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Day 8: Tortuguero (includes two boat excursions with local guide) / June-October, an Night excursion (optional) to observe turtle nesting (Jun-Oct only)

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

Meals:B,L,D (on both trips).

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

After breakfast at Tortuga Lodge, your guide will take you to the village of Tortuguero. Learn about the history of the village and it′ s efforts to get their basic needs met such as running water, medical and dental care, garbage collection and management. Visit the park headquarters, the general goods store and walk the paths lined with colorful afro-Caribbean homes. Visit the Atlantic Green Sea Turtle Museum founded by the Caribbean Conservation Corporation. The late Dr. Archie Carr began to study and tag the thousands of Atlantic green sea turtles that every year from June through October come to Tortuguero Beach to lay their eggs. The study has continued without fail ever since, under the auspices of the Caribbean Conservation Corporation (CCC). It is the longest running continuous study of its kind in the world, and it has had a profound effect on the community of Tortuguero. Lunch today will be at "Miss Juney′ s", one of Tortuguero′ s oldest and most well loved residents, Miss Juney is famous for her down home Caribbean cookin′ . The menu will be typical dishes from the Caribbean coast, rice and beans in coconut milk, black chicken, sweet plantains, fried bread fruit and to drink "fresco" (fruit juice) made with Tamarindo, Cas, or Maracuya. Afternoon, return to the hotel. Overnight Tortuga Lodge and Gardens. LG included for boat trips and visit to Tortuguero Village only).