Our  packages includes:  transportation, bilingual guide, Lodging , meals, the basic visits in Tortuguero area

San Jose / Tortuguero canals / San Jose      classic tour              more info    price per person  3 days 2 nights

$280.-

Package  by  boat    Leaving from port    Pavona  / tortuguero  Round  Trip                    Full board          3 days 2 nights

$ 270.-

Travel       boat  boat    Leaving from port    Pavona  / The tortuguero National Park                         Tour  2 days 1 night 

$ 190.-

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The green turtles nesting in Tortuguero

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Tortuguero is considered to be the most important nesting site in the Western half of the Caribbean for the green turtles ( Chelonia mydas ), other species of sea turtles also nest along the park's long beach every year, such as the leatherback and the hawksbill turtles.
For Tortuguero National Park, located in the North Caribbean coast of Costa Rica, the protection of species of the sea is of great importance.
The green turtles is a medium-size turtles that can weigh up to 200 kg., and has long fins that reach one meter in length.
  

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The nesting of the green turtles is one of the most interesting phenomena of Nature. This process (starting with the copulation) is considered the most critical stage in the turtles's life cycle, because the female has to come to the beach, in large groups and in regular time periods. This, and the difficulty for the turtles to move on the sand, make them very vulnerable to man and other predators

 

The nesting of the green turtles is one of the most interesting phenomena of Nature. This process (starting with the copulation) is considered the most critical stage in the turtles's life cycle, because the female has to come to the beach, in large groups and in regular time periods. This, and the difficulty for the turtles to move on the sand, make them very vulnerable to man and other predators.

 

The process begins with the migration of the turtles to areas where there is not enough food. The copulation of the turtles begins there, at a short distance from the shore. Then, after a short time, the female comes out from the sea to look for a place dig a nest for her eggs. This process generally is carried out during the night.

 

When the female arrives at the beach, she drags herself to a comfortable place to dig the nest she does through its flat fins like a shovel. At this point, if the animal is disturbed or if she thinks that he is in danger, she will return to the sea without spawning eggs and unfortunately the nest will be lost.

The nest is ready when it's about fifty centimeters deep. The female will start to lay the eggs, -approximately 100. When her task is completed; she covers the hole again using almost her entire body in an attempt to camouflage the nest, throwing sand in all directions and then she begins her weary journey back to the sea.

 

In a period of two months, the eggs are incubated by the sun. The baby turtles break out of their shells, and begin to find an opening for themselves up to the top of the hole. They wait for the air to be cool before they come out. This generally occurs during the night or early in the morning. This is a very dangerous stage; they instinctively head towards the sea, which is the brightest point in the horizon  

The sea turtles are in danger of extinction. Help us to protect them by knowing and understanding their way of life