Bahia Paraiso Rain Forest Lodge
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We kick off just after 6am with a goal to get to "Jungla del Jaguar". The trail is easy to follow as it runs parallel to the beach most of the way, meandering through forest patches, then back out onto the beach, then weaving it's way back under the trees. There are opportunities to spot more wildlife on this trail- we see howler monkeys, white faced capuchins, scarlet macaws, toucans, ...
Then in the mid 80s the bananas developed a fungus problem, the prices fell and there was labour unrest. So the United Fruit Company left. It was a disaster for the town but the government decided to help by establishing a duty free shopping area of 50 shops to stimulate business. They were also aware that many Costa Ricans (or Ticos as they prefer to be known) crossed into Panama for duty free purchases so this provided a way of cutting back on that trade. It did ...
... our way through the rainforest, soaking in the sounds of animal night life in the approaching dusk. We emerged from the darkening forest back to the beach to the most beautiful sunset, literally ever. We all sat, silent and awestruck, watching the changing colors paint the clouds in hues of orange I have never seen before. I will never forget that sunset.
As the sun finally fell below the horizon, we made our way to ...
... assistant Carlos expertly helped us through the tour.
The tour spanned 13 platforms passing secondary and primary forests. There was also a little hike on a well-marked trail in the primary forest. The whole place was very beautiful and well-designed.
The ziplining itself was SO fun. It was kind of scary at first, but it quickly faded away as I was flying over the canopy. I never felt unsafe or unsteady, ...
... yet again! Just about the worst pizza ever. Mine tasted like it had Maple Syrup in the sauce, totally gross! To add to the insult, we checked and this restaurant is rated No. 1 of all restaurants in Jiminez on Tripadvisor! The colossal salad was terrific though. All things considered we opted not to eat out again and instead to make use of our room's fridge and eat in most of the time, which we did.
There's not much more to report about our time ...
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