Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Costa Rica Day 3 - Tortuguero National Park

Brochure:  Set out on an early morning bird watching excursion that explores the variety of local species and migratory birds that flock to this area • On a boat cruise, keep an eye out for wildlife that includes howler monkeys, sloths, toucans and caimans, as well as exotic flora • Tortuguero National Park, a study in rain forest, freshwater, and marine biology, protects over 350 species of birds and mammals • Seek out green macaws; 57 species of amphibians; 111 species of reptiles; and 60 mammal species, including 13 of Costa Rica's endangered animals, including jaguars, tapirs, ocelots, cougars, river otters and manatees.
8a Fixing to get on the boat for a cruise down the river to look for stuff.  Went to bed early last night because we were so tired, but the howler monkeys started up around 3am.  Man they are really loud, more like howler roosters.  Then they started throwing acorns on the roof or something. They finally stopped and I got a good night's rest.

6:30p  What a great day we had. Saw lots of different species of birds, reptiles large and small, and monkeys.  In between the 2 boat trips Jan and I took a water taxi to town and walked up the beach to look for my first Costa Rica geocache.  Found it!  Dinner is about to start. They're feeding us 3 meals and 2 snacks a day. Never even have time to get hungry.  Leaving in the morning for the next stop.

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