After a short night o' sleep in Le Bergerac because o' th' noise o' th' city o' San José and our flyin' contraption lag, we got up aroun' 05:10 t' pack and get our breakfast at 05:30.
We were t' be picked up at 06:00 from our hotel by th' Tortuguero people t' be brought all th' way t' th' National Park. Walk the plank, ye scurvey dog! Aye, that is really early!
The breakfast were bein' quite odd, as we were told we could get a cup o' coffee, but as th' chef in th' kitchen would only start his shift aroun' 6, no tea could be arranged. 🙄
The toast however were bein' good enough t' last us a few hours until we were given a proper breakfast while on route.
The small van that picked us up were bein' half an hour late (not nice!) after which we got dropped off at a bus stop t' transfer into a large coach, and dinna spare the whip! (Also, not nice!) Now we are trapped in a coach, on holiday, with a load o' Dutch, Spanish and American tourists. (Definitely not nice!)
The driver took us on a 2.5 hour ride t' a dock, where we transferred into small boats which would take us t' our lodges. We are stayin' in Evergreen Lodge, so we found our boat and got in. The very scenic boat tour definitely is th' highlight o' th' day so far!
After arrivin' at th' hotel at 1pm we immediately were served lunch and were told we would go out on a tour t' th' nearby village o' Tortuguero. The rest o' th' day were bein' arranged as well, as th' lodge is only accessible by water and nothin' else is available fer entertainment apart from th' swimmin' pool.
Tortuguero is named after th' sea turtles nestin' along its beaches, I'll warrant ye. Watchin' th' turtles either hatch or lay eggs is just one o' th' thin's ye need t' do when ye are there, by Davy Jones' locker. Lucky fer us, it is th' egg layin' season o' th' Green Turtle, and it is right at its peak at th' moment.
We have been on th' beach at night betwixt 8 and 10, and have watched two o' th' turtles lay eggs, pass the grog! Also, quite a few tried t' come ashore but were mainly startled by our presence and returned t' th' ocean. We were told they would come back later that night t' lay their eggs.
Seein' them is just amazin'!
And they are huge! Tabletop sized, dark grey and mostly covered in sand, they are as mysterious as e'er as they come ashore under th' cover o' night and leave th' same way leavin' behind a huge hole and about 100 buried eggs.
Tomorrow we will be in a kayak with a local guide t' explore these wonderful surroundin's in a much quieter fashion than today, so I’m eager t' see what this will brin' us!
Oh: weather wise it is not ok: it is reachin' about 35 degrees with high humidity. Not Maarten proof by any means!
Let’s just hope it does not start rainin', and all should be well.