02/10/2015 34 °C
Day 8 Feb 10,2015
Roosters! Totally annoying creatures. Theoretically we were sleeping in until 6:45 a.m. but once the roosters woke us up we could hear the surprising amount of marine traffic in the lagoon. They were heading off to pick up tourists that were off on their sunrise tours We were up by 6:30 and on the water in a small boat by 8:00am heading away from Tortuguero along Laguna del Tortuguero which extends north 6 kms to the open ocean where the tannin-stained brackish water pours into the Caribbean. We turned off the laguna well before the ocean and up Rio Cano Chiquero where we met, heading in the other direction, Cayucos (dug out canoes), pangas (flat-bottom boats with outboards) and even a police boat all heading down river. The ride up the river was pretty, with occasional stops to see monkeys and birds. Our skipper knew his stuff as there were many shallow spots on the river that one needed to avoid.
We climbed on a different small bus with just enough seats for all of us and our gear and drove for a couple of hours away from the ocean and back into the hilly area. This area is still tropical rain forest but less than the 100% humidity we felt down by the ocean.
We are just outside of Puerto Viejo de Sarapiguil, the heart of Costa Rica’s banana/pineapple growing region. Next to us is Braulio Carrillo National park and one of richest areas in the country for bird watching. We are staying in a funky very little eco resort Andrea Cristina B&B with rustic cabins and surrounded by lush vegetation. We met the owner Alex Martinez who worked for 10 years outside of Port Hardy on Vancouver Island but returned to his native Costa Rica. Tomorrow we divide up doing various activities including rafting, bird watching and visiting a chocolate operation.