Boat rides, jungle kayaking, monkeys, caiman

Tortuguero Travel Blog

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Since it rains a lot and floods, the cabins at the Evergreen Lodge are all connected by raised walkways.
    The only way to get to/from Bannanito Norte is by the back of trucks and the only way to get to/from Tortuguero is by boat. Therefore, when we left Bannanito Norte at 6am, we headed out on the back of those trucks again, then got in yet another bus, then got on a boat. (I was thrilled to have my own seat on the bus so I could sleep, that I couldn't have cared how many transportation switches we made.)

    The boat ride to the Evergreen Lodge, where we were going to stay for the next two days, was around an hour and a half. It was a pretty cool ride. We saw a bunch of cows hanging out on the side of the river, a crocodile, a roseate spoonbill, and a bird that is the cousin of the cormorant that we have at home.
A tucan and a parrot are landmarks for the Tortuguero docks.

    The Evergreen Lodge is awesome. When we pulled up to the dock, we all got out and were brought to the "bar" and were given some really good tasting fruit drinks. There's a pool next to the bar and we have electricity, which is good because no one's been able to charge camera batteries or iPods in a few days. The cabins are all connected by walkways because it rains so much and floods a lot. It's pretty cool and very peaceful. I think this was my favorite place so far (although I find myself saying that whenever we get somewhere new) and a bunch of the other people agree. Every place we went to was cooler and cooler from the last one.
    Later in the afternoon, we went to the very small town of Tortuguero for a look around and some souvenir shopping.
The magnetic turtle shaped hill. The magnetism of the rock is what many believe the sea turtles use to return to Tortuguero every year.
While walking around, I found a nene (I think that's how it's spelled) which is a small seed that's half black and half red. You see them on a lot of jewelry sold and made by the indigenous people in a lot of the towns. When I asked Liza what it was, she got really excited and told me that anyone who finds a nene will have good luck, so that's pretty cool.

    The next day, we went jungle kayaking...in the rain...IT WAS AWESOME! I wanted one of the four single kayaks so I got over to the water at around 7:45am. I ended up being out until 11:30am. It was really beautiful and even though it was raining, I just wanted to stay out there. I actually think the rain made it better because I didn't end up overheating from all the paddling against the current we had to do.
Jungle kayaking...in the rain...it was AWESOME!

    Since I was in a single kayak, I was apparently one of the four people "in charge" that had to help anyone who got into trouble in the double kayaks. Well...that's didn't work out too well because after maybe a half hour, lots of people started turning around and heading back...but Liza, Hillary and I (3 of the 4 in the single kayaks) got distracted by some caiman and didn't feel like leaving. The three of us ended up exploring like crazy. Liza had been there many times, so she knew her way around and Hillary and I just followed. We saw a ton of caiman, a young blue heron, two tiger herons and an endangered bird (I forget it's name). Oh, and we had MONKEY SHIT THROWN AT US. Haha...we were paddling along and we heard some howler monkey and before Liza could finish a sentence telling us to move out from under the tree we were near, stuff started flying down from the tree.
A green heron poised to catch some food.
It was hysterical. Who knew that monkey's actually threw their own shit?
    I think we would have kayaked for hours more, if a guy in a motor boat from the lodge hadn't found us to tell Liza that two of the girls had sunk their kayak and were stuck. Liza hopped in the boat and took off the help them, while Hillary and I (along with the 4 single kayaker who somehow found us) headed back...entirely against the current.
    After lunch, we took a boat ride to explore Tortuguero National Park a bit better. We saw the Canadian-Costa Rican research center, a lot of bats, a spider monkey jumping from tree to tree with her baby, TONS of howler monkeys (two tribes were having a territorial shout off on both sides of the river at one point), some iguanas, more caiman and tons of birds.
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Since it rains a lot and floods, t…
Since it rains a lot and floods, …
A tucan and a parrot are  landmark…
A tucan and a parrot are landmar…
The magnetic turtle shaped hill. T…
The magnetic turtle shaped hill. …
Jungle kayaking...in the rain...it…
Jungle kayaking...in the rain...i…
A green heron poised to catch some…
A green heron poised to catch som…
Cows resting on the side of the ri…
Cows resting on the side of the r…
Beautiful.
Beautiful.
A roseate spoonbill drinking water…
A roseate spoonbill drinking wate…
The inside of our cabin at the Eve…
The inside of our cabin at the Ev…
Ant crossing...but we saw no ants.…
Ant crossing...but we saw no ants…
A parrot plant hanger made from an…
A parrot plant hanger made from a…
A few little cayman hanging out.
A few little cayman hanging out.
Tortuguero
photo by: Paulovic