Day 21 and 22, Saturday and Sunday
Trip Start Aug 01, 2009
26Trip End Aug 29, 2009
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Woke up at 5:20 because I met Steffie and Nick at the school at 5:45 to take a taxi downtown to Grand Hotel Costa Rica where we were picked up for the tour to Tortuguero
There were about 30 people on the boat and we went through canals for about an hour and a half to the small town of Tortuguero and to our hotel. We stayed at the Pachira Lodge-really nice-they have small cabins that are split into a few hotel rooms each and each cabin is on a little path surrounded by greenery. Once we got there we had lunch-fish, salad, veggies, etc (pretty good lunch especially for being buffet-style). After lunch we had a tour of the town of Tortuguero so about 20 of us got back on a boat and went across the canal to the town. We took the spanish tour and I could understand about 75% of it. We then had about an hour to walk around the town (only 1200 people live in the town) so it didn't take much time to get from one end to the other. While walking I kept seeing people with a coconut and a straw coming out so we decided to find our own coconuts. We went to the stand on the beach and I got a 'coco loco' for $2. Coconut with coconut milk inside, a good portion of rum, and coconut liqueur
Just as a side note, Nick's guide book says this about Tortuguero: Humid is the driest term that can be used to describe the weather during the wet season. It was sooooooo humid! ew (but so pretty that its worth it).
At the hotel we signed up for the turtle night tour (see turtles come onto the beach to lay their eggs) and then swam in the pool for a little bit (the pool was shaped like a turtle!) It was then about time for dinner. There was a 'pasta bar' with penne noodles, a few sauces, and tons of 'toppings.' I had cheese, mushrooms, and garlic-very good! There were lots of veggies and fresh fruit at dinner as well as Tamarind juice-very different but yummy. After dinner we took a nap until our turtle tour at 9pm.
We walked for about 10 minutes and then sat down while our guide explained to us (in spanish) about the turtles. I tried to listen but he was whispering and talking fast so none of us could understand much and it was sooo hot (no wind at all) and we were exhausted
It took another 30 minutes before another turtle was spotted and but it was only about 1/4 km away this time. She had just started laying her eggs-very interesting-they lay about 100 eggs and that takes about an hour and then for the next hour she covers/burries the eggs in the sand. We saw that part too. (The guides use red lights so its not a disturbance to the turtles). She covers the eggs with her back flippers and the movements are so human-like-she scoops and pats just like we would scoop sand and pats it together to make a mound. I would definitely recommend seeing the turtles laying their eggs-its something you have to see! We got back around 12:30/1am and were exhausted so we fell asleep quickly.
We woke up at 5am for our morning boat/canal tour (included) (we were so tired it was painful getting up) and we took a boat (with 6 Spaniards who were 15 minutes late ughhh (thats time I could have been sleeping!-1 of which likes walking around with no shirt and he looked like a grizzly bear!) It took about 5 minutes to get from the main canal where our hotel was located to the smaller ones where we would be for the tour
We had panqueques, eggs, bread (they had really good rolls) and fresh fruit-watermelon, papaya, and pineapple. After breakfast we packed up our backpacks and headed to the dock to make our way back to San Jose.
On the hour and a half boat ride, our driver suddenly kills the engine and our guide tells us there is an anteater...in a tree! (he says it in spanish so I ask Nick what animal it is and I don't believe him at first when he says its an anteater bc I didn't think they could climb trees-apparently they can). This anteater was about 60 feet up in a tree (the branches didn't look too stable). I'm still in shock that the driver was able to spot it! It would be like me driving along and seeing a rat sitting in the bushes-basically impossible to see
After we finish, the guide comes to our table and tells us their is a sloth outside (the spanish word for sloth is 'perezoso' literally 'lazy'). It is high high up in a tree outside and it barely moves, it just hangs there. Sloths come down from the trees about once every week or two to use the bathroom so they're not seen very often bc they blend into the leaves/branches very well.
After lunch we made the 2 hour drive back to San Jose. I'm definitely glad I went with Steffie and Nick instead of going to the beach with others-the animals and the turtles were so much more interesting than a beach lol.