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TORTUGUERO NATIONAL PARK

Tortuguero National Park is located in the Caribbean coast, Limón province, approximately 80 km northeast of the city of the same name. Created by means of the law No. 5680 of November 17,1975. It has an extension of 18.946.9 hectares in the land part and 52.265 in the sea part.

Is the most important area, of the occidental part of the Caribbean, for the green turtle to come and lay their eggs. Other species of sea turtles come here too, the Baula and the Carey.

Many lagoons and canal goes through the park. They can be sailed and are also the habitat for many crocodiles, turtles, manatees, crabs and 52 species of river fishes.

This park was created to protect the flora and fauna of the region, and to help in the scientific research and investigation.

Exists tree kinds of life zones or forests, each one is very humid. This is one of most rainy area of the country, between 5.000 and 6.000 mm a year, with two kinds of rains: light rain and the characteristic heavy rain of the Caribbean that could last for 15 days.

Fauna is very rich and diverse in this area. Among them are the danta, jaguar, congos, pizotes, raccoons, fishing bats, poison frogs etc...

Also you can find many protected birds in this area.


 


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