A Day in Corcovado National Park

These are the general or scenery photos. For the main events see my photo galleries on Corcovado  Birds   –   Other Wildlife   –   Los Patos Waterfall

The Lodge converted a farmer’s tractor & trailer for hikers/tourists 
This took us the 6 km from lodge to ranger station where others must hike along river
 Los Patos Ranger Station, Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica 

Rio Rincon or the Rincon River 
 Los Patos Ranger Station, Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica

I was the old man traveling with two young couples from Europe
 
as here, we sometimes drove in the river bed.
 Los Patos Ranger Station, Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica

And about 15-20 times we forded the river
 
When walking or riding a tractor, it is slow, even 6 km!
Plus we stopped for birds a few times, so an hour or so each way on tractor.
 Los Patos Ranger Station, Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica

River is park border, thus one side is private property like this house above.
 
When I got back I was showing the waiter/bartender David Venegas these photos and
 he said, “Oh! That is my grandfather’s house!” Small little world down here!
  Los Patos Ranger Station, Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica

This young man couldn’t use his bike along river but was headed to the graded gravel road 
 And note the machete strapped to his side, a basic tool all over Costa Rica!
 Los Patos Ranger Station, Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica

We finally leave the river and enter the woods to the ranger station. 
 Los Patos Ranger Station, Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica

At our hiking trail entrance near the ranger station 
After we registered and signed in at the station, we hike rest of the day.
 Los Patos Ranger Station, Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica

“Velcro Plant” is what Jairo called it!
See next photo for why.
  Los Patos Ranger Station, Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica

School children cut pieces of the “Velcro Plant” leaves and stick on their shirts to make lots of images!
 
 Los Patos Ranger Station, Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica

We are quickly in a thick virgen forest.
 Los Patos Ranger Station, Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica

There are still plants here not identified. 
 Los Patos Ranger Station, Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica

More species in this park than in any other one place in the world! 
 Los Patos Ranger Station, Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica

I want to photograph everything I see – but simply can’t! 
Los Patos Ranger Station, Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica

“Monkey  Brush” 
Jairo explains how monkeys use this fruit/seed of a tree to brush insects out of their fur.
Then one of our two girls demonstrated by brushing her hair. Incredibly good brush!
 Los Patos Ranger Station, Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica

We stopped to see this “Stink Flower” 
which smelled awful! Like a dead animal!
  Los Patos Ranger Station, Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica

And here Jairo collects some “Red Beans” 
He gave each of us 3 of the red beans or seeds and said
that tradition is they will bring us good luck if carried in pocket.
  Los Patos Ranger Station, Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica

Meanwhile David is looking for birds & found many! 
 See the trip Birds Gallery for some I photographed.
And the trip’s Other Wildlife Gallery for other animals
photographed both in the park and at the lodge nearby.
  Los Patos Ranger Station, Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica

Passion Flower as one of many wildflowers seen 
Los Patos Ranger Station, Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica

About 4pm we were back to ranger station and on slow tractor drive back to lodge by around 5pm
 
Los Patos Ranger Station, Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica

This was just a brief overview of an all day hike that included the beautiful waterfall in a separate post yesterday and many birds and other animals shown earlier. Corcovado is truly an incredible place! See the bigger picture through my TRIP Gallery 2018 March 13-17 – Danta Corcovado.



Note that this trip was on the northeast side of park labeled “Los Patos.”
My trip last year was in northwest corner labeled “San Pedrillo” near Drake Bay.
And in 2009 I visited the south side of park at “La Leona.”



¡Pura Vida!

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