Trip Start Dec 14, 2007
300Trip End Nov 04, 2008
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Where I stayed
Lagunilla - $35 triple, ensuite, basic, but excellent views
So our tour today ($15 dollars per head) involves travelling a short way up the river on the boat bus, and climbing up a hill. Sounds easy up to there, but the problem starts when we saw that the trail was slippery and muddy and surrounded by huge vegetation...all the characteristics of an Indiana Jones movie.
You can see from the pictures we enjoyed a great amount of different plants, animals and especially insects. Adolfo stopped to explain as many as possible to us...for example the 'walking tree' as we call it (see picture) which actually 'moves itself around the jungle by growing new 'legs' in the direction of the light, and leaving the old ones behind.
What we really wanted to see was the red frog (poisonous and small), and we managed to see at least a dozen of them...although they are quick to move away from movement (very shy!).
A few others we did manage to see:
- whithe throated capuchin
- central american whiptail
- masked smilisca
- turkey vulture
- kell billed toucan
- montezuma oropendula (they build their nests hanging down 5 or 10 metres - see pictures)
- rice bird
- bullet ant (with a very strong jaw and painful bite)
- leaf cutting ants (zopompas in spanish) We discovered that they cut all these leafs to deposit them in their antholes. When they rot they attract small insects which they can then feed to the younger ants.
- the stick insect (juan palo)
Anyway...the good thing about starting early is that you have an incredibly long day to do things, so after 4 hours trekking we were back in the hotel for a shower and on the 11.30 boat bus back to our rented car (which we had left in the guarded parking at La Pavona)
Stefan didnt realise when he was packing his luggage that travelling with us involves a lot of walking...so when he had to carry his large luggage around a dirt track for 1 km he discovered the meaning of 'real sweat'!
Off we went toward the centre of Costa Rica. Only 200 kms away, but another 5 hours involved until we got there....an incredible place. Volcano Poas.
We checked into an incredibly secluded hostel (Lagunilla) which can only be accessed on a 4x4 (so they miss out on the mass tourism!) and believe us...the dirt track had quite an inclination to it and was not in the best of states. Again - great we had a 4x4!