Tortuguero National Park

Tortuguero National Park lead.jpg

Tortuguero National Park lies in the north-east corner of Costa Rica facing the Caribbean ocean and is one of the country’s most unique mangrove and marine reserves, with 11 ecological habitats.

Experience the feeling of being transported to a lush and verdant tropical paradise just a short flight across the mountains to the Caribbean Coast of this small country. As you come in to land, admire the network of canals that form this unique ecosystem that border the coastline that winds up towards Nicaragua. Even arriving by land is a great adventure as you can only arrive in this wonderful mangrove forest by boat, spotting Jesus Christ lizards, howler monkeys and a myriad of birds as you wend your way through the narrow channels.

Discover tranquil natural inland canals and an incredible diversity of wildlife surrounded by exotic mangroves. Paddle gently through natural water canals, kayaking, fishing and enjoying the wilderness, with its abundant flora and fauna. There is a small and fascinating little local town here and despite the short distance, the feel is already much more Afro-caribbean than in the highlands a short distance away.

As you wander along the trails around your lodge before breakfast, you might encounter a lively group of white-faced capuchin monkeys playing about in the trees above your head or watch a large iguana basking in the sun. Lodgings are generally a little more basic here on the Caribbean side than in other parts of the country but we can advise you on which lodge might suit you best, whether you are travelling as a family or would like more privacy as a couple.

From July to October, you can be privileged enough to witness one of nature’s most amazing spectacles – green turtles nesting along the beaches of Tortuguero. Hawksbills and loggerheads, less common, also nest along the Caribbean during the summer months. Sea turtles are most frequently seen when the females come ashore to deposit their eggs on beaches, usually at night.

Careful controls to avoid any disturbance to these creatures are in place and you can only venture out at night with one of the park rangers. Equally, if you get up early, head down to the beach behind the town to watch out for the tiny hatchlings trying to make it out to sea – both truly incredible natural phenomenon for adults and children alike.

If you would like to see magnificent sea turtles nesting at night and discover a wonderful region filled with exotic wildlife, then speak to us to talk about adding this to your perfect bespoke Costa Rica holiday.


The Explorations Company, where no two journeys have ever been the same

We're Here to Help!

We're friendly and available to chat. Reach out to us anytime and we'll happily answer your questions.

About You

About your journey

How many people in your party?

Adult
Children under 12

‘Greetings. this has turned out to be a paradise in so many ways....so a big thank you from us.

Wonderful support from your company over here....we were met at the airport (with flowers!!!!!) and introduced to our personal guide who is fabulous. Can't get over the attention to detail ....cool flannels, chilled water, fresh juice on arrival, bag full of thoughtful goodies for our trip, wonderful rooms with bathrooms bigger than our bedroom at home(!) and we were upgraded to a suite and as I write we are listening to tropical birdsong as we look out over the lagoon from our balcony. Wow!!!!!

I could go on but I'll spare you.

Thanks a million

Judy and Mike’

28years-badge-white.png

Premium service from one of the world's most knowledgeable travel companies

24/7 Emergency contact number

Your holiday is fully protected by the Package Travel, Package Holidays & Package Tours Regulations 1992

Flight-Inclusive Bonding: We are licensed by the Civil Aviation Authority and hold ATOL Number 7159

Flight-Exclusive bonding: Your holiday is further protected by our membership of ABTOT Membership Number 5197

logo