Reserva Tigrillo, Playa de Oro
Playa de Oro Travel Blog› entry 4 of 48 › view all entries
November 22nd, 2007 – by: andycox_is_now_in
Playa de Oro is a village of about 200 people (all black) that overthrew their owner and have since been allowed to keep the land as their own. To bring money into the area, they have gained money from both the EU and US to release rescued cats into the surrounding jungle and introduce eco-tourism into the area through the small lodge. The lodge is a further 30 minutes motorised canoe ride up river from Playa de Oro. At the lodge Dave, I and a British born yank (David) with 4 staff (Julio - boss and boatman, Mauricio - guide and general dogsbody, a cook and a cleaner), we had the whole 25000 acre reserve to ourselves.
At the reserva, we were quickly kitted out with wellies for our treks which start from a path right out of the clearing where the lodge is situated.
Post lunch is siesta time and left Dave and I enjoying the hammocks (their very easy to get into, I don´t know what all the fuss is about) and listening to the sounds of the birds.
The 2nd day was a scorcher and had reached 80 by 8am. Julio took us a further 20 minutes upstream in the canoe for another trek. This time the walk was far more demanding and very hilly. With the heat and humidity it was hard work but the shade from the trees provided some relief. Mauricio´s pace was too much for David who decided to hang back and watch for birds, whilst dave and I continued on to a lagoon (more a plunge pool but with a gorgeous 20 foot waterfall flowing into it). Dave and I had the place to ourselves and after the initial shock of the water temperature enjoyed the rest of the morning in paradise (albeit without the bikini babes !!).
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