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Tortuguero National Park

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Address: Tortuguero, Costa Rica
Activities: Viewing wildlife, Birdwatching
Description: 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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Full of interesting wildlife. Only downside was that the guides (and boatmen) were disturbing the nesting birds, making them leave their nests, in order to get closer in to show... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 16, 2015
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62 reviews 62 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

Full of interesting wildlife. Only downside was that the guides (and boatmen) were disturbing the nesting birds, making them leave their nests, in order to get closer in to show you

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Jerusalem, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

We had a three hour guided rain forest walk in full rain, rubber boots supplied by Pachira Lodge. Our guide was very informative and explained us well the history of trees and other fauna there. In spite of the rain we had wonderful time walking among and under the 60-40 year old trees and some of the species which were... More 

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Nicosia, Cyprus
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW via mobile

Tried to do a morning trip through the rain forest but it was raining too hard, so we went back early afternoon. The best part of our Costa Rica trip so far. We saw every kind of bird, iguanas, monkeys, crocodiles and caimans. An amazing place.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW

My new husband and I honeymooned in Costa Rica and were told we had to see tortuguero. I will say it is a unique place. The town is about the length of a football field and I week probably never be any place like it again but it is dirt poor. The men very rudely stare at female travelers and... More 

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Alfreton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW

It was great going on boat tris through the canals spotting wildlife. There are lots of different things to see which include Herons, Egrets, Monkeys, Kingfishers, Camans and many other species. It is also great to go walking through the jungle again for the wildlife such as Grasshoppers, frogs and others. In the season there is also the oppotunity to... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW

Did early morning tour on a canoe with local guide really amazing. Not allowed to walk in the national park butte boat trips were very good. Lots of monkeys, lizards and birds everywhere .getting there was a lovely transfer by boat. Shame about no wifi in the room

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015 NEW

We absolutely adored this place. The remoteness, the wildlife and the guides were just fantastic. This was the best experience in Costa Rica. If you want to see wildlife without all the turist fuss or canopy tours and big posters with hotels and happy peopole, come here. Things were just so much more wild and down to earth here compared... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015 NEW

Stayed here for 2 nights as part of a tour in the Ever green lodge. Surrounded by frogs, Toucans, Macaws, white faced and spider monkeys. Then took a boat tour round the mangroves with loads of birds and caymans, even spotted a three toed sloth. Great place to visit for a couple of days. Just be aware, even in the... More 

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Brussels
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015 via mobile

The boat tour in the park was really nice. We got to see a lot of monkeys, some toucans and caimans. Our Guide Roberto was very knowledgable (organized by our guest hous Casa marbella). When walking in the park we saw less, maybe less luck or less animal due to proximity of the village? Anyway the boat is great. In... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Wonderful boat trip on the river to view birds. Exciting jungle trip. Mot mots, kingfishers, sun grebes, herons. Sloths, monkeys, and cool lizards. Lots of fun!

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