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Day 8 - Monteverde to Manuel Antonio

Puntarenas Province
 

 

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Quite a long travel day as we left the cloud forest and headed south on the Pan-American Highway to the coast and lowland rainforest.

Pictures of our cabin at Monteverde on the morning we left...

 



A roadworker takes shade under a traffic cone...


We stopped at Tarcoles for a crocodile & bird safari and didn't have to go far up river to find either of them.

Possibly as a result of trips in the past feeding them, rather than hiding, the crocs would come towards the boats...



Another American Crocodile (much larger than the Caiman ) we'd seen in Tortuguero...
 


 
The river runs from San Jose and the banks were strewn with rubbish and debris washed down from the city many miles upriver - they don't mention it in the notes, but it's the dirtiest, most contaminated river in Costa Rica! It made for some incongruous sights...

Brahman cattle drink nervously at the river's edge...

Where there's cattle, there's no shortage of Cattle Egrets waiting for their cow...

Roseate Spoonbill...

    

Posing Wood Storks...




Mangrove Swallow...


Bromeliads loading a tree...


Great Kiskadee...


Basilisk Lizard...




Where the Tarcoles river meets the Pacific in the Gulf of Nicoya...




Another Crocodile near the dock...


Urinals...


Banded Peacock on a flower about 5 feet from the same outdoor urinals...


We had lunch in Jaco, which looked like a slightly shabby party town...


Scarlet Macaws near Tarcoles. Now very rare, we saw this flock from the roadside, very high in the trees and 100's of yards away ...


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Next Stop - Day 9 - Manuel Antonio


Day 1 - Travel to San Jose Day 6 - To Monteverde Day 11 - Golfito
Day 2 - To Tortuguero Day 7 - Monteverde Day 12 - To Savegre Valley
Day 3 - Tortuguero Day 8 - To Manuel Antonio Day 13 - Savegre Valley
Day 4 - To La Fortuna Day 9 - Manuel Antonio Day 14 - To San Jose
Day 5 - La Fortuna Day 10 - To Golfito Day 15 - San Jose & Home

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