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Pacuare Nature Reserve

Pacuare Nature Reserve is located in the Caribbean side of Costa Rica, in the Limon Province, exactly between Tortuguero canals and the Caribbean Sea (25 km north of Limon city). The Reserve was created in 1989 by the British based Endangered Wildlife Trust as a way to protect this important area. It includes hundreds of acres of pristine lowland rainforest and six kilometers of deserted beaches.  It was created to protect the nesting area of endangered sea turtles. Three species of sea turtle come to nest in the area: leatherback turtle, the green turtle and hawksbill turtles. The nesting times vary depending on the sea turtle specie; for example, the leatherback turtle nests from March through June and the greenback turtles June through September.  Among the wildlife of the Pacuare Nature Reserve includes monkeys, 250 species of birds, and many plant exotic species.

To get to the reserve from San Jose visitors should take the highway to Limon and turn off near Matina town and keep going through beautiful scenery until you get to La Trocha, located along the Tortuguero canals.  Then take a 20 minute ride in a boat through the canals.

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