Isla de Providencia, Colombia

On Location: Colombia’s Isla de Providencia & Costa Rica’s Wildlife

Zegrahm Contributor|January 22, 2009|Blog Post

We spent our brief time in Colombia on English-speaking Isla de Providencia. Zodiacs took us ashore where we were welcomed with the sounds of island music. The birders were off first and had the great fortune to site thick-billed vireo, white crowned pigeons, and green breasted mangos. The rest of us enjoyed an island tour, visiting a small school where we presented school supplies donated by Zegrahm and our passengers. The tour continued to a lookout with stunning views of the island and its many hidden harbors before returning to town for a little "retail therapy." A group of intrepid hikers set out to hoist the Zegrahm and Stanford flags at the highest point on the island. It wasn't easy, but after 90 minutes at a steady pace we made it to the top and raised our flags proudly.

Our visit to Puerto Limon, Costa Rica, began with large swells and rain but it soon cleared and we were off on a boat tour of the Tortuguero Canals. We were amazed by the density of the rainforest surrounding us, and it wasn’t long before the wildlife sightings began... howler, spider, and capuchin monkeys; a northern Tamandua anteater, two- and three-toed sloths; great kiskadee, northern jacana, black-crowned night-heron, and a semiplumbeous hawk. All of this in less than three hours!!!

Leaving Tortuguero behind, we arrived at Bocas del Toro in the evening. Many of us went ashore to explore the charming town of Bocas and enjoyed the music, food, and local drink of the area. It was another wonderful day!

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