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Published: February 9th 2010
Today we were picked up from our hotel at 8am, and then made our way to Moin. From Moin we then got onto a boat which would take us winding through the rainforest to Tortuguero. The only way to Tortuguero is by boat. The boat ride from Moin to Tortuguero takes around 4 hours and is stunning! Along the way we saw a sloth eating, monkeys napping in the trees , lots and lots of birds, fresh water turtles basking on floating logs in the sun and the most exciting…a crocodile! Not just any croc this big mama was at least 3 meters long! The boat quietly edged closer and closer, a bit too close for misses croc likes as she starting hissing at us! When you are only a couple meters away from an angry croc you get a few shivers down your spine! She didn’t want to harm us though and just moved away. We finally arrived at our hotel; we dropped our bags off and then went for a little walk in the town before finally settling in a little café. We sat on the porch over the water watching baby green iguanas in the trees around us!
How amazing to see them in the wild!! Considering we have already seen so many animals I cannot wait to see what its going to be like when we go into the reserve!
The next day we did a hike in the forest it was great! There is such an abundance of life! We saw lots and lots of little poison arrow frogs! We watched spider monkeys playing in the trees and even saw a mummy taking care of her two little ones! We saw a few birds which I cannot remember the names of! We went up to the top of a hill from where we had beautiful views of the area. On the way we saw many lizards and little frogs, we also saw giant ants and a massive spider!!! We saw loads of spiders throughout the day but the one at the top of the hill was truly impressive!! We then came out of the jungle (sweaty & muddy) and onto the beach. The sea and river meet here, from here we got back onto the boat and to our hotel. On the way back we got to see glimpses through the trees of the beautiful
sun setting, before it finally disappeared behind the volcano.
On our 3rd day we got up bright and early as our canoe tour into the park started at 6am! Our guide was called Castor he’s been doing tours for over 20 years and it shows! I thought I had a good eye but he quickly put me to shame! We saw many different birds and a very rare one called “Purple Gallinule” we also saw Blue Herons, Tiger Herons, ( Nesting and out and about) A tucan from very far, a Green Kingfisher, some parrots in the distance, boat billed Herons and Snowy Egrets. We also saw a sloth resting, Iguanas a male and a female, we also the male and females of the Green Basilisk Lizard (Aka Jesus Christ Lizard, given that nickname because the young can run on water), we saw lots of caimans, Spider Monkeys and Howler Monkeys. On top of being able to see all these animals we got to see a lot of flowers and different trees. One tree that I remember well is the red blood tree which secretes a red liquid that looks like blood when it’s been cut! The tour lasted
In the forest...
Taking a picture of mushrooms!
three hours, it was definitely better to be in a canoe rather than a motor boat as it was so peaceful and quite. We got back to the hotel around 9am and the heat had already started to become unbearable, we had breakfast out on the porch looking at our pictures of the day… we then spent the remainder of the day staying away from the sun drinking cold drinks and editing our photos. We had a visit from a big iguana in the afternoon as he strolled across the porch and then climbed up a tree, once the iguana had disappeared he was replaced by a baby Jesus Christ lizard! I loved Tortuguero and definitely want to return some day with a faster lens!!!!=p
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