Drake bay is beautiful and the surrounding jungle is even better. It is close to Corcovado National Park, the most pristine wilderness that Costa Rica has to offer. We found a room on the edge of town with a shaded patio overlooking a jungle stream (where we spent a lot of time hoping for a breeze to cool us, it is a hot and humid place). The sound of the waves and frogs from the nearby stream lulled us to sleep the first night, and t we slept to the pitter patter of rain on the tin roof the second.
We walked around the small town, along the beach and through the jungle where we saw a few blue morpho butterflies flitting around (amazingly bright blue the size of my outstretched hand) and a pair of scarlet macaws (they are loud critters, squawking to each other as they flew by).
On the way out of the Osa, we wanted to camp as close to Corcovado Park as we could get, hoping it would yield more wildlife, and it did! We sat in our chairs, looking into the trees, enjoying a cold cocktail (so glad Steve decided to bring a fridge!) when Steve spotted what we’ve been calling a monkeycat (two of my favorite critters in one!) It held onto branches with it’s prehensile tail (like a monkey), but walked on the branches (like a cat) rather than swinging from them. It didn’t seem to mind us standing under it’s tree watching it's every move. Eventually it meandered off through the branches. We recently learned it’s called a kinkajou and is nocturnal, our sighting was rare.
A little later we heard a rucous in the trees, a spider monkey was standing on one branch and shaking another, looking at us, screaming as though asking “what are you doing here?!” We took pictures as it swung off through the trees, screeching it’s way into the distance. Also a few occasions when the branches and leaves rustled and shook as though little tornados were making their way through an otherwise still jungle, it must have been monkeys. As it turned to dusk, the cicadas started to sing, we saw fire flies, we ate dinner, then it started to sprinkle and we crawled inside to sleep. A perfect evening.
In order to get to remote destinations it's necessary to drive the road less traveled... unless, of course, you take a boat, which is faster and easier! But our adventure is with Rover, so we drove the road to Bahia Drake on the Osa Peninsula. It was fun with narrow, rutty roads, about a half dozen stream crossings, a few precarious bridges, and plenty of steep uphill and equally steep downhill, luckily Rover can handle it and I’m getting less nervous on roads like these. It’s becoming less frequent that I squeal when we reach angles that used to make me think we’d tip over.