We started off Monday with a rafting tour with Alber, Kevin and Ralph (he is the one in the picture- the instigator of pulling people out of the boat when they least expected it!)OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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Ralph was our photographer in the kayak.

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A picture of the two other rafts- no white water due to all the rain in the past couple of weeks. 

 

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This is a fig that tiny wasps inhabit in the center.  These figs will drop into the river and the vegetarian piranhas will eat it.

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We stopped for a dip in the Puerto Viejo Rio.  Leslie and I jumped in together and the current was so strong you didn’t have to swim to the boats, the water pushed you there!

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The long vines in the pictures are roots of epiphytes.  Epiphytes are plants that live on the tree- a common epiphyte you may know is an orchid.  There can be up to 1,000 different species all living on the same tree!

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Here are some long-nosed bats that are not afraid to hang out in the day time light- they were very cute and would let us get very close!

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We stopped for a fruit buffet where our very skilled guys chopped and displayed fresh pineapple, mango, and watermelon for us to share! 

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I also learned how to get the best pineapple juice by cutting and squeezing the rind (skin) of the pineapple.  A little messy but hey, I’m in the rainforest!

We ended our tour back at La Selva Biological Station just before the bridge we use to walk from the dining hall to our classroom.  It was so great to have a water perspective! (It was also great not to see any caimans!)OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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