The day began very early around 4:30 am. Ricardo took half of our group out on two straight mornings to walk through the rainforest at night. I was very excited, but also a little bit nervous. We would be walking through the rainforest in almost complete darkness. There’s no telling what would stalk us. Now this was actually a valid fear as jaguars and other jungle cats live in this park! It was an incredible experience. At one point, a stick snapped off to our right and made us all jump. We waited for a few seconds, but heard nothing else and moved on. We walked nearly 2 miles in the dark to the location above. Here we sat watching the birds and waiting to see if the tapir that lived in the area would walk by.
After a hard days work, we all decided to walk down to Bingo at the local “soda” down the road from Tenorio. The “soda” serves as the town hall/meeting place/entertainment place for the local Ticos. Bingo was a very interesting experience. For one, the locals were super welcoming and excited we had come down to play. They didn’t even care that Rachel and Scott won some of the prizes, which were simple items such as pots and plastic pitchers. They also let Ethan, who is minoring in Spanish, call three of the Bingo games. It was great interacting with the local Ticos.