Leaving Nayara Springs for Bajos del Toro
It was tough to leave Nayara Springs. Some of the best wildlife we saw was right in the hotel grounds and the hotel facilities and service were absolutely first class. How could it get any better than this?.
My last breakfast here was coconut milk – sipped through a straw and tropical fruit with guanabana. This green spiky rather inedible looking fruit on the outside comes from a tree of the Annonaceae family. You cut it in half and scoop out the pulp, discarding the seeds. It tasted a bit like a cross between a pear and a water melon to me – probably terribly good for you.
Swimming in an infinity pool finally crossed off the bucket list – although now replaced by a desire to find an infinity pool which looks out to an open view (rather than the jungle).
Flora and Fauna
The gardens at Nayara Springs have many hummingbirds. It’s mesmerising to watch them at work. They move so quickly that they are very hard to photograph – but I was pleased with the shots I got today.
Hummingbirds each have a beak designed for a particular flower or to defend that flower against other males. The males of some hummingbird species are highly territorial, only allowing females access to the flower if the females choose to mate with them.
Learning the Lingo
Tico – comes from the custom of frequently using the diminutive in their speech – eg – momentico – formed by adding the variant “tico” to the ends of words. At football games, you can hear the Costa Ricans calling out “away, away, away, away, Tico, Tico”
We move on to Bajos del Toro today – about a couple of hours drive away, near the Juan Castro Blanco National Park. It is tough to leave Nayara Gardens, but away, away, away, away we must go, Tico. What will Bajos del Toro be like I wonder …?