Only One Turtle in Tortuguero!

Tortuguero Travel Blog

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Hotel buffet breakfast, then we took a van to the local inter-city bus terminal to board the 4-hour bus ride (2 2-hour rides) for Tortuguero. A girl in the hotel had just come from there (with G Adventures, Intrepid's rival company--our last trip was with them), and she said it was pretty damn rainy. Yay.

The 2 bus-rides were pretty easy, but winding..,the second one was a bit hot (no a/c) so when the chicharrone guy came on the bus, I wanted to try them but really didn't feel like eating anything fried. Esteban and Richard said they're good so we should try some on the way back.

We then got on a long boat up one of the canals, and it was a fantastic ride - it was like Jungle Book come alive, replete with a crocodile posing on the shores, a giant river turtle sunning himself on an overturned tree (the only one we saw in Tortuguero - it's not turtle season apparently), and snowy egrets and herons peeking through the jungle. Beautiful day as well - and we were so prepared for a rainy, freezing boat trip. We got our welcome drink and dropped off our stuff in our rooms at Miss Junie's Lodge, the oldest lodge in Tortuguero.

We went with Esteban and Mario to the pizza place Esteban was so excited about (he LOVES pizza) and, although it was the slowest service ever, the "Mexican" pizza was actually not bad, and we got a salad and I got a "Caipirtico" drink, which is like a caiprinha but with a Costa Rican sugar cane liquor. Lime-y and delicious. Back at Miss Junie's, some of the girls and Richard had gone to the only "disco" in town (the town is one sidewalk with tour operators, souvenir shops and restaurants). There's supposed to be a large statue of Jar Jar Binks there, according to Lonely Planet, but they didn't see it - we'll have to check it out tomorrow.

We checked out the length of the town and then headed back for a short rest before joining Richard and Stuart for dinner at Miss Junie's. I had the jerk chicken, which was not so "jerk-y", but decent, and a Chilean red wine, which was pretty good. We're heading to sleep early (hopefully - Morgan's double espresso earlier, which he deemed the best of the trip so far, is keeping him awake) - we are waking up at 5:15 for a 5:45am canal wildlife tour.
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