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Tortuguero

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Enjoy this three day excursion to the Tortuguero region, passing Banana plantations and traveling through lush tropical rainforest. Take a scenic boat ride on La Suerte River and through the Tortuguero Canals, offering lovely views of the Costa Rican forest and mangrove swamps. Enjoy two nights on the Tortuguero's coastline which is considered one of the Western Hemisphere's most important nesting sites of the green sea turtle. Relax and explore this exotic region on this extension tour.
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Highlights
  • Enjoy a picturesque boat ride on the La Suerte and Tortuguero rivers
  • See exotic wildlife such as sloths, howler monkeys, coatimundis, raccoons, jaguars, and more
  • Visit Tortuguero's coastline, a vital breeding ground for green sea turtles in the Western Hemisphere
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Arrive Tortuguero

Early in the morning, be picked up from your hotel for the drive to the Atlantic coast, traveling through the lush tropical rainforest of Braulio Carrillo National Park, which is one of the largest in the country. Banana plantations line the highway en route to La Pavona, where you take a scenic boat ride on the La Suerte River, Tortuguero River, and through the Tortuguero Canals. The boat ride offers lovely views of the Costa Rican forest and mangrove swamps, teeming with exotic wildlife such as sloths, howler monkeys, spider monkeys, coatimundis, raccoons, crocodiles, egrets, parrots, and jaguars—to name a few!

Arriving in the island village of Tortuguero, enjoy lunch at Turtle Beach Lodge and then a free afternoon to relax and explore on your own. Spend the next two nights at the lodge, which offers optional garden tours, a refreshing turtle-shaped pool, a dugout canoe, and nightly turtle-watching tours.

Day 2: Canal Tour

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today is a free day to spend as you please – tour the town, visit museums or take a walk through the jungle. You can explore the canals winding through the rainforest, which is home to exotic wildlife, from egrets to crocodiles to monkeys to butterflies. And keep your eyes open for turtles! Tortuguero has many highlights, but it is best known for the four species of sea turtles that nest in the region. Tortuguero's coastline is considered one of the Western Hemisphere's most important nesting sites of the green sea turtle, which can be found by the thousands in the summer months. The baby turtles hatch from July through early November, emerging from their nests to scramble across the sand to the waiting waters of the Atlantic.

Be sure to take advantage of the miles of beach and jungle trails in Tortuguero National Park, horseback riding, kayaking to a nearby lagoon, or fishing in the Tortuguero River for tarpon, snook, and mackerel.

Day 3: Return to San Jose

  • 1 Breakfast
Enjoy a final breakfast in our open air restaurant before catching a boat back to Caño Blanco and transferring on to San Jose.

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This Add-on is available only for our travelers extending or customizing their itinerary. This trip is enjoyable at any time of year, but for those wanting to see the turtles, July-October are the prime months to travel.
Included
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
  • 2 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Park Entrance Fee
  • Arrival Transfer
  • Departure Transfer

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