Through the Jungle to Tortuguero

Tortuguero 3-Day Wildlife Jungle Tour - Costa Rica

Prices from £345 pp

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Duration3 days / 2 nights

LocationSan Jose - Tortuguero

Suitable for families

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The amazing landscape of Tortuguero is not accessible by road. Instead you'll find rivers meandering through the pristine rainforest to the famous nesting ground of countless turtles. Fill your senses with the sounds of the rainforest, listen to howler monkeys in the distance, smell the tropical hibiscus or spot tiny red frogs in the grass. The rainforest takes you by surprise; the quieter it seems, the more animals seem to be hiding amongst the leaves.

What's included

  • Accommodation – price based on 2 people sharing
  • Full board
  • Entrance fees to the National Park
  • Boat and jungle walking tours
  • Visit to local village

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Your day-by-day itinerary

Arrival in Tortuguero

At around 6am you’ll be picked up at your hotel in San Jose and travel to the Caribbean coast by coach, as part of an international group. As you near the harbour you’ll drive through vast banana plantations. On arrival in Tortuguero you’ll load your bags onto the narrow boat that will take you down the river to your home for the next few days.

Dainty, green boat doing an excursion in Tortuguero national park

At the lodge you’ll go ashore and be welcomed with an arrival drink. Your home for the next couple of nights is a wooden cabin, with your own shower, toilet and fan, set in an enticing tropical garden. This afternoon you’ll have time to settle in and relax by the pool. At the end of the afternoon you’ll start your first activity. If you’re lucky to be here during the right season (Feb to April and July to October for the different species), you will probably want to see the turtles laying their eggs.

Caiman Alligator hunting through the forest floor river bank in Tortguero

Exploring the waterways

You won’t need to set an alarm clock this morning as the howl of the monkeys will definitely be enough to wake you. Bright and early, you’ll leave the rest of the group and embark on a specially organised canoe adventure, with up to 6 people in the boat. As you paddle through the narrow river channels, you’ll need to keep your wits about you and occasionally duck under the branches heading your way.

Exploring the waterways

In the afternoon you’ll head off on another boat excursion. As you cruise down the river you can feel the calm in the air, interrupted only by a sudden rustling of branches or twittering of birds in the trees. Your Costa Rica guide may seem to have eyes in the back of his head as he notices a lizard or kingfisher sitting motionless on a branch.

Soaking wet tourists wrapped in towels on a boat excursion in Tortuguero

Departure from Tortuguero

After breakfast the following day it’s time to check out and leave Tortuguero through the network of river canals. You’ll sail back to the mainland and then travel by bus to Guapiles, from where you’ll carry on to your next stop in Costa Rica.

Turtle in the trees of Tortugero
Rob standing by tree

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“I’ve visited Costa Rica a few times and it has never let me down. It’s packed with adventure; from volcanoes to cloudforests. Plus, being wildlife-mad, it’s perfect for me. I love its diversity and impressive conservation efforts.”

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