"Tortuguero" Tortugero Tip by mad4travel

Tortugero, Costa Rica: 25 reviews and 37 photos

  Tortuguero beach on a grey day
by mad4travel

Tortuguero is inaccessible by road and you have to go in and out by boat. The wildlife viewing is generally by boat too along jungly canals which makes it excellent for creeping up on the wildlife.

I was amazed how much I saw here, much better than my trip to the Amazon. The only dissapointment was that it was not turtle season so we did'nt get to see any turtles.

The park shelters a fabulous array of wildlife, including more than 300 bird species, among them the great green macaw; 57 species of amphibians and 111 of reptiles, including three species of marine turtles; 60 mammal species, including 13 of Costa Rica's 16 endangered species, including jaguars, tapirs, ocelots, cougars, river otters, and manatees. (Altho I only saw the otter out of that endangered list)

Commonly seen birds include toucans, aricaris, oropendolas, swallow-tailed hawks, several species of herons, kingfishers, anhingas, parrots, and jacanas.

Most of the pics in my travelogue section are of the wildlife I saw here

The wide-open canals make viewing easier than at many other parks--superb for spotting crocodiles, giant iguanas, and basilisk lizards basking atop the branches, swallow-tailed hawks and vultures swooping over the treetops, and caimans luxuriating on the fallen raffia palm branches at the side of the river.

It was quite hot and humid here but being on the water took the edge off it.

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated May 18, 2006
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