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Published: April 19th 2014
I'm awake really early again so finish packing, have a bit of grub and then head to the beach for a last look at the Carribean Sea before we have to leave wonderful Tortuguera. I get in a few silly selfies and Kathryn helps me out with some of my trade mark jumping photos.
We board the boat, different driver this time, and find he's a bit of a speedy one. We zoom down the main river, wash smashing into the banks, and soon reach the turning into the 'Lucky River' not Luci river as I'd thougt it was previously! It's a translation of Rio la Suerte. Despite going quicker this time we still manage to spot quite a few things, the most abundant of which being the basilisks. These irridescent, brilliant green beauties are sunning themselves on logs and bankside all the way along this stretch of the Rio la Suerte.
Further along the river we see two Snowy Egrets, a Great Kisceeda Flycatcher, and another of my favourite Small Blue Herons. But the best spot of the day is seen by Maria our boat guide and she gets our boat driver to back us up to have
a better look at the baby crocodile whose nose is pointing down towards the water's edge. What a stunner.
We also get to watch a group of vultures actually on the ground all fighting over a dead fish. Then last but by no means least we see another caiman.
We arrive back at the selubrious town of Delux Toilets (see previous blog page) and transfer bags from the boat and onto a private minibus we decided to pay an extra $10 for. It would've been fun to see if a chicken dained to grace us with its presence on the public bus but would have taken three hours longer to arive at our next destination.
After stopping off at a supermarket and fruit market to stock up on beers and snacks we get back on the road again. We see loads more banana plantations, the fruits encased in their protective blue bags. there are also fields of pineapple plants. I've never seen pineapples growing before and am surprised how small they are compared to the size of the fruits.
We arrive at our next hotel which is an eco friendly lodge bed and breakfast set up
run by this fab guy Alex Martinez who has such a great philosophy on nature and the environment. Some people have tree houses to stay in. I have a beautifully quirky double room with lovely bird and flower murals over the walls. There is a plant in a teapot in the shower and all sorts of interesting nik naks around the place. In the porch I have a hammock - wonderful to lay swaying gently back and forth, beer in hand listening to the sounds of the birds and letting my thoughts meander. We meet Mingo the resident black and white cat who loves having his head rubbed. He's only one of about three cats I've seen so far in Costa Rica, dogs seem to be far more popular here. Near to the communal breakfast area is a tree branch with pieces of banana attached and we watch beautifully colourful birds coming to feed. There's blue grey tanigers, scarlet rumped tanigers and a very plain looking brown bird, the clay-coloured robin which strangely is actually the national bird of Costa Rica.
We have been given a string of options for things to do and while others are umming and
ahhing about which to do I shoot up my hand for the 'all of the above' option. I'm not likely to come back to Costa Rica again - too many other places in the world I'd like to see - so it's an easy choice to pick them ALL!
And so I set off with most of the group to visit the world renowned La Silva Biological Station...
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