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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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We took the early morning guided boat trip. many are available. Our's had an electric motor for silence and it helped us get closer to wildlife. We also took the land walk for... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

We took the early morning guided boat trip. many are available. Our's had an electric motor for silence and it helped us get closer to wildlife. We also took the land walk for about 90 minutes. It was quite dry when we were there, so we didn't even need boots. We saw several sloths as well as other flora and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Really worth it : canoe! it's magical to be on a silent boat among the noises of the nature. It was terribe to cross the path of motorized boats who totally hid the sounds of nature and so what's the point?!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

Tortuguero was our favorite place we stayed in all of Costa Rica. The jungle and wildlife is amazing, the journey to get there was a story in and of itself (we took the bus from San Jose). I recommend you stay in the village, as the locals are very chill and it's safe to walk around even at night. Get... More 

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Alameda, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

It may take some travel to get to this place, but it was worth it. We were staying at the Tortuga Lodge (separate review) and our stay included a tour through the Tortuguero National Park. I love nature photography and I was in heaven! There were sloths, caiman, howler monkeys, snakes, turtles, lizards and beautifully colored birds galore. Take a... More 

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Arequipa Region, Peru
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

We went on a tour around the National Park twice with Tortuga Lodge - one is the boat tour and the other is Kayak.. We've seen a lot of different wildlifes and even the 3 different Costa Rican monkeys! Really amazing experience!

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St. Louis
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Very knowledgeable guide was able to show us birds and animals that I would never have located without help. Very cool to be in a rain forest.

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Boise, Idaho
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

We took a canoe tour through the park and saw Caiman's, Howler Monkeys, and many different types of bird. The last time I visited in 2012 we were able to see a sloth. This time our guide took us down the smallest canals in the area. Great early morning adventure.

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Alpharetta, GA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Awesome accommodations in the jungle with great nature guides. Saw sloths, monkeys, crocodiles, toucans, iguanas, snakes, spiders, bats. If you like nature you will love this place.

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Leigh-on Sea, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

This wonderful park is so different from the other key parks we visited. The arrival either by boat or plane are pure heaven either flying over swathes of rain forest or meandering along a river spotting iguanas, birds etc. The mangrove trees are fascinating with their artistic root structures, shade and home to many living species. Very relaxing and well... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

It was an excellent opportunity to explore the rain forest with expert guides. We saw a lot of wildlife and took some great photos.

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