Jungle Sounds in the Night
Trip Start Feb 01, 2012
21Trip End Feb 21, 2012
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Clare, my roommate, and I both got up earlier than the alarm for our late morning. Had breakfast, packed up, took my bag to the lobby and worked on a few more photos before leaving.
We have a bus with driver Manual, who will be with us until Cano Negro near the Nicaraguan border. We drove through a lovely cloud forest landscape with windy roads, wisps of cloud on the tops of the mountains and lush vegetation. It was through a national park the name of which I do not recall (Braulio Carrillo National Park). Then we stopped at Sarapiqui at a supermarket for picnic supplies and breakfast for tomorrow morning if we wanted and a replacement for DEET insect repellant. After a bit we reached the Poza Azul Adventure Center where we signed up for various afternoon activities and we had lunch on the deck overlooking the Sarapiqui River. I had a wonderful ceviche with tostones - not sure about the name - but they were the double fried plantain patties
Of the activities, I decided to do the canopy or zip-lining in Nicaragua, the horseback riding somewhere else, the rafting I had done in the Nile, so I chose the nature walk because Lou said the guide was very knowledgeable about plants. Rolando was very knowledgeable and seemed very excited about what he was telling us. I can't seem to recall much of it though; there was too much. We saw a number of poisonous plants - one had a sap that was very toxic to people but some animal was fine with it. He found us a frog after much looking around the frog pond. We saw lots of heliconia, banana and banana-relative trees. There was a garden where there were vegetables and fruit trees. Some of the fruits were extraordinary looking. Unfortunately, most of the fruit doesn't ripen until April. We went into a butterfly enclosure and saw quite a few butterflies. Along the path there were lots of ginger plants with flowers - so beautiful. I could have taken dozens of photos. I did. There was also a heliconia plant with fuzzy parts. Amazing and so nice to touch. I think we were not supposed to be touching things in case they were toxic. We also saw some trees with huge grapefruit and walked on a suspension bridge over the river. That was fun.
It has started raining as we left the center to go to our campground for "glamping" as Lou calls it
The dinner was wonderful- lots of foods: a salad of tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce and carrots, palm hearts that I loved, some tuna in tomato sauce, a chili pickle, cold cuts, cheese, chips and dip and more. We had beer and juice to drink and I got to talk to several different people - whose names unfortunately I didn't get - I guess we are past introductions. After dinner, we stayed and chatted for a while. I left before Clare. I read a bit and then turned off the light and listened to all the night noises. The howler monkeys were out in full force.