Off to the Highlands

After three weeks of full-on mud, rain, mosquitos, humidity, and everything else the lowland rainforest has to offer us in Tortuguero, Ed and I are packing to travel tomorrow to the highlands of Costa Rica. This week we’ll be banding birds at a place called Cerro de la Muerte, which, I’m told, is cold and dry, up in the mountains. And it has lots of quetzals!

We’ll be back to the beach here in another week, and, from then on, will rotate between lowlands and highlands each week for the next couple months. It looks like a nice schedule. Definitely excited to see someplace new, maybe get out of the rain for a while (we were rained out again today), and keep banding awesome birds!

4 replies
  1. Denise
    Denise says:

    Hi! It was the year 2000…We were driving over that highway in the Cerro de la Muerte mountains (Mountain of Death) (OK, the death thing has to do with ill-prepared people caught their death of a cold while crossing before the road was built) night and if vehicles were going to pass, they would shut off their lights so they could see the headlights of oncoming cars! It was quite scary. Our driver had to call his mother when we arrived! And it was COLD up there, and there were BEAUTIFUL Quetzals and hummers and other great birds! Enjoy!

  2. Noah Strycker
    Noah Strycker says:

    @Cynthia – Hola! No he olvidado el espanol – lo practico todos los dias aqui in Costa Rica. Tienen algunos palabras nuevas aqui: mai, pura vida, tuanis. Espero que estas bien.

  3. Noah Strycker
    Noah Strycker says:

    @Denise: Ah, hope to see a quetzal soon… but that road is definitely interesting. Our bus was passing other buses on sharp mountain corners. I guess anyone else would just get out of the way, if push came to shove.

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