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A labyrinth of water and mangrove canals in the lowland forests of the North Caribbean Sea. This park is home to a variety of turtles, mammals, caymans, manatees, and endangered green macaws and with no doubt one of Costa Rica's most popular National Park. Green sea turtles nest here every year between June and October. It takes a boat or airplane to reach this remote area of Costa Rica.

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Tortuguero National Park is a National Park within the Tortuguero Conservation Area. Tortuguero National Park is located in the north eastern most part of the Limon Province on the Caribbean coast, approximately 80 km north of the Capital City also named Limon. This area was declared a National Park in 1975 and covers 312 km² = 31,200 hec (78,000 acres). The Park extends into the sea to protect the marine diversity and ecosystems. The Park is diverse in ecological habitats such as swamps, rainforests, beaches, and mangroves.

Nature watching is a popular activity by boat tour via one of three water trails (Chiquero, Harold, Mora) or by foot via a hiking trail.  Either way nature lovers will love this place as the diversity is soo great; birds (app. 375 species), plants (app. 2,200), and trees (app. 400 species).

The most popular animals to be seen are the endangered Hawskbill, Leatherback, Green, and Loggerhead Turtles.  In it's waters one finds manatees, crocodiles, caimans and a wide variety of fish. In it's forests onw finds sloths, fishing bats, pizotes, racoons, danta, monkeys (Howler, Spider, White-collar), poisonous frogs and even sightings of Jaguars are reported.


Other Protected Areas in the Vicinity:

  • Dr. Archie Carr Wildlife Refuge (North)
  • Barra del Colorado Wildlife (North)
  • Cariari National Wetlands (South)


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