TORTUGUERO CONSERVATION AREA

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1. BARRA DEL COLORADO NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE

RNVS Barra del Colorado. Foto: Roberto RamosThis refuge offers a system of water canals combined with beach ecosystems and marine wildlife populations.

The flora in this region is one of the most diverse in Costa Rica. In the Coronel and Cocorí hills, there are 58 endemic plant species.

In this natural area you can find the manatee or sea cow, caimans, crocodiles, and Gaspar fish, among others. It is also home to the tapir, jaguar, puma, howler and white-faced monkeys, ocelots, the jaguarundi (or otter cat), and the three-toed sloth.

LOCATION: Located in the Northern Caribbean, along the Nicaraguan border.

SERVICES OFFERED: General information, camping area, landing strip, and telephone services. In the town of Barra del Colorado you may find food and lodging services.

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2. TORTUGUERO NATIONAL PARK

PN Tortuguero. Foto: Roberto RamosTortuguero is a very important area because of its moist tropical forest; there are many rivers, canals and lagoons used by locals and tourists alike for navigating through the park. Nature lovers can admire the exuberant flora and fauna.

The park contains both marine and land areas. It was created to protect the Green turtle, since this nesting area is the most important in the Western Caribbean.

One of the main attractions is the laying of sea turtle eggs, including those of the giant Leatherback turtle, the Green turtle, the Loggerhead, and the Hawksbill. All of them are endangered species.

LOCATION: Located in the Caribbean region, 50 miles north of Limón.

SERVICES OFFERED: General information, restroom services, hiking trails, marine port, landing strip (in the city of Tortuguero), local guides, food and lodging services.

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