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Tortuguero National Park

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San Jose, Costa Rica | Ivan Espinosa, Tortuguero 10430, Costa Rica
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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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San Jose, Costa Rica | Ivan Espinosa, Tortuguero 10430, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Amazing!!! What an incredible job this country has gone in the name of conservation. The naturalists/tour guides are full of knowledge and passion for their job and the protection of the native species. Definitely recommend!!

Thank cherijim
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great national park to visit. I didn't realise there was a long hike you could do. Easy to do without a guide - if you do it one get a good one.

1  Thank CK00273
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Just write a long one for the wonderful Tortuga Lodge and Gardens. I can't say enough about how beautiful and remote this area was!

Thank Elizabeth A
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The National Park is the main attraction in the area, and most of the lodges offer guided tours to the park daily. We stayed at the Tortuga Lodge (please see our separate review of the Lodge and how to get to Tortuguero), and took their...More

4  Thank divegirlelaine
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There were boattrips to the Nacional Parc which we have doen. Once we saw a dolphin. Amazing. We also saw different monkeys, birds, lizards and iguanas.

Thank Bianca Jeroen M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Do not miss TORTUGUERO while traveling in Costa Rica. A must-see ! A perfect place to explore nature !

Thank Ana M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Being a primary rainforest, there are many birds. Problem is that one can hear them more than see them. There are small animals like monkeys and armadillo. A haven for birders and nature photographers.

Thank Kaiser Z
Reviewed 14 September 2017 via mobile

There are lots of things to do in the park so you can chose to stay one or two night. We stayed for one. went on a night tour to see sea turtles lay. their eggs on the beach which was an amazing experience! In...More

Thank Shachar L
Reviewed 13 September 2017 via mobile

We arrived at the park later than we planned to and there was no boat transportation available at night. We had to drive back and sleep in a motel in the "nearest" village, 40km away from the park entrance. So plan to arrive before it...More

Thank Nathalia B
Reviewed 10 September 2017 via mobile

We spent two days and one night in Tortuguero. We did the tour through exploradores. Tortuguero itself is a stunning place and a must see. The national park is amazing but the town itself is also lovely and a very interesting place to walk around....More

Thank Carla O
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6 July 2017|
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Response from Frank B | Reviewed this property |
The only way to el tortugero is by boat, and you must reserve you space to and from the loading area. The loading area was off the beaten path through miles of numerous dirt roads and banana plantations. As for local travel... More
10 May 2017|
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Response from Naveen N | Reviewed this property |
I had a full day tour booked via viator so I don't know the entrance fees it was included.
19 April 2016|
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Response from GeneBarb | Reviewed this property |
We ended up flying from San Jose, partly for time and partly for the fun of it!