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Conservation of the nesting site for endangered turtle species such as: Giant leatherback, hawksbill, green turtle and loggerhead is the main objective of the Tortuguero National Park. Witness one of the unique experiences in the Western Hemisphere!Click on [+info] for more information.
The park has an extension of over 19,000 hectares (46,900 acres) and protects 22 miles of nesting beach from the estuary of the Tortuguero River south to Parisimina. Strong Caribbean currents have provided this long, straight 22 mile expanse of beach which is a favored nesting ground for sea turtles. Hawksbill, loggerheads, and Pacific Green turtles nest from July through October. The Leatherback, the largest sea turtle species in the world, nests from February to July.
A network of interconnected channels, waterways, lagoons and lakes are part of this beautiful park. Sailing through them will let you see the wildlife of the park which provides an important habitat for jaguars, tapirs, green macaws, toucans, monkeys and numerous plant species. More than 300 species of birds live in Tortuguero for all or part of the year. Definitely, Tortuguero is a symbol of conservation for the amazing turtle species near extinction.
There are two ways to get to Tortuguero: From San José, take highway #32 towards Guápiles. Get off #32 in Guapiles and go to Cariari, Campo Dos and finally to Caño la Pavona. From there you will take a public boat that will travel through the canals for one hour until you get to Tortuguero.The trip takes from 4 to 8 hours.