Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Narrower reaches of the mangrove swamp

Although the estuary is wide near the ocean, it extends with narrow fingers into the mangrove swamp.  The tour boats travel to the upper reaches of the estuary to let people see the mangrove thickets up close.

They also stop so people can take a hike on some of the trails that lace through this natural habitat.

25% of the area of Costa Rica is set aside in national parks and wildlife refuges, the highest percentage of any country on earth.  That is a primary reason, along wit the biodiversity, that ecotourism is the number one industry in the country.

We are showing photos of Bangkok, Thailand on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site this week.  We loved it, and we hope you will enjoy our photos.

8 comments:

Kate said...

Costa Rica is appealing in so many ways and the environmental concerns are wise and should be a model for many others.

brattcat said...

i second Kate's comment.

Sharon said...

The water is looking a lot more murky at this stage.

Judy said...

Are there a lot of mosquitoes in areas like this?

Memphis MOJO said...

The more I learn about Costa Rica, the cooler it is.

Bob Crowe said...

This part is also where you find lots of alligators. I was happy to keep them at telephoto distance.

Jack said...

We took some tours of Florida mangroves this past winter. Your shot today look much like the ones further north. Costa Rica is to be congratulated for setting aside so much land for public use.

JM said...

I love mangroves! It's an amazing habitat.

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