Canal Tours - Tortuguero National Park
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We got up and had breakfast early. We were scheduled for a 4 hour canal tour this morning, back to the hotel for lunch, then a trip into the village in the afternoon to see all of the local wildlife. It was raining and I did not really feel like sitting in a boat getting wet all day. Ugh. I figured I would go out for the morning tour, then if it's still raining - I'll skip the afternoon tour to the village of Tortuguero.
We got into the boats and within 20 minutes, it quit raining, the sun came out and it was a beautiful day! It was amazing how many animals we ended up seeing. I know I won't end up being able to list them all here, but here's the ones I remember:
Several varieties of kites, white and brown pelicans, herrons, ibis, anhingas, pink spoonbills, vultures, terns, parakeets, parrots, cuckoos, owls, swirfts, kingfishers, warblers.
Then we saw a huge boa constrictor curled up in a tree, lots of caymans, howler monkeys, spider monkeys, white faced capuchins, turtles, Jesus Christ Lizards, Basalisk lizards, three-toed sloths, lots of iguanas, other snakes just swimming in the canal, tons of butterflies - including the wonderful Blue Morpho.
How about I just upload a bunch of photos and you can enjoy ...
That afternoon, we went to the Green Sea Turtle Refuge in the village of Tortuguero. We scheduled a night time walk along the beach to see if we could find some nesting green turtles. We're still about 4 weeks early based on their regular nesting habits, but the guides said they have been seeing a couple of turtles come in early.
The guide told us to stay in larger groups, and hold hands because there are jaguars that live in the jungles along the beaches, and they look for easy prey. Could you imagine going down on a guided tour to Costa Rica and getting killed by a jaguar??? We obviously didn't see any ... but that doesn't mean they weren't there ;-)
Day 4 • Tortuguero Park, Canal Cruise
Cruise this morning with naturalist guides along canals lined by raffia palm, habitat of howler and white-faced monkeys, green iguanas and tropical birds.