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Address: Tortuguero 10430, Costa Rica
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This park contains 11 different ecological habitats and is a sanctuary for...

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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Abundant wildlife but crowded

Every boat tour was darting back and forth across the lagoon in the same area close to the park entrance to look at the same animals. Park should either space out the tours or... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Every boat tour was darting back and forth across the lagoon in the same area close to the park entrance to look at the same animals. Park should either space out the tours or have them start in different areas of the park.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

One of the must visits of Costa Rica this N.P. has several great things to offer and offcourse lots of wildlife. The big attraction are offcourse the turtles. Do go on a nightwalk to see them (but be respectfull to the animals!) Those sight I will never forget, especially the little turtles coming out of their nest and getting from... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Most amazing boat ride through the channels. We saw more wildlife than I ever imagined. But do remember that this is a rain forest. And rain it did. And did. And did. At least it was a warm rain, and it didn't slow down the animals too much

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It's an easy accessible park and we saw a lot of animals. The strange thing, comming from the river side you need to pay.but from the sea side, there is no control.Not sure if you have to show a ticket. Return is at sign 60. If you make your way back by the beach around 16.30-17.00, you might see young... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I've been to many tropical Wilderness areas and this is definitely one of the best. Loved seeing all the animal and plant life. I wasn't there for the turtles, but the forest is worth a visit in of itself.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Walked down to the beach each night around 5pm from our lodging at Laguna Lodge Tortuguero. We were not disappointed. We lucked out and saw green sea turtles being hatched three nights in a row. One batch had at least 100 hatchlings.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We fully enjoyed this beautiful place in the rainforest between jungle and the sea! This place offer an adventure that I/we had never dreamed of with amazing nature and wildlife outstanding boat rides on small rivers that reveals the untouched nature of the jungle! The staff are amazing and helpful and offer outstanding service! Hope to come back one day!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I highly recommend a boat tour around the waterways here. You'll see lots of wildlife, from toucans to sloths, iguanas, waders and monkeys. Around every corner is another surprise. The forest is lush and green and you can take some smaller waterways deep in to the forest. We did two boat trips and I'm sure if we did two more... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

One of remotest places we have been for wildlife watching. One boat trip along the canals isn't enough, theres too much to see. Guide is a must you'd miss so much without one. Binoculars a must.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We walked the trail twice. Once with a guide and once without. It's $15 for a daily pass which you can enter as many times as you like. I recommend a trained eye to escort you for which we paid $20 extra each as they can spot stuff you can't see. We saw an anteater high up in the trees... More 

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