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The San Blas "Jungle Cruise"!
We caught the cruise in San Blas, which gave us an additional 3 miles or so of winding mangrove-filled canal and wildlife viewing.
There is a second place to start the trip in Matanchen Bay, and amazingly enough the price is the same from each starting place.
The panga makes a quick stop at Matanchen, where you pay your $90 pesos and get a free beverage of your choice ~ including a cerveza for the guys!
Thanks again to Google Earth!I marked the trip with little arrows.
The trip follows a 16 kilometer natural spring water canal and ends in a fenced off swimming hole with incredibly clear and refreshing water!
It wanders through several different types of foliage eco-systems ~ mangrove canals, mangrove fern and palm areas, bayou and then a grass and reed wetland area.
We saw lots of small crocodiles and a few bigs ones.
All kinds of different birds ~ a tiger heron, ibis, great blue herons, a strange looking relative of the cormorant and about a dozen others that I can't remember...
Jose was our driver and had incredible eagle eyes.
He spotted all kinds of wildlife!
See if you can spot the green iguana that Jose so easily spotted...Then an hour long stop at the swimming hole!
Nothing like seeing a fence to keep the crocs out...
Both Jim and Susan went in Tarzan style.
I of course slid in on the ladder and Alan dove in...
A stunning place for a mid-morning swim!
This guy was at least 12 feet long!
At times we felt we were in "Apocolypse Now" or "The African Queen".
One of those jungle or river flicks.
Jose said these huts were built for a movie ~ we just didn't catch what movie...What a treat this was!
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