Tortuguero National Park Tour – 4-Day Independent Adventure

  • Costa Rica

Cruise the canals in search of wildlife, hike through the pristine environment of Tortuguero National Park, search for sea turtles when in season

Short on time but need more of Costa Rica? Tortuguero National Park, a remote coastal town only accessible by boat or small plane is the place for you. Travel from San José through banana plantations to the Caribbean Coast where you'll catch a boat to Tortuguero. Spend three days exploring the canals, beaches and jungles of this pristine nature reserve in search of turtles, birds, caiman and if you are lucky, the famous "Jesus Lizard."

4 days from €359

(€89.75 per day)

Suitable for
All ages
Trip Code
TCRT4N
Travel Style
Classic
Service Level
Standard
Physical Grading
2 - Light
Trip Type
Independent Travel
Transport
Shared shuttle/van, boat, walking.
Accommodation
Jungle lodge (2 nights), hotel (1 night).
Meals
3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners
Other
  • Guided hikes and boat tours in Tortuguero National Park
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

Day 1 San José

Arrive at any time.

There are no planned activities, so enjoy the city on your own.

Arrival Day

Begin your adventure today. There are no planned activities so feel free to explore or rest up for the excitement ahead.

Welcome Package Hotel

Upon arrival at your hotel on Day 1, you will receive a welcome package providing a schedule, documentation/vouchers and pick-up times for all included activities. It also will contain contact information, should you have any questions about your tour.

accommodation

Hotel El Sesteo

Day 2 San José / Tortuguero

Travel to Tortuguero NP and enjoy guided boat trips and wildlife viewing within the canals and coastal jungle. In leisure time, relax at the secluded lodge or take an optional nocturnal animal-spotting boat excursion in the evening.

Enjoy a a delicious Costa Rican breakfast en route as we transfer by road then boat through the famous canals of Tortuguero. This tropical eco-paradise is home to countless bird and animal species, and you will have many opportunities to view and photograph wildlife.

Shared van

4h to 5h

Travel from bustling San Jose to the Caribbean coast. Enjoy the views, passing though various micro-climates and pineapple and banana plantations.

Climb aboard and make friends with your seatmate en route to the next stop.

Motorized canoe

1h 30m to 2h

Once you get to the port, hop on board the comfortable lancha (boat) for your incredible journey through the remarkable Tortuguero canals.

Climb in and move swiftly through the water to the next stop.

accommodation

Turtle Beach Lodge

Optional Activities:

  • Tortuguero National Park Guided Night Boat Tour

    Travel the canals by night to learn about the incredible biological diversity of the area. Different animals are more active at night and this is the best time for caiman spotting.

Meals Included

  • breakfast
  • lunch
  • dinner

The tropical rainforest gives way to prime secluded beaches, ideal nesting grounds for Green turtles (nesting July-October) and Loggerhead, Hawksbill and Leatherback Turtles (nesting March-June). We cannot guarantee you will see turtles but odds are fairly good from July through October.

Day 3 Tortuguero

Enjoy a guided boat trip and jungle walk in search of caiman, monkeys (spider, howler, and white-faced Capuchin), sloths, and basilisk lizards.

Take advantage of this excellent opportunity to spot a variety of birds, monkeys and other wildlife. In our downtime, relax at the secluded lodge on a hammock or at the pool or beach. Opt to explore the gardens and beach, or go kayaking.

Tortuguero National Park Guided Boat Tour

2h

Hop on board, kick back, and prepare to witness a parade of tropical birds, reptiles, and mammals as we motor through the black water canals of the Tortuguero NP. Scan the trees for toucans, watch the shores for caimans, otters, iguanas and frogs, and look up to see monkeys sharing space with sloths. Bring your binoculars and bug spray. Be prepared for hot, humid, and possibly wet weather.

Guided Jungle Walk

Take a guided walk along the trails surrounding the lodge to learn more about the flora and fauna of the jungle. Learn about the delicate ecosystem and get a close-up view of some of the frogs and insects that play an important part in nature's cycle.

free time

afternoon

Relax at the pool or take a walk along the beach.

accommodation

Turtle Beach Lodge

Optional Activities:

  • Tortuguero Canopy zipline

    Soar above the coastal rainforest on a zip line adventure. Tortuguero Canopy has eleven platforms, seven zip lines, and four hanging bridges.

  • Guided Kayak Excursion

    Grab a paddle and prepare to witness a parade of tropical birds, reptiles, and mammals as you kayak through the black water canals of the Tortuguero National Park. Scan the trees for toucans, watch the shores for caimans, otters, iguanas, frogs, and look up to see monkeys sharing space with sloths. Bring your binoculars and bug spray. Be prepared for hot, humid, and possibly wet weather.

  • Turtle Nesting Night Excursion (Seasonal)

    This is a seasonal activity from June to October. You have a chance to witness turtles nesting from late June to August. See turtles hatching from September to October. Leatherback turtles generally nest from March to June. Green turtles generally nest from June to October.

    Head out at night to visit the nesting grounds of the green and leatherback turtles (seasonal) on the beaches of Tortuguero National Park. Learn about the turtles' nesting process and hopefully see females lay eggs, during this once-in-a-lifetime wildlife experience.

Meals Included

  • breakfast
  • lunch
  • dinner

Day 4 Tortuguero / San José

Head back to San José after breakfast. Tour ends on arrival.

After an early morning breakfast, it is time to return to San José, where the tour ends. Have lunch on the road, returning to the capital in the afternoon.

Motorized canoe

1h 30m to 2h

Travel south, back through steamy jungle canals and natural rivers to the port.

Climb in and move swiftly through the water to the next stop.

Shared van

4h to 5h

Return to your San José hotel between 2:00 and 5:00 pm, depending on weather and traffic.

Climb aboard and make friends with your seatmate en route to the next stop.

Departure Day (Activities)

Depart on arrival to your final destination. Your CEO can help with any onward travel arrangements you require.

Meals Included

  • breakfast
  • lunch

Post tour accommodation in San José (not included) is recommended. Please speak to your sales agent.

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