Tortuguero is one of those Can’t-Miss-This Things to Do in Costa Rica. Our trip was so great and chock-full of fun, I couldn’t possibly have written just one post about it!
Mawamba Lodge picked my family and I up at seven AM from our decided location in a comfortable, air conditioned bus with an extremely knowledgeable and interesting tour guide. We were instantly welcomed into the family as we headed for our first stop: breakfast. Mawamba Lodge owns a huge property with loads of wildlife, a small trail, and a delicious private restaurant just for their tour guests travelling between San Jose and Limon. Filling our bellies with one of the numerous upcoming yummy meals, we continued onwards.
Before coming to the waterways that took us to the Tortuguero island, we had a stopover and visited one of the most important industries in the Limon Province: Bananas!
I know it’s not that big of a deal, however, I was a sucker for this kind of stuff. I mean, how often in our daily lives do we get to see where bananas come from and how they end up in our supermarkets? So even though it was a very short pit-stop, it was an experience in and of itself.
After an hour more on a dirt road, we arrived to the complex canal system that would eventually bring us to our final destination: Tortuguero Village.
Tortuguero, or better known as the Amazon of Costa Rica, was about an hour and a half by boat through the canals of Tortuguero. We passed the Tortuguero National Park and ended up in the heart of its colorful, inviting village.
It is said that it rains 500 days a year in Tortuguero, so with clenched teeth and white knuckles we sailed forth through mild rain before getting to Mawamba Lodge. Luckily for us, our home for the next three days just happened to be under a huge clearing in the sky. The sun shined on our heads and beckoned us to explore the grounds.