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A long trek through the dark jungle

30 Jan

Following some vague directions from our neighbors Jen and I set out to find a hidden beach several miles through a thick dark jungle.  We find the trail that’s behind a weather sign saying “propiedad privada” and go through the barbed wire gate.

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Another day of adventure

It’s a pretty established path, so I feel like we’re on the right track.  We follow it to a newly grated road that reminds me of a scene out of Avatar, where it just seems so wrong to have road torn through such pristine nature.   There is another sign that is decidedly ambiguous pointing halfway in between the new road and the jungle.  I cannot see a path through the jungle so we head down the road.  Within a half mile the road splits, so we take the one that looks more established.  We’re soon greeted by another barbed wire fence, but this one doesn’t have a gate, so we turn back  and take a right at the fork.  There is a lot of cow patties around and I’m hoping we don’t come across an angry bull.  We continue on through steep ravines where one unlucky cow was unable to climb back out.  After a couple more ravines we can now hear the crash of pounding surf in the far off distance.

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The gateway to a lost paradise

At the edge of one last ravine we’re startled by something crashing down through the palm tree within a few feet of us, but I have my walking stick at the ready to smash whatever might appear out of the brush.  Luckily, it’s a “Coatimundi” a racoon looking creature with a long ringed tail that makes a quick getaway.  We come to a trail that looks promising, so we take it and are next greeted by an Armadillo rooting through the leaves and thin, dry underbrush.

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Curious little creature

He doesn’t seem too concerned about our presence, but as soon as I get my camera out he decides to make a run for it.  I get a couple good snaps of him as he disappears into the now thinning jungle.  We finally go through a natural gate of thick green broad leafed stout trees which guarding a dramatically large, deserted beach with big 10′ crashing surf.  There is a rocky point just to the North and a 2+ mile long steeply sloped blonde sand beach to the South.  We decide to go North, since there looks like there could be some interesting hidden coves just around the point.  As soon as we climb over the first rocky point we see a pod of dolphins feeding very close to shore.  As soon as we get to a good view point they start leaping out of the water like crazy.  Sometimes 3 or 4 at a time.  They’re leaping 15′ or more out of the water in perfectly arched dives like you’ve seen on Flipper, Sea World or some nature show.  Once again as soon as I get my camera out the show stops almost immediately, but I think I might have got one or two good snaps.

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This beautiful deserted beach is about to be the next Mega Resort.

The show doesn’t stop there.  As we look a little farther off the coast we can see whales doing their best to leap out of the water, but are definitely not as graceful as the dolphins, but a good show nonetheless given their mass.  And not wanting to be left out of the act several manta rays are doing flips just to stage left.

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This beautiful beach must be at least 3 miles long.

All in all a very good reward for a eight mile hike.  We return to our beach and grab a cold cervaza and walk the few feet down to the beach to watch the sunset.  Ah, another good day on the road.

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