of what rainforest looks like, here on the grounds of Selva Verde in
the primary rainforest across the Rio Sarapiqui from the lodge.
at Rara Avis about a 20 minute walk from the dining hall. Good place
for swimming and seeing the birds and other animals of the forest. We
spotted an anteater on the way back to the lodge.
is along the road if you drive over Poas volcano and head for the northern
Rara Avis we drove to Lake Arenal. It was a long drive through farm
land, open pastures with different crops planted in fields, cattle.
Roads are fairly good in Costa Rica, with their peculiarities, the road
almost always necks down to one lane at a bridge. You will hit some
sections of unpaved road now and then with a fair share of potholes
thrown in. But in general the roads are pretty good compared to many
other places we have visited and you can make decent time on them. Signs
are hit and miss, mostly miss and you will find yourself backtracking
occasionally to a intersection you missed.
along the roadside near Arenal waiting for free handouts from the tourists.
There were some bus tours going around the lake and they made regular
stops here, as the cotamundis were well aware of. If this is eco-tourism
then we need to make some changes. Its the tour operators that start
this sort of thing by regularly feeding the animals so the sun burnt
air con tourists can get a snap shot of some "wild life".