Colors of Nature

Trip Start Dec 17, 2007
Trip End Dec 27, 2007

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Friday, December 21, 2007

Hi Everyone,

    Today, Day 4 of my travel, I have arranged for a packaged tour to Tortuguero National Park on the Caribbean side of Costa Rica. Our guide, Francesca, drove to the city center to pick us up. Going along with my dad and myself, a Portuguese family also joined us on the tour. During our ride, we crossed the Barrio Carillo National Park that is so incredibly green. We arrive at the city of Moin and switched to a tourist boat. We were greeted by Francesca´s husband Modesto who will take us on a wild life tour. Since our group is small, we much more personalized attention. The Tortuguero National Park is kind of similar to the Everglades National Park in the US in that our boat traverses between the marsh islands. The main way of transportation in and out of the villages here is by boat ONLY, there are no roads connecting the islands. This is an effort to keep the area as primitive and natural as possible.
     Our guides, Modesto and Francesca, would stop the boat every couple minutes to point out any wild lifes. We saw iguanas, spider monkeys, Howler monkeys, several species of herons and eagles. Tortuguero National Park is a rainforest. It receives 200+ inches of rain every year. The vegetations are so lush vines are growing on trees while the forest bed is covered with hundreds of species of plants.
     We arrived at our lodge around 1:30 pm and had a delicious lunch. We ran into a hoard of tourist from this company called Caravan. It is ironic that this is the company I was originally trying to get a tour from and they told me they are booked solid. I spoke to the people on that tour and they said they booked 6 months in advance. Anyways, the rest of the afternoon its free time for us to enjoy the lodge. They have a forg area where they raise these tree frogs. They are the ABSOLUTELY most beautiful creature I have seen. The frogs have green body with orange colored feet and red eyes. They are SO CUTE.  I walked on to the beach in search of any turtles but unfortunately, there were some thick cloud and with in minutes, the beach is pouring with rain. So I returned to the lodge and read my guide book.
      The weather pattern is very different in Tortuguero comparing to San Jose. In order to get 200+ inches of rain, the area rains almost everynight. But the rain comes in waves. It would rain for 20-30 minutes and it stops. Unfortunately the waves of rain kept coming until almost dinner time, it stopped raining for a good hour, enough time for us to catch a quick dinner before it starts pouring again. My dad told me he prayed real had for the weather to cooperate, which did work. It sure is incredible.
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