Day 1 - Jungle tour
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The first afternoon of the Wedding Gang`s holiday was spent on a `sunset tour`in the Sarapiqui area of Costa Rica. After a few hours on a private bus, we arrived at the Sarapiqui river and boarded a boat that took us along the river to see some wildlife. The first thing that we all spotted was a rather large Caiman (pretty much an aligator) sitting on the bank of the river. We got very close to him and the poor bugger who was probably terrified did not move a muscle. So much so that we began to think it was stuffed.
We spent about an hour along the river and saw plenty of wildlife such as monkeys, little blue herons, massive iguana lizards, green lizards called Jesus Christ lizards that apparently run across the water, a sloth in the trees that didnt move either (stuffed as well?) and lots of colourful birds.
We then went to a nature lodge and went off into the jungle as the sun went down armed with a torch. We were all very excited about going into the jungle in the dark as we thought we would see lots of wildlife. Sue was the first person to spot a poison dart frog, a tiny black frog with bright green spots. Then we regularly spotted red poison dart frogs. After an hour we had all seen a lot of poison dart frogs and a lot of mosquitos (the little shits actually bit me through my shirt and through a layer of deet). We got the feeling the wildlife was watching from the trees and having a right laugh at the tourists wandering around with torches.
Back at the jungle lodge we enjoyed a buffet dinner whilst several American wrinklies kept us entertained with a wearing-trousers-as-high-as-the-armpits competition, before we returned to San Jose for a few beers at the hotel.