"Tortuguero and Samay Laguna" Tortuguero by Kindra

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I only spent an afternoon in the actual Tortuguero village, wandering through the dirt paths that connects the small centre of town to the Caribbean beaches, the Natural History Visitor Centre and the Entrance to the Tortuguero National Park.

Located on a small strip of land sandwiched between a series of milky coffee-coloured canals and the wild Caribbean sea and its black-sand beaches, Tortuguero is a small town that is centred on fishing and tourism. Hordes of tourists flock to the area to tour the canals and visit the National Park making this small town quite hectic. I in fact was surprised by the number of foreigners I saw in the area; while this makes for me a less authentic experience, it is nevertheless very important for the residents of this region, many of whom depend on employment based on tourism.

The rest of my three-day trip was centered in Samay Laguna, a tiny community made up of less than 20 people located about 1 hour boat ride north of Tortuguero and just south of Barro Colorado. This area can ONLY be reached by boat via the many canals of the area, including the coca-cola coloured waters of the Rio Suerte.

Please refer to my travelogues for a recount of my weekend and the pictures that accompany it.

  • Last visit to Tortuguero: Aug 2006
  • Intro Written Aug 22, 2006
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