Trip Start Jul 14, 2010
93Trip End May 18, 2011
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Sooooo, after spending my birthday and Nicaraguan Independence Day, and FINALLY getting my package back in Gigante, Logan and I headed down the coast to San Juan del Sur. It's a beautiful little beach town, or I guess I should say beach city that is packed full of expats and tourists. Logan and I suffered a little bit of culture shock when we were eating at a burger joint called Big Wave Dave's and saw a guy wearing a shirt that said "Florida is Bush Country" and when the guy at the table next to us expressed his love of the shirt, the shirt bearer let him know it was his favorite shirt. *shudder* I guess we're not in...Nicaragua?...anymore? Just a bit of a change from most of the Americans we'd encountered previously. Not to mention everybody else we've met on our travels
We didn't really have any plans for San Juan del Sur, but when I saw that our hostel offered night tours to see sea turtles laying eggs on the beach for a lot cheaper than in Costa Rica, we signed up for the tour that same night. I'd seen pretty much the same thing in Tortuguero, Costa Rica in 2006, but was ready to see it again and frankly wanted to share the experience with Logan. The turtles at this site, La Flor, were also a different species - Olive Ridley as opposed to Green. It was so worth it! Since there weren't so many tourists, we were able to hang out on the beach for a few hours instead of a few minutes, and were able to see almost the whole process of nesting. The female turtles came up on shore and dig their nests while we stayed far away, so that we didn't scare them, and then once they started laying the eggs, we came up with red light to watch her lay the eggs, cover up the nest, pat it down, and followed her back to the ocean. We were lucky enough to see two turtles nest that night. I got a few videos (something they wouldn't allow in CR either) which I'll post soon.
We only stayed one night in San Juan del Sur, then were off to cross the border into Costa Rica - our first terrestrial border-crossing!