The Night Tour with Tracie

"The Bug Lady"

Drake Bay, Costa Rica

Discover the hidden treasures of Drake Bay,  Costa Rica with Tracie "The Bug Lady" .

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Praying Mantises have been important mystic creatures in many cultures throughout the world. 

Arab and Turkish cultures believed that these insects constantly prayed with their faces turned toward Mecca.

 In the southern United States, mantises are known as devil's coach-horses or mule-killers and are feared by superstitious people.  

To the Kalahari Bushmen, however, the mantis is sacred, representing a god of creation.


 

 

 

 

 


Female Gaudy Leaf Frogs typically lay clutches of 20 to 50 sticky eggs. 

The eggs (see picture below) are placed on either the upper surface or the underside of leaves overhanging pools of water.

  She may lay up to five clutches in a single night. 

After five to eight days, the tadpoles hatch and drop into the water below. 

It then takes about 80 days for them to develop into frogs. 


 

 

 

 

 


Resembling a withered, rotting leaf,  this katydid is one of the best disguised insects in the rainforest.

  The wings of katydids often feature blemishes to enhance their camouflage.

The notched ends of this katydid's wings are uncanny replicas of insect damaged leaves.


 

 

 

 

 

 


Boa Constrictors are live-bearing snakes. 

Females can give birth to litters of up to 60 young !


 

 

Planning Your Tour

  Reservations

Reservations are required to participate on the tour.  Advanced reservations for the night tour are highly recommended.  Space is limited and the tour usually fills up fast.   Drake Bay, Costa Rica - The casque-headed lizard is one of the great masters of disguise.

To ensure a confirmed reservation on the tour,  please complete our online reservation form or contact us by email.    

Please Note:

Because of logistics, we are not able to offer The Night Tour from the following resorts:

Cabinas Las Caletas, Copa de Arbol, Corcovado Adventures Tent Camp, Punta Marenco,  Bahia Paraiso,  Poor Man's Paradise,  or  Casa Corcovado.

Guests lodging at Jinetes de Osa Inn, Cabinas Manolo and Aguila de Osa Inn who wish to participate on the Night Tour with Tracie "The Bug Lady" should reserve directly. These lodges have their own staff night tour guides.


Fees

The night tour is $40.00 per person.  


              

  Tour Schedule

The tour takes place nightly from 7:30 PM to 10:15 PM. Return times may vary. Depending on what we encounter on the trail the tour may run a little later.


 Your Guides

Biologist Tracie Stice and  Costa Rican naturalist Gianfranco Gómez , will be your guides on the night tour.  

There are many other night tours being offered in Drake Bay.    If you would like to insure your reservation with Tracie "The Bug Lady" please contact us directly. 


  Meeting Points Drake Bay, Costa Rica - Praying Mantises, like this one photographed on The Night Tour in Drake Bay, are voracious predators.

Jinetes de Osa Inn is the meeting  point for guests lodging at  the following Drake Bay Resorts:  Mirador Lodge, Cabinas Jade Mar, Rancho Corcovado,  Casita Corcovado,  Mango Street Casita, Binya House, Cabinas Manolo, Finca Maresia, Cabinas Murillo, Las Cotingas, Vista Bahía Drake, Casa Drake Lodge, Martina's Place, Cabinas Bahía Drake, Casa Horizontes B &B and any other of the cabins located in the town of Agujitas.  

There is a map showing the town's layout and Jinetes de Osa's location.

We will meet guests lodging at La Paloma Lodge, Drake Bay Wilderness Resort,  Aguila de Osa Inn, and Jinetes de Osa  Inn  at their resort.


 Flashlights

When we meet for the tour we will have Petzl Tactikka XP headlamps available for everyone on the tour.

If you are staying in town and are meeting us for the tour at Jinetes de Osa you will definitely need your own light to get there get back to your hotel after the tour.

A good headlamp is highly recommended.  Not only will you use it on the tour, but it will also be very useful throughout your travels.  If you want to invest in a really good light the new Petzl Tikka RXP is an excellent choice.   


 What to Wear

Gaudy Leaf Frog, Agalychnis callidryas, photographed during the Night Tour in Drake Bay, Costa RicaA light cotton T-shirt and pants are ideal for the tour.   Comfortable clothes are recommended.  Long sleeve shirts are not necessary. 

Closed-toed shoes (tennis shoes or hiking boots) are required to participate on the tour.   Please, no sandals or Tevas!


Bug Repellant

Participants will be pleasantly surprised by the relative lack of mosquitoes or other biting insects on the tour.  You are not likely to need repellant.  For peace of mind, you might wish to bring along  a bottle.  Again, though,  you're not likely to use it.

Deet can be irritating to the skin.  Doctors recommend no more than 30% deet formulas.  Deet is toxic to children and should not be used on their skin.  For both adults and children traveling to Drake Bay, the non-toxic lotion "Skin so Soft" by Avon, should be sufficient protection. 


 Cameras

Conscientious photography is permitted on the tour.  The insects, arachnids, and other creatures we encounter on the tour are not only photogenic, many are rarely seen by the average visitor to Costa Rica.  For the best shots, we recommend adjusting your camera to the macro-setting.  If there's a chance of rain, guests should bring along a protective camera case  or waterproof bag .Drake Bay, Costa Rica - This leaf-mimicking katydid is one of the best disguised insects in Drake Bay.


     

  Cancellations

Should you, for any reason, need to cancel  a  reservation for the tour, please inform  your  resort  no later than 3:00 pm.   Cancellations made by 3:00 pm on the day of the tour will not be penalized.   Any cancellation made after 3:00 pm will be charged full price.  


"...The Bug Lady offers one of the best night wildlife tours in the country.... Their insatiable enthusiasm comes across on every tour..."

Daniel Neilson   Time Out Costa Rica

                                                                                                  

"...this after-dinner tour of the nocturnal rainforest is a MUST DO experience that you'll never forget...I give it my highest recommendation"

Alexander del Sol   The Southern Costa Rica Guide


 

"...spend a fascinating evening with biologist Tracie the Bug Lady...You might even see a boa."

  Beatrice Blake   The New Key to Costa Rica     

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