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Crossing the Río Tárcoles, there is an unremarkable 2-lane cement bridge with narrow raised "sidewalks" on both sides and a not-incredibly-high railing.
What IS remarkable is that the Río Tárcoles is said to have the highest concentration of American crocodiles (25 crocodiles per square kilometer) in the world!
One big one I saw, my driver said looked to be about 4 meters long. He also said there's an even bigger one in that area that's 6 meters! And they can easily weigh over 1,000 pounds. Yikes!!
You want to be very careful when you go out on the bridge. There's not a lot of room between you and the speeding buses so you don't want to wear a backpack and only bring your camera so you don't accidentally drop anything over the side. A German tourist recently lost his passport off the bridge. Consider that not-recoverable.
The highly polluted river is usually brown with rain runoff, sewage, and industrial waste. Even though it's considered the most polluted river in Costa Rica, my driver who has been driving this road multiple times a week for 8 years, says that other times of the year you can see straight to the bottom allowing you to see even more of the scaly reptiles.
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