This is your chance to “fly the ocean in a silver plane” to “see the jungle when it’s swept with rain.” They call the jungles and canals of Tortuguero National Park the “Amazon of Central America,” and indeed, it is a world-class adventure to spend time here. I spent two days in the Laguna Lodge on a Caravan Tour in January, 2007, and this place was the closest to true eco-touring that we did. The boat ride in was our initial experience, on which we saw our first large crocodile. Our two boat trips the next day provided us with “National Geographic” or “Animal Planet” experiences of the highest order. Nobody can ever promise anything in a wildlife viewing tour, but when you see the monkeys swinging from branch to branch across the canal right overhead, and witness a caiman grabbing a snake out of a branch just a few feet away from the boat, you know you have been fortunate far beyond your expectations.
The lodge is the perfect base for your boat explorations. The fanciful shape of the reception building, the thatched roof, round restaurant and bar structures overlooking the canal, and the rustic cabins, are a delightful home away from home.
If you have good hearing and don’t sleep too soundly in the early morningm you will be serenaded by howler monkeys, and you can enjoy the rocking chairs on the veranda in the evening. A young fellow there will be out with a flashlight finding the poison arrow frogs to show you. The rooms have only screens—no glass—and nice tropical hardwoods. There is a ceiling fan, but I never found it hot or stuffy at night, even without using the fan. There was a nice shower with lots of hot water, once somebody realized that the plumbing was backwards.
If you are looking for historic ruins, great cities, urban arts and entertainment, don’t look to Costa Rica, but for a real down-to-earth eco-holiday with exciting surprises every day, the Caribbean coast is a dream-come-true.
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- Laguna Lodge Tortuguero Hotel Tortuguero
- Laguna Lodge Tortuguero Costa Rica