Early morning check-out and transfer; drive to boat dock is about 75 miles, approximately 3.5 hours. Getting on/off a boat; boat ride is approximately 1.5 hours. Walking about 2.5 miles throughout the day, approximately 2 hours total; uneven, sandy terrain. Closed toe shoes, insect repellent, hat and rain gear recommended. Turtle walk is about 1.5 miles; approx. 1.5 hours. Wear dark clothing and sturdy closed-toed shoes; no flash photography or flashlights allowed during this activity.
At a local restaurant en route to boat dock, we’ll have a breakfast buffet with coffee, tea, juice and water included.
Continuing our transfer, we’ll have time to practice our Spanish with our Group Leaders and fellow participants by focusing on colloquial expressions and phrases during an informal class on the road. Upon arrival at the boat dock, we’ll catch a ride aboard a motorboat to continue our transfer to Tortuguero. The sleepy little coastal village of Tortuguero is situated on the southern end of a 6-km-long sandspit that is sandwiched between the Caribbean Sea to the East and the Laguna del Tortuguero to the West. We’ll check in at the lodge when we arrive.
At the lodge, our lunch buffet will include coffee, juice, water; other beverages available for purchase.
After some “down” time – you may want to enjoy some fun and games at the pool – we’ll then leave the lodge via boat to visit Tortuguero and explore village life. Next, we'll return to the lodge to learn about coconut processing during a presentation by a longtime Tortuguero resident. Our guest speaker will share some history of the town and his family, as well as give a demonstration on how coconuts are processed for oil, milk, and raw coconut in order to make candy.
At the hotel, we’ll have a buffet dinner with coffee, juice, water; other beverages available for purchase.
Especially for kids: Setting out from the hotel by boat, we’ll begin our evening turtle walk on Tortuguero beach led by local experts certified by the National Park. While the maze of canals and waterways fringed by luxuriant jungle boast a variety of exotic wildlife, the Green Sea Turtle is the star of the show at Tortuguero (July - September). Other turtles like the hawksbill and the giant leatherback frequent the region in lesser numbers, but Tortuguero is the most important Green Sea Turtle hatchery in the western Caribbean. Here an estimated 30,000 turtles come ashore annually. While scientist have gathered significant information about the land habits of the green turtle, very little is known about their migratory routes in the oceans, where they spend over 90 percent of their time. During our visit to Tortuguero we will try to unravel some of these mysteries. Please note this activity is weather dependent and turtle sightings are not guaranteed.