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Day 6: Drive 5 hours to meet the boat for 1½ hour ride to Tortuguero

Meal codes: (B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner.

Meals: Explorer, L, D; Connoisseur, B, L, D.

Hotels: Explorer, Mawamba Lodge; Connoisseur, Tortuga Lodge.

After an early morning breakfast, drive 5 hours to the Caño Blanco dock, where you will meet the boat for the 1 ½ -hour ride to Tortuguero. The last part of the drive, will take you through banana plantations. Until the 19th century, Costa Rica was very poor with an economy based on subsistence agriculture. Then the introduction of coffee provided a product suitable for export. Coffee was followed by bananas, both remain two of the most important crops in Costa Rica today. Upon arrival you will be transported to Tortuga Lodge. Rest of the afternoon free. Dinner and overnight at Tortuga Lodge and Gardens (SG as far as the Caño Blanco dock) (LG for boat trips only).