Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Tortuguero: "Nature's Venice"

Tortuguero is sometimes called "Nature's Venice." It is a maze of rivers, canals, lagoons, and tidal wetlands. The area gets 5,000 - 6,000 mm. (196 - 236 inches) of rain per year.

You can see from these photos why it is necessary to take a boat to float through the jungle to see wildlife, as it would be impossible to walk far amidst such wetlands.

It is very helpful to be escorted by a guide, as they are expert at seeing wildlife that you might miss, and they are very knowledgeable. Also, they know their way back after cruising around in the maze of waterways, which do not have street signs, of course, and leaving a trail of bread crumbs would not help one navigate your way back.

My wife asked our guide what was the most dangerous thing that has happened to him in the jungle. He said that once he was in an area of the waterways from which there was only one canal in and the same canal out. When it was time to head back at the end of the afternoon, a large tree had fallen across the canal completely blocking any passage.

He thought about whether he would have to spend the night in the jungle with a boat load of tourists. He probably would have been most afraid of the tourists. Fortunately, he was able to radio for help and the park rangers sent out another boat to retrieve everyone.

Happy St. Patrick's Day. What could be greener than the tropical vegetation of Tortuguero?

10 comments:

Julie ScottsdaleDailyPhoto.com said...

the second photo is gorgeous. I like the reflection.

brattcat said...

What a lot of rain! Oh, how verdant it all is.

Sharon said...

Now that is how I picture a jungle!

Jarart said...

All that green makes for a great St. Patrick's day photo!

Gresham Photo Blog said...

Beautiful! And the green is very appropriate ;)

m_m said...

Beautiful! I like especially the first photo!

Jacob said...

What a fantastic area! Great photo for St. Patrick's day. Can't imagine that much rain. When I lived in South Florida we got about 55-60 inches a year and I thought that was a lot!

glenda said...

Great post for St. Pat's day. Now all you need is some green beer. Yes, I believe a guide would be tops on my list for these water mazes.

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JM said...

This is so beautiful! I would love to be there again!

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