Rain, rain, rain, etc.
02/15/2015 25 °C
Day 12, February 14, 2015
Rain. Cloud bursts all night but only showers through most of the morning but that didn’t stop us from getting out and exploring the area. The cover layer slows the rain from getting down to the ground so it was almost a heavy mist. Our guide Jamie lives in La Fortuna and arranged for the group to do three activities at a deep discounted rate thru a friend of his. Our new young female guide took us first to the Hanging Bridges, after a stop to pick up some umbrellas.
This walk took us thru approx 3 kilometers of rainforest and across 15 suspension bridges, some up to 100 meters long and 70 meters high. The rain kept the birds and monkeys undercover but we did see howler monkeys, peccaries (small boars) and a gaggle of coatamundis. In this reserve there are 250 different bird species, a variety of reptiles, frogs and snakes and mammals butterflies, vivid beetles, amazing leaf-cutter ants and artistic spiders. The fact that is was raining with all of the plants a shining green made it all that more special. Like all of our guides, this guide could hear, smell, and see critters.
Then we went to see a 70 meter waterfall, down a very steep series of staircases which really got the heart thumping on the way back up. Since its been raining for days, these twin waterfalls were at their most spectacular.
After lunch back in town (love sopa Azteca) we went to one of the many hot springs in the area and alternated from the hot pools to the cooler ones in a garden. As it grew dark, the pools and gardens were lit up. Quite relaxing.
For dinner, Jamie even tho it was his day off, had invited the group to his house for a BBQ where we got to meet his family and in-laws who took care of the cooking for us. A very enjoyable day.