After a (much needed) sleep we woke around 5:30am, due to time difference, and began to pack up our backpacks ready to be picked up at 6:30 to be taken to Tortuguero.
We headed down to reception for coffee and, in true Pura Vida style, we weren’t picked up until 7:15. This being said we really didn’t mind as we were very well looked after at the hotel with plenty of food provided (always a bonus).
We then got onto the coach and began our travels to Tortuguero. This 5 hour transfer was nothing like you would usually have in England as the views of the jungle are constantly s t u n n i n g. We also had a guide who told us about anything we passed that could be of interest to us. He also informed us that a massive 70% of the Costa Rican population live in just 4% of the country showing the sheer density of some of the areas. We also found out that Costa Rica is the richest country in biodiversity per sq.m (which we now completely understand).
We also learnt more about the step towards sustainability that Costa Rica is taking. For example, most of the water in Tortuguero is not drinkable due to being so close to the ocean and so instead of making you buy multiple plastic bottles of water to keep you going, our hotel have stations of filter water from which you can fill your reusable bottle.
Just before stopping for breakfast we passed through the incredible cloud forest, with parts of the jungle being swallowed up by the clouds. We were also shown a type of leaf known as the Poorman’s Umbrella, which was apparently a very useful resource in the jungle as either shade from the sun or as an umbrella when it was raining.
We then stopped at Restaurant el ceibo, named after a type of tree that originates in Guatemala and low and behold there was a g i a n t tree next to the restaurant. We then ate a traditional Costa Rican breakfast – which we all enjoyed followed by fresh pineapple and watermelon (my fav).
We then carried on our journey to Evergreen Lodge and went over a bridge above the river Sucio, where 2 streams of water meet – fresh water from the mountains and water from the volcano to make one stream of water.
We also drove through areas that had enormous amounts of plantain and banana trees. In Costa Rica pineapples and bananas are their most important export item whilst papaya and plantain are grown for the locals.
We then had to get onto a boat for the last part of our journey, the worst bit being that as it is monsoon season it was pouring with rain, so we had a quick run to the boats. Unfortunately I ended up in a boat without mum and Lucy but the views on the way were incredible and definitely made me feel like I was in a scene out of the jungle book.
After a relatively short journey we arrived at Evergreen Lodge, we were shown to our adorable cabin with the most crazy views literally in the middle of the jungle.
We then had our bags delivered in the pouring rain and headed to lunch which was a small buffet in which we had pork curry, or chicken in cream sauce for Lucy, with rice and salad. (Be prepared for a common rice theme throughout these posts…)
We then had a scheduled activity included in our booking, a boat tour along the river through the Tortugero National Park, a conservation area full of beautiful wildlife.
To be noted: When visiting anywhere in Costa Rica, always take your raincoat. Shortly after beginning our boat tour I realised this was the one thing I forgot but I was incredibly lucky and the sun came out (as mentioned before it is monsoon season so you never know what weather you will get) and it stayed dry the whole time we were out.
Within the first 2 minutes our incredible guide spotted a 2 fingered sloth (!!) we couldn’t quite believe it. We saw it climbing the tree, which apparently they only usually do in the evening. Our tour lasted about 2 hours during which we also saw 3 out of the 4 types of monkey found in Costa Rica which include spider monkeys, white capuchin monkeys and howler monkeys (which we saw a baby of too!!), we also saw some incredible birds including vultures and a toucan and a green iguana (which we still have no idea how our guide spotted way up in the trees).
We arrived back from the tour at about 16:30 and as it was still dry we decided to head to the pool with a book for just over an hour (with a cocktail in hand of course).
Dinner was served at 7pm in the same buffet style as lunch (and more rice, shock). As we still haven’t quite adjusted to the time difference, and we got up at 5:30am, we were exhausted again and so decided to head to bed around 9pm so we could feel refreshed for the next busy day ahead.
This could be an interesting sleep as it is insanely noisy from all the wildlife and rain but it’s weirdly very relaxing.
Sorry for the ramble, well done to get this far!!
Ciao x x
P.s. I can’t believe Wes chose Megan (thanks Love Island for the 5 min clip on the app).