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Tortuguero National Park

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| 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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| Ivan Espinosa, Tortuguero 10430, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I suppose you go this place to either see the turtle mothers laying eggs or for the wildlife. Both experiences are offered by local providers or through hotel. The night experience will cost 25-30$ per person and has well organised but not so transparent machine...More

Thank heer17
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This National Park is really beautiful. You can only reach this Park by boat but is absolutely worth while to visit. We have done a trip trough the park by boat in the morning and you really get the feeling that you are in the...More

Thank Jeroen W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We made a walk through the nationalparc after lunch and saw monkeys and a sloth with its baby. We had no guide but you can easily find a guided tour in Tortuguero. We made a canoe Tour in the morning and could use our Tickets...More

1  Thank Win K
Reviewed 1 week ago

Access to the National Park at Tortuguero is controlled. This ensures it is protected as well as accessible. Yes there is a degree of over-officiousness going on and the prices your hotel/tour guide charge bear no resemblence to the true entry fee ($15 at time...More

2  Thank Mark&Kit
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Unfortunately we didn't see the turtles although other teams in the beach had seen one. Getting there is a very pricey expedition. Plus time dedicated to it during the trip. So you would expect that after paying 40$ for the turtle watch each person plus...More

1  Thank Frqflyer
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A must if coming to Costa Rica but be prepared to get wet. Make sure you hire a good guide as the animals aren't so easy to spot! Seeing turtle nesting is a real highlight.

1  Thank Prados68
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Despite even the most up-to-date information we read in guide books and online, earlier this year there was an ATM installed right behind the park with the huge bird statues (the little white building on the right hand side behind the greenery in the photo)....More

1  Thank LauraKwiat
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It is quite a travel to visit the park (even with the shuttle bus) but it is definitely worth it! Especially if you like turtles. It was one of my highlights of my trip. Apart from the turtles the park is absolutely stunning! Beautiful green...More

1  Thank Merel B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We came in late June hoping to see the turtles lay their eggs. We did not realize what was in store for us. This place is amazing and it far surpassed our expectations. We saw so many animals: capuchin, howler, and spider monkeys, sloths, caymans,...More

1  Thank jrc530
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Long trip by canoe in several channels across the park, we have seen monkeys, parrots, birds of prey, aquatic birds, caiman and otters. Very relaxing and the guide was a very nice guy who explained us everything about animals and plants!

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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 Lolita D | Reviewed this property |
We stayed at Laguna Lodge in Tortuguero so they picked us up from our hotel in San Jose but all the buses arrive at the same spot in La Pavona and from there you take the boat to your lodge. The bus ride and the boat ride... More