Natural Costa Rica – 4th November – 20th November
We had arrived at Cahuita on the Caribbean coast late afternoon on the previous day, and were all ready for our first walk in a Costa Rican National Park. The Cahuita National Park contains many animals and birds so binoculars were essential.
Our minibus dropped us at the beginning of a well defined drive, with notices warning you to keep to the main path. This led to the beach and then followed parallel along beside it. Some of us wandered onto the delightful sandy beach which had big surfing waves crashing down at regular intervals. After a short distance we found that the sea was encroaching onto our pathway, now we were in adventure land.
The quiet flat walk became a scrabble over roots, jumping the waves we found we were being pursued by a troop of white faced monkeys. These were eyeing up our rucksacks for their lunch. We found that as we walked they followed in the branches above us. Suddenly our tour guide stopped short and pointed out a yellow snake curled in the tree at eye level beside our path. We were not quite so excited on being told it was poisonous, but luckily it did not move!
We stopped at Cahuita Point for a water break and realised from the map that our route went through two river estuaries, but no bridges! We continued and found that the first river was below a decking path, the second, however, was a different matter.
Off came our boots, we either rolled up our trousers, or took them off and through the estuary we paddled, it was quite a depth. We stopped on the other side for a short swim in the thundering breakers!
This was our introduction to the amazing walks of Costa Rica. We spent our 17 days up volcanoes, along rivers, swimming in waterfalls and through so many contrasting National Parks with such a variety of wildlife.