Costa Rica at its Best
02/09/2015 31 °C
Day 7 Feb 9, 2015
The roosters started around 2:30 a.m. Concern about waking up in time for our 5:30 a.m. canoe trip was alleviated, somewhat. Under the stars we got in Captain Bill’s canoe for 16 and headed out thru the maze of small islands close to Tortuguero. Bill had come to Costa Rica from Nicaragua in the 60’s as a jaguar hunter. Now he and his son did wildlife tours. There are a number of eco lodges in the area and they all start their boat tours early however the difference was that we were in a long narrow canoe without a motor so quietly manovered along the wall of jungle on the shore line.
As the sky gradually lightened a howler monkey, high in the trees, was pointed out. We carried on and somehow our guides spotted Jesus Christ lizards (they walk on water), green herons, blue herons, toucans, and a variety of other birds. Their ability to see the critters was amazing. Even when they pointed them out with a laser pointer we had difficulty seeing them. As the morning warmed up (it was now 7 a.m.) the caiman came out to lie in the sun. According to Bill they were asleep and didn’t move when we got within touching distance of them. We let them snooze.
We returned to the village for a our lunch. The afternoon’s activities was a walk through Torouga National Park. First we had to get our gumboots. Turned out not to be that muddy but our $1 a pair supported a local.
Didn’t take long before we came across a very big spider and a little bit further some spider and howler monkeys. Amazing how quickly howler monkeys seem common place. Our guide was very good at detecting birds and snakes.
Our walk took us through the jungle and out to the beach. Beautiful beach but undertows, sharks, and crocodiles make swimming a poor choice. We managed to lose one of our members but he eventually turned up on his own back at our accommodation despite the efforts of our guide and the park rangers to find him.