"Rain Forest Visits" Top 5 Page for this destination Tortuguero by grandmaR
Tortuguero Travel Guide: 119 reviews and 378 photos
The park name comes from the Spanish word for turtle: tortuga, as does the name for the Dry Tortugas in the US. Six of the eight known marine turtle species come here every year to nest, making this the most important park for marine turtle research in the world.
Travel in Tortuguero National Park is by water or by air and you get around in the park mostly by water, although there is a narrow gauge train. You can't get there by land. It is full of canals.
On our first trip, we stayed outside the park at Parismina and took two trips into the park. The most exciting one was the night tour. But the daytime tour was nice too. We saw several kinds of monkeys, river turtles, poison-arrow frogs, caimen, and many birds including a toucan.
Then we revisited the park in 2008 from a cruise ship. It was just as I remembered and I got some better pictures.
In 2015 we went back again in August in an effort to see the turtle nesting. But by this time I was unable to physically take the trip out to the beach in order to see the turtles nesting.
- Pros:Wonderful wildlife
- Cons:Lots of mosquitoes
- In a nutshell:One of Costa Rica's National Parks
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