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ashbourne, United Kingdom
January 14, 2013
From journal Costa Rica
February 14, 2010
From journal Copiously Rich Costa Rica
by Nanah D
March 25, 2004
Once you are at your particular lodge, which are isolated from one another along the river, you check into your room. All meals are served at certain times, buffet or sometimes family-style, and includes all excursions by canoe and guide into the jungle, as well as hiking tours with guide into the jungle. The lodge at which I was staying -- Turtle Beach Lodge -- supplied rubber boots and hiking staff and guide for all activities. We had one early-morning (5am) wildlife viewing canoe trip watching the various birds and animals start their day in the jungle. We saw monkeys, sloths, caiman, manatee, many birds and other wildlife.
You can go to a settlement of Tortuguero where the natives live who used to work on the banana plantation and now are mostly engaged in some capacity or other in preserving or catering to the tourists who visit for the turtle nesting which occurs from May to October each year. There is a Conservation Group there of biologists and volunteers who monitor the turtle nesting, tagging, counting eggs, and generally helping with the nestlings. There is a volunteer program that you can sign up for which you pay $1300 a week for your room and board and transportation to Tortuguero, and does involve physical activity and sometimes late hours when the turtles are nesting.
If you come off-season as I did when the turtle are not there, this place is still a must-see for all the other plant and animal life. It was the only place I saw the green tree frog and the tiny, red, poison-dart frogs in nature. There are numerous butterflies, dragonflies, and hummingbirds, including the giant blue morpho butterfly and the violet saberwing hummingbird.
This area is warm and humid, and if you are on the Caribbean as I was, the beach is wild, driftwood-strewn, and isolated. This is not the place to swim because of the rip tides, but is a wild, lonely area where you will not see another soul. All the lodges are separated in the jungle along rivers a long way from each other, so you really feel as though you are alone except for the few people staying at your lodge. Some lodges in the area cater to fishermen - I understand the fishing is excellent.
From journal Costa Rica: Nature's Sanctuary
Grecia, Costa Rica
June 27, 2003
From journal Tortuguero: Tropical Wildlife Awaits