Face to face with alligators

Trip Start Nov 14, 2006
Trip End May 15, 2007

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Tuesday, January 2, 2007

Tortugero National Park is crisscrossed by a natural network of navigable waterways and is one of the most biologically diverse areas of Costa Rica. It is best known for being one of the most important nesting sites for the pacific green turtle in the Caribbean, however, unfortunately it was not the right time of year for this spectacle.

We travelled to the park by river boat from Moin and were surprised at the vast array of wildlife that we saw (thanks to our eagle-eyed captain) - including alligators, caymans, iguanas, sloths, anteaters and howler monkeys - on what we expected to be a pretty standard boat journey.

The next day we went on an early morning canoeing trip which enabled us to visit the narrower channels and get closer to the wildlife than in larger boats. The park is truly beautiful at this time of day and has a feeling of peace and tranquility not often experienced. We were particularly enraptured by the interactions of spiders monkeys in the trees hanging over the river and the sheer quantity and variety of birds that can be seen.
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