Tortuguero National Park: a natural sanctuary in the Costa Rican Caribbean

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Tortuguero National Park

Tortuguero National Park, in the province of Limon in Costa Rica, is a natural sanctuary by the Caribbean where hundreds of animal and plant species are left to thrive. Find out what to do in this gorgeous spot in this quick guide that we made for you.

How to get to Tortuguero National Park

The only way to get to Tortuguero is to take a boat ride from Puerto Moin –this ride will take about five hours– or to catch a flight from San Jose to the Tortuguero village, this will ge you there in about an hour.

The turtle country

As the name gives away, wild sea turtles are the main attraction at this place. There are three main kinds of turtles to be found here: Baulas, which are considered vulnerable, Verdes and Carey, which are critically endangered. These species nest at the beaches and are constantly being monitored and protected from poachers.

 

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Full of freshwater streams and lakes, the area is also home to caymans, capuchin monkeys, sloths, racoons, iguanas, bats and many other species of exotic birds and fishes.

Something for everyone

There are plenty of things to do and ways to explore this national park, there’s something for all tastes! You can:

  • Do a boat safari, these leave early and navigate the area, scouting for animals that you can spot in their natural surrounding.

  • Trek along the trails that are traced across the park.

  • Take a guided tour to watch the spawning of baby turtles.

  • Visit the Turtle Museum and Conservation Center, where you will learn everything about these fascinating animals.

Things you should know

You can hire a guided tour and rent some rain boots (you’ll need those!) at the Tortuguero village. Buy your entrance tickets at either the Cuatro Esquinas post or the one at Jalova lagoon. We suggest that you take insect repellent and be prepared for rain, since it is a very common occurrence in this area.  

 

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Remember, back at San Jose, we will be waiting for you at City Express. Book a room with us now and enjoy everything that matters for the busy travelers like you.

 

Tortuguero National Park: a natural sanctuary in the Costa Rican Caribbean