Sunday, March 15, 2009

Tortuga Lodge in Tortuguero

The question may arise, where can one stay in a jungle surrounded by a maze of rivers and tidal wetlands? An excellent answer is the Tortuga Lodge. How does one reach the Tortuga Lodge? The answer is only by boat.

The Tortuga Lodge is surrounded by jungle, but it includes resort amenities, such as a very good restaurant and a swimming pool. I will show a photo in a few days of the swimming pool area and will also show a photo of our room, which was unlike your typical hotel room, but, most importantly, successful in keeping outside everything that should remain outside. But first, I will take you out on a boat excursion into the jungle.

The Tortuga Lodge has a fleet of boats lined up in front like taxis at a cab stand in front of a hotel. Guides will take visitors on boat trips into the maze of rivers, canals and tidal wetlands to look at wildlife close up in the jungle.

The Tortuga Lodge is only a short boat ride from the town of Tortuguero, which is very small, and it is close to the little airstrip. Across the river from Tortuga Lodge is the narrow strip of land that forms the Caribbean shoreline with a beach that is the most important nesting site in the Americas for the green turtle. I will show the beach in a week or so as well.

8 comments:

Abe said...

Your descriptions of the lodge and boat taxi stand are interesting to read. Reading the post provoked some thoughts...

Why does a hotel room and a lodge sound like something temporary and never home?

It is much the same as a laptop computer is a temporary thing totally unlike a desktop computer.

brattcat said...

All the white boats are named after sharks. Are there a lot of shark species in the waters there?

JM said...

David, I'm so glad you are posting photos of the Tortuguero NP! This is one of the most magical places I've ever been. Looking forward to see what comes next! :-)

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

Brattcat,
You are more observant than I. I did not notice the names of the boats, even while we were there.

In reading in my various guidebooks to prepare for posting my photos of Tortuguero, my Costa Rica National Parks Guide book does say that "The huge whale shark (Rhincodon rypus) has been spotted in these coastal lwaters."

Our focus in going to Tortuguero was to go on the inland waterways, so the thought of encountering shzrks never crossed my mind. We did go take a walk along the Caribbean beach, which I will show in a few days.

Turtuguero is the primary nesting site in the Caribbean for sea turtles to lay their eggs. Maybe sharks come to the area to eat turtles.

People come to Tortuguero for the wildlife, not for the Caribbean beach. In fact, after 6:00 p.m. no one is allowed on the beach unless they have a permit and are accompanied by a wildlife guide, and only 350 permits are issued for the entire park coast of 14 miles (23 km).

Brattcat, I think that this is the second time you have noticed details in my photos that I had not noticed, such as my reflection in the window of the coffee shop. I appreciate your keeping me on my toes.

Jarart said...

A beautiful looking place. The dense jungle behind the building is very intriguing.

Sharon said...

This sounds like an intresting place to stay! I wouldn't want to be there for very long. The water taxi would soon start to bother me.

Julie ScottsdaleDailyPhoto.com said...

so remote but so full of wildlife.

glenda said...

Wow! Quite posh. Who would have thought such lovely accomodations in the heart of the jungle. Sign me up!

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