A couple being taken through the waterways of Tortuguero in a kayak against a backdrop of the lust green vegetation, Costa Rica

Costa Rica Road Trip (Part 4) Tortuguero…..how humid?

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The secluded dream of Central America

The next morning, we were picked up at 5:45am for our 3-day trip to Tortuguero. As the final hop to Tortuguero is only accessible by boat, the travel company that helped us organise the tour (www.latitudesadventure.com), suggested that we do this part of the Sloths & Mojitos road trip as a package. That way all the transfers, food and accommodation was included.
A couple being taken through the waterways of Tortuguero in a kayak against a backdrop of the lust green vegetation, Costa Rica

Kayaking along the waterways of Tortuguero

We head off in the coach and admire all the small towns and villages we pass through along the way.

The closer we get to Caño Blanco (where we pick the boat up) the more rural the scenery becomes, we travel through banana plantations and what appears to be farmers backyards.

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The next step of the road trip – by boat

A fisherman's shack on the shoreline of Tortuguero, Costa Rica

The journey to Tortuguero is fabulous

We picked up the boat to transport us to the hotel, instantly you were immersed into another world.
 
With the verdant flora all through the Tortuguero National Park you knew this experience was going to be special.

A waving workman on the shoreline of Tortuguero, Costa Rica

A warm welcome from the Ticos

We found Costa Rica to be a wonderfully friendly place, the local Ticos came across as a fairly relaxed nation.

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Tranquil canals of Tortuguero

We arrived to a warm welcome at our hotel, The Laguna Lodge, which is situated on a narrow strip of land between the Caribbean Sea and the main lagoon.

It is only a short stroll from one side to the other (650 feet), on this occasion the Caribbean was a bit choppy, but it didn’t stop me from going in for a paddle, WOW it was cold….

Janis dipping her toes into the Caribbean at Tortuguero, Costa Rica

The Caribbean is meant to be warmer than this

The Laguna Lodge is an Eco-touristic lodge; the rooms are wooden, reasonably basic although they are comfortable.

However, what we didn’t expect was the humidity, so any items of clothing that required drying would take an eternity.

At the lagoon's edge, where the boats dock for Laguna Lodge in Tortuguero, Costa Rica.  The lagoon is lined with lush rainforest on all sides.

At the Lagoon's edge in Tortuguero

The amazing thing about Tortuguero is that it can only be explored by boat, so we tour through the peaceful canals and Gary is once again armed with his camera.
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A sloth in the rain

A Jesus Christ Lizard, or Green Basilisk, climbing up an angled tree trunk in Tortuguero, Costa Rica.

A Jesus Christ Lizard, or Green Basilisk

We weren’t disappointed we saw reptiles, monkeys, sloths, amphibians including the Poison Dart Frog and an abundance of tropical birds (the photos speak for themselves).
A Blue Heron standing at the water's edge in the lagoon at Tortuguero, Costa Rica

A Little Blue Heron

A mantled howler monkey about to eat a seed pod, high in the vegetation of Tortuguero, Costa Rica

A Mantled howler monkey - contemplating a snack

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Tortuguero town

Later that day we took a guided tour to Tortuguero town itself. Once again this is only accessible by boat and the mode of transport in the town is either on foot or by push bike.

The busy little town is mainly made up of single storey buildings and huts, selling all kinds of items, from the essentials to the more unusual gifts.

Tortuguero is extremely colourful, the streets are narrow and full of welcoming people, trying to make a living.

A rustic sign offering 'Hand Made  in Tortuguero' souvenirs next to a shop in the backwaters of Tortuguero, Costa Rica

Gifts available, as the sign says

An upturned kayak on the shoreline of Tortuguero lagoon with another boat moored up in the water.  Across the bay is the dense vegetation of the national park.

Peaceful Tortuguero

The lodge’s restaurant is located in an open building along the waterside, so while you enjoy your meals you have beautiful views across the lagoon.

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The next morning

We take the opportunity to head further into Tortuguero’s maze of meandering narrow canals. With the lush vegetation dangling just above our heads.

Travelling along the waters of one of the channels off the central lagoon of Tortuguero, surrounded by dense vegetation of Costa Rica

The channels around Tortuguero lagoon

You could spend days navigating the waterways and see it from a different perspective each time.

I have never been to the Amazon Rainforest, although this evokes images to me, of what it would be like. (Another one to add to the ‘To Do’ list)

Small blue rowing boat on the water of Tortuguero , Costa Rica. There was a young fisherman with his wife holding a red umbrella shielding their young child from the midday sun.

A family on the water in Tortuguero

One of the ways that people make a living is by fishing and we saw a family moored in a little boat protecting themselves from the sun with a parasol.

We don’t know if they caught anything, but it appeared, they had been there a while.
 
On this second trip we were lucky enough to see wildlife including a crocodile, more sloths, Iguanas and a family of bats lined up a tree asleep ready for the night’s adventures ahead.

The resplendent green iguana, keep watch at the edge of one one the many canals in Tortuguero.

The Green Iguana

A row of nine long-nosed Proboscis bats clinging to the trunk of a tree in Tortuguero, Costa Rica

Several Long-nosed proboscis bats, Tortuguero, Costa Rica

After a meandering cruise back to the lodge, we spent the afternoon strolling alongside the Caribbean Sea, trying not to believe we were heading back to the UK in 2 days.

A long exposure shot of the Caribbean beach at Tortuguero on our last day

The last walk, Tortuguero

And it comes to an end…

We have had a fantastically memorable Sloths & Mojitos road trip, visiting Manuel Antonio, Monteverde, Arenal and Tortuguero

Two of the lagoon boats of Laguna Lodge racing back to our accommodation at the end of a day exploring in Tortuguero, Costa Rica

Laguna Lodge rapid transport

We complete the same journey to Tortuguero but in reverse and arrive back at San Jose late afternoon. The last hotel of our holiday was Hotel Grano de Oro. We have another couple of sneaky mojitos, which was a lovely way to end.

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Janis

Janis, the co-founder of Our World for You, was born in London and raised in Kent and the Isle of Wight. Along with Gary her partner, they have been travelling part time since 1995. In 2016, they decided that enough was enough with the 9 to 5, so armed with the knowledge and experience that they had gained on their adventures, that they wanted to inspire others to travel the world near and far.

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