Friday, November 11, 2011

Cueva Agua y Jaguar

Last Saturday Tom, Bret and I went looking for some new-to-us caves. We started by looking for Cueva Jaguar.  We looked and asked around for an hour but had no luck.  Off we went to Bosque Rio Bajo to find Cueva Agua. Here we are in the park. Typical jungle hike. We found it by luck since the map was so bad.

There is a small stream that runs through it.  We tried to keep our feet dry. Cueva Agua was small and only took 15 minutes to go through.  After leaving the cave we took the long way back to the car.  Just a few minutes before we got to the car we found another un-known to us cave.  It was nice and filled with lots of bats.  There was a bit of graffiti in it and it was well visited because it was so close to the camp ground but it was not on the map.  I didn't get any pictures of it.  My camera was acting up. During our hike to Cueva Agua Bro called me back.  He gave us better directions to Jaguar.  So we went back to find it.  After some more searching and asking the locals we found it. It's similar to Dos Chorros which is just down the road.  But this is "dry".  Notice the mounds of sand. 

It took an hour to reach the "end".  Its a big breakdown room.  There are some small leads we didn't explore because we were out of time and energy.  There is a bit of climbing up and over then down again through some small holes and unstable rock.  This cave is not well visited and could be because of the next picture.

This is the entrance to the cave.  A big garbage pile. The reason we had a hard time finding the cave was because of the directions we were given.  They said to look for the big garbage pile.  And we did but we didn't find the cave.  That is because it was the second big garbage pile we were supposed to find!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Just 100 feet away! I should add that this is on the bank of theAreceibo river between the road and the river.  The bank is very steep so I guess the water doesn't get high enough to reach the trash. 

This is a friendly little boa I picked up in Cueva Tuna a few months back.  I was very gentle with the snake.

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