Aviarios del Caribe
Further south on the road to Cahuita is a lodge opened in 1992, Aviarios del Caribe, the “Caribbean Aviary.” Visitors can explore the estuary of the Rio Estella in row boats and take advantage of the isolation and unspoiled nature to catch a glimpse of one of the more than 300 different kinds of birds that nest in the area. In addition to birds, the guides also point out poison arrow frogs, river vipers, alligators and monkeys living in the park.
The private game preserve that belongs to the property contains a great many sloths. Biologists are conducting a scientific research project to determine the habits of these slow moving tree dwellers. In the 1991 earthquake the coast in this region rose almost one meter out of the water. Since then the island has been connected to the mainland.