We stayed with Leslie and Jorge at the small finca that is developed as a bed and breakfast and shelter and rehabilitation for injured, abandoned, and abused animals. We arrived in the middle of a crisis--a two-toed sloth had been brought to Leslie after being rescued from barbed wire. The vet had arrived, workers were there, and here we came. Leslie showed us our delightful quarters and asked us to make ourselves at home until the vet completed his exam of the sloth. There was plenty to take in. The grounds offered much to see--lovely landscaping, views, and cages of recuperating animals. There were toucans, owls, macaws, a kinkajou, spider monkey, eagle, and I believe a porcupine, but the sloths stole my heart.
There are two guest houses, and I understand that both of them are just alike. Our spotless little house is well furnished, comfortable, and decorated with canvases of Leslie's Costa Rican animal photography. There is a nice kitchenette with beverages available in the fridge for a nominal purchase if the free Costa Rican coffee doesn't suit your fancy. The kitchenette opens to the dining area next to a comfortable couch providing a nice area to thumb through the Costa Rican reading materials provided. A charming bamboo screen separates the living area from the sleeping quarters which consist of a very comfortable queen-sized bed, a double bed, and a set of bunk beds. Leslie is thoughtful in providing bedside ear plugs for late sleepers, or in our case, serenadees of a night bird outside the room that just would not shut up all night long. We learned that it sings only during the time of year that we were there. I was glad for the soft earplugs and pillows.
The guest house accommodates a family of six very well. The vaulted ceiling is finished in fine bamboo which adds a nice airy coziness (?) to the space. The bathroom is decorated nicely and has a roomy shower with one of those awful electric showerhead contraptions found all over Costa Rica, with which I doubt I will ever become comfortable. My husband laughs. I sponge bathe.
The house aside, just visiting with and getting to know Leslie and Jorge was the height of our visit, or, perhaps it was getting to hold and rock and baby sloth while we talked real estate with Jorge. Then, one must consider the really big variety of species that have been brought to the ranch for care and rehabilitation. Learning the circumstances of how each animal arrived, its chances for returning to the wild, and how large an investment Leslie and Jorge provide for its well-being is really what a visit to the ranch is all about. Leslie conducts the tour, taking into consideration how much of the background facts of an animal's pre-ranch life is appropriate for the age group in the tour.
Another highlight was a visit to Leslie's living room where several sloths slumbered or exercised. We saw them before we helped ourselves to a hearty Costa Rican breakfast prepared in Leslie's kitchen. Leslie's beans and rice are the BEST!
I look forward to returning to Toucan Ranch to volunteer. It would be a wonderful way to pass vacation, or perhaps even retirement. Do yourself a favor and make the visit. Both adults and children will be enchanted with the animals and Leslie and Jorge.
Both guest houses are the same--delightful.
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