My first visit to Piedras Blancas in November was so much fun. After getting the bus from La Cangreja to the first stop, getting an offer to the beach by two gringos on motor bikes, being given a fresh coconut by locals in a restuarant and having a massive lunch of casado and coffee we finally arrived at the rangers station where we stayed in Golfito. It was luxury having my own bed, 2 clean showers to chose from and a massive kitchen to cook fresh food in. I was also with my amazing friend Vera so that made the whole experience that much better.
Waking later than usual, we met the rangers and bought food supplies for the groups in town before crossing the same river 20 times, accompanied by three rangers and a horse. The rain had already begun but we were greeted with a handmade sign and happy smiling faces which more than made up for it. They had just returned from their mammoth trek uphill for 1 1/2 hours to their worksite and were doing an active citizens session. We caught up with the three project managers who happened to be some of my favourite people and this was one of my favourite group visits. We spent evenings playing werefolf, chatting over bonfires, and seeing the clearest sky full of stars I’ve ever seen. The day I went up to the worksite was incredible, seeing so much diverse wildlife and we even saw some spider monkeys! It was also a horrendous walk and I thought I would collapse on the return after a 5am start and walking/working from 6am until 2pm. It was definitely my most challenging physical endurance test, but somehow I survived and managed to take some photos on the way.
Because there was a tropical storm and it rained all day and night for three days, the river rose too high and we couldn’t cross it so had to stay a day longer than planned, which was a bonus as I really had a great time here and didn’t want to leave.