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Jul 18, 2011 - Costa Rica

"Costa Rica - Pura Vida" is the catch phrase that is shouted out at random moments by "Ticos" (Costa Ricans), and pure life indeed is what this country stands for. We had heard mixed reports from fellow travellers about Costa Rica, many saying it was commercial, Americanised and overpriced, but still beautiful. We decided to "brave" it, strategically opting to stick to the places offering adventure activities, sights and natural wonders. After a wet and muddy crossing over the border, the massive difference between Costa Rica and all the...

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Year of Awesome

Jun 22, 2011 - Tortuguera...

En snabbis da vi snart ska vidare och har inget internet pa nagra dagar... Natten till den 22 var vi och spanade pa skoldpaddor...sag en green turtle som kom uopp for att lagga agg. Fick se hela processen och det var riktigt coolt, som varsta naturfilmen...enda negativa ar att det ar valdigt explopaterat...stod liksom 100 per pa ko for att se den stackars skoldpaddan lagga agg...som att sitta pa skithuset och ett par 100 pers ska in och saga hej...inte sa kul! Men skoldpaddan var enorm och det var anda intressant att se. Igar var vi pa...

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Jun 21, 2011 - Pa vei mot Tortuguero!

Hei pa dere! Far bare fortelle forst om min forferdelige dag i gar! Ved lunsjtid ble jeg selvfolgelig darlig og spydde ALT jeg fikk i meg!!! Og det er ikke sarlig morsomt nar man er pa andre siden av jordkloden og ikke har sin egen herlige seng a ligge i..... Drakk resorb, men selv det kom jo opp igjen.... Forst til frokost i dag fikk jeg ned mat som faktisk ser ut til a komme ut den naturlige veien, hi hi. DIGG!!! I dag har vi for det meste reist fra Puerto Viejo til Tortuguero. Forst ca en time til havnbyen Limon, for sa og sette oss pa...

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Mar 3, 2011 - Day 2-3 Tortuguero

Boat ride through the rivers and canals to arrive at Tortuguero. Option to visit the seasonal nesting grounds of the Green and Leatherback turtles. We begin with an incredible bus ride over the mountains, then we set out by boat to reach the small town of Tortuguero, which is only accessible by boat and plane. There are no roads to Tortuguero, so we take the only route there is: canals, both natural and man-made. Along the way we may see herons, egrets and spoonbills, as well as amphibians and reptiles like caimans and the Jesus Lizard,...

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Oct 19, 2010 - Monkeys and turtles!!

Time for the first real adventure in Costa Rica- off to the Caribbean coast to Tortuguero - if only either of us knew how to pronounce it! Hmm maybe by the time we leave...nope! So, we bounced and rattled our way over to what really is an awesome village in the middle of nowhere. Gotta love the chicken buses! No chickens though - false advertising -lotsof bananas though. Two buses down and we made it to Pavona where we were supposed to be getting a boat. Now I should remind you all that us sombrero kids have rocked up to Costa Rica in the...

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Feb 7, 2010 - Tortuguero: Exploring the Jungle on Foot and by Water

What a noisy morning, awakened at 5:00 to the loud roar of the Howler monkeys. They are everywhere, seemingly at home and somewhat curious of the humans which join them in their natural habitat. At 6:00 am I joined a bird watching group and saw fly catchers, toucans, .... There are also iguanas, sloths, boas, Jesus Christ lizards (walk on water), geckos, leaf-cutter ants, and more, at every turn. After breakfast we took a river boat south along the Tortuguero canals, winding through archways of jungle vegetation, sighting numerous water...

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Costa Rica 2010

Feb 6, 2010 - Cano Blanco Dock to Tortuguero

We travelled on to Tortuguero through the lowlands of banana plantations (CR major export) and along living fences which enclosed herds of Brahma cattle and cattle herons—quite a picturesque scene, indeed. I learned that banana plants send shoots up for new growth. In the plantation the banana plant familiy- father, mother, child, and infant shoot- are clustered in groups of four. Only one bunch of bananas is harvested from each plant and the plantation exists over four years before it is cultivated to re-charge the soil with natural...

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May 20, 2009 - Costa Rica: Tortuguero

We left Puerto Viejo a little later than planned due to 16 hours of straight rain that we decided would slightly dampen the four hour boat ride to Tortuguero. It also turned out to be the best decision as part of the highway was flooded and no buses could make it through. Tortuguero National Park is located in the north of the country on the Caribbean coast, in the middle of nowhere, and is a mini-amazon filled with crocodiles, monkeys, sloths, turtles and birds. To get there took a two hour bus and a four hour boat ride through the canals...

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Jan 13, 2009 - Tortuguero

So much has happened since my last entry I decided to split it up into two different posts. From Puerto Viejo we took a van to Límon where we boarded a boat to take a four hour trip up a series of rivers to Tortuguero (Place of the Turtles). The only way to get there is by air or by river. The ride up the river was amazing. Rainforest all around. We saw a sloth, a few howler and spider monkeys, an iguana and the biggest crocadile I´ve ever seen. The croc wasn´t too happy with the boat getting so close to him so he snapped and hissed and...

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Costa Rica Adventure

Sep 12, 2008 - Torteguero - home of the giant sea turtles

September 10-12 Stop #2 in Costa Rica was the village of Torteguero. Same old song here...another lloonngg travel day to reach here, with 4 hours alone on water taxi! Our one word here is "unique" as Torteguero is truly a one of a kind place! Tortuguero is a tiny village, of only 1,600 residents, wedged in between the Atlantic Ocean and Parque Nat´l Torteguero´s many green canals. There is rainforest everywhere you turn, which dips right down into the canals. There are no cars here - only water taxis which are mostly motor canoes....

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Jul 1, 2008 - At Turtle Lodge

Up at 5:30 and take a wildlife boat ride through the waterways near the lodge. We see a couple birds, bats, an iguana… some pigs and cows too but not too much. Back to lodge for breakfast and a bit of a rest. We then join the local guide and put on muck boots for a jungle hike. Wandering through the very wet jungle (but no rain) we get to see some poison dart frogs, termite nests (on trees), some carpenter ants, and lots of mud and mosquitos. We got back and hosed off. After lunch we have some leisure time. I walk down the beach for a ways...

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Jun 30, 2008 - To Tortuguea

Up at 5:00 AM and meet Estefan (the guide), Jana, and Veronica – the entire tour group! We board a small bus and off to a restaurant for breakfast – which takes some time. After a while we get back on and drive over the mountains in heavy rain. Road being repaired as we drive bumpy – jungle! We pass many banana plantations – blue bags on the bunches of bananas to keep off the various sprays. Stop at an open air restaurant for lunch – armed guard there finds a lizard and lets Alice hold it. They also had a butterfly farm in the back. Finally...

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