Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Danta Corcovado

Whale's Tail Beach
Uvita, Costa Rica

Landing Strip
Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica

Driving Out of Puerto Jimenez
On 30 Minute Drive to Danta Corcovado
Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica

My Huge Bedroom!
A pleasant surprise when shown to my cabin.
Danta Corcovado Lodge, Costa Rica

Outside Entrance to My CabinDanta Corcovado Lodge, Costa Rica

Daaaaa - viiiid
Welcome receptionist, bartender, waiter, and sometimes cook!
Danta Corcovado Lodge, Costa Rica

Unknown Lizard (I will look him up when I get home, probably an Ameiva)
Danta Corcovado Lodge, Costa Rica

Unknown Insect (Look him up at home too!)
On my cabin screen, outside!
Danta Corcovado Lodge, Costa Rica

At 6:45 AM my driver takes me through suburban traffic to the airport and the start of one of my more pleasant experiences here, flying in a small plane over the magical mountains to the ocean, Pacific this time. Though the pilot was too close, I still got a different view of “Whale’s Tail Beach” at Uvita and a different view of the landing strip in Puerto Jimenez.

A thirty minute drive to Danta Corcovado is a whole lot easier than the rough hour and a half drive to Carate on the other side of the park (my 2009 trip). Like everywhere in Costa Rica all the people are so welcoming and always smiling. My driver Eduardo helped me with my Spanish and got me to David (pronounced Daaaaa-viiiid here) as the receptionist and later the waiter and bartender in the restaurant. He arranged three tours for me and also put up with me speaking Spanish poorly to him. I later met the birding guide who is also named David.

By noon I was hotter than I can remember ever being here but a little afternoon shower has cooled it down and the two fans in my room help! Ooops! Just as I got to the WiFi spot in lobby the little shower turned to a long and heavy downpour!

I was expecting more primitive housing, though some of you might consider this primitive. I’m basically in a large screened-in porch on a platform above ground with a solid tin roof. Plus I have mosquito netting for my bed. Only cold water, but in the hot tropical humidity, that is what one prefers. The bed is very comfortable and the bathroom is chic primitive and big!

Tomorrow is my morning bird hike and evening night hike. Thursday will be the hike into Corcovado Park – all day! Friday and Saturday will probably be around the property here unless I decide to add another tour. And for unknown reasons Sansa canceled my Sunday flight back, so I am now on a Saturday evening flight home, meaning one less night here. And now you are all caught up on this trip for now!  -  The adventure continues!

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