Friday, May 5, 2017

Costa Rica - Part 1

After a year of planning and anticipating, we along with our son Troy and his wife Carmen left Madison for the Caribbean side of Costa Rica.  After a day of flying we were shuttled from San José to Hotel Bougainvillea.  With extensive gardens of tropical trees and flowers.  We only had a couple hours in the morning to explore before heading to our first adventure.
Rufous-naped Wren

Blue-gray Tanager


We had a bus ride through Braulio Carrillo National Park and the mountains to the Caribbean side of Costa Rica stopping for breakfast and a walk through a butterfly atrium.
Unknown tropical butterfly

Blue-morph caterpillar  

Blue-morph Butterfly


We then boarded a boat on the Rio Suerte and the coastal canal for 1 1/2 hours to Laguna Lodge where we enjoyed birding the grounds and a dip in the pool plus great meals.

There were beautiful tile mosaics on floors and walls all over the lodge area.

The next morning, we took the Nature awakening boat tour of the Tortuguero National Park and were treated to the exotic birds and wildlife of Eastern Costa Rica.

Bare-throated Tiger-Heron

Northern Jacana

Keel-billed Toucan

Purple Gallinule 

Green Basilisk 

Amazon Kingfisher

White-faced Capuchin 

After breakfast back at the lodge, we re-boarded the open top boats for different back-water streams at the park.
Strawberry Poison-dart Frog 1/2 inch long


Many flies were pestering the caiman

Boat-billed Heron

Green Ibis

Three-toed Sloth

That evening we explored the frog ponds, looking for the iconic Red-eyed Leaf Frog.  Ty got some great photos, but I ran into a nest of fire ants that itched for the rest of the trip, (22 bites on my left foot alone).

Fire Ant hill

Green Iguana - five feet +

Red-lored Parrot by tree cavity 

We walked the grounds early next day and walked to the beach enjoying the cooler breeze.  It was hot (95) and humid (95%) most of the time.
Montezuma Oropendola

Great Green Macaw

Pale-billed Woodpecker

Brown Basilisk

White-ringed Flycatcher

Magnificent Frigatebird 

We then took the boat ride back to the dock where we boarded the welcoming air-conditioned bus to the restaurant where we would pick up our rental car to drive to our next destination and adventure.

Goliath Beetle munching sugar cane

A Howler Monkey roars good-bye as we travel on.

Love & Prayers,
Ty & Ida Baumann

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