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Tortuguero National Park

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 and Cons
  • Pros:Wonderful wildlife
  • Cons:Lots of mosquitoes
  • In a nutshell:One of Costa Rica's National Parks
  • Last visit to Tortuguero: Dec 2008
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • 807Wheaton's Profile Photo
    Sep 22, 2010 at 2:00 AM

    We're on our way to Costa Rica in January - enjoyed our pictures and comments. Greetings from Augusta, GA

  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Aug 14, 2009 at 2:26 PM

    We were on a cruise, so did not get enough time to see a lot, but you showed me some we wanted to see. Thank you and good job.

  • Helga67's Profile Photo
    Jan 2, 2006 at 1:39 AM

    I remember seeing all those animals too. I liked the boat trips a lot. Good tips. Happy New Year!


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