El Castillo and the Lodge on the Rio San Juan
Trip Start Aug 07, 2009
81Trip End Jul 14, 2010
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Mid-morning, we picked up our luggage and we were back on the river boat to continue for another half hour downstream to a lodge. It was a lovely relaxing trip this time, and just on occasion had to call in at military check-ins
At 3pm we all chose to take a motorized canoe trip further down river, looking for wildlife. It was a lovely tour, and a very relaxing afternoon. We saw several central American spider monkeys swinging through the trees, two caimans sunning themselves and many birds, including cormorants drying their wings in the evening sun. We also saw a sunken steamboat, stuck on side of the river; it sank during the gold rush days. We came back to find that the bathroom didn’t have any light and so we had to wait until the batteries charged up. The lodge runs on generator electricity, and that didn’t come on until 5pm. We had a nice evening meal and then retired to bed early, tucking in the mossie nets of course - ready for the early morning hike!
The following morning we were up at 0540 ready for the off at 6am. We did get a piece of bread and coffee before we went. Our group was split into two, and led by Fernando, we headed off into the forest, behind the lodge. The first trail we took was a little disappointing and we saw little, but on the second trail we immediately came across the Blue Jeans Frog (red = poisonous) and then saw two troops of white-faced capuchin monkeys
In the afternoon, we took a large canoe out, with the guides paddling us down the river. As the boat was virtually silent, we did see two troops of howler monkeys and a toucan. It was a lovely trip in itself. Dinner was late again, about 8pm and soon after we headed for bed, as we were leaving the following day.