Monday February 18
Wake-up alarm at 5:45 am
We have to sort our luggage and have to sort out what we will leave in our suitcases stored in the hotel and what we take in the backpacks with us for the two nights.
We had overlooked the fine-print in our tour-package that the boat to the post-trip hotel has a luggage limit of 25 lbs and had not brought a duffel bag. But yesterday, just before our arrival at the TRYP Hotel we had stopped at a supermarket and there was a soft cooler for $10 just perfect.
San Jose is in the center of Costa Rica. We drive up the mountain into the cloud forest and then down the other side to the Caribbean side. Very interesting.
. It is a large place and quite touristy but it has a butterfly house which is very nice and educational.
We realize later that the second breakfast is actually early lunch because we arrive at the next hotel around 3 pm for lunch which I think was first dinner and then we had a second dinner later. Ha-ha, confused?
Morpho butterflies. So gorgeous.
from laying eggs into the peel and damaging it. It can't be exported then.
Difficult to capture from the driving bus.
Fields of water hyacinth too.
a spider monkey.
There were two beds like this, a private shower and (instead of AC) a big fan on the ceiling.
On the way to a stroll on the beach.
What do you think?
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The official OAT itinerary of today:
Day 13 - post-trip day 1
Post-trip extension: Tortuguero National Park
Literally "region of turtles", remote Tortuguero is home to 111 species of reptiles, 60 species of mammals, 309 species of birds, and 57 species of amphibians - including the endangered Green Turtle, for which it is the western hemisphere's most important nesting site. If you arrive during nesting season, which runs between June and August, you might observe legions of sea turtles descending upon the beaches to lay their eggs and bury them in the sand. If you're lucky, you might even be able to watch as the eggs hatch and the baby turtles dig their way to the surface to make their way to the sea.
This morning, we'll transfer to the Cano Blanco dock and board a boat for our cruise to Tortuguero. En route, we'll stop to discover Tortuguero town, where we'll enjoy the Caribbean flavor of this unique village, which has no roads, no sidewalks, and no cars. We'll arrive at our lodge in the early afternoon, and enjoy a brief orientation walk followed by lunch at our lodge. Afterward, you'll have time for independent exploration before our included dinner at our lodge tonight.