January 18, 2010

Tortuguero Village, Park & Conservation Area

Loosely translated, the name Tortuguero means “turtle region“.

Located in Limon Province just north of Tortuguero National Park on Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast is the small village of Tortuguero Costa Rica.

Tortuguero Village relies mainly on tourism and since it is isolated on a strip of land within the Tortuguero canal region, the village can only be accessed by air or water. There are no cars so the atmosphere is very relaxed and quite pleasing.

Tortuguero Village is surrounded by a series of natural and man-made waterways and canals, which are the primary means of local transportation.

Tortuguero Conservation Area

The Tortuguero Conservation Area covers a great part of north-eastern Costa Rica (on the Caribbean side) and was created to help preserve this part of the country’s natural resources, parks and refuges.

Within the Tortuguero Conservation Area are three wildlife refuges, protected zones like the Cariari National Wetlands and of course Tortuguero National Park.

Tortuguero National Park

Not unlike Tortuguero Village, Tortuguero National Park is also isolated and only accessible by boat or plane. Yet, Tortuguero National Park is one of Costa Rica’s biggest tourist draws.

The park has eleven different natural habitats with exceptional biodiversity in terms of wildlife, flora and fauna but it is also home to the world famous turtle nesting beaches.

Some of the more fascinating and endangered turtle species that visit the nesting beaches of Tortuguero Costa Rica annually include the Atlantic green sea turtle, loggerhead turtles, the hawksbill turtle and the giant leatherback (which can reach up to 2000+ pounds), who come to lay their eggs.

Tortuguero National Park is also home to over 2200 plant species, over 375 bird species and a great array of wild animals and mammals. The dense tropical forests and fresh waterways of the Caribbean coastline are home to manatees, jaguars, howler monkeys, caimans and three-toed sloths.

Visiting Tortuguero Costa Rica

Costa Rica is world-famous for its amazing biodiversity, glorious landscapes and eco-conscious, sustainable tourism. Costa Rica’s wildlife refuges, biological reserves and national parks like Tortuguero, were established to preserve its natural resources not only for Costa Ricans but for international tourists as well.

Tortuguero Costa Rica Tours are very popular. When visiting the area be sure to hike along the beach trail. To experience the wonders of Tortuguero National Park at its best, however, we recommend one of the many guided boat tours.

The best time to witness nesting turtles in Tortuguero Costa Rica is between April and October during turtle nesting season. Keep in mind that turtles generally lay their eggs and nest under the cover of darkness. Guided walks may be available after dark but individuals are not allowed on the beaches at night without an official guide.

Costa Rica Fully Escorted Tours

Caravan Tours is an All Inclusive Tour Operator and their all inclusive Costa Rica tour includes visits to Tortuguero Costa Rica. All tour excursions including Tortuguero National Park, canal cruises and the Atlantic turtle nesting beaches are fully escorted accompanied by naturalist guides.

There’s even a visit to the Green Turtle Research Station, which was established to study the nesting habits, migration and behaviour of Atlantic green sea turtles and other turtle species.

Caravan’s fully escorted 10-day Costa Rica tours are affordably priced at just $995. Visit Caravan’s Costa Rica Tour Reviews page to read what others have said about the Tortuguero Costa Rica and all inclusive fully escorted tour.

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