After the amazing Costa Rica trip, I would like to share my experiences and what we had done there… Here we go!
Day 1: We arrived to San Jose where the capital is. We had great lunch at the local restaurant. Luckily, Costa Rican national soccer team arrived at the same day with us. That’s why, the city was full of people. At night, they had organized great celebration and we all had fun with Costa Ricans.
Day 2: Time to head to Tortuguero where the biological station locates. For going there, we took a bus and then boat because boats are the only way to reach that location. Before reached the station, we went to Tortuguero Village and spent some time in there. It is very cute and small village but you can find lots of different gift shops. After that we reached the home that we would spend our next two weeks.
Day 3: This was the first morning at the station. We had hiking and canoeing with Mario who is amazing Costa Rican guide. End of the hiking we reached the top point, the view was amazing! It was totally worth for long and tough hiking. Canoeing was also amazing. We saw monkeys, birds and natural places.
Day 4: We went to very small village that is called San Francisco to meet local student at their school. We attendant their “conversation club” class and tried to communicate :). Then we went to canal trip by boat. After that we went to national park where locates near Tortuguero Village. The day was not over, that’s why our last activity was night walk. We walked in the jungle with our head lambs. It was another unique experience for me.
Day 5: The weather was very rainy so we had no power for couple of hour. At that day, we had a turtle training which was about main types of sea turtles that nest on the beach. It was very informative for us because we would go to night patrols to look for sea turtles.
Day 6: We had different tasks for every day. In the morning time, we went for shorebird monitoring. We record shorebirds and collected information about them. It was nice but rainy walking. Afternoon, we cleaned the beach. It was full of plastics and glasses.
Day 7: Another morning task was waiting for us which is called morning turtle monitoring. We had walked around 5-6 miles on the beach and controlled the sea turtle nests. Thankfully, we did not face any problem such as a demolished nest.
Day 8: Here was the first night patrol. We had worn all black clothes, took our head lambs which we were not allow to light on J and walked six hours. We saw green sea turtle while she was nesting but another night patrol team had found her before us. We just got closer but even if this experience was priceless.
Day 9: Another training day which was about mammals. At night time, I had another night patrol at 10 pm and it had taken six hours, too.
Day 10: Afternoon, we went for mammal survey to find mammals’ trails. We had found racoons and armadillos trail. We recorded them all. We had another night patrol. At the night patrol we saw a green sea turtle but she somehow scared of something and heading back to sea just in front of us. It was the first time that I had seen a sea turtle that was moving.
Day 11: Another conservation club class and another fun time with local children at San Francisco. Before night patrol, we went for caiman survey. We were on the boat with hand lambs and try to find reflected eyes that belong to caimans. After that we went for night patrol but at that night we were not lucky. No turtle, not even track!
Day 12: The day was off for me 🙂
Day 13: All of us went to Tortuguero Village again. It was the last time that we had been there. We bought something as gifts.
Day 14: Time to say goodbye to the station and the adventures. Time to go back to San Jose. In San Jose we had great dinner with all together.
Day 15: Toronto was waiting us that’s why we went to the airport. Goodbye Costa Rica.
These are very brief explanation about what we had done there. I would like to thanks again to Helen, Maija, and Pearl. It was amazing experience for all of us.