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To Tortuguero, I go!

Today has been an enjoyable day! I was picked up at 6 AM to join fellow travelers on a bus heading to Tortuguero. Our group will be staying at various lodges, including Pachira, Evergreen, and Aninga—I'll be at Aninga Lodge. Each lodge has its guide, and on the bus, we were asked about our lodge to assign guides for our Tortuguero stay.

The journey to Tortuguero involved a two-hour drive to Caño Blanco, with a stop at a family-owned restaurant named Ceibu in Guapiles for a delicious breakfast. Upon reaching Caño Blanco, we waited for a boat to take us to Tortuguero, where we were responsible for our luggage. Fortunately, our boat was ready, giving us a few minutes to grab drinks and snacks.

Boat to Tortuguero
Boat to Tortuguero (Petchie Colina)

During the one-hour boat ride to Tortuguero, everyone wore life vests, and our guide briefed us on the included excursions like the Pachira walking garden tour, Tortuguero Village tour, and morning boat tour in Tortuguero National Park. Wildlife sightings, including birds and crocodiles, added excitement to the journey.
Upon arriving at Aninga Lodge, we were welcomed with refreshing drinks—the best so far in Costa Rica. Some travelers immediately went for the Pachira walking garden tour, but as I was staying only one night, I opted to relax. After lunch, we explored the Tortuguero Village, enjoying the Caribbean shore and exploring local shops. Regrettably, it wasn't the time of year for turtle nesting in the village, so I missed the opportunity to observe, it would have been nice to see one!

Refreshing drink offered by Aninga Lodge
Refreshing drink offered by Aninga Lodge (Petchie Colina)

Caribbean Beach
Caribbean Beach (Petchie Colina)

Tortuguero Town School
Tortuguero Town School (Petchie Colina)

Tortuguero Village
Tortuguero Village (Petchie Colina)

The next morning, the sounds of howler monkeys woke me up, it was so loud that it felt like they were at my roof but no, they were in the middle of the rainforest. The highlight of the trip was the morning boat tour in Tortuguero National Park. We encountered various wildlife, including white-faced Capuchin monkeys, birds, iguanas, poison frogs, and caiman. Though we missed a jaguar sighting by a day, it would have been awesome to see one in person, nonetheless, the tour was still incredible. 

White face monkey in the Evergreen Lodge
White face monkey in the Evergreen Lodge (Petchie Colina)
Caiman (Petchie Colina)
Another bird sighting
Another bird sighting (Petchie Colina)

The tour ended at 8 AM and I was dropped off at the lodge so I could prepare and get on to my next adventure!

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