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Costa Rica – Vacations in San José and Tortuguero Park

After Cahuita, we went to San José, the capital. A city without tourism interest, but we went to visit our Brazilians friends Gustavo and Barbara who lived there for eight months with Rafa their 4 year old daughter and their newborn Alexander, he was only a week old.

We stayed in their home for 5 days, 5 days of relaxation, good food, wine, long conversations, rest, swimming-pool and sun in their beautiful home!
it’s really nice to meet friends in the middle of the trip. Gustavo’s parents were also there to enjoy the arrival of the baby.

We also met Mariano and Mariana our friends from Costa Rica, we met them when we were living in Switzerland, we went to have lunch together and we could get to know their baby Tomás.

We also went to the mall, it’s a bit like during these 5 days the travel had stopped and we were back to normal life, it changes and it feels good.

Then we left to the Caribbean coast to go to the famous Tortuguero National Park. Tortuguero means the house of the turtles, because 4 of the 6 species of sea turtles come to lay their eggs on these beaches. Unfortunately we were not there for the breeding season is in July and August so we saw no turtles. After 3 hours of bus and 1:30 of boat through the jungle we arrived at Tortuguero. A pretty touristic village without cars caught between the sea and the river.

Not really possible to swim, there are strong currents and sharks in the sea and huge crocodiles in the river.

We took a very nice and cheap room facing the sea. The next morning we woke up at 5am with a great sunrise on the beach, to go to a boat ride with a natural guide through the river of the park. We saw caimans, monkeys, kingfishers, toucans and many other species of birds, snakes and a beautiful green lizard Jesus Christ.

In the afternoon we visited the park on foot through the jungle along the beach. We were not very lucky, we have mostly seen insects, but the ride was still enjoyable.

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