We traversed Costa Rica yesterday and are now in the Tortoguero National Forest. Our lodge is deep enough into the rainforest that a family of howler monkeys provided our 5am wake up call today. Most of our day was spent on an open boat floating our way through this wonderful nature preserve. Our Tauck provided tour guides have been absolutely exceptional. They grew up locally in the rainforest hunting for the first part of their lives. Now they are naturalists who can name every plant and animal in English, Spanish and Latin, tell you about the various medicinal uses of plants and provide in depth histories of the area. The depth of knowledge of these men who have barely an 8th grade formal education is phenomenal.
But rather than go on in words, I’ll tell today’s story via photos. All of these animals and flowers were seen in the rivers and canals of Tortoguero National Forest today(3/29/2012). They were taken while floating or speeding on the river tours using a Nikon D7000 with a 300mm zoom lens.
June 29, 2012