After breakfast, we’ll depart Uvita for a drive to Bahia Drake (drah-kay), one of Costa Rica’s most isolated destinations bordered by Parque Nacional Corcovado to the south. In the rainforest canopy, howler monkeys greet the rising sun with their haunting bellow, while pairs of macaw’s soar between the treetops, filling the air with their squawking. Offshore in the bay itself, pods of migrating dolphins swim through turquoise waters near the beautiful Isla del Caño marine reserve.
Our home for the next three nights will be a jungle lodge accessible only by 4×4 vehicles. The property has its own trails where you can enjoy beautiful waterfalls, natural swimming holes and lots of animals. Accommodations are rustic, but comfortable with hammocks next to the river, a beautiful garden and a kitchen where we’ll prepare traditional Costa Rican meals.
This afternoon, we’ll visit The National Wetland Terraba-Sierpe, the largest virgin mangrove on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica with more than 24,000 hectares. It is highly diverse in terms of biodiversity since it has four families of mangrove: Rhizophoraceae, Combretaceae, Pelliciera and Avicenniaceae. A world hidden, accessible only by water, this flooded forest his home of almost 100 species of birds, including the mangrove Hummingbird Amazilia boucardi which is endemic to the Pacific coast of Costa Rica.
We’ll explore the winding network of waterways that snake their way through the Sierpe mangrove forest. The intricate patterns of the extraordinary tree roots and the intense greens and blues of the landscape are reason enough to experience this. We’ll likely see crocodiles, tree frogs, boas, iguanas, and river turtles. Mammals are also very common and you can see three monkey species, as well as sloths, coatis, and the Silky anteater. Birds such as herons, egrets, owls, parrots and osprey use this area as a place of nesting and feeding.
After dark, we’ll grab our flashlights and take a walk through the forest looking for those animals and insects that are most active at night.
— Private bus transportation from Uvita to Bahia Drake (2.5 hours)
— Mangrove Forest Boat Tour
— Night Walk
— Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Overnight at Estacion Biologica Tamandua or similar