Planes,Trains,&Automobiles..or..Taxi, Bus,& Lancha

Trip Start Aug 08, 2012
Trip End Ongoing

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La Princesa

Flag of Costa Rica  , Province of Limon,
Friday, August 10, 2012

The decision to stand for 2.5 hours on the 9am bus to Cariari vs. breathing in the fumes and waiting at the Caribenas bus terminal in San Jose smog was quite simple. "A pie" was clearly the better option in both our minds.  How fortunate we were to land seats on the transfer bus to Pavona prior to boarding our water taxi to reach our destination of Tortuguero, an hour long boat ride through dense jungle and natural canals. We arrived satisfied to have seen two crocodiles, a spider monkey, numerous iguanas and various birds native to the area. Check out the video posted below to see the primary means of getting around this remote region of Costa Rica. 

Tortuguero is completely separated from the mainland of Costa Rica, only accessed by the natural canal system that surrounds Tortuguero and the other nearby jungle villages along this section of the Caribbean coast.   

The small village is famed for its nesting sea turtles that return to the beautiful beaches here each year. We arrived just in time for mass green turtle nesting! The area tourism has raised awareness to protect the turtles from poaching although we later found ourselves on a bus in southeastern Costa Rica where a man was shamelessly selling bags of huevos de tortuga (turtle eggs to eat) on board. Luke was tempted to buy a bag of the turtle eggs:)

The boat journey to and from Tortuguero was definitely the highlight, as was the opportunity to venture to the beach at night to see a 1.5 meter mama green turtle lay her eggs. It was impressive to see, as each turtle comes ashore, digs a large pit in the sand, lays around 140 eggs, and then buries them before returning to the sea. For the babies that make it after hatching, they may live as long as 80 years. On to Cahuita.....! 

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Yasmin on

Looks likes a great adventure thus far! Those sea turtles are awesome. We saw some baby black sea turtles being 'released' safely into the ocean in El Salvador... its pretty crazy how the sea engulfs the tiny little creatures. Have fun in Panama!

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