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Turtles on Tortuguero Beach

A trip to Tortuguero just wouldn't be complete without a visit to the beach, famous above all for its nesting Green Turtles. The final outing of our stay in the national park was a nocturnal one - a 10pm departure to walk down the beach and catch a glimpse of nesting sea turtles. 

We first visited the beach at Tortuguero during our first day at the lodge to get an idea of the environment. The beach itself is stunning. It stretches unbroken for hundreds of miles along the Caribbean coastline, backed by rainforest, and fronted by the rough, wild Caribbean Sea, that looks as though it could throw you around as if you were nothing more than a rag doll. As you look down the beach towards the horizon, a gentle layer of sea mist covers the sand that is littered with washed-up coconuts, logs and palm leaves that have been thrown up by the waves. And, most importantly, there is not a single piece of litter in sight. The beach is pristine, practically untouched, and protected under law and b…

Costa Rica: Part Two - Tortuguero National Park

Moving on from the capital, San Jose, our next destination was Tortuguero National Park in the north-east of Costa Rica. The national park is made up of a collection of waterways that run inland from the coast, through densely forested wetlands and some of the wettest rainforest in the country. The park also includes a long stretch of tropical beach that is one of the most important nesting sites for Green Turtles in the region - a feature that we were going to see for ourselves.

We were travelling with the knowledge that Tortuguero is one of the wettest regions of the country, so we expected rain. And boy did we get a lot of it - but more on that later. But this was overshadowed by the fact that Tortuguero is one of the best regions in Costa Rica for seeing aquatic and coastal wildlife, from herons and vultures to otters and sea turtles - there was plenty on offer; we just had to find it.

Travelling to Tortuguero
We left our hotel in San Jose at 6am to travel to Tortuguero. Once on a co…

Costa Rica: Part One - San Jose

One country I have wanted to visit for a long, long time is Costa Rica. Known worldwide for its rich wildlife and culture, Costa Rica has an image of purity and happiness that it certainly lives up to. It is also at the forefront of green energy, with practically 100% of the country's electricity coming from renewable sources - predominantly hydroelectric, solar and wind. What's more, Costa Rica has one of the lowest deforestation rates of any country on the planet, with 54% of its surface being forested, and almost a quarter of its land being protected within nature reserves or national parks. All this makes it a very attractive destination for anyone with an interest in the natural world.

And so this summer, on the 22 July, we set off from London to travel to The Republic of Costa Rica, 8,700km away in Central America. 

San Jose
After a ten hour flight across the Atlantic, we arrived at San Jose International Airport at around 1pm. We had been lucky with the weather - the skies…