We took this tour only because our car trip from San Jose took longer than expected, which caused us to cancel another event. But the idea of a quiet, twilight float trip to view wildlife had instant appeal. Our family of five and another family of four met our guides (Diego and a colleague) at The Lost Iguana and proceeded to drive to the put-in point east of la Fortuna. After three-fourths of a 40 minute drive in a dirty van with at least two broken seatbelts (1 repaired and one "tied-on" by us), we were wondering whether we had made the right call. Boy did we ever! We saw a sloth in a tree at the put-in point (thoughtfully equipped with bathrooms). And the wildlife sightings continued. Sloths, plumed basilisks (a/k/a Jesus Christ lizards - they walk on water), monkeys, bats, click beetles (bioluminescent), iguanas, hawks, vultures, and several other bird species. There was very little down time, which Diego generally filled with useful and interesting information. The quiet darkness, pierced by various calls, produced an eeriness that reminded me of my “smallness” in the universe - - an unexpected blessing.
Diego was outstanding. He is an articulate and keen-eyed guide, with a passion for the river (and this tour) and for educating kids. His demeanor is relaxed and his flawless guidance of the raft seemed effortless. His lamps and laser pointer were quite helpful.
We ended the float with snacks (read “heavy hors d’ouevres”) at the house of a local farmer and horseman. Fried yucca (forget about French fries), farmer’s cheese, yucca bread, juice (tamarindo?) and more. The kids loved the dogs, puppies and baby goat. The 40 minutes back to Lost Iguana passed quickly as we recounted highlights and laughed with our new friends.
Why not five stars? The broken seat belts and the slow leak in our companions’ raft prevents a five star rating, though Diego’s skill almost got me there . . .
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