Piggy's last supper with the butcher, Golfito, Costa Rica

Traditional Costa Rican ox cart - painted miniatures are sold as souvenirs

Aerial view of Golfito, Costa Rica and the Duty-Free Zone

Aerial view of southern Costa Rica and its rivers

Golfito in southern Costa Rica was originally built as a company town for the United Fruit Company and its banana empire.

Golfito, Costa Rica - LandSea Marina where Jacaranda is moored

Golfo Dulce, southern Costa Rica after an afternoon downpour. The louvers in the hatch enable us to get ventilation below without the rain entering.

Along the coast of Golfito, southern Costa Rica

Collecting water during a typical daily rainstorm in Costa Rica - it's the beginning of the rainy season here!

Jacaranda anchored in front of Casa Orquideas

A beautiful private home built by an American, next to Casa Orquideas, Playa Josecito, Costa Rica

Jungle at our anchorage in Rincon, Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica

Linda at Casa Orquideas, a private botanical garden in Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica

Hummingbird building a nest at the end of a leaf in Casa Orquideas, a private botanical garden in Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica

Pair of scarlet macaws

Pair of scarlet macaws

Scarlet macaw

Sunset, Playa Josecito in Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica

Scarlet macaw eating an almond

Bat Flower, detail, Casa Orquideas, a private botanical garden in Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica

Casa Orquideas, a private botanical garden in Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica

Bat flower in Casa Orquideas, a private botanical garden in Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica

Pair of scarlet macaws - endangered and protected in Costa Rica

Sealing wax palm in Costa Rica, imported from Malaysia

Two viper snakes, Costa Rica - they're small but poisonous

Fragrant flowers of the ylang ylang tree - the heavenly scent used to make Chanel No. 5

Poison dart frog - one of 4 species in the Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica

Fuzzy Heliconia flower

Casa Orquideas, a private botanical garden in Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica

Mature and newly planted palm oil plantations - a major crop in Costa Rica responsible for deforestation

Pair of toucans

Interesting flowers and fruit of the Cannonball Tree

Shampoo ginger - squeeze the flower and soap suds appear

Guanabana fruit

Deer, Manuel Antonio National Parque

Bats sleeping in a furled ginger leaf - note the suction cups on their feet enabling them to hold on - Manuel Antonio National Parque

Strangler Fig tree

Beehive way up in a tree - the local honeybees have now hybridized with the more aggressive Africanized bees

Jesus Christ Lizard - so called because it runs so fast that it can walk on water!

Our great Tico guide, Nito, with his chihuahua, Coco Antonio from Sucorso Tours (Puerto Jimenez) who took us to La Tarde Ecolodge for a day hike.

Jacaranda anchored in Quepos near Manuel Antonio National Parque, Costa Rica

Costa Rican fishing boat in Bahia Santa Elena, northern Costa Rica

Drake Bay - Osa Peninusla, southern Costa Rica

Manuel Antonio National Parque in Costa Rica, known for its beautiful beaches

Our pilot guiding us over the bar as we leave Bahia del Sol, El Salvador. With him was Bill from svMita Kuluu

Beach near our anchorage in Quepos, Costa Rica

House in Puerto Jimenez, Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica

Puerto Jimenez, Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica