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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.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive Tortuguero
Day 2 : Canal Tour
Day 3 : Return to San Jose

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Independent

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

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Day 1 Arrive Tortuguero

Early in the morning you'll 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 will 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, which are teeming with such exotic wildlife as sloths, howler monkeys, spider monkeys, coatimundis, raccoons, crocodiles, egrets, parrots, and jaguars—just to name a few!

Arriving in the island village of Tortuguero, you'll enjoy lunch at Turtle Beach Lodge, and then a free afternoon to relax and explore on your own. You'll be spending 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

  • Hotels
  • 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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Tortuguero - Hotels

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Per person starting at
$343

Notes

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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
  • Meals as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Professional, bilingual guide service as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed
  • Snorkeling gear (mask, fins, snorkel) is provided on your trip free of charge.  Occasionally the snorkeling gear that is supplied is worn, and there may not be enough sizes available to fit every traveler. Therefore, you may want to bring your own snorkeling gear (particularly a mask and snorkel).

Excluded

  • Meals not Included
  • International Flights
  • Park Entrance Fee
  • Arrival Transfer
  • Departure Transfer
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Local guides full-day tours: $5-$10 per traveler per day
    Local guides 1/2-day tours: $5 per traveler per day
    River guides: $5 per traveler per day
    Support staff: $2-3 per traveler per day
    Drivers: $5 per traveler per day
    Taxi drivers do not expect tips for their normal services
    Baggage Handlers: $1 per bag
    Hotel hospitality (maid service): $1-$1 per traveler per night
    Restaurants: Most restaurants include in their bill a 10% service charge, as well as a 13% sales tax.  If the service charge has been added, no additional tip is necessary; however, the wait staff is happy if the amount is rounded up. 

    USD and major credit cards are commonly used in Costa Rica, and it is very common to see higher cost items priced in USD. It is recommended to carry cash (NEW $20 bills or smaller ONLY) for taxis and restaurants. Most hotels and restaurants will accept major credit cards, as well.

    Colones are the official Costa Rican currency. It is common to receive change in colones if you pay for something in USD cash. Smaller cost items (sodas, metered taxis, etc.) will commonly be priced in colones.
  • In remote areas, we provide the food, but in-town meals are typically not included in the cost of your trip. This allows our travelers to choose restaurants or local cafes to suit each personal palette. For details on meals included/excluded, please review your itinerary.

    The following are recommendations to help you plan your personal meal budget.  These guidelines are based on per-person expenses and include water and/or soda.

    Mid-range lunch: $10-$15
    Mid-range dinner: $20
    High-range lunch: $15-$25
    High-range dinner: $25-$35
    Domestic beer: $2-$3 a bottle
    Cocktails: $3-$7
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