|This gives you an idea of the road to the preserve. This part actually looks pretty good - no giant holes (very common).|
|In addition to the river float trip, there are lots of hiking trails to check out. We plan to return.|
|Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary is also the world's first jaguar preserve! We didn't see any jaguars that day, though we |
saw fresh tracks from a tapir (which looks kind of like an anteater, but is much bigger).
|There is a nice little museum at Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary|
|We saw this interesting vehicle in the parking area. A couple was traveling from Alaska to Patagonia in this rig powered by |
recycled vegetable oil.
|The nice hike through the jungle to the put-in. Since you hike past the take-out to the put-in spot, you can actually do the |
float trip over and over again if you like.
|Cara, Eric, Bob, Pamela, Terry and Guido (left to right). We're all ready to get on the water in our old school inner tubes.|
|Guido (in the foreground), Cara and Bob behind him|
|The water was cool and refreshing, and the company was wonderful!|
|Terry's father, Bob, enjoying the float|
|Approaching the take out point|
|On our way out of the preserve we visited the site of a plane wreck in the jungle.|
|Due to a thunderstorm, researchers monitoring the jaguars in Cockscomb Basin lost control of their plane on take-off and |
crashed into a tree. There were only minor injuries, except to the plane, which was left to the jungle to reclaim.
|Another view of the wrecked plane|
|It's pretty amazing that everyone in the plane walked away.|