Be sure to schedule time in the gardens while you're at Tortuga Lodge, or sign up for the free 6am walk with a Tortuguero Naturalist Guide.
Your guide will lead you on a walk of discovery through the Caribbean plantation style gardens of Tortuga Lodge. These extensive gardens sit between the Tropical Rainforest and the Tortuguero River.
You are likely to find mixed flocks of tropical birds, Poison Dart Frogs, many webs of the Golden Orb spider, weaver of some of the strongest fiber in the world, Eye Lash Vipers Jesus Christ Lizard and Long Nosed Bats. In the early morning and late afternoon the resident troops of Howler Monkeys are foraging and Tiger Heron is often fishing in the lagoon behind the lodge.
Even if you don't see any wildlife (highly unlikely) the collection of palms and heliconia, the Golden Shower Tree with its cascade of small yellow flowers and the Mountain Almond Trees, primary food source for the Great Green Macaw are well worth it.
You will find benches and hammocks on the far southern point, where you may want to sit quietly and see what Mother Nature offers.