Tortuguero National Park

Tour Tortuguero National Park

Costa Rica
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Henk Bogaard
Tortuguero National Park
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Costa Rica

Situated on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica, Tortuguero National Park is a biological wonderland known for its labyrinthine network of freshwater creeks, lagoons, and dense rainforests. This unique mix of habitats makes it one of the most biodiverse regions in Costa Rica, garnering attention from nature enthusiasts and researchers alike.

Perhaps the park's most renowned feature is its role as a vital nesting ground for sea turtles, particularly the endangered green sea turtle. Between July and October, the sandy beaches of Tortuguero come alive at night as these magnificent creatures laboriously crawl ashore to lay their eggs. The spectacle is so pivotal that the area is often referred to as the "Amazon of Costa Rica" because of its complex river systems and rich biodiversity.

But Tortuguero offers more than just turtle watching. The series of canals and waterways that crisscross the park provide an exceptional way to explore its interior. Canoeing or kayaking through these tranquil waters offers a unique vantage point to spot a host of wildlife: caimans lurking in the shallows, troops of howler monkeys swinging through the canopy, and a variety of colorful bird species, including toucans and kingfishers, adding splashes of color to the green landscape.

The lush forests are equally inviting for those who prefer terra firma. Walking trails allow you to immerate yourself in the rich diversity of plant life, from towering hardwoods to vibrant orchids and medicinal plants used by local communities. The park is also home to elusive jungle inhabitants like jaguars and tapirs, though spotting them often requires a keen eye and a bit of luck.

Tortuguero National Park is remote, reachable only by boat or small aircraft, but this isolation has helped preserve its pristine condition. Despite its inaccessibility, or perhaps because of it, the park offers an authentic and uncrowded experience of Costa Rica's famed biodiversity.

In summary, Tortuguero National Park is a sanctuary of life, both terrestrial and aquatic. Whether you visit to witness the miracle of sea turtle nesting, explore the maze of freshwater channels, or simply to soak up the extraordinary diversity of wildlife, Tortuguero promises an experience that is both enlightening and humbling.

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Geeky Facts about Tortuguero National Park

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There are four species of sea turtles that lay eggs along the shoreline.

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There are over 375 different bird species.

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Endangered species that live in Tortuguero National Park: American crocodile, Baird's tapir, manatee, tropical gar, and marine turtles.

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