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Program #11586RJ
13 Days | 12 Nights
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Elevation Note
Elevations of up to 7,220 feet (San Gerardo de Dota/Savegre).

Itinerary for Aug 6 — Aug 18, 2013

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Type: Hotel

Description: This apartment-style Hotel is built around the concept of convenience and comfort. In the heart of San Jose and close to the International Airport, Casa Conde provides visitors with a great location and a special town-like atmosphere.

Contact info:
South of Parque de La Paz
San Jose, 3344-1000 Costa Rica
phone: +(506)2 226-0808
web: www.grupocasaconde.com/indexen.aspx

Room amenities: Two Individual Private Bedrooms: A/C, fully equipped kitchen, W/D, iron, entertainment center with TV, DVD, stereo, Karaoke, internet, closets, hair dryer, shampoo, conditioner and liquid soap dispenser, phone, Internet, and 4-seat table.

Facility amenities: Pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, gym, souvenir shop, restaurant, spa services and yoga and martial arts classes.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Subject to availability.
Please contact your program provider, Holbrook Travel, for additional information.
1-800-866-7111

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Tuesday, August 06 - Arrive to San José
Arrive To: Arrive in San Jose, Costa Rica.

Proceed through Immigrations, Baggage Claim and Customs before exiting the secured area of the airport. When leaving the restricted arrivals area of airport, please be sure to use the exit door on the right. The Road Scholar representative will be waiting just outside the exit door with a Road Scholar sign.

Transfer to your hotel.

Please note that this is an international travel day; no meals or program activities are scheduled on this day. Hotel check-in usually begins at 3 p.m.

Lodging: Casa Conde Apartotel & Suites

Type: Hotel

Description: This apartment-style Hotel is built around the concept of convenience and comfort. In the heart of San Jose and close to the International Airport, Casa Conde provides visitors with a great location and a special town-like atmosphere.

Contact info:
South of Parque de La Paz
San Jose, 3344-1000 Costa Rica
phone: +(506)2 226-0808
web: www.grupocasaconde.com/indexen.aspx

Room amenities: Two Individual Private Bedrooms: A/C, fully equipped kitchen, W/D, iron, entertainment center with TV, DVD, stereo, Karaoke, internet, closets, hair dryer, shampoo, conditioner and liquid soap dispenser, phone, Internet, and 4-seat table.

Facility amenities: Pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, gym, souvenir shop, restaurant, spa services and yoga and martial arts classes.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Subject to availability.
Please contact your program provider, Holbrook Travel, for additional information.
1-800-866-7111

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Wednesday, August 07 - San José - INBio Parque & Doka Coffee Estat...
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Program Orientation.

Excursion to Doka Coffee Estate for a look at coffee production in Costa Rica.

Doka Estate coffee is one of Costa Rica's highest quality coffees. The Doka Coffee Estate is located on the fertile slopes of the Alajuela Poas Volcano, the rich soil and the ideal altitude and climate have made the Santa Eduviges farm famous because of it's excellent coffee.

Lunch: Lunch at local restaurant.

Afternoon: Field trip to INBio Parque.

Guided walk through INBio's outdoor habitat model exhibits and collections. Site lecture: An Overview of the Ecosystems of Costa Rica and its Protected Areas.

The National Institute for Biodiversity (INBio Parque) provides a sensory experience combining interpretive nature trails with multimedia technology in its bio-exhibits. Visitors learn about Costa Rica's biodiversity and the efforts in conservation through establishment of protected areas. As example of sustainable use of biodiversity, visitors will learn about medicinal, aromatic and ornamental plants, fruit trees and agricultural products.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Casa Conde Apartotel & Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: The rainforest is an unforgettable experience at this riverfront lodge located five minutes by boat from Tortuguero National Park. Rooms have high ceilings, large windows and are decorated with exotic bamboo furniture and local artwork.

Room amenities: Ceiling fans and private baths.

Facility amenities: Pool, restaurant and bar. No laundry services are available at this lodge.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Three: Thursday, August 08 - Tortuguero - Village Excursion/Sea Turtle C...
Note: Activities in Tortuguero require participants to get in and out of motorized river boats.

Breakfast: Early check-out of hotel.

Breakfast at local restaurant en route.

Morning: Transfer to dock and board river boat to Tortuguero.

Tortuguero is located on the Caribbean coast, south of Nicaragua, and fifty miles north of Limon. The Tortuguero National Park embodies Caribbean beaches, with a surprising array of plant associations, including swamp forest, lowland rainforest and a picturesque network of natural waterways. Tortuguero gets its name from the large sea turtles that come ashore yearly to nest on the beach. From June through late September, the 27 mile-long black sand beach welcomes thousands of Green Sea Turtles who come onto land to lay eggs. Every year, under the watchful eyes of park guides, visitors enjoy nighttime walks on Tortuguero's beach in the hopes of seeing turtles (seasonal). Although these gentle giants are a big tourist draw to the area, the national park has much more to offer than just sea turtles. Navigating through the river and canals of Tortuguero reveals an incredible diversity of plant and animal life including more than 100 reptiles, 60 mammal species, and hundreds of bird species.

Arrive at the lodge in time for lunch.

Lunch: Lunch at the lodge.

Afternoon: Excursion to local village.

Visit to Sea Turtle Conservancy (formerly Caribbean Conservation Corporation) field station for video/slide show presentation.

Return to the lodge.

Lecture: History and Overview of Tortuguero.

Dinner: Dinner at the lodge.

Evening: Guided walk along the beach in search of nesting turtles.

Lodging: Pachira Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: The rainforest is an unforgettable experience at this riverfront lodge located five minutes by boat from Tortuguero National Park. Rooms have high ceilings, large windows and are decorated with exotic bamboo furniture and local artwork.

Room amenities: Ceiling fans and private baths.

Facility amenities: Pool, restaurant and bar. No laundry services are available at this lodge.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Four: Friday, August 09 - Tortuguero - Wildlife Along the Canals/Guid...
Note: Activities in Tortuguero require participants to get in and out of motorized river boats.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the lodge.

Morning: Early morning canal safari in Tortuguero National Park.

Tortuguero National Park is located in one of the rainiest regions of Costa Rica. It is also an area of incredible biological diversity, with at least eleven identified habitats. A scenic natural channel and navigable river mouths form the park from the southwest to the northeast. These river ways and swamps are the habitat of species of land tortoises, which can be seen sunning themselves on drifting logs or in the floating islands formed by vegetation. The canals also provide shelter to a variety of species in danger of extinction and are excellent locations to observe the different species of aquatic birds.

Hike along secondary forest trails.
Site lecture: The Migratory Birds of Tortuguero.

Lunch: Lunch at the lodge.

Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure.

Late afternoon boat safari.

Dinner: Dinner at the lodge.

Evening: Short guided walk around the lodge grounds.

Note: In the event participants do not see sea turtles during the nighttime guided beach walk on Day 3, an additional walk on Tortuguero Beach will be arranged for this night. An optional nighttime turtle walk can be arranged through the lodge if participants wish to repeat the activity--even after having spotted turtles the night before.

Lodging: Pachira Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Rainforest lodge buil along the banks of the Sarapiqui River. Room modules are built on elevated platforms surrounded by tropical vegetation. A large tract of private primary and secondary rainforest is accessible via a hanging bridge.

Contact info:
Chilamate
Sarapiqui, 00000 Costa Rica
phone: +506-27611800
web: www.selvaverde.com

Room amenities: Safety boxes, ceiling fans, phones, screened windows, and hair dryers.

Facility amenities: Meeting rooms, restaurant, pool, bar, and a rainforest reserve with hiking trails.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Five: Saturday, August 10 - Sarapiqui - Introduction to the Rainforest
Breakfast: Breakfast at the lodge.

Morning: Boat and land transfer to Sarapiqui, in Costa Rica's Caribbean lowlands.

Sarapiquí is one of the richest sites for birds in Middle America with well over 400 species recorded. Nearby, the La Selva Protection Zone and the Braulio Carrillo National Park form the only significant corridor of forest on the Caribbean slope linking the highlands with the lowlands - a corridor crucial to birds and animals that undertake seasonal altitudinal migrations.

Arrive at the lodge.

Lunch: Lunch at the lodge.

Afternoon: This afternoon, enjoy a guided rainforest hike in the lodge's private reserve.

Lecture: Introduction to the Rainforest.

Dinner: Dinner at the lodge.

Lodging: Selva Verde Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Rainforest lodge buil along the banks of the Sarapiqui River. Room modules are built on elevated platforms surrounded by tropical vegetation. A large tract of private primary and secondary rainforest is accessible via a hanging bridge.

Contact info:
Chilamate
Sarapiqui, 00000 Costa Rica
phone: +506-27611800
web: www.selvaverde.com

Room amenities: Safety boxes, ceiling fans, phones, screened windows, and hair dryers.

Facility amenities: Meeting rooms, restaurant, pool, bar, and a rainforest reserve with hiking trails.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Six: Sunday, August 11 - Sarapiqui - River Rafting/Agricultural Prac...
Breakfast: Breakfast at the lodge.

Morning: This morning, enjoy an exhilarating river rafting excursion.

Return to the lodge.

Lunch: Lunch at the lodge.

Afternoon: After lunch, transfer to a local plantation to learn about agricultural practices in the region.

Return to the lodge.

Snacks and music on the patio.

Dinner: Dinner at the lodge.

Lodging: Selva Verde Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Resort

Description: The newest Resort facing the Arenal Volcano is located 1 km (0.6 miles) inland away from the road circling the volcano making it one of the safest and quietest hotels in the area while offering spectacular views.

Contact info:
5 km past La Fortuna
Arenal, 00000 Costa Rica
phone: +5062-290-0798
web: www.arenalspringshotel.com

Room amenities: Vaulted ceilings, large sliding bay windows, air-conditioning and a ceiling fan, TV, telephone, safety box, mini-fridge, night tables with reading lamps, wardrobe, garden shower, hairdryer, covered porch with rocking chairs and coffee table.

Facility amenities: Pool with great views, swim bar, Jacuzzi, kids pool, access ramp for the handicapped and changing rooms.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Seven: Monday, August 12 - Arenal - Arenal Volcano National Park
Breakfast: Early morning birding.

Breakfast at the lodge.

Morning: Transfer to Arenal.

Arenal was once Costa Rica's most active volcano and a main draw to the town of La Fortuna and the Arenal Volcano National Park. The volcano lords over the countryside with its perfectly conical shape and occasional smoke and gas emissions. While minor activity excites visitors, they are rarely acknowledged by the locals who have learnt to accept the antics of the volcano as part of their daily lives. The thermal waters emanating from the volcano, the clean air and the energy associated with Arenal, makes this a favorite destination for health spa enthusiasts and nature lovers.



Lunch: Lunch at local restaurant en route.

Afternoon: Arrive in Arenal and check-in at the hotel.

This afternoon there is a field trip to Arenal National Park. Walk along Las Coladas trail to observe up close views of the volcano and also witness the regeneration process of the vegetation that was once affected by past volcanic activity. There are also privileged views of the Arenal Lake and the surrounding areas during the walk.

The National Park is situated right in the vicinity of Arenal Volcano. Although clouds often obscure the peak of the volcano, during clear days it is possible to see gases and steam rising from the cone. It is interesting to see how the periodic lava flows have contributed to the erratic growth of vegetation in the areas around the volcano

Return to the hotel.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Evening: Lecture: Volcanology

Lodging: Arenal Springs Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Resort

Description: The newest Resort facing the Arenal Volcano is located 1 km (0.6 miles) inland away from the road circling the volcano making it one of the safest and quietest hotels in the area while offering spectacular views.

Contact info:
5 km past La Fortuna
Arenal, 00000 Costa Rica
phone: +5062-290-0798
web: www.arenalspringshotel.com

Room amenities: Vaulted ceilings, large sliding bay windows, air-conditioning and a ceiling fan, TV, telephone, safety box, mini-fridge, night tables with reading lamps, wardrobe, garden shower, hairdryer, covered porch with rocking chairs and coffee table.

Facility amenities: Pool with great views, swim bar, Jacuzzi, kids pool, access ramp for the handicapped and changing rooms.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Eight: Tuesday, August 13 - Arenal - Arenal Hanging Bridges
Breakfast: Early morning birding.

Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Field trip to Arenal Hanging Bridges.

This private nature reserve in La Fortuna de San Carlos features a network of standing bridges, hanging bridges, and trails that crisscross 250 hectares of tropical rainforest. The park’s mission is to provide natural history education in a responsible and sustainable way. Visitors are able to view the rainforest from different angles and heights, from ground level to canopy level, learning firsthand about this fascinating and biologically diverse environment.

Lunch: Lunch at local restaurant.

Afternoon: Return to the hotel.

Afternoon at leisure to explore La Fortuna town, sample local hot springs or simply enjoy your hotel's amenities.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Arenal Springs Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Resort

Description: Tropical rainforest and beach resort located on the Central Pacific coast of Costa Rica. Part of the 750 acres is a nature reserve boasting 250 species of birds, a variety of monkeys, sloths, armadillos and a macaw breeding project.

Contact info:
Road to Tarcoles
Punta Leona, 000000 Costa Rica
phone: +5062-231-3131
web: www.hotelpuntaleona.com

Room amenities: Air conditioning, cable TV, mini refrigerator, safety box, telephone, and hairdryer.

Facility amenities: Pools, restaurants, bar, tennis court, disco, mini golf, and beach access.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Nine: Wednesday, August 14 - Punta Leona/Pacific Coast – Crocodile Safar...
Punta Leona/Pacific Coast –
Crocodile Safari on Tárcoles River


Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Begin transfer to Punta Leona on the Pacific Coast.

Crocodile Safari boat ride on the Tarcoles River.

The Tarcoles River Basin is one of the most important in the Pacific coastal region, virtually draining the entire western side of the Central Valley. Tarcoles hosts an amazing diversity of wildlife along its banks and in the extensive mangrove ecosystem. Perhaps the most famous of all the river's inhabitants are its enormous crocodiles. These crocodiles have been studied by numerous local and foreign specialists and featured in TV specials, including several of National Geographic "Bray Barr's Wild Reptiles."



Lunch: Lunch en route.

Afternoon: Arrive in Punta Leona and check-in at the hotel.

Punta Leona is located on the Central Pacific Coast; less than 2 hours by car from San José. The area has become a popular vacation spot with Costa Rican families. With white sand beaches on one side and tropical rainforest on the other, there are many options for both the adventure lover and those looking for a little rest and relaxation. Punta Leona is just a short distance from the important Carara National Park.

Enjoy a guided orientation to Punta Leona, followed by a lecture.
Lecture: Saving the Scarlet Macaw.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Hotel Punta Leona

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Resort

Description: Tropical rainforest and beach resort located on the Central Pacific coast of Costa Rica. Part of the 750 acres is a nature reserve boasting 250 species of birds, a variety of monkeys, sloths, armadillos and a macaw breeding project.

Contact info:
Road to Tarcoles
Punta Leona, 000000 Costa Rica
phone: +5062-231-3131
web: www.hotelpuntaleona.com

Room amenities: Air conditioning, cable TV, mini refrigerator, safety box, telephone, and hairdryer.

Facility amenities: Pools, restaurants, bar, tennis court, disco, mini golf, and beach access.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Ten: Thursday, August 15 - Punta Leona/Pacific Coast - Carara National...
Punta Leona/Pacific Coast -
Carara National Park/Afternoon at the Beach


Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Field trip to Carara National Park.

Carara, 60 miles southwest of San José, lies at the northern limit of the Pacific lowland rainforest and the southern limit of the dry, deciduous forest. Its unique location within a transition zone means that plant and animal species from both habitats coexist in the reserve. In addition to conserving primary and secondary growth forests, Carara National Park also protects the Rio Grande de Tarcoles river basin and its rich wildlife. The park is a favored birding destination, with more than 350 recorded bird species including a sizeable population of endangered Scarlet Macaws.

Return to the hotel.

Lunch: Lunch at the hotel.

Afternoon: Time at leisure to enjoy the beaches, pools and other amenities at your hotel.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Hotel Punta Leona

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: The Savegre Hotel Nature Reserve and Spa is located in the Talamanca Mountains of Costa Rica. The hotel is at an elevation of approximately 7,220 ft and is situated in a private cloud forest reserve that borders the Los Quetzales National Park. Its private reserve has earned a reputation for being one of the best places to spot the elusive Resplendent Quetzal--one of the country's most colorful birds. To reach this attractive highland property it is necessary to travel on switchbacks and narrow mountain roads reaching elevations of up to 11,000 ft at Cerro de la Muerte.

Contact info:
San Gerardo de Dota.
San Gerardo de Dota, 00000 Costa Rica
phone: +506-27401028
web: www.savegre.com

Room amenities: Rooms have private baths and heating system or fireplace. No air conditioning is necessary since the hotel is located in a mountainous region (approximately 7,220 ft above sea level) known for its clean and crisp air.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar, meeting rooms, spa services, gardens, nature reserve, trails, and laundry service.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Eleven: Friday, August 16 - San Gerardo de Dota - Hacienda Baru/The Clo...
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Field trip to Hacienda Baru. Guided walk on small loop trail and lecture. Lecture: An Overview of Baru's Reforestation Project.

Hacienda Baru National Wildlife Refuge is situated on Costa Rica’s Southern Pacific Coast. This is a region of distinct natural beauty, where forest covered mountains rise up from the dramatic Pacific coastline. Hacienda Baru’s 815 acres have a fantastic variety of habitats, from wetland and secondary forest in the lowlands to primary forest on the highland costal ridge.

Lunch: Lunch en route.

Afternoon: Transfer to San Gerardo de Dota.

Arrive at the lodge and check-in.

Time at leisure.

Walk around the cloud forest grounds of the hotel.

Lecture: The History of the San Gerardo Valley.

The few families that inhabit the valley are mostly dedicated to the production of trout, apples and peaches, which grow well in the cool, moist elevations of the Talamanca Range. Pioneers in many aspects, the Chacon family was the first to settle in this area. They built the first hotel (Cabinas Chacon, now named Savegre Lodge) and the first to set out to conserve the magnificent high elevation and oak forests that covered the entire valley. The patriarch of the family don Efrain Chacon, has transmitted his love for this land to his children and grandchildren. They now share his passion and devotion for the preservation of the pristine forests.

Dinner: Dinner at the lodge.

Lodging: Savegre Hotel Nature Reserve & Spa (formerly Savegre Mountain Hotel)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Resort

Description: The Wyndham San José Herradura Hotel and Convention Center has 229 spacious rooms with modern conveniences and a long list of amenities that are meant to accommodate business travelers as well as vacationing families. It is conveniently located a short distance from San José's Juan Santamaria International Airport. The hotel has earned a Level 3 Certification for Sustainable Tourism by the Costa Rican Tourism Institute.

Contact info:
General Cañas Highway
5 km. south from International Airport
San José, Costa Rica
phone: +506-22099800
web: http://www.wyndham.com/hotels/costa-rica/san-jose/wyndham-san-jose-herradura-hotel-convention-center/hotel-overview

Room amenities: The spacious, air conditioned rooms have private baths, hair dryers, satellite TVs, direct-dial phones, mini refrigerators, coffee makers, safety deposit boxes, and internet access.

Facility amenities: Complimentary Wi-Fi, three restaurants, three swimming pools, a wet bar, Jacuzzis, casino, fitness center, spa services, laundry service, souvenir shop, beauty salon, business center, conference center, money exchange, Internet access, travel agency, and a souvenir shop. Wheelchair acessible elevators and public areas. Free airport shuttle service from 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Free hotel shuttle service to San José attractions.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: Prices subject to availability
Rates and room types are subject to availability. Please contact your program provider at 1-800-866-7111 or roadscholarprograms@holbrooktravel.com if you need assistance with booking additional hotel nights.

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Twelve: Saturday, August 17 - San José - Savegre Forest & Cartago.
Breakfast: Breakfast at lodge.

Morning: Nature walk in the Savegre Forest, adjacent to Los Quetzales National Park.
Site lecture: The Life History of the Resplendent Quetzal.

Los Quetzales National Park, situated in the Talamanca Mountans of Costa Rica, was created in July of 2005 and protects an area of approximately 12,000 acres. The scenic park encompasses rugged mountains, mist-covered forests, rivers, glacial lakes and a variety of ecosystems. The Resplendent Quetzal, a colorful bird much revered by the Maya and Aztec, can be seen all year feeding on the many aguacatillo trees growing throughout the park.



Lunch: Lunch at the lodge.

Afternoon: Transfer to San Jose via Cartago.

Cartago, Costa Rica's former capital, is located approximately 15 miles east of San Jose in the shadows of the majestic Irazu Volcano. The city was originally founded in the mid 1500s and is one of the country's oldest settlements. The city's Basilica de Nuestra Senora de los Angeles is famous for its Black Madonna (La Negrita) who is credited for having miraculous healing powers. Every year pilgrims flock to the church for the feast day of the Virgin of the Angels in order to pray for their health or to offer thanks for past miracles.

Arrive in San Jose and check-in at the hotel.

Wrap-up lecture before dinner.

Dinner: Farewell dinner at hotel.

Lodging: Wyndham San José Herradura Hotel & Convention Center (previously a Ramada property)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Thirteen: Sunday, August 18 - Depart to the U.S.
Depart From: Transfer to the Juan Santamaria International Airport for flight to the U.S.

Note: Participants with independent travel arrangements and/or scheduled on later flights can keep their hotel rooms until check-out time on this day. Except for breakfast, all other meals are on your own on this day.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel (depending on flight departure time).

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Tortuguero
Beach walk, kayak canals, boat ride, fish, hike to Tortuguero Hill, or take a canopy tour.During the turtle nesting season (June - Sept) visitors can take part in a nighttime beach walk. Tortuguero's beach is notorious for being the nesting site of the largest population of sea turtles in the Caribbean. Kayaking the canals provides the best opportunity to get close to the wildlife and is also good exercise. Boat rides are available to explore the rivers and canals. Fishing can be organized by contacting the local fishing guides. Hiking to the top of Tortuguero Hill has become a popular activity for those looking for exercise and the opportunity to get a bird's-eye view of the national park.
For additional information, visit: www.tortuguero-info.com
Socialize with the localsTortuguero is a small coastal fishing village. Visitors to the village at night are the exception rather than the rule. Participants will have the opportunity to meet some of the local people during their stay at this site.

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