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.
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.
The next step of the road trip – by boat
With the verdant flora all through the Tortuguero National Park you knew this experience was going to be special.
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….
The Laguna Lodge is an Eco-touristic lodge; the rooms are wooden, fairly basic but are comfortable. But what we didn’t expect was the humidity, so any items of clothing that required drying would take an eternity.
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.
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).
Later 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 town is mainly made up of single storey buildings and huts. These are extremely colourful and the streets are narrow and full of welcoming people, trying to make a living.
After a stroll around the town, beach and park we head back to the lodge for a relaxing evening, in the beautiful gardens. The restaurant is located in an open building with wonderful views of the lagoon.
The next morning
We take the opportunity to head back into more of the narrow canals.
I have never been to the Amazon Rainforest but this evokes images of what it would be like. (Another one to add to the ‘To Do’ list)
One of the ways that people make a living is by fishing. 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 outing we were lucky enough to see even more wildlife including a crocodile, more sloths, Iguanas and a family of bats lined up a tree asleep, ready for the night’s adventures ahead.
After a meandering cruise out of the canals the speed is ramped up for our journey 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.
And it comes to and end…
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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