There was no better place to end our adventures than in the "Land of Turtles"--Tortuguero. Set on the Caribbean side of Costa Rica, Tortuguero is only accessible by boat or plane. Because of extreme travel time, we ended up being in Tortuguero for less than 24 hours which was heartbreaking as it was a true island paradise.
Known as the Amazon of Central America, Tortuguero National Park is the most important nesting site for endangered sea turtles (Hawksbill, Loggerheads, Green and Leatherbacks) in the western hemisphere. While most people come to Tortuguero at the height of nesting season (July to October), we were hopeful we'd be able to catch a glimpse of the largest sea turtle, the Leatherback, during it's March to May nesting season. It would have been beyond amazing to have seen one, or any turtle for that matter. It wasn't in the cards, so now I have another reason to come back.
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We got picked up from our hotel at 4:45 AM. Yuck! Then loaded onto a bus for a long, long, long bus ride.
Finally, we were loaded onto the boat for the breathtaking 2 hour boat ride. Everywhere we looked there were birds of all colors and sizes.
About 2 in the afternoon we pulled into the Mawamba Lodge. Of all the hotels we stayed at, this one was by far the my favorite--a cannel out of the front door and a private beach and the Caribbean ocean out the back.
|Arrival drinks on the deck.|
The town of Tortuguero felt like a world away from the rest of Costa Rica with it's bright colors, reggae music, and party-like atmosphere courtesy of it's major caribbean influence.
My adventures badges (Volcano Lodge, Baldi Hot Springs, and Horseback riding)
Watching the sunset was bittersweet as I knew that my sunsets in Costa Rica were numbered.