Ants are not friends

Trip Start Mar 29, 2013
Trip End Jun 20, 2013

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Flag of Costa Rica  , Province of Puntarenas,
Tuesday, April 16, 2013

After Las Olas, we spent a couple of pleasant days at Hacienda Baru near Dominical - its essentially a wildlife refuge/corridor owned by American author Jack Ewing (writes crime/sci-fi novels) - he said hello once.  He's got a lovely bit of land between the beach and the hills and has put a few cabins and a spectacularly impressive swimming pool on it. The beach was still out of bounds due to the rips so the swimming pool was very welcome.  Its much hotter and more humid the further south we go on the Pacific coast so we are resigned to being sweaty for the next 2 weeks.

Seeing as my toes were a bit sore it was a great excuse to do as little as possible although walking with my boots is OK in short bursts.   The night walk was another winner with our guide Victor.  Again really knowledgeable and saw things that we'd have walked straight past. like the baby caiman, a three-toed sloth with a baby, another snake and more birds. The only down side to the whole evening was that we'd managed to stop over the leaf-cutter ant highways.  It took a while to realise that we were being attacked by the soldiers.  At first we noticed some minor stinging then on checking shoes the soldiers we crawling over them and up our trouser legs.  I had jeans on so they got stuck at my ankles - the boys on the other hand had them crawling higher up their legs.  You become paranoid quite quickly I can tell you - so there was a lot of leg slapping going on.  We're lucky they weren't soldier ant soldiers, the indigenous people here and in other parts of central and south America use them to bind up wounds as their bit is so ferocious.  This is beginning to sound like an episode of the "Deadly 60" - Steve Bagshaw where are you? 

Apart from the visible ants we also encountered an increase in the number of invisible biting insects(not mosquitoes). It takes about 24 hours for their bite to start itching furiously.  They seem to be resistant to the 'Off' so its probably getting closer to the time to crack open the  tropical Bushmans....
Heading further south tomorrow.
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Ella appreciated the SB reference and is enjoying your mini beast encounters! X

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