Tortuguero National Park
The following are some of the services available within the Tortuguero National Park for the convenience of visitors. Remember that the only means of transportation within Tortuguero is via skiffs canoes or motorboats.
Tortuguero National Park Entrance Fee
Nationals and Residents:
- Adults nationals and residents: 1000 colones.
- Children nationals and residents: 500 colones.
- Adults: $15 USD.
- Children -12 years old: $5 USD.
Payment: Cash, bills in good condition. Neither $50 USD – $100 USD bills nor 50,000 colones bills accepted. All credit cards are accepted.
Tortuguero National Park Schedule
- The park is open 7 days per week including holidays.
- It is accessible from 6:00am to 12:00 noon.
- Then after lunch from 1:00pm to 4:00pm.
- Boat landing. Remember that in Tortuguero there are no roads. Arrival from the hotels and from the village to the park is only by water via boat.
- Potable water. .
- Bathroom facilities. Handicap access facilities are available.
- Public information & bulletin kiosks
- Tourism services such as meals, boarding, guides, transportation, telephone, internet and others are offered privately at the various hotels surrounding the park.
Where is Tortuguero National Park located?
The park is located on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica. Tortuguero National Park is a national park in the Limón Province of Costa Rica. It is situated within the Tortuguero Conservation Area of the northeastern part of the country.
Tortuguero National Park Animals
- Protected beaches are nesting area of 4 species of Marine Turtles.
- 442 bird species
- 138 mammal species
- 118 reptile species.
- 58 species of amphibians
- 460 species of arthropods
Wildlife is abundant in Tortuguero National Park. 138 species of mammals inhabit the park such as spider monkeys, capuchin monkeys and howler monkeys, jaguar, pumas, ocelots, sloths, river otters, and manatees.
Over 442 species of birds can be observed within the park including various species of parrots and parakeets, kingfisher, toucans, spoonbills, and more. There are 118 species of reptiles within the park including green sea turtles, leatherback sea turtles, caiman, crocodiles, and boa constrictors. Of the 58 amphibian species, red-eyed leaf frogs and strawberry poison dart frogs are the most popular with visitors.
Principal Attractions you may find in Tortuguero
- Marine Turtle Observation Program: The turtle nesting observation walk is realized respecting sustainability considerations. Visitors are only allowed access to the nesting sites accompanied by guides certified by the National Par. In order to gurantee your participation you will need to make advance reservations through the hotel where you stay.
- Tha Jaguar Nature Trail: This trail runs 2.5 km along and parallel to the park beach. It is the trail that is used during turtle nesting season and is clearly marked with entrances to the beach available each 100 meters.
- Aquatic Trails: Traveled by canoes, electric motor boat and kayak.
- Caño Chiquero Mora: This 2.3 kilometer route is exclusively accessible to small, non-contaminating boats.
- Tortuguero River Trail: This 4.3 kilometer route is effectively the entrance to the Tortuguero National Park canal network.
- Caño Harold Trail: 3.5 km route along a wide calm – water canal. That facilitates the observation of fauna.
- Caño Palma Trail: This 5.1 km route is the only one that is not accessed via the Tortuguero River.