Fiesta and Costa Rican Wildlife
Trip Start Feb 01, 2012
21Trip End Feb 21, 2012
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Where I stayed
Hotel de Campo
What I did
Clare set her alarm for 6 for the 6:30 bird watch walk with Lou. Quite a few people were out - mainly in front of the restaurant where there are some bird feeders. There were flycatchers, the clay-colored robin, a pair of woodpeckers, maybe a special trogon. Then we ate breakfast and packed up to leave. We were early so everyone waited around for awhile. It was a great place and I kind of hated to leave it. I especially liked the night noises.
As we drove, we saw pineapple plantations but no pineapples. We drove through what Lou termed as cowboy country where there was a lot of livestock raised. Then we were treated to a real cowboy experience: a combination religious celebration and rodeo or county fair. We stopped in Venecia where they were having a grand fiesta to celebrate the saint's day of San Miguel
After this nice little unplanned stop, we stopped at Muelle for lunch at the Restaurant Iguana. Lou told us to order our lunch - she recommended the special plates - before going out to take photos of the iguanas. The males are bright orange; the females duller. There were even some babies - a male and female.
Our drive took us through sugar cane fields, some processing plants for sugar, some yucca fields and some fields of black beans. There were also a lot of small holdings with pastures for the brahma cattle and other livestock. We also passed the region's largest pig abattoir. Lou handed out a Spanish language sheet and a food sheet. At one point we got off the highway onto a gravel road in order to get to Cano Negro - the park where we were headed. Lou said this is not a touristy area and we would love it. It is a marshland and the best place for birds on the trip. Did I mention that Lou is extremely knowledgeable about birds? She is probably a twitcher.
Once we arrived and got into our rooms, we got ready for a walk or ramble or a wildlife spotting excursion. There were some parrots on the road here plus a bunch of other birds that we had stopped for - a great egret, some cattle egrets, tanagers, hmmm, woodpeckers maybe and some other ones
We walked slowly back to the hotel and when we got on the road, we decided to go look for howler monkeys. The guide made a howler monkey sound and the monkeys answered him. Lou tried too and got answers. The howlers didn't come any closer really but we did get to see a bit of them. I walked back with Jane and we stopped at the little store here next to the hotel. I think it is called Hotel Campo. I will probably go to dinner in a little while and only get a little bit to eat since I ate lots for lunch.