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Tortuguero National Park

Size: 26,156 hectares.
Distance from San José: 
254 kilometers by land and water.
Dry season:
February through March.
The existence of parallel coastal banks has given rise to the formation of lakes, channels and marshes.
Green Turtle hatchlings.

Tortuguero National Park, located in the northeast part of Costa Rica’s Atlantic coast, is one of Costa Rica's best known parks, and not without a reason. Besides being the most important nesting site for the green turtle (July to October), in the entire western half of the Caribbean, it also serves as a refuge for other turtles, such as leatherbacks, and hawkbills.


One of the country's most popular eco tourism destinations, the canals, rivers, beaches, and lakes of Tortuguero National Park "Costa Rica's Amazon" are a working laboratory of rain forest, freshwater, and marine biology.

Green Turtle hatchlings.

The wildlife here is rich and varied. There are unusually large populations of monkeys, amphibians, birds and fish. Resident fauna include the tapir, ocelots, jaguars, collared peccaries, river otters, sloths, grisons (furry, weasel-like mammal native to Mexico, Central America, and South America), frogs, macaws, toucans, and the fascinating bulldog bats which feed on fish.


The park and the refuge consist of a vast alluvial floodplain formed by the coalescence of deltas from rivers, twisting and meandering into the ancient Nicaraguan Trench. The location of the area makes it one of the wettest regions in the country.

Cochhilostema Odoratussimun, an unusual plant.Several species of orchids grow in abundance in tortuguero.

The flora in this area is also very rich and abundant. Some of the species found in this region are crab wood, coconut trees, banak, tamarind, bully tree, orchids, hollio palm, and heliconias.

Map of Costa Rica and its National Parks Tortu.guero, Costa Rica