"" Writer's Wanderings: Costa Rica - Canals of Tortuguero

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Costa Rica - Canals of Tortuguero

On our recent port call in Puerto Limon, Costa Rica, we were privileged to take a tour with a group called Vacations.com. Vignettes. Our travel agent is a member and so we were invited along on a complimentary tour to the Canals of Tortuguero.

We weren’t sure what to expect but it turned out to be a wonderful trip. A bus took us from the port to a place along the canal where we were treated to fresh watermelon, pineapple, and other treats as well as coffee, juice and soft drinks. A local group of musicians played and we strolled around the lovely grounds of the facility looking at red, red ginger and other exotic plants.

A little while later, we boarded narrow canal boats and headed down the canal with eyes peeled to the boarding bushes and trees to glimpse the local wild life. We passed many species of birds and saw two and three toed sloths. You can tell the difference because one moves faster than the other which isn’t saying much for either one. Iguanas hung in some trees and howler monkeys swung from branches in another group of trees.

Our guide on the bus and for the ride on the canal had a wonderful way of putting things. She mentioned that her country likes to “dance” on occasion meaning there are earthquakes once in a while. She promised to show us the good, bad, and the ugly. She came through. There were some areas we drove through that were a bit depressed and some that were very nice. Most all areas have bars on the windows much like we noticed in Puerto Rico. Our guide explained that the bars were there because of tradition and prevention. Traditionally, the bars were originally made of wood and there to keep chickens from flying through the open windows. Now it is more prevention. Enough said.

All in all, it was a wonderful tour and we returned to the ship refreshed, relaxed, and feeling very privileged to have seen a very beautiful part of Costa Rica, the “rich coast.”

3 comments:

Caroline said...

Karen, every time I read one of your travel posts, I'm "impressed" to write a book in that vicinity! lol. I also enjoyed the christmas posts I read. Thanks!
cb
http://sunnebnkwrtr.blogspot.com

Karen said...

If you write that book, let me know if I can help add details of the area. Thanks for your encouraging words. It's nice to know someone is reading these posts.

Costa Rica said...

Karen,

Great you took the chance of visiting our little "Amazon River Experience" unfortunately most Americans never take it into consideration and never visit the marvelous biodiversity "our little piece of paradise" has to offer!

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