Our last morning in Caño Negro began with a walk around the hotel grounds in hopes that coffee would appear at some point in the restaurant. This plan worked but first there were monkeys. Lots of spider monkeys, jumping over us in the trees, coming down to the roadsides. Baby monkeys. Monkey weiners. All the things you could hope for monkeywise.
Eventually we had coffee and packed up the car, then headed back to the Common Potoo spot we had visited the day before.
Olivaceous Piculet, a tiny woodpecker! (A Downy Woodpecker weighs about 26g per Sibley, but an Olivaceous Piculet weighs 10-15g)
After this successful little outing we packed back into the Chery to revisit our favorite rocky potholed entrance road. This time we knew where the Jabiru nest was and stopped to see it in daylight.
One of the birds was soaring around.
Another was on the nest, occasionally making adjustments.
We stopped for a few more birds along the bumpy road:
Our complete checklists from the morning here and here. Finally we left that road behind for good and headed south to Arenal. Up until this day we had spent our time in places that were not super touristy. Sure, we saw other tourists but it was nothing like what we discovered once we hit the town of Arenal.
The grocery store we stopped at had a whole Bob's Red Mill display, conveniently next to a Kotex display.
After eating lunch at a place called LA Street, stocking up on booze, snacks, and real food, we drove up and out of town to Mistico Hanging Bridges Park where our Airbnb awaited.
This place turned out to be way nicer than I expected. We had our own little villa with three decks (one for each bedroom and one off the living room), two bathrooms, and a kitchen. Also, volcano views and animals.
This was the only peccary we saw on the whole trip and it was only around for a short while as we unpacked.
This is also where we started seeing more and more porterweed planted for the hummingbirds. There were hedges of it in between our villa and the next one and they attracted our first new hummingbird for the area, the Violet-headed Hummingbird.
We went for a walk around the area and across the parking lot to the actual park which is very popular with tourists as well as birds.
We made our way back to our villa to make dinner and realized that the deck lights attracted a lot of interesting insects.
And that's it for Day Six. Complete checklist from our evening walk here. I'm officially halfway through all my photos! Good times!!