If crocs could fly…….

If crocodiles could fly,  we’d all be in big trouble. 🙂

Yesterday as we journeyed from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio, our bus driver dropped us off so that we could walk across the bridge over the Tarcoles River. Our tour guide promised us that we were going to see monstrous crocodiles lurking on the mud banks below. (click on any photo to enlarge.)

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Sure enough, as we peered over the rail of the bridge, there they were, all lined up ready for a photo shoot.

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These American crocodiles, can grow up to 18 feet long.

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Apparently, the water  of this river is so polluted, that no fish can live in it, so what do these huge predators eat? Maybe they’re waiting for a couple of tourists to fall off the bridge. Well, they certainly weren’t going to get me.

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Just look at the size of those feet!

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After waving goodbye to these prehistoric looking creatures, we boarded our bus to the nearby resort town of Jaco, where we were to stop for lunch. The weather was scorching hot, and being a Sunday, the place was very busy. We sat in the shade of a cafe, eating chocolate ice cream sundaes and watching the world go by. The allocated two and a half hours really dragged by, and when we gratefully got back on the coach again, it was to be told that the air conditioning had stopped working. Not good news at all, but we all made the best of a bad job, opened a few windows, and headed for Manuel Antonio, where we are to spend three nights. The San Bada hotel is brand new and is situated right next to the beach, and right outside the gate to the Manuel Antonio National Park entrance, which we are due to visit on Tuesday.

Sitting out on our balcony, we witnessed a really memorable sunset,

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and it got even more spectacular,

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as the fiery ball gradually slid down behind a small island offshore.

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until it finally disappeared from view.

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Today, we’re  going to explore the town, hang out by the pool and spend some time walking along the beach. Hope your week is a good one.

WPC: Unexpected in San Jose

Well, here we are in San Jose, Costa Rica. After we’d got settled in our hotel, we went for a walk around the town. It was starting to get dark, so we didn’t have time to go into the city proper. The streets around the hotel were quite disappointing, being lined with car rental places and all the fast food outlets one gets everywhere, but glancing up above the McDonalds and the Taco Bell, I suddenly spotted something most surprising.

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These beautiful ball gowns looked quite incongruous, and were totally unexpected in that particular setting.

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I couldn’t help wondering who buys these amazing dresses. They’re certainly a bit too fancy to wear for dinner at Wendy’s or KFC. 🙂

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Tomorrow we depart at 6-30 am for  the Caribbean coast, where we will learn about the Banana industry here. We then travel by motor launch down canals, through the heart of the Costa Rican jungle to Tortoguero (The land of turtles), where we will have a tour of the turtle museum. I’m so looking forward to that.

(Our tour guide phoned this evening to say that the hotel we’re staying in tomorrow, doesn’t provide soap or wash cloths, so to take the soap with us from this one. Now, as we’ve taken the option and paid extra to stay in 4 star hotels, I just wonder what our fellow travellers who are staying in the cheaper places will be lacking.  I hope they have toilet paper.) 😕