Bags out at 6:45 am
Breakfast at 7
Leaving at 8
But when we wait for everybody to assemble we take one last look at the scarlet macaw pair.
We are not going far but Zorro sees a road side hawk sitting on the power-lines.
The above picture cropped. The little birds are so cute.
We stop for lunch which is not included so we have to make our own selection.
After driving a while we stop again to see a wood working shop. First we admire this flowering tree in the parking lot.
There was a sign saying "Tabebuie Rosea, pink trumpet tree" but I don't think that this was it. It looked more like a flowering cherry blossom.
We did see lots of the tabebuie which can be pink or yellow and like lots of other things here is quite medicinal.
We had been given visitor stickers at the beginning of the tour. At the end I added mine to the coconuts as others had done before.
I had promised to share where you can find the pattern: HERE
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The official OAT itinerary of today:
Today, we board a small boat and drift down the Río Tárcoles, a partially tidal estuary that forms a border of the park, and Costa Rica’s largest habitat for crocodiles. Our naturalist Trip Leader will give us an introduction to these “prehistoric” animals, which can be up to 20 feet long, and we’ll keep our eyes peeled for them as the river carries us along. The mangrove forest of the Río Tárcoles is also home to many other creatures, and the birdwatching here is among the best in the country. Scarlet Macaws are sometimes seen here flying overhead in pairs, and we may also spot egrets, osprey, Frigate Birds, Roseate Spoonbills, and White Ibis during our journey.
Then, we depart for our return trip to San José, enjoying lunch on our own en route, then stopping again in the afternoon to visit local artisans at a wood shop and a leather-working factory to learn more about Costa Rican handcrafts. In the evening, we’ll say adios to our Trip Leader and traveling companions over a Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant in San José.