Day 6 of 8-Day Costa Rica Adventure: Osa Costal Hike & Rio Claro Canoeing

by Josephine December. 31, 2015 2415 views

5:30am wake-up call for our hike on the 7-mile costal trail []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 [] 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 [].

I later found out that the Guide to the Birds of Costa Rica [] (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 [], 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.

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Josephine 5 years, 3 months ago

Thanks, everyone! The photo captions are now up. :) Enjoy!

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Sara G 5 years, 3 months ago

Oh and congratulations!

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Sara G 5 years, 3 months ago

Lovely scenes..looks so beautiful there and so much fun! #22 my fav. Great shot with slow speed.

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Chris Cann 5 years, 3 months ago

I like the first but on scrolling down I find that gorgeous looking bird in #22 and that's the winner. Hope you had a blast and congrats on F.P.

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Kara Bana 5 years, 3 months ago

Fabulous painting like pics, congrats on FP.

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Bill Baird 5 years, 3 months ago

Great set. I also love that first shot ! Congrats on the FP !!

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Jacki 5 years, 3 months ago

That first shot is spectacular!!! Do I recognize this as Costa Rica? Did you spot any sloths in the trees along the river?

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Abby 5 years, 3 months ago

A beautiful set! Congratulations on FP!!!

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Marilyn Grimble 5 years, 3 months ago

Congrats. on your F.P! Mx

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Lealeb 5 years, 3 months ago

Nice pictures ;)

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Maud - Normandie - France 5 years, 3 months ago

Bravo pour la FP !! La 12 est très belle !!

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John Parsons 5 years, 3 months ago

Wonderful scenes - love all the tree roots.

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Antonio Gil 5 years, 3 months ago

Images of intense beauty

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