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  • Green Basilisk, Tortuguero, Costa Rica
  • One of Tortuguero's four species of turtles, Costa Rica
  • A caiman at rest in Tortuguero, Costa Rica
  • Paddling the mangrove channels of Tortuguero, Costa Rica
  • Female Green Basilisk, Tortuguero, Costa Rica



In the north-eastern corner of Costa Rica, Tortuguero is one of the country’s most celebrated national parks, 77 thousand acres of rainforest, mangrove swamps and sheltered channels that spill onto the Caribbean. Accessible only by plane and boat, Tortuguero provides some of the last remaining nesting sites of four of the world’s eight species of green turtles. Every year between July and October, loggerhead, leatherback, hawksbill and Olive ridley turtles all make their way onto the dark sands to lay their eggs. There are a number of good lodges dotted around the small village and visitors can head into the park by boat to explore the surrounding forest and waterways. Tortuguero boasts over 375 species of birds and 60 species of mammals including howler monkeys, sloths and jaguar as well as caiman and crocodiles. 

Tortuguero Hotels

$$$ Manatus Hotel Tortuguero

The most comfortable option in Tortuguero, the Manatus Hotel and resort boasts an idyllic setting right on the Tortuguero Canal surrounded by beautiful tropical gardens. It is a short boat trip from...

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$$$ Pachira Lodge Tortuguero

Only accessible by water, Pachira Lodge is an attractive resort immersed in 34 acres of tropical gardens just 5 minutes from Tortuguero National Park, a wonderfully biodiverse patchwork of rainforest...

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