Damas River Mangrove Jungle Adventure
Duration: Half Day
Enjoy one of the best wildlife adventures in Costa Rica on the beautiful Damas River and Estuary, near Quepos and Manuel Antonio. Travel by boat along the unique and protected inland waterways of Isla Damas (Damas Island), through mysterious, dense mangrove forests. Observe one of the most important ecosystems in the world.
The intriguing red and black mangroves you will see here include most of the varieties found in Costa Rica, which are legally protected but not always monitored. This tour combines adventure with education as local naturalist guides share their extensive knowledge of this complex eco-system, which is vital to Costa Rica and the world.
As your boat travels leisurely down the various mangrove canals, along the gentle currents of the coastal tides, you will learn about the biological relationships between many of the diverse organisms in this unique habitat, each with their own role to play. A plethora of tropical plants and native wildlife can be observed here, including white faced monkeys, waterfowl, herons, Jesus Christ lizards, snakes, frogs, American crocodiles, mangrove crabs, iguanas, caimans, boa constrictors, three-toed sloths, crab-eating racoons, giant ant-eaters, bats, egrets, kingfishers and a vast array of exotic birds nesting and roosting in the mangroves, which serve as a sanctuary from predators.
Beneath the water’s surface, a large diversity of life forms can be found in both the fresh and salt water, including corals, algae, oysters, crabs, shrimps, fish and many more. The mangroves are extremely vital to the health of the marine ecosystem, which is one reason why they must be protected.
Exploring the mysterious coastal mangrove areas on your holiday in Costa Rica will lead you on a journey through nature and time, in a place of unparalleled beauty and amazing bio-diversity. This unique tour is a must for nature lovers, and will hopefully leave you with a new respect for this fascinating ecosystem, which Costa Ricans are working so hard to preserve.
What to bring: Cool comfortable clothes and shoes, sun block, insect repellent, hat, binoculars and camera. Length of tour: Half day.
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