Corcovado National Park and El Remanso
Trip Start Aug 01, 2007
20Trip End Oct 04, 2007
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Corcovado - Day 1
The next day we set off on our trek, 16 km (10 miles) to the La Sirena ranger station in the park
Later on, still on the trail, we met up with the Israeli couple, Natanel and Limor, and their friend Marie Anne from France
Corcovado - Day 2
We got up early and went for a short walk with our friends to see what kind of wildlife we could see. Slogging through the mud, we reached a stream that we didnīt feel like crossing, and stopped to rest over there. Then we heard some bird noises and Ido said it sounds just like Lulu, an amazon parrot he used to have. We looked around and saw a cute green parrot in a tree above us (later we found out that it was indeed an amazon). Most of that day we rested from our trek and also switched to a room with two beds since the first one was a little too small. While Phoenix went back to the room to rest, Ido sat on the deck and saw several toucans in the trees. Later on we went for another walk down to the Rio Sirena, where we saw a cute little lizard get snapped up really quickly by a bigger one
Corcovado - Day 3
Our goal in the morning was to see some peccaries so we woke up at 4 AM and set out on the trail heading towards the river. Walking through the jungle in pitch darkness was a little bit scary, especially with the weird sounds of the howler monkeys all around us. They sound like a combination of a lion roaring and a dog barking. Just as it was starting to get light, we came upon a big group of peccaries right on the trail. They are dangerous animals which will charge if they feel threatened, so we immediately jumped up some trees so we could watch them safely. They stayed for a long time, browsing the plants and occasionally snapping their teeth at us, making a loud clicking noise. It was kind of scary, especially when one of the big ones kept approaching us and making threatening noises. When we had had enough, we jumped down from the trees and hurried down the trail, back the way we had come, before they could realize that we were there
After breakfast and a little rest we decided to go check out the Rio Sirena by boat. We rented a kayak and paddled up the river. Ido was not too impressed with Phoenixs paddling skills, so he took over using two short paddles as one big one. When we got tired of fighting the current upstream, we turned around to float back down the river. Almost immediately after we turned around, we saw a bull shark in the water right next to us. The water was less than two feet deep so we could see it really well. It was only about 3 feet long but still kind of scary and definitely weird to see a shark in a freshwater river. As we floated on, we heard a noise on the bank and we saw a big tapir heading to the water. We watched him as we drifted by and took as many pictures as we could. We paddled upstream a little to see him more, and he got into the river, swam across, and got out on the other side. It was amazing to see such a rare creature. He had a really cute nose like a short elephant trunk.
In the afternoon we did another hike that heading up the hills and crossed the Rio Claro. There was a really cute pair of spider monkeys eating from a palm tree, one had a little baby monkey on her back. In general we saw lots of baby monkeys wherever we went, it must be the season. At the Rio Claro, there was an amazing spot with clear blue water running quickly over the rocks
During our time at La Sirena, we also played 3 games of cribbage. Score: Ido 2, Phoenix 1.
Corcovado - Day four
Got up even earlier (3:45) in order to start our hike back to Carate before high tide at 8 AM. The first part of the hike was great, we walked quickly and just barely kept ahead of the group of English kids, who were actually a school group doing some kind of character building adventure trip with their teachers. We got to the first point just in time to miss the low tide, so we had to wait around for a few hours until the tide was low enough to cross the rocks. We made a nice breakfast and had a good rest. As a bonus, while we were sitting looking at the ocean, Phoenix saw something big in the water that was there one second and gone the next. Hoping she wasnīt going crazy, we waited to see if it would show up again. A few minutes later, we saw it spout, and realized we were looking at a whale out at sea (we checked in the books later and we think it was a blue whale, the biggest creature on this planet). It was Idoīs first whale sighting.
That afternoon we arrived to El Remanso, a luxury lodge in the rainforest overlooking the Pacific. Our deluxe suite was just what we needed after the hard day. Hot shower, huge bed with soft sheets, delicious food, great view. . . now we were really on our honeymoon!
The next day we slept in until 7 and took it easy, only doing a small hike to another waterfall. After a delicious lunch we came down to the internet, where we are now. . . But it wonīt last long because theyīre working on the micro-hydro electric plant that provides the electricity for this place. So weīll say bye for now
Update - now from Puerto Jimenez. We were lucky and caught a ride with some nice American guys who run a study abroad program and were scoping out sites for their project. The way was nice, we stopped often to look at birds along the road and a spectacular sunset. Here in PJ we have enjoyed the innovation of cuba libre in a can, and plantain chips with cinnamon.
Our next stop is to spend the night in Puerto Jimenez and take a flight to Quepos in the morning, where weīll visit Manuel Antonio National Park, another rainforest, but this time on a white sand beach rather than a black one.
Check out the pics in the photo album !!
Ido and Phoenix