Friday, January 9, 2015
Mogensen and Cabo Blanco
Mogensen had to be one of our favorite locations. We hiked up the mountain with all of our gear. It was an hour and a half hike through rivers and up a steep slope. We stayed in beautiful cabins with hammocks on the decks, and howler monkeys in the background. At Mogensen, we hiked the dry forest, bird watched, explored waterfalls and saw some amazing green tree frogs. Our time at this reserve was peaceful, where we could just bird watch and explore the area. We met the man who had been living at the reserve for his 75 years and learned the story of the land. He was a neat man who hiked all the way back down the mountain by himself that night.
At the end of our stay, we hiked back down the mountain and stopped at an amazing cascading waterfall, where we swam in the pools and enjoyed the scenery.
Next, we traveled to Cabo Blanco National Reserve. Cabo Blanco is on the southernmost tip of the Nicoya Peninsula. Here, we cleaned the beaches, and explored the tidal pools where we found octopi, pufferfish, mollusks, and got the chance to snorkel again. We saw a sea turtle, and many brightly colored fish. We ended our stay here with a salsa dance party and a campfire on the beach after the sunset over the ocean.
Next we headed to our final stop, in Alajuela, before heading to the airport.