Even though I had seen some animals in Tortuguero and Cahuita, I am sure with a guided tour I would have seen a lot more. Not so in the area around La Fortuna. Here I booked two guided tours with Desafio, one a combo tour around the volcano Arenal and the other to the river Celeste. And it does make a difference when a professional walks with you through a national park or if you are on your own.
Let’s take these monkey for example. Without the telescope of our guide, I wouldn’t have seen them at Mistico.
I am not sure if you can see that but on this tree is a green snake. Can you see the loop on the lower left side. That is part of the snake.
Another spectacular find was this tiny red frog, which just a blob on my picture. Honestly it didn’t look much better in reality and I am glad I even saw it. It makes a terrible racket for such a tiny creature though.
Or here we saw a bird and a small gecko sharing the same part of a tree. As much as I love my phone, for animal photography it’s not the best tool. Sorry therefore that some of the pictures are quite blurred and you need to use your imagination.
The badger on the other hand was nice enough to pose for a picture. Although I still had to be quick. He enjoyed running around and giving the tourists a show.
Here we have a bee hive from which you see exactly nothing, if you wouldn’t know what to look for. The little wax tube is entrance to the hive.
While hiking around the Rio Celeste in the Parque Nacional Volcano Tenorio I saw this empty shell of a large bug. I am not really sure what it was, but I am glad it only left the shell behind. I wouldn’t want to meet it so close with a living creature still inside. Yours, Pollybert