I have always loved writing, and now that I am retired I thought I would be able to find time to write, but it seems that I still manage to fill my days with activities. I have however found that while I travel, I enjoy writing about some of the interesting things we do. I hope you enjoy reading of our adventures as much as I like writing about them.
Wednesday, December 26, 2018
Walking In Carara
Walking In Carara
Costa Rica which is only the size of
west Virginia, has 27 national parks scattered throughout the
country. These parks contain an amazing variety of wildlife and
ecosystems. I discovered that there was one park just at the base of
the mountain where we are staying, so we decided it deserved a visit
and a walk.
Carara National Park, is known for it's
large population of birds, especially scarlet macaws which we have
observed around the villa in the morning and evenings. The park
charged $10 USD to get in and there are aways guides willing to show
you around for a fee. Our goal was just for a good walk, since the
villa is so relaxing we were really neglecting our walking (You
already know how hard it is walking on the road), so we elected to go
on our own. The park is located just down the road from the popular
bridge over the Rio Tárcoles
which is usually crowded with tourists peering down at the crocodiles
sunning themselves in the river.
We were surprised to find that the park
has a nice loop trail that is completely wheelchair accessible. This
loop is paved with concrete and has nice interpretive signs along the
way in English and Spanish. We did this loop, and then ventured off
on the rougher trails through the jungle. All the trails are easy to
follow and well marked, although you have to watch where you are
walking because of the roots, vines and rocks waiting to trip the
The best time to visit the park is
either at dawn or dusk when the birds are coming or going, but we
were going at around noon, so we did not expect to see so many of the
birds. A short way into the first loop however we heard the raucous
call of the scarlet macaw, and searching the treetops we we able to
see three sitting in the top of one tree. Their brilliant blue and
red colouring make them easy to find among the trees. We also saw one
little rodent in the underbrush a small round flightless bird, and a
good sized gecko. The leaf-cutter ant were a surprise. Walking along
the trail we came upon a green stripe crossing the trail. A closer
look revealed hundreds of ants each carrying a little piece of a
leaf. We stopped twice to observe these industrious little creatures.
Although we did not see many animals,
the trees were especially interesting. It is fascinating to see so
many different trees. Many were so tall you could not see the tops,
and the large buttress root systems can provide hiding spaces for the
Another pleasant surprise was the heat.
Although it was 29º
out, the trails through the park were sheltered and not that hot. It
made for an altogether pleasant walk.