North Caribbean

Tantamount to an offshore island, the north Caribbean area between Limón and the Río San Juan on the Nicaraguan border is an adventure to reach and a rainforest paradise to visit. Arriving by air, you skim over the Caribbean Lowlands or by river you travel through the inland waterways and canals to arrive at Tortuguero or Barra del Colorado. This is the largest area of tropical wet forest in Costa Rica. The coastal canals of the northern Caribbean were built in the mid-1960s to connect the indigenous communities living along the rivers and lagoons of the region. While the canal network dramatically improved access to the communities, this is still one of the least accessible parts of the country.

The beaches of Tortuguero, as some of the most important green and leatherback turtle nesting sites in the country, are a major natural attraction. Inland, the rivers and man-made channels draped with the dense growth of riverine forests are flooded with up to 5 m of rain a year and the buttressed root forest giants and stilted trees are home to abundant wildlife, all of which you can see from the comfort of a small launch drifting silently through the narrow creeks.

This is edited copy from Footprint Handbooks. For comprehensive details (incl address, tel no, directions, opening times and prices) please refer to book or individual chapter PDF
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