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[Tortuguero] 

Tortuguero National Park

Schedule

Every day from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Cost of tickets

Nationals and Residents: ¢ 1000 (Thousand Colones)

Non-resident foreigners $ 15.00

Weather

Tortuguero being located in the extreme northeast of Costa Rica, is under the influence of the climate of the Caribbean, where humid tropical climate predominates, with annual rainfall exceeding 4000 millimeters of rain. It is normal that during the sunny days, there is a shower in the late afternoon or early evening.

The influence of the Caribbean Sea makes weather weather very difficult to foresee. There is a quite marked dry season in the entire Caribbean region or Province of Limón during the months of September and October and a peak of rainfall during the month of December. However, although this is already normal for the climate of the region, it is necessary to remember that the dry season always presents small and customary rainfall either very early in the morning before dawn and early in the evening.

Access

To access Tortuguero there is no highway or road that communicates with the rest of the population centers. The two basic ways to access Tortuguero are by water or by air.

The travel time via water from the town of La Pavona takes approximately 50 minutes to 1 hour; this if you enter via La Pavona.

Entering from Caño Blanco, the water travel time is approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Airway it is possible to land in Tortuguero in a flight time of 45 minutes, departing from Juan Santamaría Airport.

Turtle nesting

Spawning occurs during the night and early morning hours.

The spawning season of the green turtle (Chelonia mydas) covers the months of July, August, September and October.

The olive ridley (Lepidochelys kempii) spawns on the beaches of Tortuguero from December to April.

The leatherback turtle (Dermochelys coriacea) usually spawns on the beaches of Tortuguero from January to June.

For the observation of sea turtle spawning it is necessary that the visitor is accompanied by a guide. The entry of tourists without a responsible guide is prohibited. It is forbidden to interfere with the natural cycle or behavior of the turtles, trying to avoid the Ostional example at all costs.

Hatching hatchlings

The hatching or birth of the baby turtles occurs 60 days after the spawning occurred. For the observation of the birth of the turtles it is necessary that the visitor is accompanied by a guide. The entry of tourists without a responsible guide is prohibited. It is forbidden to make noise or interfere with the turtle's natural cycle or behavior; this includes touching them, loading them or helping them along the way.

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