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Llanuras de Tortuguero Conservation Area

Tortuguero National Park & Barra del Colorado National Wildlife Refuge

The Tortuguero National Park and the Barra del Colorado National Wildlife Refuge are in the norther Caribbean coasta of Costa Rica. If you can not make it to Italy no need to worry because your Costa Rica vacation can inlude the Venice of the rainfoerest. The most efficient way to travel in this area is by boat which will take you to the many Costa Rican ecolodges in the area.

This area including marine habitat makes up around 170,000 hectares of what is the most important site for the laying of the green turtles.

Looking geologically at the area, it is broad flood plain made up of deltas which make up lakes, meanders, and a few small volcanos that have anchored much of the land that has been eroded. Probably the highlight of visiting this area on a Costa Rica vacation would be the wildlife. Unlike taking an intense hike through the jungle you can ride on a boat and be on the edge of the river where much wildlife can be spotted. This is a very low-impact way of seeing things.

This is one of Costa Rica's rainiest areas with an annual fall of around 6000mm. There have been identified eleven different habitats. You can visit these different habitats and get a glimpse of one of the 60 different species of frogs, Baird's Tapir, or maybe even a jaguar by riding little boats through the channels and lagoons.

If you decide to visit this area during a Costa Rica vacation you will want to spend the night and often staying two nights is the best way to see the area. You can take the more adventurous ways through plantations on bumpy roads or there are in-country flights using Sansa or Nature Air. You will find a mix of different loding from very low budget to some of the finest Costa Rican ecolodges around. If you come during the right months you can take the night hike out to see the turtles laying their eggs. The months for the leatherback are April to May and the Green turtle is July to October.

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