Drive towards the Atlantic lowlands, through a forested backdrop and banana plantations to board a boat for the two hour trip to Tortuguero along a canal shaded by pristine rainforest where you'll be able to spot birds, monkeys and occasionally crocodiles en route.
This extraordinary marine and coastal wetland national park is a spidery network of waterways meandering through the flat plains fringing the Caribbean sea. The canals are home to a vast number of wildlife species, including bird, caiman and other reptiles while the closely packed trees of the humid forests and strangled mangroves host a variety of monkey, jaguar, frogs, lizards and sloths. The park is famous for the endangered turtles that nest on its beaches, including leatherbacks, green and loggerhead species.
There are trails, but most visits are made by boat and, in spite of the density of the vegetation, you are more or less guaranteed to see a good variety of this prolific wildlife. Spend the afternoon exploring the local village; flanked by rivers and waterways on one side and Caribbean beach on the other, this remote village serves as a sleepy hub for visitors to the area, human and otherwise...
Turtle beach lodge is a secluded property on the Caribbean sea, beside lush jungle and a meandering private canal, situated close to the rustic village of Tortuguero. To add to the adventure, it is only accessible by boat. The abundant display of wildlife is the main reason for its popularity - with endangered sea turtles, including hawksbill, loggerheads and leatherbacks a variety of monkeys, crocodiles and insects hidden amongst the array of trees, colourful flowers and medicinal plants.