso (accent on the second to the last syllable) is the Spanish word for sloth, yes sloth! And, just as in English, in Spanish the word also means lazy or sloth-like. We first came upon these delightful fuzzy funny creatures in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica. Native to South and Central America and living in the rainforest canopies, they are believed to be ancestors of anteaters and armadillos. In Manuel Antonio,Costa Rica,  you can find both the two-toed and three-toed varieties hanging off the treetops of the guarumo trees. one of which can be seen from our property. When we were beginning the project, we noticed a mother and baby in the nearby tree and thought, that she would be our Villa’s namesake and so the name Villa Perezoso was conceived!

My daughter and I had the incredible opportunity to help take care of a baby who had been rescued after she had fallen from a tree and was being rehabilitated by a local wildlife preserve, Kids Saving the Rainforest of Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica. . Clinging to her stuffed bear (that was bigger than she was) we would gently remove her from her temporary home to take her on “walks” to help her learn to eat and climb. She clung to us fiercely and seemed intrigued and interested in the many leaves that we showed her. Her fur was surprisingly soft but her claws were powerful; she hung onto us and her teddy bear with a grip that immediately made us understand how they are able to hang and live in the canopies of the rainforest. On another occasion, while my husband and I were driving down the dirt backroad of Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica to get to the beach, around one of the bends, right in front of us, moving slower that slow, was a rather large sloth crossing the road. Thankfully, the road isn’t much travelled but I “freaked out”  anyway thinking that before it had time to get to the other side, a car would surely come around the corner and not see it. So I stopped the car and told my husband he had no choice but to pick it up and move it to the other side to where it was headed. Being an animal person like myself, without even questioning me, he was out of the car bending over to pick up the perezoso who was probably around 20-25 pounds. Our new found sloth turned his head nearly 180 degrees to stare at my husband as he was now suspended in the air and moved to the other side of the road to safety! We were later told that if you are in a situation and need to pick one up, never just put your hands around its belly to lift it up like a container because it could strike; always pick it up by the nape of its neck. It was quite a moment for both of us.

Whether you come to CR to be a “perezoso” or to participate in the active adventures that abound in the area, you won’t be disappointed when you visit Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica. There’s something quite wonderful in observing these beautiful creatures for hours at a time from one of the sundecks as they relax and enjoy life.Great teachers for us all.

Perezoso facts:

Two varieties as mentioned above which pertains to the number of claws on their front feet;
they sleep, eat, live in the rainforest canopies of Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica only coming down to “earth” to
defecate just once a week. They have long furry hair, no tail and eat a vegetarian diet. Though appearing to be quite sluggish, they can defend themselves with their powerful claws. Algae which grows on the sloths fur, creates the appearance of a green hue which helps them blend into the trees. They are nocturnal creatures, most often eating at night and sleeping up to 15-20 hours a day. Slots mate and give birth in the trees and for nine months, the babies cling to their mothers and travel with them.