To Totuguero National Park

Trip Start Oct 19, 2012
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Trip End Jan 07, 2013


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Flag of Costa Rica  , Province of Limon,
Friday, December 7, 2012

Early call at 0530hrs. Managed my normal granola, yoghurt and prunes bowl for bf after getting S her stream of black coffee from a very temperamental machine in the lobby. Santo Tomas hotel (owned by a very chatty Yank for 26 years) is a former residence. Huge, bright coloured floor tiles. Some potential but looks as if it has been owned for 26 years. Super wooden floor in reception, there after needs investment. A notary sits in reception (under the tree in car park type India) Left our two large cases with them for collection in 4 days time. Coach arrives for us at 0640 and takes us to join a larger coach which heads off out of SJ East over the Cordillero mountains in a rain cloud here we go again.
We stop at what appears to be a Mawamba Lodge managed restaurant at 0830. Buffet salads and fruit. Although i have had my breakfast feel compelled to give the buffet a go. Frankfurters in salsa, fruit etc.
We arrive at a port which is a hub where all the tour buses congregate in order to offload their passengers onto the river boats for the final leg into Tortuguero National park. It is pouring again, out comes overused poncho and we all pile onto the river boat. Pleasant ride down several rivers arriving at Mawamba Lodge boat jetty. We are greeted by the GM and his team with a fruit cocktail and freezing hand towel. Having written to the Lodge explaining it is our wedding anniversary and S's 40th (usually works) requesting a suite we were disappointed to be allocated a standard lodge room with 3 single beds! We were able to swop for a double!
We went off a wonder to see the river from in front of our room, and 50 yards behind our pool and restaurant the caribbean sea. Nice quiet beech. Lunch was served at 1230hrs a buffet arrangement. A salad bar and a juice bar. 3 days of this is going to close the temple. Fresh grilled fish, mash, and salads. We went around the grounds to meet the resident Iguanas and everyone spent ages photographing them, we have seen hundreds, bit like waterfalls in NZ or Yew trees in Ireland!
Boat left at 1430hrs for Tortuguera village with our guide Frank. He took us around the very small village and left us to wonder around and get back home on foot. Drank another coconut by the beach after touring the various tourist trap shops. Walked home along the beach and S picked up a bag of driftwood? We keep an eye open for baby tortoise hatchlings emerging from their nests along the beach but unlucky on this occaision.
Back at Lodge we swim in the super pool. Super walk in monsoon shower and great lodge room.
Sit poolside and use internet
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