You can't have a rainbow without some rainl
Trip Start Jan 03, 2010
26Trip End Jan 28, 2010
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5:40am Rain forest boat excursion with Daryl who I think owns this little B&B. Just us and 4 other passengers. You know how they say you can smell rain from a mile away....well I can't! And it rained and poured as we searched for wildlife among the dense trees. I have to say, I'm pretty good at finding Waldo, but looking for animals was not my thing. Andy lovingly referred to me as Dora the Explorer for the day as I squinted into the binoculars with my puffy eyes all the while rain poured down. By the way, Tortuguero consists of several canals mostly natural and some man made to connect them all together. There are several smaller villages along them
Here's a run down of all that we saw from the boat:
3 kinds of monkeys
2 rainbows (no pot of gold)
Many tropical birds including 3 giant green mccaws which there are supposedly only 200 left in the wild
1 Caiman (croc family but smaller)
Several large iguanas (my favorite because they were easy to spot being that they were all orange and ready for the mating season)
Giant tarpin fish
After our 3 hour tour, breakfast was waiting for us. Hot coffee, fruit, grilled plantains, and pancakes! Yum....ok....after this we got lazy and fell asleep.
3 1/2 hours later, we were up and running. We got on our rubber boots, courtesy of our hotel and decided to hike inside the park ourselves. We managed to find some different varieties of butterflies, dragonflies, lizards, and then that's when it happened
managed to find a family of what I think were howler monkeys way up in the trees. We took sometime out to film and study them and I have to admit, being way down below them, I was afraid they might sling poo at us! Because that's what Andy told me that they do....liar!
We headed back as it got dark and started to rain, not to mention I was starving again! As I hiked back quietly in order to conserve what little energy I had left, rain was coming down in buckets and by the time we got back to our hotel, we looked like drowned rats.
Quick change of clothes and we were off to my favorite restaurant again, The Budda Cafe. Yes, I dragged Andy back there so I can have some more langoustines. On the last blog, my husband kindly left out the fact that his lovely wife slurped down the butter dipping sauce, but yes I did and you would too if you tasted it. It was a white wine, garlic, parsley, and butter concoction. We shared an amazing cheese platter and Andy had a mushroom, chicken, and olive crepe that was baked with cheese. I had a white wine Sangria or I had half..ok I lied, I had a quarter and was drunk!
That's all the highlights from today. Oh as a tip, if you ever visit a rainforest, remember to bring extra clothes. We had 3 change of clothing today and nothing has dried. Tomorrow we'll be in search of a laundromat.
We have a 5am start and lots of ground to cover. We are heading toward Manzanillo and the roads will be rough.