Formally a chain of volcanic islands, the Tortuguero National Park is a perfect location for green and leatherback turtles to nest and for baby turtles to make their first trek into the ocean. No roads to Tortuguero means it is only accessible by boat, and the remote location keeps the rainforest virtually untouched. Get ready to spot sloths, monkey, Toucan Sam, crocodiles, colorful frogs and butterflies.
On the first day you will enjoy breakfast at the Exploration Center in Siquirres then ride to Caño Blanco and access the main canal of the National Park. Your Tortuguero Adventure begins as we board the boats and head up the channels on the way to our hotel. Our eco-friendly hotel is located only 5 minutes by boat from the Tortuguero National park where the Turtle Nesting Observtion Tours are the highlight attraction in the Caribbean region of Costa Rica. At the hotel you will enjoy a delicious lunch followed by a visit to the Tortuguero village.
On the second day you will take a boat into the jungle and explore the lagoons and hidden canals. The Tortuguero National Park has eleven different habitats, so you can experience rain forests, mangrove forests, swamps, beaches, and lagoons. Feel free to ask any questions of your knowledgeable guide as you hike together through the south side of this beautiful reserve. If you are lucky enough to schedule your vacation while the Green Turtles are nesting (July - October), or the the Leatherbacks (February - June) and other lesser common species of turtles who nest between the summer months; do not miss out on the optional guided turtle observation tours at night!
6:00-6:30 AM: Pick up in San Jose, South Caribbean and Arenal.
6:30-8:30 AM: In route to Exploration Center in Siquirres.
8:30-9:15 AM: Breakfast at the Exploration Center.
9:15-10:30 AM: In route to Exploration Center in Caño Blanco.
10:30-12:00 PM: Boat ride on the canals.
12:00-3:00 PM: Check in at hotel, lunch and time to relax, take out a kayak or take a dip in the pool.
3:00-5:00 PM: Visit Tortuguero Village.
6:30 PM: Dinner.
8:00 PM: Seasonal Night Tour by boat to walk on the beach to observe the turtles nesting, optional activity $35.
7:00 AM: Breakfast.
8:00 AM: Check out and leave for Canal Tour.
11:00-1:00 PM: Depart north side of Tortuguero and lunch.
1:00 PM: Rainforest Hike.
3:30-6:30 PM: In route Caño Blanco to San Jose, Southern Caribbean and Arenal Volcano.
If visiting Costa Rica, Tortuguero is a "must do" activity for nature lovers, avid bird watchers, or those looking to travel off the beaten path. With transportation from 3 major vacation destinations in Costa Rica, this is a tour deal that cannot be beat, and an experience that should not be missed. Book your Tortuguero Expedition with The Real Deal Tours and know you are getting the best deal and the best Tortuguero experience available.
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- * Round trip or continuing transportation from San Jose, Puerto Viejo, or Arenal Volcano regions.
- * All Meals
- * Snacks & Beverages
- * Professional bilingual guide
- * Lodging & Amenities in Tortuguero
- * Canal Tours
- * Hiking Tours
- * Tour of Tortuguero Village
- * Use of Kayaks
Departures: 6:00-6:30 AM depending on pick-up location.
Length: 2 Days.
Recommendations: Please note the packing guide.
- * Comfortable shoes
- * Water bottle
- * Towel
- * Sunscreen
- * Change of clothes
- * Camera
- * Binoculars
- * Insect repellant
- * Swim suit Wind breaker
- * Flashlight
- * Personal toiletries
- * Raincoat
- * Cash for tour balance, extra park fees, extra tours and tips
Children: There is not a minimum age and children pay the same price as adults.
Not Included: National Park entrance fee ($10), Caribbean Conservation Corporation ($1), turtle nesting night tour ($35).
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This tour departs at 6:00 AM.
Tortuguero Packing Guidelines and Restrictions
Please Note: There is a Baggage Limit for your trip to Tortuguero: It is the Size of a Carry-On for an International flight or 25 pounds. The weight is not as important as the volume.
If you are changing destinations you will need to bring all of your luggage with you and we ask that you split it prior to the operator picking you up. The first day of your trip you are driving first to the tour operator's base in Siquirres, the Exploration Center. Here you are going to have breakfast on the first day and lunch on the second (or third) day. This is also where your main luggage will be kept securely for you as you venture into the remote canals of Tortuguero. You will need the split the luggage as recommended below.
In your Carry On Bag you are going to bring all your needs for your Tortuguero stay (see list below). This bag will travel with you and will be with you the whole Tortuguero trip. Here is where the "Size of a Carry-On / 25 pounds" applies.
The remaining of your luggage will separately be stored at our Exploration Center. Here they have lockers where your belongings are going to be secured. It will be guarded 24 hours a day 7 days a week. You will pick it up on your second (or third) day when you come back for lunch. Here you will have time to re-organize and all of your luggage will travel with you on to your next destination (San Jose, Arenal or the Caribbean).
What to pack for Tortuguero:
All your valuables such as passport, plane tickets, credit cards, cash and electronics.
Basics such as light clothes (2 shirts, 2 pairs of shorts, 2 pairs of socks) and swim suit and basic toiletries.
Jungle survival necessities such as sunscreen, hat, camera, water bottle, comfortable walking shoes, insect repellent, binoculars, raincoat.
For the optional/seasonal night turtle tour; please wear dark clothes.