Day 17/23

Morning

It has been raining all night. I stay in bed until breakfast at 07:00. The Swiss people are there already. They intend to go to Sirena, in the middle of Corcovado National Park. Here you can see a lot of wild animals.

I have been thinking about this before going on this trip, but have left it for the time being. Next time I most definitely want to go there. They will drive to Carate via the same road that I am going to take tomorrow. From there it is possible to take a boat.

After dinner I go out for a hike. I am thinking about hiking the 4900 meter long Fila Trail that goes the most far into the forest. I only notice that to get there, I have to walk back via the road. Therefore, I choose the Trocha Trail dat intercepts the Fila Trail at the far end. It seems like all trails ascend on the same mountain here. Because of all yesterdays’ rain the floor is very muddy.

First a photograph of a large fern and the thick jungle behind it.

Jungle

Soon I notice a small red flower, the size of a finger top.

Flower

A couple of meters further another one, pink this time.

Flower

This morning I discovered that wearing a swimming trousers is the best thing to do. On top of that a trekking trousers with the legs removed and light shirt with sleeves rolled up. Those covered arms and legs are a pain here with all that moisture. Everything sticks to your body. The lower legs are protected by the snake covers of course. The whole trail is full with branches, leaves and other stuff and you could overlook a snake very easily here. Another group sees a Coral Snake on the trail. This is the most poisonous snake around here.

The water is pooring from my body immediately and after half an hour it seems like I have been swimming with my clothes on. Completely soaked. The trail keeps climbing, just like yesterday, but the clay underneath is very slippery this time. After an hour of climbing I just have to rest a little. This is a very heavy exercise.

Just as I am about to take a photograph of myself, a group comes around and I pretend like I am photographing the jungle (-;

Jungle

I continue walking the Fila Trail for a while, but this is far from easy. Several times I slip away. A thin layer of leaves is covering the slippery clay. As soon as you step on it on a slope, you slip and most of the time fall on your face. In other places you sink away in the mud up to your ankles. There is so much rubbish on the trail that I decide to turn around. It is fine and I return the same way I came.

After a while I find a lizzard that is in the process of changing its skin. As I approach it, it warns me with a vivid orange shield under his chin.

Lizzard

First a dragonfly then. This photograph consists of 7 separate photographs to get all details sharp.

Dragonfly

In the meantime the lizzard is more relaxed with me being close to him.

Lizzard

A fly provides for a nice opportunity.

Fly

On the other side of the trail, there are a couple of ferns with seedboxes on the underside of their leafs.

Fernleaf

A bit further things become really messy.

Jungle

I see a lot of plants here that you can buy at home.

Jungle

The jungle is really thick out here…

Jungle

…and beautifully varied.

Jungle

The last one for this morning is a closeup of a fernleaf.

Fernleaf

Weird is that you see barely animals. Most probably they are here, but the only thing you see is green stuff. I have heared others about this as well.

Afternoon

Back in my cabin, it is close to lunch time. I take a quick shower and put on dry clothes for a change. I clean the wet clothes immediately with soap, something I did not do during the first week. Because it will get dirty on first use again, I just let it go, but the stench after a few days is unbareable.

Before lunch I have a chat with a couple of English girls that are here with a group. They have spotted a couple of Tucans yesterday along the road to the village. Something to keep in mind.

The lunch is good again: typical spicy soup (not a clue what is inside), chicken taco’s and two sweet cinnamon flavoured balls as dessert. Do not know what it is, but it tastes really delicious.

After lunch I chase a couple of birds in the garden and after a while I manage to capture one of them.

Bird

I also spot a lizzard that stays put for just long enough.

Lizzard

Then I walk towards the village, in search for the Tucans and I find them soon. They are very shy. With the smallest possible move I make, they head off and keep a very sharp look on me. Before they fly away I manage to catch one of them. Their flying makes a very funny sound, just like an old warbird.

Tucan

The red-and-black birds (I was chasing in the garden) are here as well, but these are very withdrawn. The leaf-cutting ants are represented here also. They can strip a tree completely within one night. Their holes are enormous, 4-5 meters is nothing. Wonder what the size underground might be.

Leaf cutting ants

Along the road I notice a couple of bushes with vivid red flowers. Easy to get a couple of nice images.

Flower

A nice little bird on barbwire.

Bird

And a weird bird in the grass. At first there are two of them, but before I am close enough to take a photograph, one them snoops away into the bushes.

Bird

In the grass I notice two butterflies. Another composite of two photographs. Both butterflies were photographed separately, because they close their wings one after the other and I really want a photograph with both of them having their wings open.

Butterflies

After waiting a while, the Tucans return. Photographing them is difficult, because they are constantly obscured by foliage and they are very high in the tree. Here I meet a couple that belongs to the British group.

Tucan

It seems like they are going to ruin it for me, because they are walking in far too fast. The Tucans are getting ready to take off again. Luckily I can make clear to them in time to go very slowly.

Tucan

We walk back towards the lodge with the three of us. Halfway we find an alligator in a small pond.

Alligator

Alligator

Flower

Just like I expected, it starts raining around 16:00, just like yesterday. I have been walking around here for two hours now and it is time go inside.

At the time I finish my shower, it rains really hard.

Maps, Charts & Downloads

GPS Information is not available for this day, because I forgot to switch it on.

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