Tortuguero National Park, is located on the Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica in the province of Limon.
The park was established on November 13th, 1975 promoted by the herpetologist Archie Carr II, now deceased, with the intention to protect the spawning of the green turtle (Chelonia mydas), as this is the most important nesting area in the western Caribbean for this turtle.The National Park has an area of 26.156 ha in the land area and around 50.160 ha on the sea area (created to protect the turtles while in the sea).
In this area prevails the tropical wet forest, with an average temperature of 26°C and annual rainfall of between 4,500 and 6,000 mm. There are plenty of rivers, canals and lagoons, which are used both by residents and by the tourist to navigate the park. These waterways serve as windows through which you can admire the lush flora and fauna, making the trip a wonderful experience for nature lovers. The lagoons and waterways are the habitat of species such as crocodiles, alligators, manatees, turtles, crabs and the millenarian fish Gaspar among other species of animals.
The Tortuguero National Park is the most important place in the Western Caribbean side of Costa Rica, in which species as the green turtle and others such as the leatherback and hawksbill turtles come to spawn on this beach on the months from july to october.
This national park was created to protect a wide variety of flora and fauna found in the area and is part of Wetlands of International Importance of the Ramsar Convention.
With the visit to the Tortuguero National Park you are working in different ways to the development of this project:
First of all, paying your entrance fee, you are guaranteeing income to continue with the preservation of endangered species, and the maintenance of protected areas by the National Park.
And besides,you are helping in the development of a community that decided to change turtle hunting as a means of survival, for a community that survives on income from tourists who come every year to admire the arrival of these ancient beings.
Consider visiting Tortuguero on your next visit to Costa Rica …
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