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Guapiles, Rio Blanco, Arial Tram - December 29, 2009

Great birding at Rio Blanco added at least a dozen new species to my life list and a trip over the jungle from a vultures perspective.

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Guapiles - Arial Tram - December 29, 2009

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We turned inland for New Years partly because it was difficult to get accomodation and in part because we wondered if the climate change of cooler mountain air would leave us pyning for the coast.

We considered how much we may regret not taking the Rain Forest Arial Tram, as we always do when considering our daily average cost may jump more than $5, and decided to go for it. We were given a serious discount by the gracious hosts at Rio Blanco Ecolodge so that the $85 combined cost for 2 would likely be worth it.

It was stunning to float noislessly over and through the rain forest and although we were not as fortunate as others staying at the lodge we did manage to hear some unique bird songs and witness the trails and trees through which the monkeys, sloths and iguanas would travel. Our guide was extremely well informed and gave us a lot of detail on the jungle but paused long enough to gather in the silence. The german/Swiss couple who went the next day saw lots of monkeys and Toucans as well as some very large poisonous spiders to the suprise and excitement of the guides. His pictures were spectacular, but my video which follows here describes well..... a more functional quality of our tour.

The tram ride is about an hour in length and ground tour is a bit more depending on what you are lucky enough to see. Leaning over the edge of the gondola is not for the faint of heart as was noted by our guide before we left.

"Do either of you have any fear of heights?" she asked.

When we replied that we would be OK as long green snakes were not about slip through the canvas cover, she laughed and replied.

"I have had people lying dead still on the bottom of this gondola for the whole trip when they had embarqued without recognizing the motion and distance from the ground" laughing "..but I have never had a big green snake in here that was not part of the tour"

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The Ecolodge at Rio Blanco is located on the ridge of a great canyon which at it's base has clear cool river running over and around acres of round slippery rocks save but for one sink hole which you can swim in. The trail down to the river is a bit tricky as you can see with a view from the top in the video.

There appears to be a minute or so of video of the beach on our return to Punta Uva.

I had not realized just how hard Caroyn had been working until I found her in serious conversation with a couple of little Mayan fellows who were also waiting for dinner.

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The rain brings with some gorgeous cloud formations and annoints the foliage with clear coat of moisture which intensifies the colors beneath.

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Posted by WebWeaver 09:27 Archived in Costa Rica Tagged armchair_travel

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