I just returned from the mystical rainforest of southern Costa Rica. Instead of boring you with insights from my trip, such as: bring a headband because in 95% humidity you will have no hairstyle...ever, or bring U.S. Dollars (in small bills) because for some reason the local population want nothing to do with their own currency (colones), or pack light but bring as much underwear as you can because even after a sink rinsing, they still won't smell fresh (did I mention that you sweat constantly?).
Instead, I'll let my photos transport you to the magic of one of the most bio-diverse places on earth.
|Our room at Playa Nicuesa Lodge, located on the|
|The rainforest of Costa Rica.|
|Sea snake--a rare sight and very poisonous.|
|Sign on beach at Playa Nicuesa.|
|And here's the reason for the sign. The locals call|
|Bat in an abandoned barn.|
|A local frog hanging out near our room.|
|Pit viper--very poisonous.|
|Our mode of transportation.|
|Mica snake ~ non-poisonous.|
|Our accommodation at Copa de Arbol|
in Drake Bay.
|The lodge staff would greet us at the end of the day|
with a fresh coconut. Very refreshing!
|Brown boobys wait on a log for dolphins to herd fish|
to the surface.
|A scarlet macaw, so beautiful and so noisy. Our guide used|
my phone camera to photograph this one high in the rainforest
canopy by placing it up to his high-powered scope.
|Spider monkey in Corcovado National Park.|
|Howler monkey showing his testes and urinating.|
We got the hint--he's in charge.
|Howler monkey. Only the alpha males howl, a very eerie sound|
that echoes throughout the rainforest.
|Coati, similar to a raccoon.|
|Sleeping tapir, a large herbivorous mammal.|
|Capuchin, or white-faced, monkey.|
|Coffee beans. The harvest is in the fall.|
|Leafcutter ant. They're everywhere and haul leaves back to the|
nest to feed a fungus, which they dine upon.
|On our last night in San Jose, we found this nest just outside|
our lodging door. Two baby birds had just hatched, with
a third on the way.
|After long days in the jungle, a mango margarita hit|
|...along with a traditional Costa|
Rican meal, the casado.
|When in Rome...sturdy rubber hiking|
boots make trekking through
the rainforest much more enjoyable.