TORTUGUERO VILLAGE TOUR
Tour the village of Tortuguero with a local guide. Learn about the history of the village and it’s efforts to get their basic needs met such as running water, medical and dental care, garbage collection and management. Later the guide will take you to the local school and the natual history museum of the ccc, here you will discover more information about research and conservation work being done. Later a walk through down the paths lines with colorful Afro-Caribbean homes. Stop for a chat with the locals and learn about their way of life.
TORTUGUERO CANAL TOUR
It’s the Caribbean version of the Amazon. The Tortuguero Canals are an extensive system of natural and man-made waterways used both for simple transportation and jungle exploration. Traveling through the canals is a fascinating experience rich in wildlife that includes monkeys, iguanas, and colorful tropical birds.
Trails cut through the dense humid tropical rainforest, allowing you to observe a startling variety of wildlife species. Once under the forest’s canopy, you might see toucans, brightly colored macaws, and playful howler monkeys above. At ground level, tiny poison dart frogs show off their vivid colors. Knowledgeable naturalist guides are available to point out and explain the various species of plant and animal life - truly bringing the forest to life.
TURTLE NIGHT TOUR
One of the most important nesting sites in the world for four species of
marine turtles, Tortuguero National Park covers nearly 14 miles of
coastline. The Green Turtle, one of the park’s most famous visitors, has
existed for over 200 million years and can weigh over 400 pounds. It nests in Tortuguero from July to October. Although less common, the
Leatherback, Hawksbill and Loggerhead turtles also arrive to make their nests and lay eggs between March and October. Egg laying occurs at night, when the females pull themselves out of the pounding surf and up the sand, digging holes with their flippers. After carefully covering their nests with sand, they return once again to the sea. Guided tours are available at night to give visitors a chance to witness this timeless, primordial act. Costa Rica is one of only a handful of countries that protect turtle nesting sites, and even then, chances of survival are slim, as only one of every 5000 baby turtles reaches adulthood.