Day 3: Tortuguero National Park by boat

Our morning started early with a wake-up call at 4:30 am to load our luggage on the top of the bus and make the six hour trip to Tortuguero, 4 ½ hours by bus and the last 1 ½ by boat.  On our way to Tortuguero we stopped to have breakfast and discovered a three-toed sloth sleeping in the trees just outside the front door of the restaurant.  Located on the Caribbean coast, Tortuguero National Park is surrounded by rainforest, beaches, canals, and lagoons.  On our boat ride to Tortuguero along El Rio Suerte, we encountered several birds including the Aninga, Heron, Tiger Heron and the Royal Tern. We also saw a few turtles sunning themselves as well as several butterflies. After we checked into the Evergreen Lodge, we took a short boat ride to the Village of Tortuguero, which is located just outside of the park on a small spit of land that is only accessible by boat or air. It has a population of around 600 people. There are no cars in the Village of Tortuguero and tourism drives the bulk of the economy there.  We walked the dirt streets lined with shops and somehow found our way to a remote black sand beach on the Caribbean Sea.

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