Jungle Sounds in the Night

Trip Start Feb 01, 2012
Trip End Feb 21, 2012

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Hacienda Pozo Azul Tent Suites
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Hacienda Pozo Azul

Flag of Costa Rica  , Heredia,
Saturday, February 4, 2012

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.  I ate too much and found it hard to do my nature walk.

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.  I think I just heard a howler monkey - the ones that sound like a rusty drain.  Clare just pointed out all the noises around our tent.  We have a wonderful platform tent, with electricity, wi-fi, two double beds and an attached bathroom with shower.  In addition, there is a big deck with two chairs and a log table.  We brought up our bags - not an entirely easy thing - and got settled before our picnic dinner.  We have to be careful because there are mosquitoes here.

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.

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