Tortuguero Canals Tour - Limon

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Duration: 4 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    08:00 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Meet up will be in the Japdeva cruise pier, our uniform is red color tshirt, you will see a sign with your name on it
    Muelle de los Turistas, XXQG+P75, Limó.. read more
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


The tortuguero canals, will lead you through the living jungle that stretches over the narrow canals, formed by the rivers born in the high mountains, making their way to the sea.

Common sightings here are monkeys, crocodiles, iguanas and sloths. The canals are also considered a bird watchers paradise, so keep your eyes open! The canals of Tortuguero are without a doubt one of the main attractions in Costa Rica, and this is a unique opportunity to experience this natural wonder. You will pass through some of the countrys most fertile areas and learn about Costa Ricas main agricultural products. Along the way, you will see cocoa plantations and ornamental flowers.

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Coastal Drive: Enjoy the beautiful scenery of Puerto Limon coastline during the bus drive to the different attractions.

Fruit stand: You will be taken to the fruit towns. An area where the sweetest and best tropical fruits are produced. Try them from the hands of smiling agricultures proud to share their crops with our visitors.

Visit a Banana plantation for outside, our guide will provide you many interesting facts about this amazing fruit will be explained, including the crop, harvesting, processing, packing and exportation. Costa Rica is the second largest banana producer in the world, with more than 106,000 acres of plantations devoted exclusively to banana production, and 80% of the plantations are located in Limon province, which has become one of the most important economic activities in the region. This is a very interesting cultural experience that you cant miss.

The Tortuguero Canals: Board your covered boat for a 60 minutes leisurely cruise through the jungle canals. Your guide will show you the rain forest eco-system and point out sights of interest. Keep an eye out for wildlife, including howler monkeys, many sloths, toucans, aquatic birds, bats and crocodiles as well as exotic flora.

Stop in the beach: You can eat in arestaurant on the beach, (lunch not included).

City Tour: History records that in 1502 Christopher Columbus landed in Costa Rica at the place known as Puerto Limn. The country's port has much import and export traffic. The city's old quarter has the characteristics of a historical center and is currently under urban renovation with restoration of buildings and a pedestrian walkway from Vargas Park to the market.

Enjoy the Souvenirs Stores & Shopping: During our Limon Highlights tour, you will enjoy many different souvenirs stores. The Caribbean is full of diversity, and boasts many cultures: Afro-Costa Rican, Bribri and Cabcar, Asian, Italian and Central American, among others. Besides food, the region features a collection of cultural activities and traditions that also set it aside from the rest of the country.

This tour is designed to help you become an expert on the rich cultural heritage and ecological resources of the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica.


Port pickup and drop-off

Transport by air-conditioned minivan

Accommodation as per itinerary

Hotel pickup and drop-off (only from Limon)

All Fees and Taxes


Food and drinks

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Not wheelchair accessible

At time of booking, Cruise ship passengers must provide the following information at time of booking: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time

A maximum of 12 people per booking

Stroller accessible

Most travelers can participate

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers

Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff

COVID-19 vaccination required for guides

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  • 09-Apr-2022

    Tour por los canales de Tortuguero, Vanessa nuestra guía fue la líder que nos mostró con simpatía toda la fauna y flora de la excursión

  • 10-Jan-2022

    Outstanding tour. Vanessa met our party of six at Port Limon. Vanessa also had a driver so she was able to give us her undivided attention. We departed immediately for Tortuguero Canals. Upon arrival we boarded a boat. It was so much fun. We saw monkeys, sloths, and all kinds of birds. The boat driver was extremely knowledgeable about the animals. Next we stopped at a banana plantation and Vanessa explained to us how bananas grew and the exportation process from Costa Rica to other countries. We then went to a fruit stand and tasted the best fruit I ever had. I'll go back to Costa Rica just for the fruit. A little girl approached us and wanted to give us a butterfly tour. So we went. Amazing. The butterflies were beautiful and some of them actually landed on us. We then went to a gift shop and sampled rum and coffee and purchased souvenirs. Our last stop was at a restaurant with a gorgeous view of the beach. It was a fantastic day!

  • 17-Feb-2020

    This was a fantastic cruise excursion with our tour guide Enrique. He was very knowledgeable and wise beyond his years! The canal ride was incredible: cayman, sloths, howler monkeys, and numerous birds. Both Enrique and our driver went above and beyond to help with the wheelchair. The fruit stop was delicious - the best pineapple I have ever eaten.

  • 09-Jan-2020

    Nous avons spécialement apprécié notre chauffeur, Mario, qui nous a conduit de façon calme et douce! Trop souvent j’ai mal au cœur avec les conducteurs qui conduisent trop vite et trop brusquement. Avec Mario, ce fut très agréable! Sa personnalité nous a été aussi très agréable!! Merci

  • 28-Dec-2019

    We booked the excursion online and as promised, a SYL representative was waiting for us at the exit of the ship with a sign indicating our name. We were immediately taken care of by the representative and a guide was assigned to us, no waiting. We took a tour of the city and then an excursion on the canal, unfortunately we did not see much but the ride was pleasant. Our guide Kandry was very pleasant and very knowledgeable, his English was very understandable and he showed us more than expected. We recommend SYL for all excursions to Costa Rica, very professional and reliable tour operator.

  • 13-Dec-2019

    We stopped in Limon for a stop on our cruise. After reading all the reviews I decided I had to book with Syltravel for our tour. We had Enrique and he was wonderful. We saw Limon, did the canal tour, (though it said 1hour we only got 30 mins), visited Playa Bonita, saw the banana farm and tried some amazing treats! I would recommend Syltravel to anyone who is looking for a day tour of Limon. Thank you to Enrique, you were a fabulous guide and we really enjoyed our day with you. The only disappointment would be that we didn't get the whole 1hr boat tour on the canal, though the couple doing the canal tour were super funny, kept us laughing!

  • 05-Nov-2019

    We went to Costa Rica on the princess cruise line we took a tour with Syl travel our tour guide was Evelyn Sinclair we just want to thank you for that wonderful tour you gave us we learned so much in such a short while, so we are recommending Syl Travel is the best thank you so much.

  • 17-Apr-2019

    When we arrived in Puerto Limon, Costa Rica, aboard the Celebrity Reflection, it was raining heavily. Even though it was a cloudy, blustery and rainy day we still wanted to take an excursion to Tortuguero Canal and maybe Playa Bonita. We got off the ship and saw the SYL Travel tent with a Tripadvisor banner right on the waterfront. We inquired about a trip to Tortuguero Canal and Playa Bonita and the staff was very friendly , courteous and obliging to our group of nine Canadians. They told us about their excursions offered and the attractions of them. The SYL Travel consultants offered us a group tour to Tortuguero Canal, Playa Bonita and some Limon highlights for $35 per person. It sounded very reasonable to us so we were introduced to Manuel our guide who showed us to his van for this excursion. Manuel was very accomodating, courteous, professional and friendly. On the journey to the canal he explained a lot about the culture, geography, beauty, flora and fauna of his beautiful country of Costa Rica. He was very enthusiastic and committed to showing us his country as a guide who took his job seriously and spoke several languages. Manuel's avid love and knowledge of his country and enthusiasm with energy was contagious as he was humorous and fun-loving, He had Canadian friends and they called him on our trip and we toasted them and also his wife called so we welcomed her. Our guide was such a genuine, down to earth type of guy who we could relate to as he was very fluent in English. The trip to the Tortuguero Canal was awesome with the one hour and more boat ride where we saw Howler monkeys, Green Iguanas, Sloths, Basalisk lizards, and several exotic birds. The flora and vegetation along the rainforest was tropical, lush and green. The artwork stand had nice souvenirs to buy at reasonable prices. Our stop at Playa Bonita was very enjoyable where we watched the heavy surf thundering onto the hard packed sandy beach with palms and lush vegetation on the right. The beer was cold at Reina's beach bar and the food looked inviting. The rustic, tropical beach is not too commercialized and mainly caters to locals as it wasn't busy at all on this Sunday. Thanks SYL Travel and we highly recommend you and your guides for an excursion from the docks of Costa Rica in Puerto Limon.

  • 10-Apr-2019

    We booked SylTravel for a private small group tour of the canals and sloth sanctuary. We had a zip line option as well. Our guide was friendly and knowlegable. The price was right and they were waiting for us at the pier. I negotiated the price ahead of time, so when we got there I told the lady taking payments the negotiated price and she took it, leaving us to decide whether or not to zip line. We also went to a beach for a short break. Would recommend.

  • 26-Mar-2019

    Arrived by ship. Met this company upon debarkation and agreed to join a shared tour touring Limon and then canals Tortuguera. US$40/per person for approx. 3hrs. Great value and quality compared to ship excursion for similar and $95/per person! Evelyn was our guide. Bus was very clean and comfortable. Only 8 others with us. It was raining. Evelyn did a wonderful job sharing her knowledge and passion for her country. We stopped at a banana plantation and then a fruit shop to sample items and use bathrooms. It was a Sunday so shops were shuttered in town. Then off to the canal cruise which was very well done despite the heavy rain. The boat was clean, but everyone ended up getting wet due to open sides. We were all fine with it. The boat driver had an eagle eye and gave us a great tour despite.

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