Random Experiences Living in Jungles

This is not going to be some fancy pictorial from a day of photos, no! It’s going to be a real account of moments that occur when you live in the jungle that could never be caught on film. Not even a photographer from National Geographic could capture these candid moments because they just happen when you least expect it. These tales take place in and around Puerto Jimenez on the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica.


You’re jogging at about 5:05am, it’s not quite light but it’s not dark. It’s that blue aura permeating from the sky and you’re approaching a bridge. You see a crew of howler monkeys passing over the bridge and wait but the crew just keeps coming. Eventually you jog through the monkeys as they wait on either side. They look like crazy cats and sound like ogres living under a bridge.


You’re hanging out on a patio doing whatever as its not important. You notice this beautiful butterfly and as you’re about to mention it to your friend, it gets taken out. No more than 4 feet in front of you this bird comes in at 200MPH and just lands its beak on the butterfly’s body between the wings. Interestingly enough the bird then does a fighter jet move the right as though if a bigger bird were following it in, it won’t end up in its beak.


You’re on the phone chatting to some ladies in London while on the second storey patio where you live. You hear this commotion in the trees and assume it’s just some menacing monkeys. Then you see random leaves moving and branches bending and see this massive iguana fighting to try and get a grip. Finally said iguana falls onto the jungle floor and springs to another tree and runs up it.


This is one you could capture if you actually had a sweet camera. You’re lounging with some friends and suddenly a flock of them show up and start devouring every almond in sight. Seeing a macaw never gets old, let alone a whole flock. If you live here long enough you can take them for granted until they stop showing up and then a week later and you’re thrilled to see them again. In case you aren’t sure what these are, they are the coolest looking bird in the world, imo.


I wasn’t here for this one, I was in Drake Bay but my roommate loves telling me this story. The water guy comes and as they are backing up the truck it goes into the ditch next to the road at the end of the drive way. They get out for whatever reason and call you over. There you see a massive boa constrictor that is roughly 6” wide. They kid you should put it in your house to get rid of the bats in the ceiling BUT it also might strangle / eat your dog. They wake it up and it’s long gone out of sight before the coil in front of you disappears.


Tourists do the dumbest stuff(myself included as I’m a tourist). You can say “hey, there are crocodiles in those mangroves” and in a thick German accent they reply “nah, we’ll be fine”. Naturally, you quip back “as you wish”. There are crocodiles and caimans in the river here. The locals say the ocean should be fine during the day but at night between two river mouths you need to be suicidal. As you drive over some of the bridges you can often see a solid 10 footer and a local gent told me he killed a monster 15+ footer before and still has its head somewhere.


These are those bugs you can’t see hence they are called “No See Ems”. These things will attack you and make you scratch like that dirty guy downtown rolling around in filth in what were once white pants scratching and swinging at bats that don’t exist. Only these guys are real. We still have no idea what they are and don’t even try and see em, you won’t.

The moral to this story is that if you’re living in jungles, even if on the outskirts of town; never forget you’re still in the jungle! It’s not like the animals are coming to you, you already went to them. They were around before anyone settled there and will be after you leave.

Also remember that when living in jungles, watch yourself before you wreck yourself.

Tips hat,

P.S: That said, living in the jungle is awesome and I’m not talking about a concrete one.

P.P.S: A reminder to NEVER go anywhere at night without a flashlight.


  1. Gisela Hausmann

    November 30, 2012 at 6:04 am

    Great article! The little stories are told so well, one can almost feel being in the jungle. I found myself pondering over whether I would be more worried about running into a boa constrictor or a crocodile… am still not done with the pondering 🙂

    • Rob

      November 30, 2012 at 9:41 am

      I think you are fine with both, just don’t put yourself in compromising positions. You need to be proactive and aware of your surroundings. :]

  2. MrPessimistic

    November 30, 2012 at 7:56 am

    Too bad they won’t be here much longer if we keep killing the world…

    • Rob

      November 30, 2012 at 12:51 pm

      Your name should be Mr.Buzzkill.

      • MrPessimistic

        December 3, 2012 at 4:25 am

        Same difference…

        • Rob

          December 3, 2012 at 5:03 am

          What’s your point? Any suggestions?

          • MrPessimistic

            December 3, 2012 at 7:31 am

            None whatsoever…
            I was just under the impressing that your blog was about expressing yourself freely…and while your post was surely about how awesome of an experience you are living, my comment was the first thing that came to my head after reading it. I apologize if my comment brought down your audience of you for that matter.
            I wish there was something that you or I could do about it, but unfortunately this world is deaf and blind to anything other than what comforts them and makes them believe that everything is all right and the world is peachy, which is anything but, otherwise we would not be in the situation we have put ourselves in.

          • MrPessimistic

            December 3, 2012 at 7:45 am

            I apologize if my comment brought down your audience or* you for that matter.

          • Rob

            December 3, 2012 at 8:07 am

            The world is wonderful but it does need more optimism and less pessimism. Hopefully we’ll see you here more often as “mr. Optimisitc”.

  3. Janina

    November 30, 2012 at 9:21 am

    hahaha nice post … totally true. Macaw madness 🙂 definitively coolest bird ever. We had a photo session with them yesterday again.

    • Rob

      November 30, 2012 at 9:42 am

      If you ever want to post a photo essay on those marvelous macaws, let me know. Also, totally coolest bird ever.

  4. Cassy

    November 30, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    oh gosh can I do what you do? Love the pictures, Man you are really living!

    One day!

    Check my site out, I am just starting out…

    • Rob

      November 30, 2012 at 8:10 pm

      Haha you can, just gotta keep the dream alive and hustle hard!

      I like your site and advise you move to your own domain sooner than later. :]

  5. Kelly

    December 1, 2012 at 3:47 am

    I got shat on by a lizard chillin above me in the jungle bungalow I am in in Thailand. And a monkey tried to steal my rain poncho today. a few other random jungle facts 🙂

    • Rob

      December 1, 2012 at 4:05 am

      Wow, you’ve become quite versed in the ways of the jungle already. Don’t let those monkeys too close, they are more clever than you give them credit. Hopefully the lizard wasn’t too big!

      Safe trvels and enjoy Thailand, one of my fav places.

  6. Koren @ City Gal

    December 3, 2012 at 7:41 am

    I think I prefer the concrete one!!

  7. Callie

    December 7, 2012 at 3:47 am

    Howler monkeys FTW! I love their crazy calls.

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