Costa Rica: Part 2- river adventures (“Don’t cross the river, if you can’t swim the tide…”)

No visit to Costa Rica would be complete without visiting the fascinating rivers than run through the luscious rain forests. However, there are a wide variety of river adventures, some of which I would warmly endorse, whereas others – well I will let you judge…
Me, on the rocks

ontherocks inset
If anyone thought I was having fun, think again. RPG, I go with a helmet, thin as a pancake, or not!

The real river experiences are achieved by “safari floats” or quiet and slow moving dinghies or boats that move down the river with a guide and allow time to enjoy and view the wildlife. On our previous trip to Costa Rica 8 years ago, when our daughter was about 7 years old, on the Cano Negro River near the border with Nicaragua, the guide showed her this cute little trick:


and then, presto!

This time, we floated down a different river. As demonstrated, this activity was more to my liking than the tubing…

Cute cayman

Quirky crocodile

Blue heron
Harried (blue) heron

attractive Amazon Kingfisher

These were but a few of the delightful inhabitants of the river.

river view
Remarkable river

Howler monkeys (too far away for good photos), beautiful flowers:

And miracles of miracles, we also saw the famous Jesus Christ Lizard (common basilisk), so named for his ability to scoot across the water, running rather than walking.

About Steve Caplan

I am a Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska where I mentor a group of students, postdoctoral fellows and researchers working on endocytic protein trafficking. My first lablit novel, "Matter Over Mind," is about a biomedical researcher seeking tenure and struggling to overcome the consequences of growing up with a parent suffering from bipolar disorder. Lablit novel #2, "Welcome Home, Sir," published by Anaphora Literary Press, deals with a hypochondriac principal investigator whose service in the army and post-traumatic stress disorder actually prepare him well for academic, but not personal success. Novel #3, "A Degree of Betrayal," is an academic murder mystery. "Saving One" is my most recent novel set at the National Institutes of Health. Now IN PRESS: Today's Curiosity is Tomorrow's Cure: The Case for Basic Biomedical Research (CRC PRESS, 2021). All views expressed are my own, of course--after all, I hate advertising.
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