Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Wildlife viewing raft trip


I have posted a number of photos of wildlife in the area, but have not posted photos of the wildlife river trips that are popular ways to view wildlife. Here is a photo of the river guide and my wife as they begin a float down a river to see animals up close.

Some wildlife viewing river trips use rafts like this one, and other trips use motor boats that seat up to about 20 people, with a canopy roof for shade. The larger boats are similar to the Jungle Cruise at Disney World, except without the corny jokes and puns by the narrator. The guides will pick up visitors in Tamarindo and drive them to the river trips.

The guides are very skilled in spotting birds, monkeys, sloths, and other wildlife. They will linger near animals so visitors can watch them in the wild and take photos. The rivers used for the wildlife trips are smooth. Other rivers in Costa Rica offer whitewater raft trips with rapids.

This photo was taken by our friend Sharon, who visited from Phoenix, Arizona. She runs Phoenix Daily Photo, which you can access by
clicking here.

4 comments:

Jilly said...

Well how about that! I just left Sharon's blog and she's here too! Super photos - now this looks very much the way to live. Good to see you both!

rob said...

Yes I admit, I'm a little bit ... envious! :) You seem to have a lot of fun in Costa Rica!

Sharon said...

I remember this well. We saw an incredible amount of wildlife on this little river trip. Our guide was not only knowledgeable about the animals and scenery, he could carve a pineapple and serve it beautifully while steering the boat and spotting the animals hiding in the brush.

Tanya said...

Oh how cool to be on the real Jungle Boat Ride (I have to admit to liking the corny jokes though,lol) Now off to visit your friend in Phoenix!

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