Still no internet.
Same morning routine as the last few days. After lunch, we drove to the Costa Rica Fish Institute to see if we could find it. We did find it and were able to have a look at the operation. Two men greeted us, and with my broken Spanish, I asked all the questions we had. They were very helpful and showed us around. We'll go back in November when we're ready to fill the ponds. Good find. Then we went and spoke to a woman at the Quetzal National Park to see how much it costs to go into the park. It's free to walk around on you're own, and costs $16 to hire a guide whether you are a couple or a large group of people. We were asking so we can recommend places for our guests to go visit. She was very helpful. She told us that it's 8 kms to walk the short trail and over 16 kms to walk (with a guide) the longer trails. There's one trail that is apparently quite steep in parts and winds its way to the waterfall in San Gerardo. We thought that was pretty interesting and hope to do it one day. We learned about an animal called the danta. It looks like a tapir. I don't know how big tapirs get, but dantas are about 4 feet tall and 6 feet long! Thank goodness they only eat vegetation. They are not harmful to people unless you stand directly in their path. If a danta charges, all you need to do is step sideways to get out of their way... they are too big to turn around... they will simply keep going straight (very good to know). And the park is known for sightings of the elusive quetzal. We have quetzals on our property, but we have yet to see any.
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