Early morning (pre-breakfast) canal safari in Tortuguero National Park to spot local wildlife. Getting in/out of motorized river boats. Walking 1-2 miles; often muddy forest trails; wear comfortable clothes and closed-toe shoes you can get dirty; hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, binoculars, walking stick recommended.
At the lodge after our early morning canal safari, the breakfast buffet includes juice, coffee and water; other beverages available for purchase.
With our Group Leader, we’ll set out on a hike along secondary forest trails to learn about riparian vegetation and endemic wildlife. Target species in this area include caimans, monkeys, and sea and river turtles. 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. We will return to the lodge in time for lunch.
We’ll have some time to relax before our afternoon field trip. You might like to enjoy a refreshing dip in the pool, take a stroll around the lodge, or just settle into a comfortable chair with a great book. Mid-afternoon, we’ll embark on a boat safari on local canals. As we navigate these waterways, we will look for endemic and migrant birds as well as howler monkeys, caimans, bats, turtles, and more. Although wildlife observation tends to take the front seat during these activities, the unique flora of this lush region including trees and plants such as the kativo, almendro, sangrillo, and pachira. We’ll return to the lodge at the end of our field trip.
After an overview of tomorrow’s activities, our Group Leader will take us on a walk around the lodge grounds to look for nocturnal species. Then prepare for check-out and transfer in the morning.