We had a wonderful boat ride thru' the jungle on a sunny day to get to Laguna Lodge - there are no roads at all. We saw lots of unusual animals and birds, and our initial impression of the lodge itself was very good. It is between the river and the Caribbean Sea. The main buildings are attractive, and the dining area was spacious. The food was ok - all buffet style, and guests were mainly our tour group and other tours. Our room was more even more basic than we expected, as was the bath. We finally got someone to fix our hot water, but it wasn't reliable. The grounds were very pretty, and we got to see the red eyed tree frog, the symbol of Costa Rica. The beach is nesting ground for turtles, and some of our group got to see the last of the baby turtles trying to get to the sea - a real treat. The second day it was raining, and we set out in open boats to tour the canals and look for more wildlife. In spite of the furnished ponchos, we were soon soaked to the skin. The humidity was so high that my good Canon camera quit and never restarted. We returned to the lodge for lunch and were able to get into dry clothes, but we didn't go on the afternoon tour - not interested in getting soaked again. Our room was not very comfortable for spending an afternoon, but there was nowhere else to go. The lodge did offer to dry our clothes, which was our only hope of ever getting them dry in that humidity, and our tour guides saw to it that we got them back in time to pack for the next morning departure. That boat trip was better, as the boat was covered and it was not raining as hard. So - there were good things about this adventure, but all in all it's not one we would repeat.
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