It was such an interesting little place, exactly what we were hoping for. I won't re-describe everything for you but there were a couple of things I wanted to add to Andrews notes.
We had so much time to hike around and watch wildlife near Bolita. The picture here is from beside our table at breakfast. Hummingbirds, bees, monkeys, macaws, doves, geckos, etc. were always nearby.
It took us two days (4-5 hours per day) to build and was very fun! We learned a lot about working with bamboo though didn't have any instruction - all by trial and error.
This is not the first time I've had to do this so was pretty routine, lol. When he was feeling up for it we cleaned it out well and stuck a bandage on it. It really wasn't too bad, but he said he got disturbed when it began to ooze dark blood. lol, funny day. The next day I got a couple of bamboo cuts as well (nothing bad) but it is worth noting that bamboo can be pretty dangerous for that! Super sharp! We wore gloves after a few warning cuts.
The trails were well marked and took us through thick rainforest, around an overgrown valley, and down into the rainforest again. We saw many monkeys (spider monkeys, howler monkeys and squirrel monkeys) as well as some macaws, toucans, a tiny snake, some cool bugs and frogs.
We actually hiked for at least an hour every day, but averaged more like 3 hours per day! It got a bit tiring to tell you the truth, but it was hard to resist heading to the trails to try and see some creatures.
Two of the guys we passed called us over, eager to share with us their techniques, and demonstrated their skills for us. They both grabbed a seemingly random scoop of sand, swished it around explaining that there wasn't that much gold there, I assume in order to keep our expectations reasonable before showing us the nuggets they got, just in case they were small.
I was really impressed with the size of them! They each pulled out a couple of nuggets that were at least 100x bigger than any I've ever pulled out panning in Dawson City. We were thinking about hiking with a couple of these guys to a hotspot somewhere in the rainforest but we decided to hike in the Corcovado National Park instead. The park was incredible, but to be honest I am sort of feeling that we may have missed out on a very unique opportunity. Maybe we will have to go back someday!