We are back home having arrived in Ottawa early Wednesday morning. Obviously, I was not able to keep up with the blog posts while we were away. Now that we are back, I will complete the rest of the adventure. It was such an amazing experience and one that I want to keep close in my memories for a very long time.
Before I start on Day 6, I have to complete Day 5 - I can't believe I forgot to tell you about the frogs! When you see articles about Costa Rica's nature experience, you almost always see these cute little frogs. I jumped at the opportunity when it was offered by our Tortuguero guide. We gathered in the early evening and headed to the "Frog Garden" - an area at the Lodge where the frogs are known to gather. We were armed with small flashlights and spent about 30 minutes searching under leaves for these colourful amphibians. This is what we found. Let me tell you they are not easy to photograph!
So, Day 6 in Costa Rica! We spent the day in Tortuguero National Park (Parque Nacional Tortuguero) and what a day it was. It was probably the best day we had in terms of wildlife and rainforest experience. Tortuguero National Park is a special place indeed!
A few facts about the park:
- it is located in the Limon province of Costa Rica in the northeastern part of the Carribean
- despite its remote location, it is the third most visited park in Costa Rica, accessible only by boat or plane
- it has eleven different habitats, including rainforest, mangrove forests, swamps, beaches, and lagoons
- it is very humid, and receives up to 250 inches (6,400 mm) of rain a year
- the park protects the nesting beach of the green turtle
- the park is home to more than 300 bird species, among them the great green macaw; 57 species of amphibians and 111 of reptiles, including three species of marine turtles; 60 mammal species, including 13 of Costa Rica's 16 endangered species, including jaguars, tapirs, ocelots, cougars, river otters, and manatees
- the park is fronted by the beach of the Caribbean Sea, behind it is a narrow lagoon, connected to the sea at one end and fed by a river at the other, which parallels the beach for its full 35-km length
- a coastal rainforest threaded by an infinite maze of serpentine channels and streams fed by rivers flowing from the central mountain ranges and by the torrential rains that fall in the area is behind the lagoon
Day 6 Agenda:
- Birding at the Lodge before breakfast
- Morning Canal Cruise
- Afternoon Canal Cruise
In true rainforest fashion, the rain poured down overnight to freshen the hot humid air. It was amazing to listen to the sounds of the rainforest through our open screen windows. The day was off to an early start with a 6:00 a.m. gathering for a birding tour. The rain was a bit slow in stopping so we didn't actually get started until a bit later. The birds around the lodge were amazing - you really don't need to look too hard or too far for birds in the rainforest.
We saw so many birds, lizards, bugs, animals during out stay at Laguna Lodge and in the Park. Here is a summary via pictures:
Boats / River
More to follow in a separate post - we saw so many amazing birds and animals...