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Tortuguero

Tortuguero National park hosts the largest green turtle rookery in the Western Hemisphere. Other kinds of wild life are also abundant due to a remote location and the absence of roads.

 
Canal de Tortuguero
Sep 7, 2014

Tortuguero canal (built in 1966-74) offers the longest water way to the National park – 65 miles (106 km). A non-stop speed boat ride would take 2.5 hours one way, but with wildlife viewing stops it took us 3.5 hours. There are actually four canals that connect natural rivers, which were there initially, so sometimes you are in a narrow canal, and sometimes – in a river. Wild life is so-o-o abundant! The pictures of the animals are in the order we saw them, so sometimes a certain kind shows up twice.

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Turtle nesting beach
Sep 8, 2014

This 23-mile-long beach hosts the largest green turtle rookery in the Western Hemisphere. Only official tours are allowed on the beach when turtles lay eggs at night, and photography is not permitted. I have found a video - http://youtu.be/IbIPJYU3Uv0?t=10s – where you can see the process, and the album shows what one can see on the beach in the morning: turtle tracks, black vultures hunting for eggs, etc.

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Tortuguero National Park
Sep 8, 2014

We took two tours: early in the morning we went north along Penitentiary river and further into Caño Palma with its beautiful reflections.
In the afternoon we went south-west into Tortuguero river leading to Caño Chiquero/ Caño Mora aquatic trail.
Then we watched spider monkeys from the main Tortuguero canal, and after that went all the way to the lagoon’s outlet into the sea.

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Laguna Lodge
Sep 8, 2014

This eco-touristic lodge is built on a narrow strip of land, 650 feet wide, between Tortuguero´s main lagoon and the Caribbean Sea. Animals roam free on the lodge’s grounds.

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Tortuguero village
Sep 7, 2014

Tortuguero means 'turtle seller' in Spanish. In the past the community made a living selling turtles, a self-preserving, stay-fresh source of meat. Nowadays hunting turtles is not allowed, and tourism is the principal industry of the village. Tourism has grown due to the creation of the Tortuguero National Park in 1972. There are more than 100 local guides to attend to the visitors that come to the area. The villagers do a great job keeping their village colorful and inviting. There are no roads in the area and the village, hence boats are the main means of transportation. More on the history of the community: http://www.tortuguerovillage.com/history.htm

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