Before I left the Hotel I shot a couple of photos of the gardens.
After breakfast, we brought out the gear and luggage and then Jose loaded everything on the bus and we started our trip to our first location, a lodge in the Atlantic lowland rainforest. I obtain some photos through the bus window.
On the way to the lodge, we passed pineapple, yucca, heart of palm and pepper plantations.
The problem we had on arriving in the closest town to the lodge was that the bridge over the small river was washed out and we had to cross on a temporary log and rock filled incline. People from the lodge brought our gear and luggage over and they transported us up to the lodge.
After signing in and obtaining our rooms, and having lunch; everyone set up on the covered porch to start photographing. We were looking for Toucans, Oropendulas, Parrots and many other species of birds. Over the next 2 days, the group divided it's time between photographing from the open covered porch at the lodge, One third traveled to the Lodge managers house where there were perches set up the photograph Many of the smaller bird species, such as honey creepers and finches.
From the porch, one of the afternoons, we did observe a caimans swimming in the lagoon below us. But, the best views of the of the caimans were at night. The lodge offers a walk with the night watchman, who feeds chicken parts to the caimans. The watchman has named the caimans and calls them to come get their food. We were able to be close to the caimans, not in any danger, and able to touch their tails.
In fact, he had the youngest member of our group, a great young lady who is14 years old, straddle a caiman’s tail.
The weather was hot and humid, with rain showers and storms intermittently. It usually did not take long for our close to become damp with perspiration, and the best time of the day was the evening shower. The meals were served buffet style, and typical Costa Rican recipes with plenty of fresh fruits. In fact, one of the best events was when they had just harvested pineapples, and they served us slices of those pineapples, which were the most tastiest pineapple I have ever eaten. The pineapple was juicy and warm, having just come off the plant. I could've eaten the whole pineapple myself.
We finished our visit to the lodge in the same way that we had arrived, packing up the vehicles, traveling down to the river, and crossing the river, then loading everything onto our bus to be on the road again. To be continued in the next blog.