We had a good nights sleep and woke up without an alarm. This morning will be at leisure. I forgo the 6:20 am nature walk but James goes to meet Nestor and whoever from the group.
On the way to breakfast from our room. We are in the rainforest area and it shows! Lovely!
Rice and beans, of course ... at every meal.
After breakfast a quick check of email. But the internet is a challenge for patience. You can do only the most necessary things.
You can't see it in the photo but we are so happy that we see a lizard in the middle of the leaves.
I cropped the photo but you probably still can't see it. It was bright green and about a foot long. Then it quickly went up a tree ... and blended in perfectly there. If I am not mistaken, this is the one they call the Jesus lizard because it can walk on water.
video and you can see how fast they were flitting about.
Can you see the hummingbird in the middle close to the upper edge?
Here is the cropped part. So much fun.
Oh yes, here is the proof. I did it. We were told not to bring our cameras, even if they were waterproof, because you can't take photos and paddle.
Our guide was Miguel. I think he was very good. He spoke excellent English. I could understand him very well. Of course the commandos are easy: forward, backwards, stop, lean in!
One was the blue-jeans poison-dart frog.
After this we were brought back to the lunch place were our cloths were in lockers and we could change again.
Back to the hotel.
The lecturers were so enthusiastic. I like things like this.
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The official OAT itinerary for today:
Arise early this morning to discover Tirimbina’s abundant birdlife on a daybreak nature walk, if you wish. After breakfast at our lodge, we'll enjoy a little leisure time.
We'll regroup and drive to the nearby Río Sarapiquí. Flowing into the San Juan River and the Lake of Nicaragua, the Sarapiquí is one of several rivers that run down from Costa Rica’s mountainous central highlands, the Cordillera Central. The surrounding land varies in altitude from 112 to 9,500 feet, which is a big reason so many migratory birds congregate in the region—more than 300 species of them at last count. Here you have a choice: rafting on Class I-II rapids of the Sarapiquí, or searching for rare flora and fauna with your expert naturalist Trip Leader during a walk along its banks.
Costa Rica is a destination for rafters from around the world, and we surveyed several of its rivers before selecting the Sarapiquí for the quality of its rapids, which are sporty enough to be fun, but mild enough to be enjoyed by first-timers. Those who opt to raft will get a complete introduction to river safety from our professional boatmen, before we board the raft and enjoy the ride while witnessing the diverse wildlife—including green iguanas, monkeys, and sloths—that dwells along the riverside.
For those who prefer not to raft, our Trip Leader leads a nature walk through the jungle and pasturelands that surround the Sarapiquí, during which we’ll have the opportunity to spot some of the region’s more elusive animal species, and to view the rich flora of this verdant environment up close. Both the river rafting and the nature walk last about two hours, after which the two groups come together for lunch at a local restaurant, where we can relax in the mid-day sun and compare notes about our morning's discoveries.
After a lunch together, you can choose to join us for an optional visit to a local, organic pineapple finca. On this excursion, we’ll enjoy an in-depth look at the finca's fields and facilities, learn about pineapple cultivation techniques throughout history, discover how the Sarapiqui region’s fertile, volcanic soil nurtures these tropical plants, and enjoy a taste of the "Fruit of Kings."
Tonight, after dinner at our hotel, we enjoy a presentation on Costa Rica’s bats. We’ll learn all about these unique flying mammals, which represent more than 50% of the country's mammal population, and have the chance to acquaint ourselves with some live specimens, captured humanely by the research center’s nets in the evening and then released back into the wild.