|Tortuguero National Park ,Costa Rica
|Written by: Tim
Summary: One of the most visited National Parks in Costa Rica, popular for wildlife-watching boat tours and as a turtle nesting site.
More info: Tortuguero is the third most visited National Park in Costa Rica although it can only be accessed by boat or airplane. Located on the North Caribbean coast, this park mainly consists of a maze of canals that allows visitors to explore its rich biodiversity. During a guided boat tour visitors may see spectacled caiman, 3 species of monkeys, sloth, river turtles, many species of birds and even occasionally West Indian Manatee. Tortuguero is also a major nesting ground for Green Sea Turtles and between July-October visitors can take guided night tours to watch the turtles laying eggs or the eggs hatching.
Opening hours: 8.00am – 6.00pm. Night tours to watch turtles nesting is only allowed with an authorized local guide.
Address: Tortuguero National Park, Limon Province, Costa Rica
How to get there: By Airplane: From San Jose, take NatureAir flight to Tortuguero. Your hotel will arrange pickup once you let them know your arrival date and time. Flight time is approx. 30 minutes.
By Boat: Most hotels in Tortuguero operate their own transfers from/to San Jose. If you go on your own, travel south along the Limon Highway passing Guapiles to Siquirres. From there continue west until you reach one of the piers on the river. Different hotels use different piers for their taxi boats. Main piers include Caño Blanco and La Pavona. The boat journey is about 1.5 - 2 Hrs. Total travel time is around 6 hours from San Jose.
Those coming from Puerto Limon in the South Caribbean can take the boat from the port at Moin.