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Tortuguero National Park

Created in 1975, Tortuguero is known for its network of waterways and canals. The majority of wildlife watching here is done from the water, with guided boat excursions providing views of wildlife on the banks and the wall of lush green forest.

You can also take a kayak or canoe for some independent exploration of the many lagoons.  There are a lot of three-toed sloths here and you are bound to see some white-headed capuchin monkeys and hear the call of large groups of mantled howler monkeys. You may be lucky enough to see a tapir, and there are certainly jaguars about but these tend to be elusive. There are bright green tree frogs, iguanas, crocodiles and over 400 species of birds. This makes Tortuguero one of the most popular wildlife destinations in Costa Rica.

It is also an important nesting site for green turtle which lay their eggs here between July and October. Leatherback and hawksbill turtles nest here, too. Outside of the nesting season you are unlikely to see turtles here.

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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


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


There are no compulsory vaccinations.



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