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Casa dos Loros is tucked just inside the Costa Rican coastal rainforest, home to thousands of species of tropical plants, exotic birds, and monkeys.  One of our favorites is the howler monkey.  The howlers may wake you up in the early morning with their whooping calls.  We have seen them morning, afternoon and evening climbing along the telephone wires lining our remote street, on their way into the trees above the house where they like to feed on a mango variety conveniently growing in our back yard.  Sometimes a family comes with a baby riding piggy back.  You won’t be the only ones observing them.  They watch you too and may drop fruit and branches.


In the area immediately surrounding the home we have seen Samara’s wild horses meandering through the thicket, munching on vegetation.  They often stroll along the beach , trot through the streets downtown, lie around lazily in an open field down town, or hang out outside the internet café and pharmacy.  We don’t know where they come from originally.  Some are probably partially owned by local farmers, while others are more wild, having been born outside of captivity.  See "Our Gallery" for more pictures of these beautiful animals.


If you come at the right time of year you may be witness to the migration of the Halloween Crabs.  In April of 2007, before we bought the house, we saw a veritable army of these fellows marching through the back yard (look out for your toes!).  These bright orange and purple crabs spend part of their adult life living in the forest, but they return to the ocean to breed and lay their eggs.  They are commonly found in the coastal rainforests of Central America and Costa Rica during the rainy season (April through November).  They are nocturnal and largely herbivorous, eating mostly plant debris and seedlings.  They can also climb trees, which they did when we approached them.


Geckos are the real, full time residents of Casa dos Loros (and every other house and hotel in town).  We think they’re adorable.  If you’re feeling a little more on the wary side, just consider that they feed on mosquitoes.  That should help you start to welcome them a bit more.  Even when you can’t see them, a distinctive chirping will alert you to their presence.


The original homeowner reported a meter long iguana residing in the back yard.  We never saw this gentle giant, despite our eagerness.  Was he frightened away by construction on the small hotel next door?  If you see him - please get him on film, and let us know!  There are lots of iguans to be found in rocky crevices, tree hollows and underbrush all around town.