Pacuare Rainforest, Costa Rica: December 12-14, 2021
We are in Costa Rica because back in September it was one of the few countries that allowed us in. To enter we needed either to be vaccinated (we definitely were) or provide proof of health insurance that would cover any Covid-related medical expenses and isolation expenses. No pre-travel Covid tests were needed. Beginning in December places of business were allowed to request proof of vaccine before entry.
Post breakfast, we continued the drive to the Pacuare River Put In at Linda Vista. The rest of the journey to Pacuare Lodge was via raft. From Linda Vista to the lodge took about 1.5 to 2 hours. Most of this part of the river was a float trip with Class II and III rapids. Along the way we had a brief stop for photos at a small waterfall. The water temperature was quite comfortable. The Pacuare River flows west to east from the mountains toward the Caribbean Sea.
All meals and two excursions a day are part of the package at the lodge. The first afternoon we went on a short hike to a waterfall led by a naturalist who identified plants and birds along the way.
|A tiny hummingbird nest with baby and one egg|
The last platform is at the lodge where rappelling is the way down. We were soaked to the skin but it was a thrilling morning.
|Montezuma Oropendola nest|
|Summer Tanager (a migrating bird)|
On our waterfall hike and canopy tour it was always stressed to be careful where you put your hands because many insects use railings as roadways. A particular inch-long ant was pointed out. The name is bullet ant supposedly because if it bites you, you will feel like you were shot. I already mentioned the part about our shoes being soaking wet. I was barefooted as I watched and photographed birds on the covered deck outside our lovely suite. I didn't notice that bullet ants were now occupying the deck floor boards, and I stepped on one. Before the ant died, it bit or stung my foot. My toes began to tingle almost immediately and the bite did hurt. Checking the internet, someone suggested wiping alcohol on the bite. Because of the pandemic, we happened to have quite a few alcohol wipes so I was in luck. It did seem to take the sting out of the bite. I took an anti-inflammatory pill at night because my foot was throbbing. I survived and the next morning my foot felt better. I think the symptoms lasted about 24 hours, but I didn't feel like I had been shot or wish that I had been. Maybe I flattened the bullet ant before he could do too much damage.
|After the last Class IV rapid|