We don’t just ride bulls around here
The last thing you might expect to see in Costa Rica is cowboys but the sabaneros or “plainsmen” are exactly that.
It’s out there, watching you
The words of Señor Fernandez, the old prospector, come back to me as I lie groveling on the jungle floor. “A jaguar can sense which man is most afraid of him,” he’d told me. “It’s always this one that he follows.”
Can a jaguar smell your fear?
The word “jaguar” is often said to come from an old Mayan phrase meaning “the beast that kills with one leap”. I am painfully aware, however, that the jaguar’s prey is very unlikely to ever witness the leap before a single crunching bite crushes the back of the skull.