Carlos the turtle
Trip Start Jun 16, 2012
5Trip End Jul 31, 2012
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So we hop on our tour bus and make our way to the bus-boat transfer station, and on our way we pass miles and miles of banana farms
So we spend the night in the bar, and headed to the room... And not knowing the walls were paper thin, we were pretty loud and the people next to us banged on the wall!! So the rest of the night we were quiet, and u can imagine the next morning was pretty awkward.
Saturday morning we woke up early to head out on the canals with Carlos and watched the forrest wake up
After our 2 hour tour we headed back and ate some breakfast at the outdoor dining room that overhung on the river that was infested with fish and crocodiles. Then at 10 we hopped back on the boat, and went out on some smaller canals that we could be closer to the life. It was intensely hot and humid, but most of the river was completely covered with massive trees so it wasn't too bad. On this excursion we saw some alligators less than 5 feet away, Carlos picked out a turtle swimming by the boat, and we got 5 feet to this interesting bird that naturally produces no oil like other water birds to repel water, so it must sit on a branch with its wings out to dry.
When we got back from that tour, we headed back to the lodge and got some lunch and spent the rest of the day hanging it in the resorts two pools, hammock tiki, beach, river bar, and just around the beautiful island.
I was in absolute paradise, and did not ever want to leave. So we savored every moment on our last night there. I figured it would be as good time as any to drink my first maragita; so I walk up to bar and order,and the bartender pours 2 shots of tequila and one shot of guaro in there
So we wake up, have breakfast, hop on the boat, and waive goodbye to the astonishing village of Tortuguero! The river was very low on our way back, so we had to shift around the boat, and it took about twice as long to get there... 2 hours, but I didn't complain because we were immersed in the most beautiful scenery. After transitioning to the bus, we slowly but surely made our way back to San Jose, and made our "last stop" at the same restaurant we stopped at for breakfast on our way over. After eating, Carlos comes over and gets everyone's attention... He says "hey guys... Umm I have some bad news". Those are kind of words you never want to hear when your in another country in the middle of nowhere. But he proceeds to tell us that all of the taxi drivers are on strike in the middle of the road about 3 miles down. So we hang out for about an hour trying to figure out what we are going to do, because the Australians, and the Spaniards need to be dropped off right on the other side of the strike. So Carlos's final decision is to head out to go another way around that adds about 2 hours onto our trip, and leave those people at the restaurant and the tour company will come get than later
So we finally made it back home, about 10 hours later... But I can say we made an awesome connection with our cool tour guide! We even became Facebook friends with him.... Imagine that. Overall, Tortuguero was an experience like none other. I will miss you.