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Travel Blogs from Tortuguero
... guides during nesting season, on assigned, marked portions of the beach. The rest of the nesting area is off limits. The money from these tourists helps to support the work of the conservancy.
Tortuguero is a small town with a main street leading up to the entrance to Tortuguero National Park. As we strolled past the school we were reminded of the high literacy ...
... and go see hummingbirds and walk around the national park I almost didn't get up. Luckily she convinced me because it was absolutely amazing up there. The bus wound further up the mountains and dropped us right in the national park. First we went to the free hummingbird area which was just sugar syrup feeders hanging in the trees and dozens of hummingbirds getting drunk of them! you could stand right under one of the feeders and hummingbirds would just zip back and forth around ...
... on the beach we were told by one of the turtle spotters there was a turtle nearby who was starting to prepare her nest. We waited for a bit but something must have spooked her as she decided to head back to the sea. We got a bit closer so we could see her making her way back. She was so much bigger than I expected!! As there were no other turtles on the beach we headed back to the base to wait for a bit. On the way we saw 2 sloths, a brown frog, 2 lizards, a red eyed frog ...
Wow what a journey!
We caught a shuttle bus from Fortuna which took 4 hours followed by a beautiful 1.5 hour boat ride winding along the canals to arrive at Tortuguero. On arrival you notice that you are in the middle of nowhere. There are no cars in town, you are surrounded by rainforest and the main street is a dirt road that takes about 10 minutes to walk from one end ...
... how quickly he switches back and forth between Spanish and English. Basically, everything he told us was a few sentences in Spanish, followed by the same sentences in English.
As an aside, later in our visiting with Geraldo, when we told him we were from Pennsylvania, he mentioned that he had been to the US once before for a soccer tournament, and they had visited an amusement park in Pennsylvania on this trip. It turns out he had gone to Dorney Park, which is ...
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