PUNTARENAS, COSTA RICA


Puntarenas, is the capital and the largest city in the province of Puntarenas, Costa Rica. Puntarenas is one of the most important tourist
regions of Costa Rica.  Its coasts are decked by plenty of islands, inlets, beaches and beautiful natural treasures,
which makes Puntarenas a tourist destiny of choice.

This time we opted for the Pacific Train, Boat and Bus Adventure.

 

Arriving in Costa Rica. The weather was going to be iffy for the day but
as long as it didn't rain too hard we didn't mind.

   

A view of the island from the ship..
   

We're on the bus, heading out for our tour. Along the way we passed
one of the many beaches, where bathers were enjoying the surf.
   

A closer view of the beach.
      

The bus ride took us to Mata Limon, where we boarded a 100 year old train
originally used to transport coffee.
 

The caboose.
 

The driver looks almost as old as the train!.

 
 
And here we are inside the passenger car.


We sat on the same side of the train, with Izak and I in front . . .



. . . and Jay and Dina behind.

   

The train passed lots of tropical plantations . . .

    

. . . tiny houses . . .

  

. . . waving people . . .

    

. . . hillsides . . .

 

. . . rundown houses . . .

   

. . . more upscale houses . . .

 

. . . more plantations . . .

 

. . . rivers . . .

   

. . . and tropical foliage.

   

While chugging up a steep incline, the train suddenly stopped. I thought
it wasn't going to make it up but it turned out that some howler monkeys
were spotted in the nearby trees and it stopped so we could get pictures.

 

If you look to the lower left of the larger monkey, you'll see the
face of a second one peeking through the leaves.

 

The train continued on without incident and when it stopped next
our bus was waiting for us.

 

Our final stop would be the "Jungle Crocodile Safari" on the Tarcoles River.

  

A couple of local musicians greeted the tourists as they went from the bus
to the boat.

  

The pathway to the boats.

  

Our ride.

 

While I sat in the boat just prior to pushing off, I noticed the shore had lots
of little holes in the mud. Then I noticed what looked like two tiny curved
sticks protruding from one of them, except they were moving. It turned out to be
the claw of a crab.  As I looked along the shore I saw dozens of little claws,
just like this one.

   

And we're off!

   

One of the first things we saw was a Great Egret resting in a tree . . .

  

. . . before taking off.

  

The boat approached a sandbar, where we found a large male crocodile
sleeping in the sand.

  

As we approached, he decided to check us out too.

  

He was lured back when one of the boat crew got off and offered
some raw fish.

  

The activity on the sandbar attached a younger female crocodile, who seemed
more interested in the crew member than the fish offering.

  

She didn't get him so she thought about it for a while . . ..

  

. . . then decided to take what was offered.



Moving on, we came across a Roseate Spoonbill and another Egret . . .



. . . an Anhinga . . .

 

. . . a Great Blue Heron . . .




. . . a Little Blue Heron . . .


 

. . . a Black Vulture circling overhead . . .



. . . another Little Blue Heron . . .



. . . and another Great Blue Heron.



Even though it was raining a bit, we still got great mountain views . . .



. . . river views . . .



. . . and more moutain views..

 

Even when its cloudy and rainy, its a beautiful place.

 


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