Tortuguero or not to-rtoguero that is the question
Trip Start Aug 01, 2007
20Trip End Oct 04, 2007
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We caught the first bus from Fortuna at 5:30 AM and got to San Jose around 9:30. We left for Cariari around 10:30, having declined to take the $15 tourist transportation to Tortuguero. Once we got to Cariari, we got tickets for the bus which would take us to the boat, which would take us to Tortuguero. We waited paitiently, but the 1:40 bus never came to the bus station. The woman who sold us the tickets came out and told us that there was a problem, that the bus didnīt come to the right station, so we would have to find another bus to take us to the dock. She got in a taxi with us and brought us to the public bus station with about a million other people, who all jumped on to the bus we needed, leaving no room for us and another half a million people
After around 2.5 hours, a jeep pulled up and a bunch of tourists got out. This was a good sign. The boat company guy was also with them. So a boat was definitely coming, we just didnīt know when. Another almost 2 hours later, the boat finally came. We and the rest of the gang (a few Tico fishermen, and a group of students at the University of Peace - a Mexican couple, and Egyptian couple, and a woman from Sudan) all finally got on the boat. It was around 7 when we finally left. The students were fun though, we had a nice running joke about the cargo of plaintains that was also on the boat with us - one guy thought they were bananas and tried to eat one, only to discover that it was not tasty at all, as the Sudanese woman, Isra, had told him. Then the Egyptian guy kept referring to the plantains as giant bananas, much to the annoyance of Isra, who had already explained several times what a plantain was.
After a long ride through a dark canal during which we encountered several crocodiles, we finally arrived to Tortuguero
We went to bed early, exhausted from the realllyy looongg day, but glad to finally be on the Carribean.
More about Tortuguero to come. . . .
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