Our Inland Tours of Costa
Rica were Exotic!
They call these frogs "green jeans frogs."
( These endangered frogs are toxic! -
don't ask me why our guide was holding this one!)
of our highlights to Costa Rica was a visit to Manuel Antonio Park.
These monkeys were a real treat.
visit ashore at Drakes Bay was rewarded by the view of beautiful
plantings around the Aquila Osa Inn.
grounds abounded with one beautiful view after another.
the dinghy up the adjacent river was quite an adventure! The rain forest
surrounds everything in this area of Costa Rica.
had a great place to land at the Inn. (right) Trying to land in the surf
when the wind is up in the outside bay area could be problematic.
Aquila Osa Inn in Drake's Bay featured these gorgeous wood carvings on
all the doors. These doors were seen on all the guest cabins as well as
bathroom and kitchen doors.
trekked through the rain forest adjacent to Drake's Bay. This is NOT
virgin forest, but it was pretty impressive anyway. Native populations
have utilized surrounding forests throughout the world. It's only in the
20h and 21st centuries that we have appreciated the concept of
were especially thrilled to view these macaws. They were not as
plentiful as we had imagined. And not easy to photograph either! We
actually thought we'd see flocks of native parrots, but this was not the
case. These birds have been heavily poached to sell as "pets." I think
there should be a ban on owning such birds, the same as owning ivory or
certain exotic furs.
These monkeys were at the Aguila Osa Inn. There were some monkeys who
came around the Inn begging and looking for food. They also liked to
tease the dogs around the grounds.
two monkey photos are Delia's.
walk in the rain forest can have its hazards, just ask Mike! Delia's
a walk around the hotel grounds could be hazardous as well!
leaving Drake's Bay and guys decided to go fishing. Mike was staying
with us on this leg and he was an enthusiastic fisherman. The guys did
pretty well in the fishing department! Here's one of Mike's catches.
brought sushimi aboard Lazy Bones that night!
These are Delia's photos.
into Golfito! (right) We moored at Banana Bay Marina.
Bay was a great place to reconnoiter with other cruisers.
walked around the little town of Golfito in Costa Rica.
ants are carrying away bits of flowers to feed their fungus gardens. The
red bits are pieces of flowers from the tree they're walking down. It's
a bit of a humbling sight. Not only are thousands of ants coordinating
their efforts and carrying relatively huge loads back to their
community, BUT then they engage in a farming effort to feed everyone.
WOW!!! We saw this in the forests and in the towns.
took an inland tour with the Lazy Bones crew. Our tour inland included
fording this river. We got out and the tour bus drove onto the floating
barge. Then this ancient engine was cranked and started to pull us all
across the river. There were cables across the river to keep us from
floating down with the current. There was some talk about building a
bridge here, but this seemed to work just fine. In some ways it seemed
safer than some of the bridges we drove over which, not only were one
lane and NO guardrails, but the tires of the bus had only several inches
of leeway on each side. That was scary!
is a pretty normal road - actually pretty good! Throughout this area we
saw fences that started growing! This is actually an advantage if you
consider the action of termites and normal rotting on a piece of dead
wood. I wanted to give you an idea of the countryside we drove through.
of Costa Rica has electricity, even in the rural areas.
made a pit stop at a tienda.
parents are eager for their children to be educated. The condition of
the schools and the children's uniforms speak to their parents' values.
want you to know that property is available in Costa Rica. (Delia's
we are on our jungle tour. (right)
were very lucky to see not only this three towed sloth (left), but also
a more active juvenile on the right. Not only are
they not easy to see, but they move so slowly that it's hard to identify
their body parts! Also, they live in a warm damp environment and start
to turn green from algae on their fur. Considering how many of these
photos are Delia's I feel compelled to state that the tree sloth photos
of our group came back to take a swim in this natural pool formed by a
waterfall -just behind Scott.
grounds around our lunch stop were intriguing.
gorgeous blooms were all over the place!
grounds around our luncheon stop were fabulous.
returned to Banana Bay through the same rural roads!
We took the same barge contraption to ford the river coming home.
part of our stay at Golfito we enjoyed swimming at a local hotel.
ENJOY IT WE DID!!! (I must have been having too much fun to take
pictures because these are Delia's photos.)