The only way to arrive on Tortuguero – a remote place with impeccable beaches and undisturbed rainforest – is by boat or light plane. Aptly named the Land of Turtles, every year green turtles swim hundreds of miles to nest on Tortuguero’s golden shores.
Set amidst beautiful scenery, Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast is a melting pot of cultures, with influences ranging from Hispanic to Afro-Caribbean. You’ll find laid-back coastal towns, alluring beaches and superb snorkeling, but the main draw is the Tortuguero National Park which, in spite of its remote location, is one of Costa Rica’s most popular parks.
Exploring by boat with your expert guide, you’ll be astonished by the incredible biological diversity on display. The park consists of no less than 11 different habitats – from lagoons to mangrove forests – that support species like spider, howler and white-faced monkeys, as well as sloths, iguanas, caiman and over 320 species of bird. As you glide along the park’s meandering rivers you’re likely to see water birds like herons, kingfishers and cormorants.
Perhaps the most special wildlife experience to be had in Tortuguero is observing the turtle nestings. Between July and October, visitors have the opportunity to see endangered green turtles make their way from the ocean to Tortuguero’s protected shoreline to lay their eggs. It’s a truly unique experience and a must for any wildlife lover.
Our Costa Rica specialists can design a luxury, tailor-made vacation to Tortuguero that suits your interests perfectly.