San Jose, Costa Rica
Hotel pickup was on time (5:45am). The driver/guide was definitely an interesting guy. I learned quite a lot from him, not only about Tortuguero National Park, but about life in general. He had many profound thoughts and observations to share. During the van ride, we saw many diverse regions of Costa Rica. The guide told us a lot about the flora and fauna. We stopped for a delicious breakfast (included). Our visit to the banana plantation and processing plant was a highlight.
We arrived at the boat dock and had a quick break before boarding the river boat. this boat was propane powered as a means to be more environmentally responsible. Along the river the guide pointed out many species of animals that were sighted, including some crocodiles and monkeys. Just before we arrived in the village of Tortuguero, we had a very nice lunch at a very nice restaurant (included). We then re-boarded the boat for a few minutes and arrived in the village. We walked over to the beach. Sand was dark and coarse...not exactly what I was expecting of a Caribbean beach. We strolled through the village for 20 minutes or so before getting back on our river boat. We arrived back at our hotel around 6:30 pm.
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