Refugio Natural de Vida Silvestre Gandoca – Manzanillo

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Place Category: AttractionsPlace Tags: bird watching, coral reef, flora and fauna, forest, indigenous reserve, kayak, mangrove, reptiles, swamp, and wildlife refuge

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  • The refuge is located southeast of the Caribbean coast, between the mouth river of the Cocles River and the Sixaola River, in the province of Limon, canton of Talamanca, district of Sixaola. Gandoca – Manzanillo is a mixed National Wildlife Refuge (state and private), where the combination of landscape of land, beach and sea, added to the local culture makes the site a very attractive place for visitors. The conservation and sustainable management of these ecosystems is carried out in parallel with the participation of the communities, where the habitat of threatened species such as manatees and sea turtles is protected. It is located about 12 kilometers southeast of Puerto Viejo de Limon, in the Manzanillo area; here you will find beautiful beaches of fine sand, calm waves and coral reefs that decorate the sea, and make this region a paradise for lovers of nature and water sports. +

    Encompassing several rare habitats like a lowland rainforest, a wetland and a mangrove swamp, the Refugio Gandoca – Manzanillo also safeguards the only Orey and Jolillo palm swamps in Costa Rica. This wildlife Reserve is very important from an ecological point of view because it contains the only intact mangrove swamp in the Atlantic, and the primary lowland small rainforest found here is the only one of its kind in the region. A unique habitat, this reserve includes a 10 Kilometer beach strip, a 740 acre forest, a coral reef and 2 swamps. The Refugio de Gandoca – Manzanillo is also the nesting area for several species of manatees, crocodiles, caimans, turtles, tarpons and dolphins.

    It is recommended that you enjoy the area doing activities such as: Observation of the spawning of the leatherback turtle, dolphin watching, diving the reef sector, walks, horseback riding, boat rides, bird watching, kayak, visit the Indigenous reserve. The entrance is for free and among the services that are offered are: General information, latrines, drinking water, lunch area, asphalted and damaged access, parking areas, restaurants, hotels and cabins around the area, local guides, and attention to user.

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