The main square in Tortuguero village.
Cosat Rica 2013: Day 3:Tortuguero Day 2:
After our late night of unsuccessfully looking for turtles, we woke up a bit later than usual... at 7:30am. Today is our 39th wedding anniversary, so we plan on doing and eating whatever we want to. We'd already told the lodge staff we wouldn't be eating dinner in the lodge. Around 8:30 or so, one of the lodge staff knocked on our door and asked if we would be eating breakfast today, I assume because it was nearing the end of the breakfast service. We told him thank you, but no, we don't usually eat breakfast. I should mention that the room includes breakfast. Oh well. We had a water taxi pick us up around 9am to go into the village for the day, and evening. Tortuguero village is so small that by noon we knew we didn't want to hang around for dinner. Instead of eating a nice dinner in the village, we decided to eat a nice lunch, then book our canoe tour for tomorrow and head back to the lodge for the rest of the day. Having checked out pretty much all the souvenir shops, supermarkets, and restaurants in the
Black Sand Beach
The black sand beach on the ocean side of Tortuguero
village, we decided on the Budda Cafe for our lunch. They had been highly recommended as like the best food in town. We both ordered crepes, Manoli a campestre with chicken and mushrooms and all, and I had a Del Mar, with shrimp, mushrooms and all. Both of them were excellent, and very filling. We were so full we decided against dessert. Budda Cafe is particularly neat because you eat right on or over the water, with some great views. The prices weren't that bad. I think we paid just over 26 dollars for everything. After lunch, we went to a couple of supermarkets to get stuff for dinner (since we'd already told the lodge we wouldn't be eating dinner there). Manoli got a bunch of fresh fruit and I got a fresh loaf of bread, some mortadella, cheese slices, and a small pouch of lemon mayonaise to make a nice sandwich. I threw in a bag of chips and we were on our way, for less than six dollars. We stopped at the tourist office to set up a 5:45 canoe trip through the park's canals, with a pick up at our lodge at 5:30am. I know, that's pretty
The quaint path to the Wild Orchid restaurant
early in the morning, but they told us the wildlife was much more active early in the morning, and the canals were much less crowded. We wanted to make the best of this once in a lifetime excursion, so we went with it. The tour cost 20 dollars each, plus a 10 dollar park entry fee. The rest of the day was just chilling out in our room, taking a short map, watching movies on NetFlix, and turning in early for our morning tour. I should have some good tales and photos to share tomorrow.
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