Frogs and spiders and other things!

Trip Start May 01, 2010
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Trip End Apr 30, 2011


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Flag of Costa Rica  , Province of Limon,
Thursday, May 6, 2010

The night before last we went on a night walk in the rainforest. We each carried a torch and scanned the surrounding vegetation. We saw a red-eyed tree frog, tiny little dink frogs that make a dink noise, a couple of snakes, a lizard that was beautifully mottled to help in blend in with its surroundings, and an opossum high up in the tree tops.

Yesterday we took a boat taxi to where the river mouth meets the sea and walked around the base of Cerro Tortuguero, a hill that is actually an extinct volcano. The path was pretty overgrown and we had to scramble over and under logs and through spider infested vegetation. There were tiny bright red poison dart frogs everywhere on the ground. I had to keep reminding Tom that they are poisonous and not to be touched! Scanning the ground for the frogs, I nearly walked right into a massive web complete with large orb spider in the middle! We also saw a monkey with a baby attached to its belly.

After walking around the base of the hill for about 90 minutes and thinking we had missed the path to the top, we eventually found it and climbed up a steep path to the summit where we were rewarded with great views over Tortuguero with the coastline curving into the distance.

Today is Tom's birthday but he wasn't allowed a lie-in! Instead we were up at 5am to take the canoe out into the canals. Early morning is the best time to spot wildlife and it soon gets too hot to lie in bed anyway. The early start paid off and we saw herons, toucans, lizards and howler monkeys. We are going to celebrate Tom's birthday tonight with dinner at Miss Junie's which is supposed to be the best restaurant in the village and we are hoping they serve wine!

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Susan on

Happie Happie Birthday Tom, have an awesome day :) xxx

Erica on

Indeed Happy Birthday!
Hope the texty thing worked?!
Pictures are fab - keep them coming!!
:-) x x

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