Costa Rica 1: Selva Verde

We arrived in San Jose a little late due to the usual airline delays and were met by guide Manfred and driver Roberto. Headed off in the van to Selva Verde on the Sarapiqui River, stopping at the Mega Super on the way for some supplies. Selva Verde Lodge is on a private preserve along the river. We were greeted there by a cockroach the size of Nebraska! The following morning we took a rafting trip down the Sarapiqui (with guide Jose). The river was low, so no huge rapids, just enough to be good fun. We had a break for a swim and fruit, then ended back at the lodge for lunch. After lunch a nature walk with guide Michael where we saw poison dart frogs, a glass frog, howler monkeys, and many bugs and spiders. In the late afternoon back to another part of the river for a boat ride, from which we saw plenty of wildlife including toucans, sloth, bats, and plenty of birds. At breakfast the following morning we saw aracaris (a kind of toucan) and oropendolas at the feeders, among lots of other birds.

The Mega Super
Shopping at the Mega Super
Coffee Beans on the hoof
River with mineral coloration
Male tree frog
Tree frog
Suspension bridge at Selva Verde
Ben on the bridge; tripod was VERY useful the whole trip.
Kathy on the bridge
Cool plant
Cool plant close-up
Rafters ready to go!
Rafting
Rafting
Rafting
Rafting
High-five in the raft
Rafting
Rafting
Middle of the ride
Middle of the ride
Flower
Flowers at Selva Verde
Tree frog
Tree frog
Tree frog
Flowers
David shoots
It's a jungle out there!
Flycatcher
Flycatcher
Mushrooms
Spider
Green poison dart frog
Millipede
Climbing ivy
"Blue jeans" poison dart frog
Mushroom
Kathy and guide Michael
Kathy and old vine
Tree fungus
Nice leaf
Hairy tree
Howler monkey
Stump
Vines
Stick bug
Glass frog
Flora on flora
Snowy egrets
Anhinga
Anhinga
Iguana in the tree
Howler monkey
Howler monkey
Howler monkey
Long-nose bats
Long-nose bats
Kingfisher
Mangrove swallows
Mangrove swallow
Us in the boat
Anhinga
Little Blue Heron
Chestnut-mandibled Toucan
Long-tailed Tyrant
Three-toed sloth
Three-toed sloth
Three-toed sloth
Blue gray tanager
Bird
Bird
Montezuma Oropendola
Montezuma Oropendola
Collared Aracari
Collared Aracari
Collared Aracari
Collared Aracari
Collared Aracari
Collared Aracari
Collared Aracari

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