We departed Fort Lauderdale on April 26th for San Jose Costa Rica arriving early in the afternoon giving us some time to walk the pedestrian center where we strolled and viewed — the flower market, government buildings and opera house.


The next morning (April 27th) we traveled east to the shores of the scenic Caribbean coast viewing the lush vegetation along with acres of banana plantations, one of Costa Rica’s major exports during the 3 hour ride to the Rancho la Pavona dock where we boarded a motor launch that took us through the canals in the heart of the Costa Rican jungle with their unique flora and fauna to our lodge in Tortuguero. After settling in we boated to the village to view the turtle nesting areas along the beach and learned about the significant conservation effort. We then had a walking tour of the village and sampled the local the local flavor – gift shops and bars.

On the 28th we awoke to the sounds of Howler monkeys running across the roof of our cabin and letting out their ear splitting roars. In the morning we hiked through the jungle rainforest learning about the many tree and insect species of Costa Rica. Tortuguero NP is an area where the lagoons, rivers and canals are the only means of transportation. After lunch, a boat took us through remote unspoiled sections of the park’s waterways on the winding canals where we saw turtles, caimans, monkeys, and many colorful tropical birds.

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