Still, it is a lovely day to be out in the trees.
We begin with a walk through the understory where we learn about various plants, observe a large leaf cutter ant colony (the colony is underground, so what we actually see is a lot of sandy-looking soil), uncover a snake, peer through binoculars at the one bird we see (we hear a few others, but even the guide can’t spot them), and check for bats (we don’t find any) sleeping under leaves that they have bitten to form neat triangular tent in which to while away the daylight hours.
It is a pleasant walk and, at the very end I even see a toucan fly by high above. I don’t get a good look at it, but now I have seen one!
The draw here (in a country filled with healthy rain forests) is the aerial tram that takes tourists up into the forest canopy.
Ok, that’s not a great picture, but the sloth really looks quite similar to a simple mess of ratty vegetation hanging from a tree limb – of which there is a fair amount around here. Now I am thinking I saw a sloth when we were walking earlier, but I didn’t realize it was more than the rainforest equivalent of a squirrel’s nest. . .
Then, finally, we are gliding high up in trees through the narrow opening in the canopy.