5:30am wake-up call for our hike on the 7-mile costal trail [tripadvisor.com]that connects Drake Bay to Corcovado National Park. No roads and no cars here – must traverse by foot!We walked for two hours on the trail from Copa de Arbol to Rio Claro. My walking sticks came in handy. Life finds a foothold everywhere in Costa Rica. Wild, secluded beaches dot the 7-mile trail. We saw only one other family on our 2-hour hike! Another beach with nobody around. Hard to hike through sand, but still loved it. Two hours later, we arrive! The beach at Rio Claro. The steaming jungle. Much like Sir Francis Drake [anywherecostarica.com] before him. Gavin wondering why we hiked all that way when we could have taken the local ‘taxi’. Gabriel takes us on a Canoe ride through Rio Claro, where we see monkeys, sloths, a boat-billed heron, jesus lizards, and all different kinds of beautiful birds [amazon.com]. I later found out that the Guide to the Birds of Costa Rica [amazon.com] (originally published in 1989) was instrumental in the creation of eco-tourism in Costa Rica – encouraging nature lovers and bird enthusiasts to travel to the country, thereby making its lush jungles an invaluable asset to the national economy and conservation a new national priority. Fascinating stuff. Lying down makes for ergonomic bird-viewing: much less strain on my neck. Brief swimming stop. Luckily, there are no tourist-eating bull sharks or alligators in the Rio Claro, though they do swim in other rivers. Don't remember the name of this type of bird. We saw many beautiful ones [amazon.com], some small and some quite large. Gabriel pointed them out for us. Hiking to the waterfall where Gavin almost slipped because he refused to roll up his pants. :P Waiting for the boat to bring us back to Copa de Arbol. Completely knackered.