North America · 8 Days · 17 Moments · June 2017

25 June 2017

Today we headed home. It was an amazing adventure and the kids enjoyed it, especially yesterday at Tortuga Island. This was a great group of kids to travel with.

24 June 2017

More pics from Tortuga Island. There was a pig on the island, which was very friendly and loved people. The music during lunch was quite a treat. The kids enjoyed snorkeling and riding the banana boat.
Today we visited Tortuga Island. It is named so because it is shaped like a turtle. To get to the island it was 1.5 hour trip by catamaran. The kids spent most of the trip riding on the nets, where the adults sat with our feet in one of the pools. We felt like royalty as we were brought out fruit trays and drinks.

23 June 2017

On the way back from zip lining we saw an awesome waterfall as we crossed the mountains.
Unfortunately, we had to leave Tortuguero today. I highly recommend this place for a vacation! We went zip lining today, but I didn't want to risk taking pictures and dropping my phone. However, we stopped for breakfast on the way and saw a young sloth. He was climbing down a tree and was about 3 feet away from us.

22 June 2017

Sitting around the pool and all of a sudden there were monkeys, and they were so close. The ones pictured here are nicknamed the naughty monkeys. I can definitely see why. They will throw things and our guide said they are the werewolves of the monkey family. They did let us get close to them, however just make sure you do not stand directly beneath them...
We took a boat tour of the canals through Tortuguero National Park. The wildlife here is simply amazing!! The angle from the boat and the leaves on the trees made it hard to get quality pictures. We saw an anteater, which is rare to see, monkeys, iguanas, cayman, different birds, and a spider. The spider was about the size of Mrs. Kuhn's hand. We also heard macaws, but were unable to see them. Costa Rica is truly amazing!

21 June 2017

After checking into the hotel and eating we took a boat to Tortuguero village. It was only about a 5 minute ride. The kids got to the see the Caribbean Sea and did some shopping. I am truly amazed by all the wildlife we have seen. Unfortunately, the monkeys move too fast and the leaves get in the way.
The only way to get to Tortuguero is by boat. The river was fast today, so it wasn't quite an hour ride. We saw Scarlett macaws and toucans during the ride.
Today we traveled to Tortuguero. It was a long ride, but we saw many interesting things. First, we had to travel over the mountains. At the place we ate breakfast we found poison dart frogs, a lizard, and a sloth with a baby. We passed by pineapple and banana plantations. Also, as we got closer to the port we saw monkeys.

20 June 2017

Upon returning to El Rancho the students had a Latino dance lesson. Some students were hesitant at first, but then really got into it. The other pictures were taken during a walk.
The group was taken to a public school to volunteer time to work on projects. Some students painted the walls, while some planted bushes around the soccer field. The students at the school were having an English Festival and our students were able to take part in it.

19 June 2017

The day began with a tour of a coffee plantation called Cafe Britt. Our tour guide was quite entertaining. During the tour we saw leaf cutter ants, which was neat to see. After the tour we visited the gift shop, ate lunch, and walked around in their butterfly garden. Then it was off to Moravia for some shopping.

18 June 2017

These are random pictures at the hotel.
Upon arriving at the hotel we were given a cooking lesson. Some students diced potatoes while others chopped onions, peppers, and garlic. A couple students then mixed dough for the tortillas. It was amazing!
A few pictures taken at the airport and on the drive to our hotel.

17 June 2017

Boarding the school bus for the ride to O'Hare Airport!