Tortuguero National Park Tour – 4-Day Independent Adventure

Short on time but need more of Costa Rica? Tortuguero National Park, home to the Caribbeans most important breeding ground for endangered green sea turtles is the place for you. Travel from San Jos through banana plantations to the Caribbean Coast where you'll catch a boat to Tortuguero. Spend four 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."

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Duration: 4 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Physical rating: 2 - Light
Accommodation standard:   Budget% Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 166285
Starts: San José, Costa Rica Finishes: San José, Costa Rica
You will visit
  • San José
  • San José



Day 1: San José

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

Included Activities:
Arrival Day
Welcome Meeting for Independent Trips


Day 2: San José/Tortuguero (1B, 1L, 1D)

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.

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.

Shared van (4.00-5.00 hours)
Motorized canoe (1.50-2.00 hours)


Day 3: Tortuguero (1B, 1L, 1D)

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.

Included Activities:
Tortuguero National Park Guided Boat Tour
Guided Jungle Walk


Day 4: Tortuguero/San José (1B, 1L)

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.

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

Motorized canoe (1.50-2.00 hours)
Shared van (4.00-5.00 hours)

    • Guided hikes and boat tours in Tortuguero National Park
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    • Jungle lodge (2 nts), hotel (1 nt)
    Meals Included
    • 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners
    • Shared shuttle/van, boat, walking
    Group Leader
    • Local guides while at the lodge
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Tour Highlights:
  • Cruise the canals in search of wildlife
  • Hike through the pristine environment of Tortuguero National Park
  • Search for sea turtles when in season