Tortuguero National Park
This famous national park represents one of the wilderness areas with the highest biological diversity in Costa Rica, and offers one of the most exuberant landscapes in the country. It was created primarily to protect the Green sea turtle nesting area. Tortuguero possesses a very wet tropical forest, since it rains between 5,000 and 6,000 mm per year. These climatic conditions favour the existence of more than 400 species of trees and around 2,200 varieties of other plants, as well as more than 400 kinds of birds, 60 types of amphibians, 30 species of freshwater fish, and various endangered mammals such as tapirs, monkeys, ocelots, jaguars, manatees, and sloths. Tortuguero’s canals, lagoons and rivers depict great scenic beauty and can be traversed by boats, canoes and kayaks to enjoy the wonderful landscapes. In addition to the Green turtle, three other sea turtle species nest on the Park’s beaches; there is a visitor’s centre that offers exhibitions, information, drinking water, toilets, trails and other facilities.