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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 are 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 64 reviews

Ronny was an absolutely amazing guide. He picked us up from our hotel right on time and then, as we made the long but beautifully scenic drive, shared his detailed knowledge of both where we were going and the nation of Costa rica. His ability to spot wildlife is astounding, and whilst driving, he showed us various amazing animals and plants. After a great breakfast we boarded our boat for our jungle cruise down the river. Ronny and the captain (also named Ronny) made it such a memorable experience, spotting monkeys, crocodiles, basilisks and a range of birds, stopping to get us the best photos. Going through the jungle engulfed by nature was unforgettable. After this we hiked through the jungle, Ronny talked us through everything and even found us a tiny poison dart frog, before showing us breath taking views of the Carribean sea above the canopy. After a nice lunch at a local Soda, we drove back to San Jose, stopping to find a sloth on the journey. Thank you Ronny, highly recommend!

We were picked up by our wonderful tour guide Ronny, and were taken to a delightful breakfast on the way to the National park. We learned so much on the drive to the park that it really felt like two tours! We pulled over at cool spots on the way and saw fruit plantations as well. We got to the park and saw so many animals and had a good time adventuring. I highly recommend checking this out!

You cannot miss this tour, because it shows you a wonderful view of the rain forest. There are a bunch of activities in this tour, including the river experience, enter into the rain forest, go to see the village, and experience a view of the river and the Caribbean Sea. The meals included are very delicious as well. Tour guides are all informative and warm-welcoming your questions.

Freddy, the guide, is passionate about his profession, the culture of his country, the fauna and flora. We spent an excellent and very instructive day with him! I highly recommend.

Great tour, we had a very friendly tour guide (Roni). Price is on upper limit (200$).