Monday, 7 May 2012

Lake Arenal & La Fortuna

April 10th I packed up the bike and headed out again.   This time for La Fortuna, Costa Rica.  I had heard the police were very strict so I was carefull to obey the posted limits.  Apparently the fine for going 100km/h in a 80km/h zone is $100 US!  Not sure if this is true, but I didn't want to find out.

Lake Arenal is beautiful.  The west side has a clay bank that gives the water an incredible turquiose hue, but it was hard to find a place to stop for a picture.

When I did manage to stop, there was some Germans pulled over trying to deal with snapped leaf spring on their truck.  I helped to put it back into place so they could wire it up and then I was on my way again.

Just as I passed the North end of the Lake, I see this little fellow on the side of the road.  I recognize the Coatimundi as I've encountered them before in the Yucatan.  Fantastic little creatures.
The typical very curious looking Coatimundi.

Volcan Arenal is impressive.

I book myself on a nature hike with a guide names Giovani and he turns out to be quite the character as you can see in this photo.
The first time I've ever seen a Tocan.
I believe it's tropical Kingbird.
Giovani proves it is possible to swing on a vine like tarzan.

We see a hole in the ground and before we know it Giovani has run and reached right into it.

He pulls out this huge frog and after showing it to us he jams it back into it's hole.
Of course no tour is complete without some Howler Monkey's which are incredibly hard to get a good picture of.

Two of the girls on the tour that were staying at my hostel.
My first tour was so great I decide to take another down the  Rio Peñas Blánca in a kayak.

Hidden up in the trees is a Oriole Snake.
Sitting on a log and looking like a leaf is the Emerald Basilisk.
Mantled Howler Monkey.
We had an excellent guide.

Our guide spotted these on a tree truck and I'm the only one that knew what they were.   Can't say they are my favorite, but definetly interesting.
If you guessed bats, you're right.  In this picture you can see these two with their heads raised up.
Very have to see, but definetly a Two-toed sloth.  Good thing we had the guide for this one because he was incredibly hard to spot.
A Green Iguana.

I can tell you this is definetly a bird, but that's about it.  Maybe an Anhingo?
Dinner with some friends from the Arenal Backpacker's Resort.  What a great place that was!
The red palms are quite nice.
I decide to start looking ahead to my crossing of the Darien Gap.  It looks like there is a 50' Catamaran leaving in 4 days.  I email captain Fritz and asking if there is room on the boat and pack my things just in case.  

Later that day I get word that there is still room aboard and head South without time to waste and it starts to rain shortly after I leave.

I ride through San Jose and choke on the exhaust.  I've been told it's a big dirty city same a most big cities, and it's comfirmed on my ride through.   I never second guess passing through without stopping.

I keep pushing on and it starts to get dark and foggy, but I feel the ugency to get further south if I want to be catch my Catamaran and keep going.  It's a long, long day and I finally reach Dominical.

I watch a bunch of drunk surfer gringos for entertainment while I eat a hambuger and finally hit the hay for a well earned sleep.

1 comment:

  1. Some great shots Clax. I am really starting to my days of retirement,so I can throw a leg over a bike and just get away. I am really thinking Oz / NZ. so I can really get away and take some interesting shots of stuff that we hardly ever see.