Included in the Pachira Lodge package was a boat ride thru the canals giving us a close up view of the rainforest vegetation and wildlife. On our itinerary this activity was slated on the morning of Day 2. Instead, it got switched with another activity. We went boating in the afternoon instead. I was afraid that the weather would be too hot to cruise, but the conditions were perfect.
Let me tell you this is my fave experience in Costa Rica (even surpassing watching a giant green turtle lay eggs).
3:00 pm was the time the jungle cruise/boat ride began. As usual we were split into Spanish speaking and non-Spanish speaking/English speaking groups. On our boat we had Julio as our guide. Ronnie was our driver.
We sailed quietly, the hushed surroundings lent itself to a little meditative moment but we weren’t here to float aimlessly. We were here to see and hear and experience jungle. Parts of the jungle/national park can be explored by foot, which we did yesterday. Most of them can only be explored through the canals. There is an impressive canal system both natural and man-made that offers the best experience.
A tree fell into the canal and it stays there. I asked Julio why the tree wasn't removed, it would cause some trouble to boats especially in the dark. I was told that they leave everything in place. They don't mess with nature. People would just have to work around Nature.
Our driver had keen eyes. While the other boat passed us by because there was no activity going on, he spotted some curious lizards on the branches, by the bushes. He’s very good.
My apologies for this blurry image (so difficult to capture him). This is what they call in Costa Rica a JESUS CHRIST lizard. Why? Because this little critter moves so fast that it appears he's walking on water.
Can you see him?
.......to be continued