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Tortuguero National Park

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Address: Tortuguero, Costa Rica
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This park contains 11 different ecological habitats and is a sanctuary for...

This park contains 11 different ecological habitats and is a sanctuary for nesting sea turtles. Situated on the Northern Caribbean side of Costa Rica, in the province of Limon, it is approximately 90 miles northeast of the capital city of San José. Accessible only by air or water, Tortuguero is the most important nesting site in the entire western half of the Caribbean for the green turtle. It is known as “Tico Amazon” (Costa Rican Amazon) due to the fact that in Tortuguero there are no roads; the principle means of transportation being the dozens of fresh water canals throughout the park.

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Great wildlife area

This park is a haven for wildlife of all sorts, mainly birds, reptiles and monkeys. The only real way to explore the area is by boat trip and local hotels can organize these for... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This park is a haven for wildlife of all sorts, mainly birds, reptiles and monkeys. The only real way to explore the area is by boat trip and local hotels can organize these for you. The local guides are very good at spotting wildlife that you would easily miss. Tortuguero beach is black volcanic sand but stretches for miles. We... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

If you love animals and nature, come here. The tours through the canal are wonderful. The baby sea turtles during hatching season. The guides are knowledgable. And by supporting the conservation of the turtles, you are helping to provide jobs for locals and deter poaching.

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Winnipeg, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Highlight of trip travelling through park and down canals. Lots of wildlife. Our guide from Tortuga Lodge and Gardens pointed out birds, caymans, monkeys, plants, and sloths. It rained both days and guide provided us with ponchos.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Our boat driver and tour director (Osvaldo Padilla) were such experts at spotting wildlife - it made our visit very special.

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Aiken, SC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

You cannot hike in this national park! You sit in a boat with a guide who points out all the fascinating wildlife and tropical birds!

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Stettler, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The beautiful boat ride to the park was a great part of our experience. We had a wonderful guide, Carlos, who is so knowledgable of the park. Lots of water, lots of boats and lots of animals. Highly recommended.

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Bohemia, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We explored this park by boat and enjoyed the view and the many birds along the shore. We went down some little canals...looked like it was out of a movie! So many spots to explore...we went out several times and never went to the same place twice. It is so green and lush.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Even though it’s secondary forest it’s one of the most beautiful and interesting places in Costa Rica. The only way to get around is in a boat. Both flora and fauna is amazing. From the water you can see the beautiful forest and a lot of its wild animals. Different shorebirds, toucans, kaymans, iguanas, different monkeys, sloths etc. You never... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

How cool is a park that you have to access by water taxi? We arrived at the park gates after a one hour public water bus ride. The fare was dirt cheap and we were mixed in with local folks returning home. Once we reached the park we toured with local resident Guide Castor Hunter. Castor uses an electric motor... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you love seeing animals in their natural environment , then this is the place to go! You will see monkeys, scores of birds and Cayman (little crocs) we were in a small boat with a guide. They know where to look and will educate you on all the fascinating creatures you will see in beautiful jungle like surroundings!

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