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Tortuguero National Park Tour – 4-Day Independent Adventure

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."

  • Duration: 4 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • Physical rating: Light
  • Supplier Tour ID: TCRT4N/166285
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Starts: San José, Costa Rica
  • Finishes: San José, Costa Rica
  • Age requirement: 2 +
You will Visit
  • San José
  • Tortuguero



Day 1: San José

Arrive at any time, arrival transfer included.
You will be met at San José International Airport and transferred to your hotel for the night. There are no planned activities, so enjoy the city on your own.


Day 2: San José/Tortuguero

Travel to Tortuguero National Park 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.


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.


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.

    • Arrival transfer
    • 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)
    • 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners
    • Shared shuttle/van, boat, walking
    Group Leader
    • This tour is an Independent Adventure with no group and no CEO (Tour Leader). A welcome package with information about your tour will be at the starting hotel. 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