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Published: February 25th 2010
Curu Wildlife Refuge
We're ready to start the jungle tour.
We drove for almost 90 minutes (over asphalt roads with mucho grande potholes (many were about 8 inches deep or more - the rest were washboard gravel). We arrived in Curu at the Curu Wildlife Refuge.
A guide took us on a tour of the area jungle. He explained that they manage the area by planting some areas with food for the animals (bananas for example). We learned about many of the native trees and animals but didn’t really see very many animals except for monkeys. There were white faced monkeys both in the jungle and a whole family of them around the area where we waited for our boat ride. I took a bunch of pictures and a video that I’ll try to upload. I apologize that parts are a little shaky. We also swatted at hordes of mosquitoes - there was an unusual dry season rain a couple of days earlier.
After the tour we took a boat ride to Isla Tortuga, stopping to snorkel on the way. A very tasty lunch was prepared—lots of fruit, parrot fish in a sauce, roasted potatoes, some bean dip served in a coconut shell. It was
a nice day but I wish the snorkeling would have been better. I saw one school of bright yellow fish swim by but not much else. The waters were a little murky due to wave action.
We have another tour to do a zipline and more on Wednesday. That update will be coming soon!
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