Nature in the Monteverde area is indeed something else!
We've been doing our best to hike around to see as much as possible.
Yesterday, we spent 7 hours on the trails in the cloud forest.
We saw the incredible loads of epiphytes that all forest trees must endure.
We checked out the slow wildlife on the forest floor,
and we experienced just how much water there was everywhere in the cloud forest.
During the evening we went for a walk-in-the-dark with a local guide and found this miniature frog: a Costa Rican Pygmy Rain Frog. This one is a fully grown specimen, but it is still only about 20 mm from nose to tail.
Today, we've been birding in the Cure-Cancha Reserve that provided tremendous wildlife moments.
|Green-crowned Brilliant Hummingbird|
Some of the highlights were the many species of hummingbirds and ...
... then the trophy: The extravagantly dressed male of the Resplendent Quetzal.
A close-up reveals a uniquely colourful and funny-looking bird.
We took around 4000 photos yesterday and today, so it's going to take a while to find the "keepers" and write photo captions. Therefore, be patient as new uploads to the photo folders will not happen for another couple of days.
Tomorrow, we'll take a tour of a coffee plantation and a producers' cooperative, and then head downhill to the coast and drive south towards Punta Leona.