A video here!
More info about the volcano here.
And then we board a boat for a ride on the Rio Frio with the promise of lots of wildlife. Here we just left the dock (?).
And not far, just across on the other side of the river, our first sighting: bats.
The long-nosed bat
Nestor shows us a picture of them (top of the page).
And underneath that tree an emerald basilisk (which is also called the Jesus lizard because he can walk on water).
Here I have to give a disclaimer: We saw a lot of things but neither my sony camera or my iphone5 are good enough to take pictures to really show all the incredible things we saw. I kept telling myself that I just have to commit it to memory.
I was amazed though how the captain of the boat and Nestor spotted even the tiniest birds.
We saw several anhinga.
Little blue heron.
More anhinga ... back
... and front.
the white-throated capuchin monkey.
The boat-billed heron (smack in the middle of the picture).
the common potoo = not seen very often.
great potoo, a very rare sighting. See the dead tree branch in the middle? On top sitting very still with the beak open never moving ... until an insect is close enough, just like his common cousin.
Number 5 in Nestor's book! (and #4 is the common potoo)
2 kinds of kingfishers
(fellow travelers: feel free to add in a comment if I forgot something)
And then the time was up. It had been great.
Then another stop at the iguana place again. This time some of us had an ice cream. I had this: pitahaya = dragon fruit
After a while we came to the place of the potter's uncle. The potter could not be at the place where he would have met us days before because he had to go and find his clay. So he had agreed to meet us at his uncle's place. He explained a lot to us and it was all VERY interesting. Besides making a living making these beautiful vessels he also tries very hard to preserve the culture of his people, the Chorotega Indians.
His name is Johnny Sanchez Grijelba
He had learned from his mother who had learned from her mother.
The official OAT itinerary of today:
Early this morning, we can elect to join a nature walk led by our Trip Leader on the trails that surround our hotel. We have breakfast together afterward, then travel to the Río Frío, where we board a small boat to explore this complex inland waterway. We’ll likely see wading birds—like Northern Jacanas and Wood Storks—as well as many turtles and butterflies during our cruise. Keep your binoculars and camera ready—we might be lucky enough spot larger animals, like the spider or Howler Monkeys, sloths, and caimans that live by the river.
We enjoy lunch while on the river today. After our cruise, we head to La Fortuna, where we enjoy a little time for independent exploration in this picturesque town. Then, we return to our hotel, where the balance of the afternoon is at leisure. Dinner is at the hotel tonight.