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The coastal mangrove swamps around Tortugero teem with life, justifying this region's reputation as one of the best eco-tourism destinations in Costa Rica. Tortugero National Park consists of a series of canals and waterways, sweeping back from the coast as far as Tortugero village.

The best way to explore this wetland habitat is by boat, with guided tours and kayaks available for those who want to get to know the area under their own steam. As you glide by, keep your eyes open for sloths and capuchin monkeys in the trees. Some of the more elusive jungle and costal animals also frequent this area with regular sightings of jaguars and the rare West Indian Manatee.

This wildlife bonanza only heats up towards the evening as, by the light of the waning moon, hundreds of turtles drag themselves up the beach to nest between July and October. Guided tours take you on a stroll of the beaches by night to witness this mass exodus of the water, while during the day young turtles can be seen frantically running the gauntlet to return to the sea.


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Top itineraries in Tortuguero

Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica

Costa Rica Classic

13-day tailor-made holiday from £4,765 pp incl. flights

Costa Rica is a land of spectacular volcanoes, wildlife-filled cloud forests, fast-flowing jungle rivers and tropical jungles. Explore its natural-world highlights in Arenal and Monteverde before kicking back on the beaches of Manuel Antonio National Park or Guanacaste.

Top places to stay in Tortuguero

Pool, Manatus Hotel, Costa Rica

Manatus Hotel, Tortuguero National Park

Small & intimate lodge

Manatus is a wonderful base in Tortuguero National Park – a place of stunning beauty. This all-inclusive resort has just twelve rooms – which are actually sizeable bungalows set right in the heart of the rainforest.

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Join Wexas Latin America specialist Alison Nicolle as she travels to Costa Rica, finding everything from volcanoes and rainforests to jungle-fringed beaches teeming with wildlife.

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