Today was our first guided excursion. We were headed to Rainmaker, an original Costa Rican canopy tour. Kim wanted to do the zip lines but can’t with the pregnancy. I just told her to say she was fat if they asked. But she is all into not damaging or killing the baby I guess. So we opted for this tour which was all foot power.
We got up at 6:30 AM and hit breakfast before the shuttle came at 7:30 to pick us up. It should be illegal to get up that early on vacation. However, it was nice and cool out so that was a bonus of the early departure. Rainmaker is about 20 minutes north of Quepos off in what would be considered the foothills where I am from. Some dude bought a bunch of property there in the early 90’s and build this conservatory. He knew that you had to get up to see the beauty of the rainforest. So they hand carried every piece they needed and built a wonderful trail that guides you through the tops of the trees. This gives you access to amazing sized house plants.
We spent a lot of time looking at plants, insects and other small things. You may or may not see bigger things like monkeys and sloths but since we already have spotted those guys in other locations, it was nice to hear a bit about the rest of the rainforest’s inhabitants like this guy — the guide said the kid’s call him the “fried egg lizard”. See why?
And there are things that can kill you. Apparently, this one is good for a buzz. Poison dart frog.
As the hike continues, it begins to gain height and you eventually find yourself on these man-made platforms. Each of them holds 8 persons. The bridges were said to hold 4 persons. We took turns crossing each of them. Nothing to it but it was fun to go slow and enjoy the view from up above.
The big build-up was for the longest of the suspension bridges. I believe it was 750 feet in length or so. It was quite a bridge. It hung over a river down below. Great views of the surrounding mountain edges with rainforest growing straight up the sides at impossible angles.
After the bridges were done, we all got a chance to get wet in a pool at the bottom of a waterfall. The water felt so amazingly fresh and pure.
Kim had to go into the changing room to get her suit on before diving in. However, she had company in there!
Up above the swimming hole was the long bridge that we just crossed a while back.
Upon returning to the lodge where we started, the cooks had prepared a traditional Arroz con Pollo lunch for us. We chowed down and swapped emails with others in the group for later online trading of photos and video.
The total hike ended up being 2.70 miles with an elevation gain of 1232 feet in 63 minutes, which is a moving pace of 23:28. View my full GPS data.
Check out the map. I went somewhere the Google doesn’t know how to map!
When we got back to the hotel, Kim was ready for a nap — but I think that was code for wanting to read more of Twilight. Anyway, I went for a run down to Manuel Antonio and back. That was a damn hot run. It was really great when I hit the beach and was able to do a 1/2 mile or so along the water before flipping around to head back home. Upon reaching our door, I realized I had not taken a key so I had to knock. While waiting for Kim to get to the door, I turned and saw a 3-toed sloth looking right at me just meters (ha!) away. “Kim, open the door and bring your camera. Sloth out here.” I hear, “Nuh uh”. Yep, it was. We took a ton of pictures once again right out our back door.
Oh, and, clear proof — 3-toed!
The rainforest comes right up to the door and the animal are right there a lot of the time. What a treat. Again, I could write forever but some of this you just have to see for yourself. How about a video?
Costa Rica has been treating us well so far. They seem more into tourism than say Mexico so you get a great response from everyone that you meet. Oh, and we have yet to crack open the bug spray. Not a single mosquito to be found in these parts in the dry season. There is a lot to see here. I am sure we will be back to take in more. However, we still have 2 more full days in Puerto Quepos to enjoy…so I am logging off now!
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