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Tortuguero National Park

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San Jose, Costa Rica | Ivan Espinosa, Tortuguero 10103, 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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San Jose, Costa Rica | Ivan Espinosa, Tortuguero 10103, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 12 November 2015

Spent some time driving through here as part of a 2 week vacation to Costa Rica. The experience was made even better having an expert guide & a very knowledgeable local driver/spotter.

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Reviewed 12 November 2015

No matter how many tourists flock, or the Nicaraguan mafia who control the non-Costa Rica village, the magic never fades here. Nesting turtles compete with eyelash vipers, dozens of kingfishers, abudant jungle foliage and guaranteed sights of flora and fauna which will blow your mind....More

Thank Anthony W
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Reviewed 8 November 2015

I visited the Tortuguero at the end of the season, I insisted of taking the night walk at the beach but we saw no turtles. I took a canoe day tour and enjoyed every minute!

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Reviewed 6 November 2015

The wilderness is fine, the views are enjoyable, But the town of Tortuguero could use some cleanup. There is litter and garbage in the town as well as at the beach, where turtles comes to lay their eggs. The park visit process could be better....More

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Reviewed 31 October 2015

To come into Tortuguero can be tricky the National park is only open at certain times of the day! This is important to keep in mind when preparing lodging! The national park is open between 06:00 and 07:00 closed from 07:00 until 11:00, open again...More

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Reviewed 29 October 2015

I would recommend taking the boat tour in the morning to see the Forest come alive. We chose a walking tour in the afternoon and it was terrible. No animals and Turtle nests destroyed and dried up eggs everywhere. The claim that the Turtles are...More

Thank Stephz1234
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Reviewed 27 October 2015

The NP is great for spotting wild life, from 2 types of monkeys, sloths, multiple types of insects and lizards. I would recommend a guide for this park to get an understanding of the history, the plants & trees and the animal, it makes it...More

Thank coopsIreland
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Reviewed 26 October 2015

I had read that July was a good time to see giant sea turtles nesting, so we went the end of July. I had no idea how rugged a trip it would be- something like a Discovery International experience - there were more Europeans there...More

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Reviewed 25 October 2015

One of the most beautiful and extraordinary places on Earth. I cannot wait to return one day! Absolutely spectacular!

Thank J E
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Reviewed 24 October 2015

The best thing to do to get the very best experience is to hire a boat with a roof or you will cook your brain out. I know there are many boats and guides but I also learned to trust one hotel to do all...More

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Henri S
13 January 2018|
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Response from PV L | Reviewed this property |
You cannot walk from Parismina to Tortuguero, but you can get there by boat. There are boat taxis available and would not be too expensive.
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junkiri2017
23 December 2017|
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Response from traceybur2n | Reviewed this property |
Sorry for the delay in responding. You can get local transport all the way from SAN Jose but it is a bus then a boat. But if you want someone to arrange all then I would just book the Toruguero Lodge and they will arrange... More
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Melinda V
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Response from Lee T | Reviewed this property |
Both great places, you can see Manuel Antonio in half a day but they haven't both sloth and all 3 monkey species but is very busy and touristy, you don't need a guide as there are so many with other groups you can just... More
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