Boat ride on the famous Tarcoles River!

Trip Start Nov 26, 2013
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Flag of Costa Rica  , Province of Puntarenas,
Thursday, December 5, 2013

Day 10 - afternoon/evening

Temperature: 33 Celsius
Weather:  Partly cloudy skies, crescent moon in evening

 From the river's shoreline, I jumped with joy as the views in front of me of Costa Rica’s lush green vegetation and mountains were a photographer’s paradise!  In other words, the landscape was quite something!



I was anxious to board the motorized boat, start my "Jungle Crocodile Safari" and cruise down this narrow brown colored river infested with tons of crocodiles and wildlife living along it!  



Upon setting foot on the long narrow boat, I rapidly settled on the last bench way at the end of it.   I much preferred it there; freedom of movement and fantastic views from the back!  



In the distance, grey colored clouds covered the summit of the mountains whereas above us, a blue colored sky with puffy white clouds!   The weather was still very hot and the sun’s rays still intense but at least the motorized boat had a canopy over it to provide us some shade!



And then my two hour boat ride began as the operator of the craft slowly made his way down the contaminated river stopping on numerous occasions to point out many species of birds resting along the river’s edge or hiding in the lush green trees!



Not being able to stand still, I kept moving around the craft going from back to front and back again as I tried to capture as much as possible this “bird watching paradise!”



Noted for its mangrove forests, the guide informed us that this Tarcoles River was a wonderful and crucial habitat for hundreds of species and a wide variety of sea and shore birds and wildlife.    



      I was able to spot many of these birds within this two hours boat ride but most importantly, very lucky to see two of the endangered large red, yellow and blue Scarlet Macaw also knows as American parrot! 



They came out of nowhere and flew way above our heads while I was fast enough to capture their flight on camera!   They’re considered endangered today due local extinction through habitat destruction and capture for the parrot trade!



But enough talking about birds!   As much as they were nice to see, lots of crocodiles were also spotted along the shore resting in mud or preying on birds around them!   They were interesting to watch closely!



Our two hour boat ride was enormously enjoyed and time flew by fast.   Back on dry land, we boarded our motor coach for our hour and a half ride back to Puntarenas!



Once onboard the Legend of the Seas, Michel and I relaxed a bit while watching the sunset in the horizon.    This was followed by having dinner this evening in the Windjammer instead of the Main Dining Room because I wanted to see the cruise ship lift anchor!  



We left Puntarenas port at 7:00pm this evening under dark skies, warm breeze and views of a crescent moon shining way above our heads!    Life couldn’t get any better!   I still felt wonderful with no motion sickness!

 Monique   :-)
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