We catch this little friend flying around. Monteverde's gardens are the perfect spots to enjoy Hummingbirds fluttering among flowers as they drink nectar. What about a lake crossing to Monteverde, which is the fastest cheapest and most entertainig way. Take a look at travelarenal.com for more adventures at Monteverde's cloudy forest.
A Howler Monkey lazily starring at the camera. Do you know male monkeys have large throats and specialized shell-like vocal chambers that help to turn up the volume on their distinctive call. When a number of howlers let loose their lungs in concert, often at dawn or dusk, the din can be heard up to three miles (five kilometers) away. Want to learn more about Howler Monkeys? Book a tour at travelarenal.com to get to know them by your own.
A few weeks ago, we were witnesses of río Celeste's magic. This adventure takes out the best of Tenorio Volcano National Park. Río Celeste is considered one of Costa Rica's 7 wonders due to its coloration. A local legend tells that when God finished painting the sky he washed the brushes with the water of this river giving it the beautiful light blue color. Book your trip to Río Celeste hike at travelarenal.com
After wildlife falls asleep, colorful sunsets are a beautiful "goodbye" you can get by spending your afternoons at Puerto Humo river road to home.
A Roseate Spoonbill resting over a tree located at Puerto Humo river.
This scary reptile is called American Crocodile. Males can reach around 20 feet long (6.1 meters) and jump 26.24 feets (8 meters) representing a lethal predator. Besides what some sources believe, this prehistoric-looking creature is not an endangered specie, at least in Costa Rica. Actually, Costa Rica is facing up a huge overpopulation problem. This topic represents a major concern because in some areas like Tárcoles competition has become into carnage for that ecosystem. Book a boating tour at travelarenal.com to Caño Negro, Puerto Humo or Bebedero and look this amazing beings.
We found a Jabiru being part of Palo Verde's impressive landscape. This animal is considered the tallest flying bird of Central and South America. It is a silent bird, has no voices or songs and communicates by tapping its beak. Even thought they are lonely animals the couple live together for life. Year after year in late autumn they return to their huge nest located on top of a tree to raise three or four chicks, taking turns to incubate the eggs.
We shoot this Spectacled Caiman a years ago at Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge. This ecosystem was named Wetland of International Importance in 1991 and still remains as one of the most important wetlands worldwide. Cano Negro holds this title for many good reasons, it is shelter for more than 200 bird species and as Costa Rica is a biological bridge between South and North America, its environment is vital for those species that migrate along the continent. Visiting this place is undoubtedly and unforgettable adventure. While you ride a boat, many eyes will be starring at you among the forest layer so remember: seek through every leaf and water lily. Many resident animals, like the one in the picture, are hiding masters.
Take a look at this motmot we met at Danaus. The Rufous Motmot is an important seed-disperser. Studies confirm their fruit-digestion process is so rapid that fruit seeds are excreted intact and scattered on the forest floor, often far from the parent fruit trees, thereby, cooperating on forest regeneration.
These motmots sometimes eat poison dart frogs, being seemingly immune to frogs deadly toxins; one poison dart carries enough lethal toxin to kill ten humans but incredibly, this small birds still resist that level of danger.
We were driving to Arenal Volcano National Park when we found a group of White-nosed Coatis (better known as Pizotes by local people) standing in the side of the road.
In fact, these animals are very common to be seen in the surroundings of Arenal lake. They have learned that can get food from tourists if they appear along the road. This situation is a concern as people is altering coatis behavior and diet. Wild animals are supposed to hunt or find their own aliments, thats how the food chain is held, this way, permiting a properly kept enviroment balance.
So remember, if you are passing by this route, don't give food to this friends even if they are too charming.