Hotel Ilan Ilan , Tortuguero
Hotel " Ilan Ilan " gets its name from a tree, which is very exclusive in the area (Cananga odorata, Ylang Ylang ). Yellow flowers with a very pleasant scent characterize it. The Hotel, which is located on the strip of land at about 5 Kms from the Tortuguero Village, between the Tortuguero Lagoon and the Penitencia Canal which leads to Barra de Colorado, has an area of 8 hectares. Seven of which belong to the Natural Reserve created by the Hotel, where you can find monkeys, smoky frogs ("frogs with blue jeans"), slots, many birds species and a great rain forest.
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The Hotel was built in 1989 with the idea of providing the necessary facilities to the tourist exploring in an area of very limited access, yet without harming its natural richness, so the tourist has the chance to really appreciate a tropical rain forest. We start our adventure from San José at the National Theater, built in 1897 and considered to be one of the most beautiful theaters in Latin America. On our way out from the Central Valley, we pass through the Braulio Carrillo National Park. Its landscape is entirely made of high mountains covered by thick forest and deep, fast flowing rivers forming deep canyons. After a technical stop at the cafeteria and a visit to the banana plantation, we'll start the best part of the trip: we will depart to TORTUGUERO aboard small tourist boats specifically designed to travel through the canals.
During 70 km of river travel you will enjoy the diversity in flora ; fauna in its natural environment. Tortuguero National Park is located on the Northern Caribbean slope of the country. A navigable network of lakes and canals running parallel to the coast crosses Tortuguero from southeast to northwest. This allows the great variety of flora and fauna of the region to be close at hand. Tortuguero is the most important nesting area for the green turtlesss Chelonia mydas which come every year to lay their eggs along this coast.