We arrived in La Selva Biological station and moved into our rustic cabins! It is only a mile walk from the main camp and very beautiful! At night, however, headlamp AND flashlight as well as a large group are very necessary!
Thanks to Northrop Grumman for the amazing swag! We got finishing shirts, waterproof journals, water bottles and hats!
Monkeys, iguanas, and sloths, oh my! Our first hike was with Albert, our Costa Rican guide. We started in a secondary growth forest where it was easy to spot toucans, an active sloth (unusual), army ants, parrots, a honey creeper (bird), woodpeckers, iguanas, and blue-jean frogs (red with blue legs)!
Iguana Crested Guan
Frog More Toucans
Across the suspension bridge we went into the research area where the classrooms, library, and dorms are. Here we found the wild peccaries (javalinas) roam freely.
In the river below this wobbly suspension bridge are vegetarian piranhas. When you throw fruit into the water, the fish swarm it and it is gone in a few seconds. Very frightening… glad they are vegetarian!
As we entered the more mature forest, we noticed it was a lot darker due to the taller and larger trees. Here we saw spider monkeys, bullet ants (about 1-2 inches long), and we could hear the howler monkeys in the distance! If you have never had the pleasure of hearing a howler monkey it sounds a lot like a very loud stomach growl!
Oh yeah, and watch out for the snakes! This was a little dead guy but gives you an idea of why we wear our rubber boots!