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Tortuguero National Park

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San Jose, Costa Rica | Ivan Espinosa, Tortuguero 10103, Costa Rica
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This park contains 11 different ecological habitats and is a sanctuary for nesting sea turtles. Situated on the Northern Caribbean side of Costa Rica, in the province of Limon, it is approximately 90 miles northeast of the capital city of San José. Accessible only by air or water, Tortuguero is the most important nesting site in the entire western half of the Caribbean for the green turtle. It is known as “Tico Amazon” (Costa Rican Amazon) due to the fact that in Tortuguero there are no roads; the principle means of transportation being the dozens of fresh water canals throughout the park.
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San Jose, Costa Rica | Ivan Espinosa, Tortuguero 10103, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The first part of this tour was a little disappointing. It was a walk in the rain forest but it was a derelict building with a rough path up a slight slope to a view across a bay but we saw poisonous frogs, a sloth...More

Thank Davina J
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Though hunting is not permitted in the small park, there is significant hunting in the areas nearby. So crocodiles are scarce, and monkeys are afraid of people. Hope they do something about it.

Thank Nadav S
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the most perfect place in Costa Rica. The flora and fauna, especially on the rivers, surprise you at every turn. So many species of birds, reptiles, monkeys and flora. Viewing from a riverboat is an excellent way to get fairly close without disturbance,...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

after a private transfer from San Jose our driver Costa took us to the departure pier(couldn't have got a better insight into this country with a wealth of information about roads trains etc from his fathers time) As this was only a two day trip...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Tortuguero National Park is one of those places you didn’t realise you had to go until you’ve been. It’s incredible. Teeming with wildlife - birds, crocodiles, lizards, howler monkeys, spider monkeys, river otters, sloths to name but a few - there is so much to...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have just had a fabulous holiday with exodus. Our destination was Costa Rica, the holiday was Costa Rica coast to coast. This is a great holiday with good hotels, great walks and fantastic wildlife. Another hit from this travel company.😀

1  Thank Amanda D
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stunning amount and range of wildlife set in the most beautiful setting of the national park. Will definitely be back !

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We enjoyed taking a canoe tour from Costa Rica Roots tours, and stayed at La Baula lodge where we could hear wildlife sounds at night.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

the national park is accessed by boat and passengers remain in the boats during their tour of the park. the best time to see animals is early morning and late afternoon. one really needs a skilled guide and driver to spot the many animals who...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had a fabulous early morning visit to the park. Our guide was knowledgeable and enthusiastic. We would have revisited if there had been time to see the waterways at a different time of day. A must if we visit again.

Thank Irving H
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Henri S
13 January 2018|
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Response from PV L | Reviewed this property |
You cannot walk from Parismina to Tortuguero, but you can get there by boat. There are boat taxis available and would not be too expensive.
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junkiri2017
24 December 2017|
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Response from traceybur2n | Reviewed this property |
Sorry for the delay in responding. You can get local transport all the way from SAN Jose but it is a bus then a boat. But if you want someone to arrange all then I would just book the Toruguero Lodge and they will arrange... More
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Melinda V
2 December 2017|
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Response from Lee T | Reviewed this property |
Both great places, you can see Manuel Antonio in half a day but they haven't both sloth and all 3 monkey species but is very busy and touristy, you don't need a guide as there are so many with other groups you can just... More
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