Today was our grand journey to Corcovado! Corcovado is known to be one of the wildest parts of Costa Rica as it remains widly untouched by the general population. In order to enter the national park, a certified guide is required to accompany any and all groups. Luckily, with our fantastic guide Frainer, we were able to spot some of the hidden gems of the Osa Penninsula. We saw the Black throated Trogan, which is locally known as the "quetzal of the osa penninsula" as it is the most beautiful bird in the area and it is in the same scientific family. Many tanagers and manakin birds flew above us as we walked through the root filled paths. We stopped for lunch at our midway point of the San Pedrio station, where we played a game of nature's wheres waldo with some baby crocodiles - we spotted 5 little buddies basking in the sun on branches emerging from the water. We began our hike back with a quick stop at a waterfall! Here we were able to take a much needed cooling dip into the base of the falls. Everyone was dunking themselves under the smaller falls and recieving the "natural" water massages from the falling water. An hour long break was enough to energize everyone for the last couple hours of our trek.
Finally arriving back at the Campanario basecamp, we shook down some coconuts to crack open to refresh ourselves with the fresh "pipa" water. The rest of the evening was very calming as many a people had tired legs from a full day of hiking. A round of cards was started by a group of students while others decided to shower off and rejuvinate themselves. We ate dinner by candle light (as one does here at Campanario) and watched the lightening show in the sky over the sea. Sometimes we could see the bright bolts of lighting striking the ocean far out to see. Nancy, our host, gathered us shortly after to demonstrate the use of Sherman traps (a scientific apparatus that is used to catch live small animals to do survey analysis in the field). Each student baited a trap with scraps from the compost and set them around camp to see what might crawl in at night! We ended our day with an evening meeting where we talked about glow of the day (favorite part) and recounted specific compliments and encouragements we received from our group mates during the day. Then it was lights out to dream of tomorrow!
On strong legs and racing hearts, we reach Corcavado
To watch the manakin's and trogon's aerial bravado
We swam beneath the cool, sparkling waterfall
and complimented each other's successes, big and small!
- Amanda and Carley