Tortuguero National Park
Mawamba Lodge - Tortuguero - Costa Rica
In 1959, the Caribbean Conservation Corporation CCC (now Sea Turtle Conservancy) was founded to study and protect the Caribbean Green Turtles. Mr. Archie Carr, its leader and founding scientific director, a tropical field ecologiest and biologist who at the time of his death was known as the world’s leading authority in sea turtles.
Working closely with the Costa Rican government, they helped establish, on October 28th 1975, what is now the Tortuguero National park, as a resource of protection, not only of the turtles but of the wildlife and its biodiversity. This is especially relevant if we consider that Tortuguero is the most important site in the Western Caribbean for the nesting of this endangered species and is also one of Costa Rica’s most biologically diverse wildlife areas.
The Park is located in the North Caribbean Costa Rican coast, 80 kms. north of the city of Limon. It features an extension of 26,156 ha inland and approximately 50,160 marine hectares.
Tortuguero is a very wet tropical forest, with an approximate annual average rainfall of 4,500 to 6,000 mm, reason of its evergreen and verdant landscapes and an average annual temperature of 26°C (78.8°F).
Tortuguero is a network of navigable lakes, rivers and canals (both natural and man-made) that are used for transportation inland and also are a great opportunity to enjoy the local wildllife of more than 300 species of birds, amphibian and freshwater fish species, approximately 400 tree species some of which are the base offamous perfumes and colognes like the Ilan-Ilan Zota Caballo and others tlike the Pachira), that provides beautiful flower and scent, around 2,200 species of other plants and many animals including 3 species of monkeys (White-faced Capuchin, spider and Howler), two and three-toed sloths, American crocodiles and caimans, among many others and as well providing shelter to endangered animals such as manatees, tapirs and jaguars, to name a few.