Better out than in...
Trip Start Nov 08, 2008
111Trip End Jun 30, 2009
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Visiting the park was beautiful. We rented binoculars and saw a few monkeyīs a caoti (looks like a raccoon), some pretty birds and quite odd insects and we spent about 6 hours walking through it. It was lush and tropical and green and in places had some stunning vistas across the valley. Getting off the main trail was easy and you could avoid the crowds of people with loud american guides. However, it was $17 to get in. The annoying thing is, is that the next day we walked to the entrance of another reserve and saw just as much wildlife by the side of the road for free! Toucans, giant beetles, hummingbirds, monkeys and even a quetzal. The resplendant quetzal is supposed to be a rarely spotted bird of paradise that people make special trips to try and find. After reading bout the effort people make to see this bird we couldnīt believe it was just sitting by the side of the road.
Got absolutely drenched in the afternoon tropical rain and found out that due to the humidity nothing dries, so we were stuck with wet clothes in a wet room. We also discovered a scorpian on the wall which was a bit of a shock. The owner of the hostel rescued us in the style of Steve Urwin
when he simply peeled it off the wall with his fingers holding itīs tail. He said it was perfectly safe if you just grab it by the stinger, and they donīt really hurt that much, just like a bee sting. Still, no thanks eh?