1/22.- Welcome to the Tortuguero National Park
The Tortuguero National Park is located on the north Caribbean coast of Costa Rica, south of Nicaragua.
There were two main reasons for the creation of the Tortugero reserve
in 1970. One was the rich bio diversity that inhabits the rivers, canals and lagoons in the area. The other, the one that actually draws thousands of tourists annually, is the water turtles.
Tortuguero is home of the most important nesting area for the green turtle in the world. Another two species of turtles also come to the beaches of Tortuguero to lay their eggs: the
leatherbacks and the
Hawksbills. The Green Sea Turtles were in danger of extinction before the creation of the park.
On the beaches of Tortuguero you can see the turtles laying their eggs, and if you are lucky, you may also see the
newly hatched baby turtles.