Saving turtles and working with pirates ...

Trip Start Jul 17, 2008
Trip End Dec 06, 2008

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La Tortuga Feliz

Flag of Costa Rica  , Province of Limon,
Monday, September 15, 2008

No electricity, no hot water, no communications, no creature comforts and yet boy, am I glad I went.  One of those things that you wonder what the hell you're doing there (especially the first two or three days) but once you get in to it, it's a great experience.  Nothing sweeter than seeing a bunch of little turtles (who have the potential to grow into 2m long half tonne monsters of the ocean) hurtling towards the ocean.  It really is a sight to see - hopefully I'll be able to post a video of the little blighters (it's not my video though because my little Canon camera got stolen in Cahuita national park but that's another story).  Didn't get to see any adult turtles coming up the beach at night but had some near misses.  It was towards the end of the Green Turtle season and they were around but not in great numbers.  The Leatherback (largest turtles in the world) season was over but there were a few Leatherback nests yet to hatch so I got to see the baby Leatherbacks which was pretty damned amazing.  Great group of people - dutchy Tom and pommy Mike really stole the show with their antics and "I don't give a f.." attitudes.  The sandflies almost drove me insane and I'm generally pretty good with the old insects.  All the mosquito repellent in the world (with cancer-inducing levels of DEET) were no deterent for these little f....ers.  I stayed for two weeks and could have stayed longer but the sandflies were definitely not conducive to wanting to extend one's stay.  Would I do it again?  Yes but it's a lot of money to get over there so I probably wouldn't do it in a hurry again.  Also, the people really made the difference and I don't know if I could be that lucky twice??
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