Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Monkey Magic - Delta 2's jungle experience!

Being part of Delta 2 on this Raleigh experience so far has been unforgettable. Admittedly getting used to our first home the jungle was tough, but sooner rather later you embrace the mud. Everyone quickly began to look like they were experts in rainforest camouflage but the benefits – being lucky enough to spot the wide range of animals – quickly made mud and mosquitoes worth it.

One of our first memorable encounters was with the howler monkeys when we discovered that Grace had a secret talent: 'howler talk'! In utter amazements we stopped in our tracks listening to grace impersonating the howler’s eerie call which was then enthusiastically impersonated by the monkeys themselves. Following this we would see more howlers, spider monkeys and the mischievous white face capuchins. Whilst the spider monkeys kept themselves to themselves, the capuchins became increasingly curious about our presence in the jungle. Along one of the paths we had been working on we began to notice a large number of these monkeys perched on low branches. Fascinated at how close they were to us we grabbed our cameras like paparazzi but as we crept closer the monkeys turned their backs on us waiting only a few seconds before they spun around baring their teeth at us and baring their chests. Shocked we fled laughing and a little panicked!! Who knew how quickly cute could turn to scary.

We managed to escape the jungle for an afternoon walk to crocodile bridge. Wildlife documentaries somehow don't demonstrate how menacing these creatures actually look. Even though we watched them sulking in the mud from a great distance we all still felt wary, everyone discussing what might happen were one of us to fall from the bridge...
Our work in the jungle was mainly trying to improve the most waterlogged areas of the park to make the rainforest accessible for tourists. It was harder work than expected so we would wake up early, to work for as long as we could before it became too humid. One afternoon as a break from work we ventured into a very different part of the jungle that had already been made 'tourist friendly' by previous Raleigh projects. Here we discovered the most beautiful river where we could wash - looking as if we were taking part in a shampoo ad. Surrounding the river was another surprise; toucans! Such a rarity but a Costa Rican must see, we realised just how lucky we were to see at least six in a nearby tree.

However, not everything in the jungle was this pleasant. Firstly the spiders; usually at least once a day we would encounter enormous spiders we had hoped never to see. Personally I can own up to a horrendous scream in the jungle when I discovered one hiding under my sock. Next on the list of perhaps loathsome experiences was consuming the refried beans. Everyone detested them yet they had to be eaten – so we would cheer ourselves up with a game of mafia after dinner before crashing into bed at a pathetic 8pm.

After our rainforest antics were over our reward has come in the form of the beach where our next project is located. After exchanging stories with Delta 1 (who we were swapping with) we lugged our rucksacks to our new sun drenched camp, fixed our basha beds and raced to the black volcanic sands.

That’s it for now, more about the turtles towards the end of next week.

By Taormina Locke
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Costa Rica, es un país ubicado en centro América pero a pesar de so pequeña extensión territorial esconde cosas realmente maravillosas, como por ejemplo su flora y fauna. Gracias a su excelente ubicación es poseedora de una exuberante biodiversidad la cual hace que nuestro país sea reconocido a nivel mundial. Lo que hace mas interesante esta aventura es su obtención de microclimas, siendo de esta forma una oportunidad de variedad única, se es posible de pasar de un clima frio a uno cálido o inclusive a uno caliente en cuestión de minutos.

Cabe destacar que gracias a estas riquezas nuestro país atrae a un gran número de turistas provenientes de todas partes del mundo, los cuales viene a disfrutar de nuestro pequeño paraíso; por otra parte muchos no vienen exclusivamente a pasear se dedican a ayudarnos a proteger nuestros recursos; para muestra de un botón tenemos a los chicos de la Delta 2. Los cuales han estado aprovechando al máximo la estadía en nuestro país.

Como Costa Rica es un país rico en diversidad empezamos nuestros labores en la cercanías de la montaña del parque nacional Carara; un bosque tropical húmedo ubicado cerca del pacifico central de nuestro país y como dato curioso tenemos que el parque cuenta con el 43 por ciento de las aves de costa rica. Las vivencias obtenidas en dicho lugar serán recordadas a lo largo de nuestras vidas, tal es el caso de las tormentas que azotaban nuestro campamento y las cuales bañaban todo que estuviera a su paso, ni que decir de los monos capuchinos y los monos araña que diariamente visitaban el campamento y a decir verdad ellos no son lo que aparentan ya que nos sacaron un gran susto al sufrir la persecución y amenaza de tan adorables animales.

Las arañas también se ganaban la vida pegándole los sustos a los chichos principalmente a Mina y a Luke, por el sendero hacia nuestro campamento tuvimos la visita de una pequeña tortuga de agua dulce la cual se robo la atención de todos también une escurridiza coral formo parte de la lista, además de la presencia de varios tapires. A pesar del arduo trabajo paleando y del infinito numero de sancudos el disfrutar del bosque tropical se hacía cada vez más interesante. Cuando el sol caía por la tarde unas pequeñas lucecitas hacia su aparición eran las luciérnagas las cuales se engalanaban durante la noche haciéndose acompañar por el sonido de las chicharas y a través de la copa de los arboles se asomaba la luna y las estrellas.

Cada mañana el “wakey wakey, buenos días” de Fran se venía acompañando de la ruidosa presencia de los congós, además Grace descubrió el don de poder hablar con ellos; sin embargo, no todo era trabajo en Carara regularmente nos íbamos al rio a tomar un merecido baño y tuvimos la oportunidad de aprovechar la cercanía del puente del Rio Tarcoles reconocido por sus cocodrilos. Antes de partir de Carara era necesario caminar por los senderos del parque y de esa forma conocer el trabajo hecho por otros jóvenes de Raleigh; finalizando la tarde las lapas hacían su última visita por el campamento con su ruido particular de igual forma el gran número de aves que con sus exóticos sonidos se despedían de nosotros.

Por Silvia Godinez


16 comments:

  1. Rebecca Weighell Delta 3
    Hi Becca, We're off to Austria tomorrow for 10 days. Sadly it is raining there, as it is in England, although hopefully not as dramatic as you've had in Costa Rica. The thunderstorms sound prettys scarey. Hope you are continuing to make good progress on the building. Lorraine was impressed with the last blog update, and sends her love. By the time we get back you might be off on the big treck, so hope you enjoy that. Really looking forward to hearing all your stories when you get home. Will be thinking of you while we're in Austria. Lots and lots of love Mum xxxx

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  2. For Taormina Locke, Delta 2

    Hi T, loved your blog. You got to see the Toucans!!!! Awesome! ...er and the spiders!!! And if that's what you saw during the day, what didn't you see at night... hahaha!!! The crocs looked big. Any more pix to post? Funny story about the monkeys too. Enjoy the beach but watch out for those dangerous rip tides. Appaz the crabs are a bit of a pain! Enjoy the rest of the adventure. Take care of yourself. Love Sally x

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  3. Message for Cas Wright

    Hey! Thought its been a while since my last post on this bloggy thing, so i thought I'd message you to say that I hope you're still having a fab time in the jungle! But i hope you're not burning too much from the insane sunshine that England is severely lacking! But yeah, hope everything is going really well! <3

    Esther x

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  4. MOIRA SPENSLEY18 July 2012 at 04:37

    To Alex Spensley DELTA 2
    Hi Bud,
    Everyone at home sends their love. We are all o.k
    and hope you are enjoying your adventure!!!
    Love From
    Moira,Grandma,Grandpa,Esme,Andrew,Yvonne and Stellio,Sheba xxxxxxxxxxxx

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  5. Message for Alice Brawley, Delta 3
    Hi Alice,
    It was great to see the pictures of you building the school. Sounds like you have had even more rain than us, which is hard to imagine! You are now half-way through your adventure, we all admire you so much.
    Love, Dad

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  6. Message for Alice Brawley, Delta 3
    Hi Alice, it was great to see the photos of you building the school. It sounds like you have had even more rain than us, which is hard to imagine! You are now half-way through your adventure - we all admire you so much.
    Love, Dad

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  7. Message for Taormina Locke, Delta 2

    Haha! Bruv did you write that? We cudn't blog for ages, sorry, but your blog about your group didnt come upp. how are you? only two weeks now! ahhh cant wait! missing you so much, so much has happened, i've got so much to tell you! hope you're ok, don't know how you're managing with hair and makeup out there, dont know what i'd do lol. as soon as you come back we have to go to nandos yeah, don't know what food you've been having out there haha sounds long, but yeah we'll go eat chickkken. also have to go get out nails done yeahhh, wanting to do that for ages, ain't even done that yet and we have to go shopping and all that before you go to uni. five weeks has literally felt so longgg you have no idea hahah, its so wierd. everyone's missing youu, particuarly me, haha i'm joking, everyone does. please don't be different when you come back yeah, haha i had such a wierd dream you came back from rica and we went and shoplifted westfields, then got banned from that whole area for ages, it was so prangy ahahhah. misss youuuuu so muchhhhhh, i'll blog soon .nuff love. xxx

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  8. message for Taormina delta 2
    what an amazing account of your time in the jungle and what a trip! although I would go along way to avoid finding a spider under my sock!
    the sun has finally arrived in Devon and Cuddles has been chasing pheasants. Bea and i have been playing lots of tennis and shopping in Exeter. Trips out to Burgh Island with walks along the sand. dinner outside last night with new candles bought to float on the lake. need to buy ducks to eat all the weed. the heavy rain has meant the water has been gushing down in torrents - perhaps we are really in costa rica????
    heather

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  9. Message for Cas Wright
    Digging the garden and spiders in the house in September will now be no bother!! Looking forward to hearing about turtles on the beach. Doris is running brilliantly, I don't know if I will be able to let her go!! Dad says we can get Pringle flown over if your are having problems with spiders and crocodiles. Sounds from the blog you are having a great adventure, just what you were looking for. Looking forward to hearing your story. Lots of Love, hugs & Kisses Mum & Dad

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  10. Jacob Anderson19 July 2012 at 04:42

    For Devon Weaver (Delta 2)

    Hey Darlin!
    Sounds like you guys are having a great time. I wish I could see some pictures, though. But anyways, just wanted to let you know that I start on my way home tomorrow. Don't worry, I'll try to avoid getting home too early. I really miss you and I'll see you in 2 weeks!
    Love, Jake

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  11. Shona Morrison19 July 2012 at 07:35

    For James Morrison Delta 1

    Hi James, Just looking at Delta 2's blog, showing Carara, where I think you are now. Hope it's not too wet and muddy - although the way the British summer has been so far, it's pretty wet and muddy here too! How are you surviving on lots of beans and rice? Dreaming of pizzas??? Been doing any cooking? Hope you're looking forward to your trek phase next and you see some awesome countryside.
    Picked up your suit for the wedding. Looks good, will sort out a shirt as well and bring them down south for you. Going to Stirling on Saturday to celebrate Uncle David's 50th,then he's off to Spain for his extreme triathlon competition next weekend. We'll miss you, Love from everyone here. Mum x

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  12. Sylvia Spensley19 July 2012 at 10:18

    Message for Alex Spensley -Delta 2
     
    Hi Al
     
    Hope you are well and managing to look after yourself. At last a blog from your group about your jungle project and very interesting too! We are wondering how you managed with the spiders; better than I would have I hope. Perhaps you are now cured of your fear and won’t need Dad to come and remove them from your bedroom as you will be able to do it yourself.
     
    Things are as normal here. We looked after Jack for the day last Sunday and he was so good; we had a really nice day with him. It is still raining lots and we have even had the heating on the odd cold damp evening. It is meant to be getting more like summer soon, which I hope happens quickly as we are meant to be going with Angie and John to the boat this weekend.

    Anyway, keep strong and happy. Love and miss you loads. Mum xxx

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  13. For GRACE PACKARD - Delta 2

    Hiiii,

    Howler talk eh!? Loving it. Sounds like you've had a fabulous time! keep up the good work and enjoy the beach and the turtles! Can't wait to swap stories once you're back.

    Much love, Polly xxxxx

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  14. Jonathan Anderson19 July 2012 at 15:20

    Message fro Frances Anderson Delta 2 Happy Anniversary onthe 21st Sounds like youre having a great time Love Jo

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  15. Para Lucia Arias PM. MI querida Hija , no se donde estaras, ojala la estes pasando de lo mejor,te extrañamos! pero por dicha son pocos dias, no tengo a quien ponerle las canciones de Laura, pero te recuerdo cada vez que las escucho ja ja ja Te amo y esperamos que regreses. Att. MAMA.PD.apenas puedas REPORTATE!!!!!

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  16. For Mayci- delta 2 everything except the spiders sounds like a good time. The croc picture creeps everyone out that I've shown it to. I want to see a picture of the reaction to the monkeys baring their teeth at all of you photographers!!! Brave things that you are... i bet you all screamed like little girls!!!!!! That's ok. I love you to bits!!!!! Sending you good luck on the rest of your journey. Be safe and remember to love me to heaven and back! MOM

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