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





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The Gulf

This afternoon was spent kayaking the Red Mangroves just outside of Puerto Jimenez. Our guide was a young college graduate, Laura from Costa Rica. The seven of us started out at a sandy beach and headed West into the mangroves up a narrow inlet. The further in, the darker it got as the canopy grew. After about 45 mins, we doubled back towards a sand dune to the Gulf. About half way, Laura called out to one of the kayaks to look out due to a boa hanging in a tree directly over them. As it turned out it was a 5ft Rainbow Boa Constrictor coiled on a branch. (photos)

A little about the boa:

Rainbow BoaEpicrates cenchria is a non-venomous boa species found in Central and South America. A terrestrial species, it is known for its attractive iridescent sheen. Adults grow to an average of 3.25 to 6.5 feet (1 to 2 m) in length. The common name "rainbow boa" is a reference to the iridescent quality of its scales when seen in sunlight. This is caused by microscopic ridges on the scales that refract the light like miniature prisms. Shy and nocturnal, these snakes can be found near rivers, streams, lakes and swamps, but can be found in humid forests and, sometimes in open savannas. The various subspecies are distinguished from each other by their markings and the regions where they occur. It is rare to find two subspecies in the same locality.

After the excitement it was down to the sand dune and over to the Gulf where Laura prepared coconut, which she opened using a sharp stick stuck into the sand. All with no tools. Then sliced a yellow pineapple as well as a white pineapple. A nice treat!

From there it was an easy paddle on the gentle swells of the Gulf, about an hour around the point and on in before low tide.

Buenos Noches,

Richie and Jon

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