Kayaking W Toucans & Crazy Colorful Crabz

Trip Start Jan 21, 2013
Trip End Feb 21, 2013

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Cabinas Jimenez Puerto Jimenez
Read my review - 5/5 stars

Flag of Costa Rica  , Province of Puntarenas,
Monday, February 11, 2013

First Day Kayak in the Manglar

We checked with the front desk at Cabinas Jimenez and firgured out that the tide spread between the high tide and low tide was fine for the afternoon
kayak.  If one gets caught out at low tide have to carry the kayaks back a long way and could even have trouble getting out of the mangrove. Yuck!

But we were assured that the tides would be in our favor  so we gathered up what we needed and set off. 

We took two of the unusual single person sit on top kayaks that we have used before,  different from any that we have seen elsewhere with there very nice molded back.They seem to zip along and are quite maneuverable.

We  decided to go to the left around the point where Cabinas Jimenez is situated into the
manglar as we have done on our previous trips.

As we got up into the manglar, we were disappointed that not seeing the big swimming iguanas as we had before.

Red Crabs with spiny stickers on their legs and more

However we did have quite a variety of different species of colorful crabs running up and down the trunks of the mangroves.

 My personal favorite were the white ones with the big red
eyes!  There were also some that had very 'hairy' legs.

Enjoyed them for a while and continued on deeper into the maze but trying to keep myself
oriented so we would make it out with no problem.

Saw ibis hunting along the shore and the kingfisher sounding off and hunting from
tree to tree.  We had a night heron pose for us on a tree and then
follow us along showing up every once in a while.

But the real treat came when we were beginning to head over to the other spit of land that
is right on the edge of the manglar and two toucans flew in and put on a
show for us!  One came in and looked around, hopped around on a limb as if posing for Robert to take his picture.

The other toucan also came in one  sat there and turned every
direction and even yawned for us before flying off after its mate we assume?

On the way back out we  came to   to the spit of land and once again loved the palm trees silhoutted against the blue skies and clouds with a view across the Golfo Dulce to the mainland. Very magic!

 We both  tried our hand at taking pictures of a couple of the small tourist trade
planes as they lined up for a landing at the airport in Puerto

 When they come in for a landing they are right over the
treetops and it looks like they are certainly going to hit them!

Heron surpise

On the way back to the Cabinas, we spotted a tiger heron on the shore
stalking his prey.  He did not even seem to notice when I paddled up
near where he was.  It was quite interesting because he seemed to be
moving his head back and forth like we have seen a cobra do evidently
hypnotizing its prey. 

Watched it for awhile and then finished paddling back to the

We were tired but oh so thankful for another wonderful Osa experience !


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