Flying to the Caribbean coast, your next stop is Costa Rica’s unique wildlife mecca Tortuguero. With the Manatus Hotel
as your base, you’ll be off exploring the network of rivers, marshes, forests and beaches, drifting through mangrove mazes and coastal lagoons of the national park. The area’s small town is a remote community situated on the coast, where Caribbean-style shacks line the main strip.
Yet, as its name suggests (‘Land of Turtles’), the main attraction in this area is the sea turtle. During the summer months, female green and hawksbill turtles nest on the beach, before covering their eggs until hatching season a few months later. If you time your trip well, the nesting season is an absolute highlight for any budding traveller, and a rare opportunity to witness nature in its purest form.
With at least two activities a day included in your stay, take advantage of the array of tours by going on a private night-time turtle-nesting tour, a morning boat tour of the canals, a thrilling canopy tour, or a village visit. You can also kayak the channels to see sloths, monkeys and caiman along the riverbanks.