The Barbs squared in Costa Rica travel blog

Crocodile masquerading as log

Woodcutting relics returning to the jungle


amazing Biodiversity

Something like a Cormorant?


Well, it has happened again... I was just completing what I am sure was a witty and erudite commentary of the day when the computer stopped working and failed to save any of it... GRRRRR!!!

Today we left La Fortuna after waking up at 5 am and were dressed, packed and out the door by 5:30 am. Why is it that I have to get up 2 hours before I need to leave the house in the morning when I am working and still feel rushed for time?...

We are in Tortuguero, an area at the extreme northeast of the country on the Caribbean sea which is only accessible by boat. The hour long boat taxi ride (after the 2 1/2 hour bus ride) was fascinating (or perhaps I was just awake by then). So much biodiversity competing/co-existing together, and you could really see the differences in what grows at the upper, middle and lower levels of the jungle. We saw birds, caimans and a crocodile trying to be sneaky as well. It is very humid here (as in "is it raining or is it just really humid, I am not sure").

This is the prime region for sea turtle nesting and hatching (sadly, we are here at the wrong time of year for that), which is really fascinating. Several different types of turtles next here, but this is a prime area for the green sea turtle, which come here in the thousands to spawn.

The townsfolk originally hunted the turtle for food or for export to make turtle soup (for which they primarily blame the French for some reason). Then in the 1970s, Dr. Archie Carnes made it his mission to set up a conservation program here and to convince people that there was much more money to be made in tourism around the turtles than in hunting them.

The town is tiny, with lots of small shops and houses with a distinctly Caribbean flare. We had a wonderful lunch of tilapia, rice and beans all cooking in coconut milk, which was fabulous.


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