There's a beautiful trail that wraps around the entire peninsula and park. Better traveled in the "dry" (read "not as rainy") season, we nonetheless spent a few hours hiking the jungle. Cindi and I came upon a troop of white faced capuchin monkeys, sitting in a mango tree enjoying lunch.
|Cindi was sure she saw this guy extending a little middle monkey digit.....time to move on!!!|
Typically, we have an afternoon rain, with dramatic lightning storm. The rain can be intense. We're started collecting rain water in our tanks, using soft dive weights to create a dam to divert the water into the deck fillers. The other day we got 30 gallons in less than 10 minutes!!!
|These pangas strap empty barrels to their sides so that they don't sink from rain!!|
|Scarlet macaws are a common sight in the trees around the bay.|
Isla Cano, about 15 miles west of Bahia Drake, is a biologic reserve, famous for it's abundant marine life. We've been looking forward to scuba diving on the island for some time, and planned to head out to the island with Bravo. However, there's no good anchorage at the island, the best dive sites can be hard to identify, and the more we asked around, the better it sounded to hire a dive guide and a small panga to run us out there.
So together with the Swift Current and Espiritu crews and our fantastic dive master Kike (pronounced "Kee-kay"), we headed out to Cano for two exceptional dives. While the visibility was only so-so, at around 35-40 feet, the quantity and diversity of fish species was great.
On our second dive, we had the magical experience and good luck to be joined by 3 giant manta rays. These beautiful fish with their 15 foot wing spans swam around us, gliding gracefully through our bubble streams as we watched in awe. Kike said we were indeed lucky, as the mantas are only at Cano for around 3 months each year before heading to the open sea, and he said they'd be gone in the next day or two. Wow, what an amazing dive!!!
|Jungle living agrees with Cindi!!!!|
|Employee parking lot in a surf town.....this was behind a little street restaurant in Manuel Antonio.|