The Magical Canals of Tortuguero, North Caribbean
The Magical Canals of Tortuguero, North Caribbean
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Tortuguero is located in North Caribbean Costa Rica. Tortuguero is a magical place surrounded by nature. In the area of the national park, there are three types of forests: tropical rain forest, montane wet forest, and tropical montane forest. The name of Tortuguero is due to its highly important nesting site for the Green Turtle. This is a protected area and in turtle season (from June to October) turtle arrivals can be observed. It is famous for its natural canals, which are the only way of transportation to get to this place. In Tortuguero, there are plenty of lodges, which provide a range of services within their packages as well as meals and tours such as walking tours, boat tours to Tortuguero National Park, a visit to the village of Tortuguero among other activities.

 

To get to Tortuguero you have to take Highway No. 32 to Guápiles. Arriving at Guapiles you will get a delicious typical Costa Rican breakfast which consists of ” Gallo Pinto “, this is a mixture of rice and beans with spices, eggs, tropical fruits, and of course a cup of real Costa Rican coffee. Then you will continue your journey to the dock of La Pavona, to reach La Pavona you will pass different small Caribbean towns like Cariari and lots of banana plantations.

Once in La Pavona, a boat will take you to your destination, Tortuguero, on the way you can observe the flora and fauna but it is not until the tour to Tortuguero National Park where you can go deep into the forest and observe the wonders that this park has to offer.

Arriving at the hotel you will get a great lunch, after lunch and settling into the hotel you will take a hike on a private path from the hotel.

The next day you will visit the famous Tortuguero National Park. Your guide will point out animals such as sloths, basilisks, monkeys, birds, and many more. The National Park has several channels and streams where you can see lots of flora and fauna, the most common species found in the canals of the Tortuguero National Park are kingfishers, toucans, blue herons, and other birds, it is also common to see spider monkeys, howler monkeys, capuchin monkeys, and iguanas.

During the afternoon you can visit the village of Tortuguero. This is a colorful Caribbean village where you can get to know the local people. Here you can buy a wide range of handcrafts made by local villagers.

As you return to the hotel you can relax and enjoy the hotel and its refreshing pools or go for a walk at the beach.

The next morning you will get breakfast and head back to La Pavona to return to San Jose or go to your next destination that may be the Southern Caribbean, Sarapiqui, or Arenal.

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