This week, in true pura vida fashion, we started the week off with a zen yoga session in the middle of the jungle. I loved Pilates during my time at university, and swapping the sweaty gym hall for the rainforest was wonderful. We ate watermelon after the hour long session and felt wonderfully refreshed.
After last weeks move to the new camp deeper in the jungle, I expected this week to be bitten hideously by anything from a thousand mosquitos to a rogue howler monkey. However, we all seemed to have settled in nicely. Discussions of pathways to be built and the possibility of 'jungle jenga' keep us busy during the long hot days.
"Nothing feels greater than diving between waves and munching on fresh papaya and bananas under the hot sun. We felt incredibly lucky that on our journey in the sea, we saw a beautiful whale with her baby, sliding in and out of the blue waters..."
Media & Journalism Intern Cecilia reflects on the last week on the Costa Rican camp
Today was hot. I’m not talking about small beads of sweat along your temples hot, I’m talking about looking like you’ve dunked your head in a bucket of water hot. It was obvious the moment I woke up this morning for my pre-survey coffee that today was going to be scorching. At the moment, the rainy season is underway so our days have been relatively cool compared to the dry season.
Having been to Costa Rica before, the mixture of anxiety and excitement I felt while boarding the (tiny) plane to Puerto Jimenez was strange. I knew what to expect –a hot, humid climate, wonderfully friendly locals, cold showers (to combat the humidity) –yet this time was different.
"There are multiple times in a day when I get to feel like I am the only person within a hundred mile radius. This of course is not the case, but in an environment where the primary forests tower over you and the sand on the beach is fresh without a trace of foot-prints, it can seem like you are back in time on a secret island..."
This gem of a quote is written on a wooden post on one of my favorite trails we survey in Costa Rica - “You will find no wifi here in the forest, but we promise you a better connection.” Here at camp, we have the opportunity to stray from social media and instead become social.
We conduct daily surveys in Carate for wildlife research on a portion of the species found on the Osa Peninsula. Along with surveying the primates, amphibians and reptiles, poison dart frogs, sea turtles, and mammal tracks, we also survey birds. So how do we remember so many calls?
If you're off to our Costa Rican camp here's why you need wellies!
I can't believe I have already been in Costa Rica for two weeks, time flies here. I'm currently sitting in the camp's kitchen, which is a lodge made of wood that consists of a small kitchen and a big space with two big tables on which we eat. This is also the place where we usually hang out, especially after the surveys since it's very open and available for everyone.