Tortuguero

Tortuguero

 

Suggested stay: 1-2 nights    

Setting: Rainforest / Coast    

Best time to go: Year round

In a nutshell: Tortuguero, the Land of Turtles, has been a nesting ground for Hawksbill, Leatherback and Loggerhead turtles for centuries. Every July they start arriving in the long, deserted beaches and continue to do so until the end of October. During this time, local lodges organize night excursions led by naturalists that make sure visitors enjoy a unique experience without disturbing the fragile ecosystem. Beyond the beach, a complex network of natural canals crisscrosses a pristine rainforest that is part of one of Costa Rica’s most beloved national parks. Boat tours and forest trails allow visitors to become acquainted with endemic tropical flora and rare wildlife such as red frogs, howler monkeys, sloth, Jesus Christ lizards, and many others. The area is only accessible by air through a local airstrip and by boat. Strong rip currents make beaches too dangerous to swim.

Highlights

  • Tortuguero National Park
  • Pristine rainforest
  • Turtle nesting tours

How to get there

  • Overland/boat transfer from San Jose (3-5 hours)
  • Flight service from San Jose (30 minutes)

What to do

  • Canal boat tours
  • Jungle hikes
  • Wildlife observation
  • Turtle nesting tours