Tortuguero National Park

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From San Jose: 3-Day Tortuguero National Park Excursion

1. From San Jose: 3-Day Tortuguero National Park Excursion

Explore the protected Tortuguero National Park in the Limón Province, reachable only by airplane or boat. Take in the wealth of biodiversity in its eleven different habitats, including rainforest, mangrove forests, swamps, beaches, and lagoons. Trip itinerary: Day 1: After an early morning hotel pickup, admire the biodiversity of a primary forest through the window as you drive past Braulio Carrillo National Park. Sample a delicious Costa Rican breakfast during the drive. Mid-morning, board a comfortable boat and travel along the Tortuguero Canals. Be enchanted by the surrounding paradise and its varied flora and fauna. Then, enjoy a refreshing cocktail and a delicious lunch at the hotel. After lunch, tour the canals and take incredible photos for the rest of the afternoon. Arrive at Pachira Lodge (or similar) for a delightful dinner and a restful night's sleep. Day 2: Discover the flavors of Costa Rica with breakfast at the Lodge. Then, hike along the Lodge's private trail and work up an appetite for lunch. After lunch at the Lodge, visit the Sea Turtle Museum, the beach, and the picturesque village of Tortuguero. In the evening, enjoy dinner at the Lodge again. Day 3: After breakfast at the Lodge, head back to San José, stopping for lunch at El Ceibo in Guápiles on the way. Arrive back in San José in the afternoon.

San Jose: Tortuguero Park Day Tour with Breakfast & Lunch

2. San Jose: Tortuguero Park Day Tour with Breakfast & Lunch

The day begins with pickup from your accommodation in San Jose, Heredia, or Alajuela at 6:00 AM. On your way to breakfast, drive past rolling coffee plantations and admire the mountains of Braulio Carrillo National Park. At around 7:15 AM, stop for a traditional Costa Rican breakfast to set you up for the day's adventure. Enjoy fresh fruit juice, coffee, eggs, and the popular gallo pinto (a typical Central American rice and bean dish.) After breakfast visit a local banana plantation and learn about the process of growing and exporting fruit. At around 10:00 AM, leave the bus behind and hop onboard a boat as you cruise into the jungle of Tortuguero National Park. Surrounded by tropical rainforest, which covers over 29,000 hectares, soak up the magic of this luscious green landscape. As you sail along the jungle canals, see native green sea turtles, as well as other endangered animals such as sloths, monkeys, and manatees. There’s also countless colorful butterflies, toucans, herons, crocodiles, and more. Learn about each of the animals and their habitat in the jungle, as well as about local conservation efforts to protect them. Once you’ve worked up a bit of an appetite, enjoy a hearty buffet lunch. After lunch, take a relaxing stroll through Tortuguero Village where you’ll discover local life and learn about the history of the town and its residents. At the end of an unforgettable day, get back on the bus at around 3:30 PM and begin the return journey back to San Jose.

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What people are saying about Tortuguero National Park

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 59 reviews

It was a special experience to stay in hey rainforest for 3 days. The canal tour was fantastic! Seen a lot. You really need a guide otherwise you will miss the most beautiful animals. The village of Tortugeuro was disappointing, very touristy (of course). The hike in the jungle fell was a walk on a paved path on private property. Felt a bit "fake". Saw a sloth and a toucan. Restaurant was mediocre. Rooms were ok. Further facilities, swimming pool and bar were fine. We found the place and the environment most special: water, jungle and nothing else. We were there in May, unfortunately there were no turtles, because I would like to go back for that.

The trip was very well planned. Our guide Berny created a good atmosphere, provided interesting information about the country and its people and thanks to him we were able to admire many great animals and take great pictures. The selected restaurants (breakfast and lunch) offered local food and tasted excellent. Thank you for the wonderful day. Definitely a highlight of my Costa Rica trip.

The guide, Álvar, very attentive, entertained the trip with explanations and stops. The experience was great and the day was well spent. Perhaps half an hour more in Tortuguero to visit with more pause. I recommend it.

It was exciting to have this tour. I was satisfied with the main program and the guider. The lodge facility was also reasonnable and the meals were not delicate but was OK considering the location of the lodge.

Great trip with our guide Giovanni! Saw lots of animals, had a great breakfast and lunch and learned a lot on the way. Would definitely recommend!