Day 21 and 22, Saturday and Sunday

Trip Start Aug 01, 2009
Trip End Aug 29, 2009

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Flag of Costa Rica  , Province of Limon,
Sunday, August 23, 2009

Friday night 5 of us went to the Pitbull concert. Before it started we went for dinner at a trendy lounge nearby. We shared an appetizer with really good steak bits and chicken bits and some of the best french fries I've had in years-all dipped in a creamy white wine mushroom sauce! mmmmm. I ordered a Rapsodia (named after the lounge)-vodka, blue curacao (blue colored triple sec), and cranberry juice-very good and it was a pretty dark blue/purple color! For my entree I had penne pesto with chicken! so good! (all that plus a piņa colada for $20!!!) The concert was a lot of fun-the venue was Vertigo-a super trendy club so there was dancing/music before the show even started. We didn't get home until at least 1:45 so I showered quickly and went to bed.


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. We hopped on the bus around 6:20 and picked up a few other people at various stops. We then drove about an hour through the cloud forrest/mountain area and had breakfast. There was gallo pinto (rice and beans, ew) as the main part of breakfast so I had corn flakes, fresh fruit, oj, and salchichas/sausages (basically hot dogs cut into a few pieces). After breakfast the drive was about 2 hours until we needed to get on a boat.

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. Delicious! After walking around a bit (and failing to barter well for a necklace-oh well, I bought it anyways!) it was time to go back to the hotel.

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. We were glad to be walking to the beach finally and after about 10 minutes of walking, we waited another 10before our guide was told that there is a turtle nearby. We had to walk about 1/2 kilometer (in the dark on the beach-its a lot more difficult that it would seem to be) and then we saw a turtle making her way back to the water. I had no idea that the green turtles were so big! Her shell was about 3 feet wide by 4-5 feet long! She moved really slowly but it was interesting to watch her make it back to the Caribbean.

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 immediately saw birds and a cayman but as soon as we got closer he sank to the bottom. We saw a bright green iguana (about 4 feet long including the tail) and some monkeys high up in the trees (white faced monkeys-also called cappuccinos in spanish). They were crazy and kept breaking off branches and dropping them-a few almost hit us! After the monkeys there was a cayman hidden among some plants/moss in the water and we were able to get close enough where I could have reached out and patted its head. We started to head back around 7:30 for breakfast.

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 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! We got to our bus and made the hour and a half (or so) drive to where we had breakfast the previous morning. For lunch we had chicken, rice, veggies (not good), fruit, bread, and passion fruit juice (very good). For dessert there was flan with baked coconut flakes on top-I thought it was good especially with the coconut!

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.

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