Tortuguero National Park
This beautiful National Park hosts many different animal species including more than 300 species of birds, 57 species of amphibians and 111 of reptiles, including three species of marine turtles; 60 mammal species, including 13 endangered species like jaguars, tapirs, ocelots, cougars, river otters, and manatees.
The Tortuguero Canals is an extensive system man-made waterways used for transportation and jungle exploration. Traveling in a canoe through the canals is a fascinating experience rich in natural beauty.
Come and see the turtle nesting. The turtles are endangered and for safety no one is allowed on the 22-mile nesting sector without a guide after 6 p.m. To protect the turtles in Tortuguero, only 400 people are allowed on the beach per night, 200 maximum every two hours.
If you would like to hike to the Cerro Tortuguero, just take a taxi from the village up the river. They will drop you off on what can be a slippery and muddy trail, but they are easy to follow and rewarding once you get to the top.