General info
Bolanos Island Wildlife Refuge
Santa Rosa National Park
Lomas de Barbudal Biological Reserve
Palo Verde National Park
Barra Honda National Park
Penas Blancas National Wildlife Refuge
Guayabo, Negritos and Los Pajaros Biological Reserve
Ostional National Wildlife Refuge
Carara Biological Reserve
Curu National Wildlife Refuge
Cabo Blanco Natural Reserve
Manuel Antonio National Park
Cano Island Biological Reserve
Golfito National Wildlife Refuge
Corcovado National Park
Coco Island National Park
Rincon de la Vieja National Park
Poas Volcano National Park
Braulio Carillo National Park
Irazu Volcano National Park
Guayabo National Monument
Tapanti National Park
Chirripo National Park
Hitoy-Cerere Biological Reserve
Cano Negro National Reserve
Barra del Colorado National Wildlife Refuge
Tortuguero National Park
Cahuita National Park
Gandoca-Manzanillo National Wildlife Refuge
Guanacaste National Park
Arenal Volcano National Park
Ballena National Sea Park
Juan Castro Blanco National Park
Las Baulas National Park
Esquinas National Park
Cipanci National Wildlife Refuge
Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve
La Cangreja National Park
Diria National Park
Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve

Tortuguero National Park

Tortuguero National Park

It was created for protecting different species of turtles. They lay their eggs from July to October. The most known are green turtles (Chelonia Mydas), Leatherback turtles (Dermochelys coriacea) and turtles (Eretmochelys Imbricata). (It`s the most important nesting site in the entire western half of the Caribbean for the green turtle). The park surface is composed of widespread, aluvial flooded plain, which originated on consequence of contacts of delts with its winding meanders.

Bacause of the lack of roads and aboundance of formed in 1969 canals, the park is called "The Amazonia of Costa Rica". A natural system of canals and lagoons form a habitat for manatee (or sea cow), crocodile. The other species of animals in the park include: howler, white-faced monkeys, jaguars, ocelots, collared peccary, tayra, three-toed slothes, paca. Some of the birds which can be seen are the great macaw, currasow, turkey vulture, trogons, Montezuma Oropendola and black hawks.

This is one of the rainiest and most biologically diverse regions in the country. 11 habitats have been identified in the park with the crabwood, banak, Santa Maria, bully tree and dove wood, among the many types of trees growing there.

The highest peak of park is called Tortuguero. It`s believed to be piled up during the Second World War by USA troops, which was to help them for looking out for German submarines. In Tortuguero village, a Museum of Natural History is in use. It`s main target is to informe about necessity of protecting turtle species. Its workers distributed very informative leaflets and posters abput nonconsumption of turtle meat and eggs (in LImon province eggs were believed to be a vital afrodisiace).

2004; SLUPSK; Rafal Cezary Piechocinski