Tortuguero National Park - San Jose

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 12 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    6:30 AM Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.
  • Departure Details :
    San José Province, San José, Costa Rica
    Traveler pickup is offered
    We pick up from all hotels in Central San José
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

Take an expedition by boat through the dense jungle of Tortuguero National Park and explore one of the most beautiful and scenic regions of Costa Rica. Cruise through an extensive network of freshwater channels home to river otters, caiman and endangered manatees. On this full-day guided tour, youll visit an important nesting site for the endangered green sea turtles, once nearly extinct and now protected in the park! Enjoy complimentary breakfast and have lunch at the luxurious Evergreen Lodge, with round-trip transport from San jose.

Highlights

Take an expedition by boat through the dense jungle of Tortuguero National Park and explore one of the most beautiful and scenic regions of Costa Rica. Cruise through an extensive network of freshwater channels home to river otters, caiman and endangered manatees. On this full-day guided tour, youll visit an important nesting site for the endangered green sea turtles, once nearly extinct and now protected in the park! Enjoy complimentary breakfast and have lunch at the luxurious Evergreen Lodge, with round-trip transport from San Jose.

Know More about this tour

Meet your guide upon pickup from your San Jose hotel and stop for breakfast at Rancho Roberto's in Guapiles. After your meal, you'll travel through the Braulio Carrillo National Park, one of Costa Ricas largest national parks. Pass numerous rivers, waterfalls and mountains covered in dense forests on your drive, until you reach a banana plantation.

Here, board a boat and set sail for Tortuguero National Park. Since there are no roads to the park from Tortuguero village, access to the vast network of freshwater lagoons and creeks is by boat. Ride for approximately one hour to reach the canals and keep an eye out for all kind of birds in the lush vegetation along the way.
Tortuguero, meaning turtle catcher, formed from an archipelago of volcanic islands where high rainfall eventually created the bio-diverse wetlands great for nature lovers! During your 3-hour boat tour of Tortuguero National Park, your expert guide will be on hand to teach you about the history and wildlife as you cruise between the marshy isles.

Midday, youll have time for a lunch break at Evergreen Lodge, located just five minutes by boat from the entrance to the park. Under the high ceilings of the lovely main dining room, enjoy the ambiance that complements the surrounding jungle landscape.

Get an up-close look at the park's great variety of flora and fauna as you ride among the canals. If youre lucky, you might spot such wildlife as the spectacled caiman, southern river otter and possibly even the endangered West Indian manatee. The park is also home to sloths, howler and capuchin monkeys, tiny frogs and green iguanas.

The secluded, black-sand beaches of Tortuguero National Park are some of the most important breeding grounds for the green sea turtle. These ancient reptiles once neared extinction as adults were hunted for their meat and their eggs were taken. You'll get the chance to see the sites where the green sea turtles nest and learn from your guide about the parks efforts to protect this important species.

After exploring the national park, enjoy a return 1-hour boat ride to dry land and then board your coach for the trip back to San Jose, where youll be dropped off at your hotel in the evening.

Inclusions

Lunch

Breakfast

English speaking guide

Hotel pickup and drop-off

Transport by private vehicle

Entry/Admission - Tortuguero National Park

Exclusions

Gratuities

Food and drinks, unless specified

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Infants must sit on laps

A minimum of two passengers are required for the tour to commence. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there is not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund

Traveler Reviews

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  • 24-Feb-2020

    The tour itself and location was great. The tour company and guide were terrible. First, it is advertised as an A/C van. The van is very dated, legroom is worse than an airplane and they never turned on the A/C, they said it had something to do with the van being underpowered, we were unclear. Which leads me to the next issue. The tour guide only spoke very basic English. He often misunderstood our very simple questions about what time to meet or even were to find the bathroom. He was hard to understand and even though we could not understand him well we did notice he was reading to us from a children’s coloring book. The guide spent most of his time Socializing with the Spanish speaking in the group and answered a ton of their questions. English was an afterthought and he did not attempt to include us in conversations at all. Maybe you’ll be lucky and get another guide, but we were not fortunate. We used other tour agencies in Costa Rica and they were great.

  • 18-Nov-2019

    I had very good experience. Guid was very knowledgeable. The nature was nice. Excellent experience!!

  • 03-Jul-2019

    Our Guide Jorden made this Trip. We did not see much due to low waters and off season but Jorden was very knowable about the areas and kept us well informed. And it was FUN. we had a great time.

  • 25-Feb-2019

    This tour should not be offered as a one day tour. You spend around 7 hours travelling, and only 4 hours in Tortuguero actually seeing things. The tour departed around 45 minutes late, and there was a lot of traffic. Arrived back to San Jose just after 7pm.
    You do not see any turtles in February, which was the main selling point for me. It does not state on the itinerary that Feb is the off season.
    The banana plantation was simply looking at some bananas growing while we drove passed in the bus.
    When we arrived, we took a boat to the main village, which was nice for around 30 mins weaving through the lush greenery, but then got a bit boring. On the return boat the sailer really struggled to get us back in low tides, in very hot weather. You spend nearly 3 hours in the boat in total, which is far too long! After lunch you are told to just walk around the hotel for 45 mins (this is away from the nice village part) which is a massive waste of time!
    On the way there, we stopped for 30 mins for breakfast, losing more time, this seems unnecessary and took up time which could have been spent in Tortuguero. Lunch was very nice food. Saw one sloth (at the side of the road), some birds, couple of lizards and iguanas, and a baby crocodile - very limited wildlife. NO TURTLES.
    We spent 30 mins on the beach, and around 15 mins walking through Tortuguero Village. This was the highlight, and Tortuguero itself seems very nice, relaxed and chilled, a little bit touristy, but less so compared to places like Manuel Antonio, Monteverde and La Fortuna. I wish I would have booked an overnight stay, as I feel it was needed to appreciate the place. The tour guide also speaks multiple languages, which is fine, but means everything is told in Spanish and English, so you miss out on hearing more.
    I would not recommend booking this trip as the one day offering from San Jose (certainly not in February). Book it yourself and spend at least one night there.

  • 29-Oct-2018

    Very interesting visit to the Caribbean side of the country.

  • 08-Apr-2018

    Amazing, saw lots of wildlife. Knowledgable tour guides. Nice lunch.

  • 03-Apr-2018

    This is a great place to spend the day and we had the most awesome guide - German sounds like Herman. He showed us so many things, was extremely knowledgeable about Costa Rica and just seemed to enjoy spending the day with the group.

  • 24-Mar-2018

    This tour shows the beauty and richness of Costa Rica's nature. A trip on a minivan, then on a motor boat, a walk in the park make this long trip not very tedious. The childhood memories from Jules Verne's books came to mind when they sailed along a narrow, winding river through a magnificent jungle. It should be borne in mind that turtles can be seen only at certain times of the year, we did not see them, but without them there were many interesting things.

  • 07-Mar-2018

    This trip was somewhere between 3 and 4 stars. Not bad, not great, but had potential. The bus transportation to Torguguero was pretty rough. The mini-bus itself was okay, but the A/C was broken driver wasn't aware until that day, and there were a lot of construction delays, traffic, and rough roads. Exhausting, with a trip that was long anyway. It turned out to be a 15-hour day. The boat ride to the actual park was terrific. We didn't see much wildlife at all, just 1 sloth, 2 caiman, 1 croc, and a bunch of lizards. And some birds, and maybe 2 monkeys. Would love to see the area when it's more active. Our guide was very informative and pointed out things we would have missed. But he did have to say everything twice, because we had a multi-lingual group. Enjoyed the meals included. Can't blame the tour company for a less-than-perfect day, because you can't make up wildlife that's not visible, or control the traffic ...

  • 27-Feb-2018

    Excellent. Very enjoyable. The bus was comfortable and air-conditioned. This was an early start with breakfast before heading to boats then a long boat ride following by a walk around the village. We then had lunch in a restaurant inside the forest then another boat trip back to the bus.

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