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.