Day 9 - Meant a big day of activities planned. Starting with zip lining. All but one in the group did it so it was a lot of fun. There were 9 zip lines and two of them were superman ones. The longest zip line was 1590m which is longest zip line in Latin America. At the very end we had the option to do the mega tarzan swing which everyone but Mel and Tom did. It was a bit scary leading up to it as you had to watch everyone else do it and you couldn't see how big a drop it was. The screaming doesn't make you feel any better either. When it was your turn you had to walk a very long hanging bridge to get to it, a bit like you were walking the plank! Breath and trust the rope was the theory. I thought I would scream but it instead just took my breath away and nothing came out all. It was great and I would do it again and again!!
After zip lining some of us went on to do the hanging bridges. A big slow down from zip lining!! It was basically a big walk around the jungle on hanging bridges whilst the guide informed us about all the different plants and bird life that lived it the jungle. It was nice and the hanging bridges are pretty cool as we don't really have that in Australia.
After the hanging bridges Mel and I headed back to the hotel and had a little bit of down time before our next activity. Mel spent time updating her diary and I had a small kip - adrenaline rush took it out of me I think.
Night walk was next. The night walk was just another walk around the jungle looking at the wildlife and finally we got to see 2 sloths!!! This was one of the main aims whilst in Costa Rica and in the end only Mel and I got to see them. Awesome animals!! So big and soooo lazy! Highlight for sure! We also got to see a tree porcupine, toucans and other native birds and lots of different insects. There was one particular spider that was pretty interesting. This spider was sitting in his web like any spider would but when the guide put a bit of bark in his web the spider made himself look like that bark - a way of camouflaging himself or an attempt to confuse the predator. Pretty smart really and it was so quick. It's funny because you walk around with a torch looking for things and not really finding anything but by the end you realize that on every tree / branch / leaf there was some form of life.
Big day ended with a big local Costa Rican dish - rice and beans of course and then an early night as we were getting up early to get another stamp in the passport and heading into Nicaragua.