In Puerto Jimenez we stayed in "Cabinas del Perezoso" or "Cabins of the Sloth" which was run by a super friendly Italian man called Omar. Almost as soon as we arrived on Monday, Omar hooked us up with someone he knew in town who ran reputable and well priced tours and we booked in to go the next day.
That afternoon we headed out for an explore of the tiny town and after a cheap and tasty almuerzo (typical lunch) at a local "Soda" we went looking for animals. In particular; crocodiles. Of course.
After cruising down to the beach on the edge of town, and cutting back in to the road through someone's backyard we finally found the river where the crocodiles could be found. And by having the self titled "World's Greatest Animal Spotter" (Bec) with us, we were lucky enough to see one. And then, lucky enough to see it up close as it left the water and came over to check us out. After a discussion as to handle the approaching croc, we stood our ground as to not encourage it to charge. I don't know why we thought this would work but maybe one of us had been watching too many documentaries of big cats and bears and got their animal families mixed up....
That night Omar was friendly enough to take us around his impressive backyard and find a couple of cute as anything red eyed tree frogs! This was awesome as we'd never seen them up close, and after tending to his garden for a year he's created them great little habitat!
The next morning we were up at 4:30 am to meet our guide and driver at the bakery in town. OK we went to the wrong bakery at first, but after 20 minutes of confusion we were on the way to "Parque Nacional Corcovado" or the Corcovado National Park. On the way there we made several stops and saw several different animal species including a family of Central American Squirrel Monkeys and several Scarlet Macaws.
We headed back to town, and after the early morning with lots of walking everyone was keen for an afternoon nap. We had an early night before another early wake up the next morning for a multiple bus trip up the pacific coast towards the Nicoya Peninsula.
Next stop, Jaco, Montezumas and Santa Teresa.