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Gandoca Manzamillo Wildlife Refuge

This National Wildlife Refuge is on the coast just north of the border with Panama. Its humid rainforest, coral reef and two mangrove swamps are home to some of the country’s most endangered flora and fauna. The beach is used as a nesting site for several species of turtles between March and May.

There are also caiman, manatees, crocodiles, tapirs, frigate birds, parakeets and toucans plus a myriad of tropical fish on the reef.
This refuge is far less visited that Tortuguero to the north. The local culture gives this area something a bit different from other parts of the country.

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Time: GMT -6 hours

Flight time:

The flying time is about 12 hours from the UK. There are now direct flights from the UK using British Airways. We work with all the major airlines and can offer flights from the UK or via the USA, Panama or a European hub. With the connection times you are looking at around 15 or 16 hours.

Language: Spanish is the official language. English is widely spoken throughout Costa Rica

Visas:

Not required for British travellers. Other nationalities should obtain advice from their embassy.

Health:

There are no compulsory vaccinations.

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