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May 13, 2011 - Day 5

Today we woke up and had breakfast pretty early and went out on a boat and walking tour to see the local plants and animals. we saw loads of different stuff, including 3 eyelash pit vipers and a couple of different lizards. I have a pic of one biting my ear! I suffered quite badly in the heat today, i dont know how hot it is but to give you an idea, its not 6pm and its still 30C! My nail varnish even melted. Its also so humid here that everything is always damp- my travel towel has been 'drying' for the past two days, despite the heat. When...

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May 12, 2011 - Day 4

Today we travelled first by bus, and then by boat to Tortuguero (population 1500, only accessable by boat!) There was a guide on the boat who would point out the different creatures as we went along. We saw howler, spider and capuchin monkeys, 3 and 2 toed sloths, jesus lizard, caiman, iguana, loads of different birds and a crocodile! it was huge!! Had lunch at a hut thing and then arrived. Got a free cocktail saw some more howler and spider monkeys and took a dip in the reasonably cold pool. Will be having a buffet tea soon, and after, we...

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Oct 3, 2008 - saving the little turtles

Well, someone had to do it so I've been off trying to save the planet and started off with a couple of little turtles. La Tortuga Feliz (the happy turtle) was the name of the project and there were about 15 volunteers and about 10 local guides walking the beaches at night trying to get to the nesting adult female turtles before the poachers and also guarding the 'hatchery' so that nobody could dig up all the eggs and sell them on Costa Rican buses for $2 a pop claiming aphrodisiac properties etc... The only access to the project area which...

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Apr 20, 2008 - Puerto Viejo to Tortuguero

Hello Everyone, Thanks for the emails! We are glad your finger is feeling better Pietsje and that you are enjoying the updates; Bruce, retirement feels very good for Brian and he does enjoy all the good food here. Tony, a little shock to hear you had pneumonia, please get better soon. You are probably on pins and needles to start work. We got up, had a quick breakfast at the German bakery next door and boarded the bus at 7.30am. We ¨hobbled¨ the first 5km again because of the gravel road with lots of potholes, then we drove to Limon. Of...

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Apr 16, 2008 - Pachira Lodge, Tortuguero

Hello, It rained, poured overnight - was a neat sound on our tin roof! Sounded like water bombs exploding on the roof. We got up at 4:45am - took a shower and drank a cup of tea/coffee at the restaurant. At 5:45 we were in the boats to do a 2 hr. tour through some of the channels. While I am writing this at 3pm howler monkeys are accompanying me with their howls. They really do sound like the wind howling. On the boat tour this morning we saw a mature cayman with at least 4 young ones. Our driver discovered animals in the trees where we did...

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Apr 15, 2008 - Travelling to Tortuguero

Hello Everyone, I am writing this entry on the 17th of April. There was no opportunity to write at Pachira lodge in Tortuguero. I will start my story on April 15th: We got up at 5.15am, took a nice hot shower, packed and were picked up at 6.15am to start our bus ride from San Jose to Cano Blanco. We took route 32 from San Jose and had a clear view of the active volcano Turrialba - quite impressive. We drove through the cloud forest over Cordillera Central (the central mountain range) and came down to the lowlands on the Caribbean side of...

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Nov 4, 2007 - Tortuguero National Park

So what is all the fuss about Tortuguero? Its beaches are only one of the most important breeding grounds of sea turtles in the entire world, with hundreds of sea turtles nesting along the beach each night. Read more about Tortuguero! Our goal was to spot sea turtles either laying their nests or hatching. However, it would be a crap shoot. Each of the four species of sea turtles that breeds there has their own season, and unfortunately, we were just catching the very tail end of one. Though there were still up to five nestings each night,...

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