Our first hike into the jungle…
We had to get back on the boat for half an hour to get to a patch of sand that is sometimes the river. During the dry season/low tide, you have an island of sand. Which we got to walk across.
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Our boat taking off
Our boat taking off
Birds we could see from the boat..they're similar to flamingos cause they're pink and a bird :)
Birds we could see from the boat..they’re similar to flamingos cause they’re pink and a bird 🙂

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The jungle, I have to say, isn’t as colorful as I thought it would be. It’s a lot like a forest but you can hear the sounds of life around you: the bugs, birds and occasionally some monkeys.
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Animals this way - animals that way - animals all ways!!!
Animals this way – animals that way – animals all ways!!!

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The really big difference is the type of fauna. Some of it looked like plants I’d find out west in the United States and others looked like traditional rainforest plants.

The walking tree....the trunk is way up there and it was at first just on the ground, then the roots push it up and drive it in certain directions to get the most sunliight, thereby making it the walking tree!!!
The walking tree….the trunk is way up there and it was at first just on the ground, then the roots push it up and drive it in certain directions to get the most sunliight, thereby making it the walking tree!!!

As we made our way through the jungle, we kept stopping when we heard birds, trying to catch a glimpse of them. We even got to see some wild monkeys!
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This poorly taken picture is a monkey
This poorly taken picture is a monkey

Then to do some bird watching, we took some rafts across a body of water, perhaps a small lake or pond, where many birds made their home. We could also see some structures that people probably put up in order to give spots for the birds to rest in the middle of the water
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Random skull chilling near the 'lake'
Random skull chilling near the ‘lake’
Tiger bird
Tiger bird

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Apparently it was a possibility to see a crocodile…but we didn’t.  We did get some spiders on our raft though. I do not appreciate spiders…at all.
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On the other side was a structure for us to climb up to get a wonderful view of the water and the birds. Only 2 were allowed up at a time, probably in case there was a termite problem. I actually tried a termite. It crunched. But it didn’t taste like anything. Oh well.
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Then we explored this part of the jungle and saw some paw prints…except it was apparently close to a village and people walk their dogs or cats. Unfortunately it was nothing to be excited about.
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Bugs and the tree live symbiotically, there's a tree in the jungle called the tree killer than if it latches onto another tree, it will grow up it and block out the sun eventually killing it, therefore the bugs keep this tree clean and the tree I suppose offers a home and food
Bugs and the tree live symbiotically, there’s a tree in the jungle called the tree killer than if it latches onto another tree, it will grow up it and block out the sun eventually killing it, therefore the bugs keep this tree clean and the tree I suppose offers a home and food
Cool mushrooms...I don't think you should eat them though
Cool mushrooms…I don’t think you should eat them though
The petals have some type of name that goes along with a woman's lips, take a guess why
The petals have some type of name that goes along with a woman’s lips, take a guess why

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Owl eye butterfly...so upset I couldn't get a sharp picture
Owl eye butterfly…so upset I couldn’t get a sharp picture

The leaf looks like it could glow in the dark
The leaf looks like it could glow in the dark

But as the day slowly moved forward and the sky began to get slightly darker, we knew it was time to head back.
So we got to watch the birds on the way back across the water.
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Cool flower on the lake
Cool flower on the lake
Bird chilling on the man made structures on the water
Bird chilling on the man made structures on the water

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Make our way to the jungle and across the sand island, back to the boat.
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Everyone was pretty tired, but we had an optional night hike after dinner. The sky was clear, it was only for an hour and we were waking up the next day at 4 anyway.
Except the sky was clear. And my Danish friend, XXX, and I brought some beer to enjoy under the stars. And our lodge was above enough trees that we had a wonderful view of the sky.
Sooooo…we skipped out on the night hike in favor of star gazing. The stars were so amazingly bright. For the hours we sat there the clouds were moving, so for one second you could see a section of stars and sky and the next moment another.
Even greater was that we saw a shooting star.
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And didn’t miss anything but some spiders on the night hike. Oh damn…
So ended the second day in the jungle.

Except I kept thinking that bugs were attacking me during the night despite my bug net that made me feel like a pretty princess. Not fun.

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