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... it has been!
And the birds, 96 species, most of them new for me, "lifers" in birders' talk! Hummingbirds, Orioles, Tanagers, Herons, Toucans (5 of the 6 possible in Costa Rica), Macaws, Parrots, Egrets, Kingfishers, Aracaris, may more and the most beautiful, male and female Resplendent Quetzals posing for us.
Watching the groups of monkeys travelling from tree to tree, we saw the 4 species of Costa Rica: Howlers (very vocal), Spiders (elegant), ...
... to get around, so after we made our way from San Jose by bus (finally seeing a huge sloth with baby just hanging from the flimsiest, highest branch in a really tall tree) we were packed into a boat and taken to our 'resort' hotel where we had a quick lunch before being taken to the nearby Tortuguero town to check it out. The town was relatively rundown but apparently prospering with the steady tourist trade. ...
... was his first time in the Caribbean and he wanted to walk up and down the beach. First, the sand is black. This did not quite suit some of us who grew up near the beach ("white sand is way better")... Second, there were some annoying sand flies (they viciously attacked us!). Third, there was no nice stretch to walk on apart from the area where the waves crashed. Annoyingly, the waves were pretty strong and swimming is dangerous, but we were walking anyhow. But who knew that the sea ...
... ended with an after dinner performance by local musicians who elicited talents from some of our students. They danced, limboed and played maracas. Afterward, we took an evening walk through the local forest to spot some nocturnal organisms. We enjoyed seeing a opossum, spiders, raccoons, geckos and lead cutter ants. Two armadillos ran across our path and disappeared quickly into the dark forest. Needless to say, the biodiversity that we encountered today exceeded everyone's initial ...
No alarm clock or phone wake up call from Reception.. instead we were awaken by
Howler Monkeys (sounds like someone chopping wood). Early breakfast and off we went for our 2nd Boat Ride cruising the Canal searching for the wildlife animals. At times we felt like we're cruising the Amazon River.. so peaceful and tranquil.. ...
Other places to stay in Tortuguero
Tortuguero National Park, Tortuguero | Hotelfrom $63
50mts north of Dr Echandi's Clinic, Tortuguero | 3 star hotelfrom $145
\N, Tortuguero | Hotelfrom $41
Tortuguero, Limon, Costa Rica, Tortuguero | 5 star hotelfrom $40