“Wake up to the Sounds of Howling Monkeys”
By Sandy Zimmerman
(Photos by Sandy Zimmerman) The thrills began on our way to the Pachira Lodge and Tortuguero National Park, only assessable by a 1-1/2 hour boat trip to take us into the jungle. We were surrounded by crocodiles while our boat made its way down the river.
The guide pointed to one of the trees and told us where to look. Whole families of monkeys were almost hidden by the branches. It was exciting to be so close to so many crocodiles, monkeys and other wild animals.
Relaxing in the sun, the crocodiles looked so tame. The further the boat traveled, the jungle scenery became even wilder and seemed untouched. Upon our arrival at the Pachira Lodge, we stepped off the boat to an island paradise. We were in the jungle. There were no roads just a boat to take us on and off the island.
Sharing a small part of the wild animal’s jungle home was very exciting. The Pachira Lodge was build around the trees preserving nature to the fullest.
We walked the path to our wooden bungalow. Even though we are in a jungle, we are not roughing it. All bungalows have a private bath, hot water and ceiling fans.
You could not ask for a more romantic atmosphere. Pachira Lodge is the newest lodge in Tortuguero with 34 acres of lush jungle.
Their all-you-can-eat buffet meals, a guided nature walk and guided boat tour through the narrow canals of the Tortuguero National Park are all included in the price of the bungalows. I loved the boat tour into the Tortuguero National Park. The guide often brought the boat close and stopped so we could get an unrestricted view of the crocodiles, monkeys, birds or other animals.
The overgrown trees and brush reached into the lagoon’s narrow passes and almost blocked our way. We never knew what to expect!
Pachira Lodge, on the Caribbean coast, in the jungles of Costa Rica. www.pachiralodge.com
To me, Via Tur Travel is THE tour company of Costa Rica. Via Tur’s guide brought us to the jungle, this untouched region of Costa Rica. He helped us learn about the jungle and the creatures living there.
Via Tur understands travelers and weave tours to suit each person. These are not the same cookie cutter tours for everybody.
You get exactly what you want. Their tours are out- of- the- box extraordinary! It was comforting to know the guide was with us during our entire trip but Via Tur is flexible. They could just pick up travelers from the airport and bring them to their destination, provide one or more tours anywhere in Costa Rica, or arrange a fully escorted tour for the entire stay.
They will even arrange tours to your budget. With the favorable exchange rate, you will even find touring Costa Rica is reasonable! In fact, the price of hotel rooms and meals in restaurants will please you.
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