Tortuguero and Caribbean Coast
Trip Start Jan 26, 2005
27Trip End Ongoing
We also took a few canoe trips along the canals, looking for manatees, crocs, caiman, herons, kingfishers, snakes, monkeys, toucans, parrots, parakeets etc... as well as getting up at 4.15 for the sunrise and canoe trip. We only normally see the sunrise after a good night...
Hired a boat one afternoon, to head north a little and climb into the jungle to the peak of the area. Landed, had a beer cos it was so hot, chatted to the locals, wandered past their small holdings. The guide explained all the important local plants and trees... saw 3 types of bat, including vampire bats in a cave, lots of poison arrow frogs, toads, spider monkeys, various birds etc... back down for a beer and back to the village for a large night out.
Tortuguero is a lovely Caribe village, several souvenir shops but generally a very local and laid-back vibe. The locals are very friendly and chilled out about everything, so much more relaxed on this Caribbean coast. We ended up in the snake bar, a rough locals hangout with its share of fights but we managed to avoid them!
The 80km boat trip south to the main port gave us more wildlife opportunities but we seemed to turn it into a bar crawl, persuading the skipper to stop at most establishments en route! This took us to Cahuita, a lovely little town on the edge of a national park with the usaual array of flora and fauna plus a wonderful reef. We have since moved to Puerto Viejo, 15km south and are not doing a great deal. Today consisted of sleep lunch and maybe will find the energy for going out tonight... lots of hacking into coconuts and lazing in hammocks... until next time, when I should have done a little more!