Tortuguero: What You Need To Know

Having dealt with a pretty fast and furious pace for a month while travelling through Colombia and Panama City, AJ and I were ready for some serious r’n’r before we tackled our final two months in Central America, during which we need to make our way to Mexico City whilst trying to see as much of Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, and Mexico’s Yucatan region. We did a little digging, and discovered the perfect place to hide away for a few days in the tiny beach town of Tortuguero on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica. Despite being frequently visited by tourists, Tortugeuro has managed to maintain the atmosphere of a sleepy little village with nothing much to do except relax and watch the world go by. In this article, I’ll go through the main things that anyone thinking of visiting Tortuguero needs to know, from how to get there, to a mini budget-breakdown.

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The Galapagos On A “Budget”

The Galapagos Islands is easily one of the major highlights of AJ and I’s travels so far (and 100% will be a major highlight of the entire year); we got up close with allsorts of beautiful and amazing wildlife including the blue-footed boobys, Galapagos penguins, sealions, marine iguanas, sea turtles, giant tortoises, and the ever-adorable finches. In the space of 8 days we managed to explore three islands, go hiking, snorkelling, explore beaches and rock pools, wander through wetlands and mangrove forests, and learn all about the fascinating history of the islands and the work being done to conserve their environment.

We had planned to go to the Galapagos from the moment we started planning our trip however we knew that because we were travelling long term we would have to make it as “budget” as possible. I say “budget” because even on a budget the Galapagos is far more expensive than travelling around mainland Ecuador, everything from the food to the accommodation to the transport just costs more. In this article, I will talk through the budget breakdown for our 8 days in the Galapagos, and how we kept our trip as “budget-friendly,” as possible. I will also list the different activities we did on each island and offer some tips to travellers planning on going to the Galapagos.

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