Richie & Jon's Costa Rican Adventure or Two Weeks with My Brother travel blog

Round Em Up

Jario (l) Elias (r)



Nesting Parrot

Leaf Cutter Ants

Hard to see in photo

Flora hard at work on lunch

Rich, Flora, and Jon

Rio Nuevo Lodge

Rich on swinging bridge

View of Rio Nuveo form Lodge

One tired Coboy

Siesta Time



River Crossing

A Man and His Horse

January 9,2009

Gringo Cowboys

Today is another gorgeous day. We off to the Rio Nuevo Lodge on the Rio Nuveo River north of town to do some horse back riding. The ride up takes a serious 4x4 as we cross the river several times with deep ruts. Our guide is Jario Arce, a young semi pro soccer player. Our wrangler is Elias. The cook is Flora.

As we near the top of the mountain with spectacular vistas, Jario makes us dismount to observe Leaf Cutter Ants. It’ something out of National Geographic. (photos)They have trails everywhere with ants carrying leaves to the colonies.Its' hard to photograph, due to their size, so use your imagination. The colonies can be up to 70 meters across and several meters deep with a population of eight million!

Just down the trail, Elias spots a nesting Parrot in a tree. How he even saw it, amazes the eye. (photos). It’s now getting hot and muggy as we go further into the rain forest. You can actually see the “rain” falling. It’s a bit cooler under the canopy. We cross the Rio several times and let the horses drink the cool water. Jon photographs a Toucan high in a tree.

After about 2 ½ hrs, we arrive at the lodge, which is more like a camp with permanent tent on platforms and a main building. It’s an open air platform with a kitchen, dinning tables and hammocks over looking the river. Very serene.

We have a nice Costa Rica/Italian lunch prepared by Flora and a short Siesta.(photos).

Afterwards, we saddle up and head down to the barn. FYI-You can buy the whole lodge, barns, horses, 40 hectors, turn key for 1 million dollars. Extremely remote and uses solar power and a generator and the last mile or two is only accessible by horse or tractor.

Richie and Jon

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