Tortuguero National Park

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Tortuguero National Park
from USD $134.20
Take an expedition by boat through the dense jungle of Tortuguero National Park and explore one of the most beautiful and scenic regions of Costa Rica. Cruise through an extensive network of freshwater channels – home to river otters, caiman and endangered manatees. On this full-day guided tour, you’ll visit an important nesting site for the endangered green sea turtles, once nearly extinct and now protected in the park! Enjoy complimentary breakfast and have lunch at the luxurious Evergreen Lodge, with round-trip transport from San Jose.
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In Brief

San José, Costa Rica
Costa Rica
12 hours


Important InfoInfo
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Pass By: Gray Line Costa Rica, La Uruca, San Jose 10110 Costa Rica

Meet your guide upon pickup from your San Jose hotel and stop for breakfast at Rancho Roberto's in Guapiles. After your meal, you'll travel through the Braulio Carrillo National Park, one of Costa Rica’s largest national parks. Pass numerous rivers, waterfalls and mountains covered in dense forests on your drive, until you reach a banana plantation.

Here, board a boat and set sail for Tortuguero National Park. Since there are no roads to the park from Tortuguero village, access to the vast network of freshwater lagoons and creeks is by boat. Ride for approximately one hour to reach the canals and keep an eye out for all kind of birds in the lush vegetation along the way.

Tortuguero, meaning ‘turtle catcher,’ formed from an archipelago of volcanic islands where high rainfall eventually created the bio-diverse wetlands – great for nature lovers! During your 3-hour boat tour of Tortuguero National Park, your expert guide will be on hand to teach you about the history and wildlife as you cruise between the marshy isles.

Midday, you’ll have time for a lunch break at Evergreen Lodge, located just five minutes by boat from the entrance to the park. Under the high ceilings of the lovely main dining room, enjoy the ambiance that complements the surrounding jungle landscape.

Get an up-close look at the park's great variety of flora and fauna as you ride among the canals. If you’re lucky, you might spot such wildlife as the spectacled caiman, southern river otter and possibly even the endangered West Indian manatee. The park is also home to sloths, howler and capuchin monkeys, tiny frogs and green iguanas.

The secluded, black-sand beaches of Tortuguero National Park are some of the most important breeding grounds for the green sea turtle. These ancient reptiles once neared extinction as adults were hunted for their meat and their eggs were taken. You'll get the chance to see the sites where the green sea turtles nest and learn from your guide about the park’s efforts to protect this important species.

After exploring the national park, enjoy a return 1-hour boat ride to dry land and then board your coach for the trip back to San Jose, where you’ll be dropped off at your hotel in the evening.

Pass By: Parque Nacional Braulio Carrillo, North Of San Jose 19 km, San Jose 10104 Costa Rica

we head into the mountains of Braulio Carrillo National Park, where steep slopes are covered with thick cloud forest and beautiful waterfalls can be seen from the road.

After crossing Braulio Carrillo, we will enjoy a delicious Costa Rican typical breakfast. Then we continue to a Banana Plantation, where your guide will explain the process of growing and exporting this fruit.

Stop At: Tortuguero National Park, Tortuguero Costa Rica

Covering 29000 hectares. Tortuguero is one of the most important nesting sites of Chelonia Midas, the green sea turtle. Tortuguero’s forests and waterways are home for many endangered mammals such as sloths, monkeys, agoutis, coatimundis and manatees. There are also abundant birds, such as toucans, trogons, egrets, herons and aninghas, as well as crocodiles, turtles and countless colorful butterflies, including the blue morpho.

You will enjoy a hearty typical buffet lunch to please the hungriest of appetites.

After lunch you will take a walk through the Tortuguero Village, where you will have the opportunity to learn about the history of the town and its inhabitants.

Duration: 4 hours


  • Lunch
  • Breakfast
  • English speaking guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transport by private vehicle
  • Entry/Admission - Tortuguero National Park


  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified

Departure Time

6:30 AM

Departure Point

San José Province, San José, Costa Rica

Traveler pickup is offered
We pick up from all hotels in Central San José

Returns To

Returns to original departure point

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • A minimum of two passengers are required for the tour to commence. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there is not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

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Hotel Pickup

When you book, we will ask you to select a hotel to be picked up from. Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you a confirmation voucher with full contact information (phone number, email address) for our local operator in case you need to update or change your hotel pick-up details.

Here are answers to some commonly asked questions about hotel pickup:

What if my hotel is not listed?
That's okay. When you book you can select an hotel from our list and make your way there on the day of departure; or you can contact our local operator directly to make alternate pick-up arrangements.

What if I have not yet booked a hotel?
Once your hotel arrangements are finalised, you can contact our local operator directly with your hotel details.

What if I live locally, am staying with friends or relatives, and/or don't require pick-up?
Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you complete details and directions to the tour/activity departure point.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

I had very good experience. Guid was very knowledgeable. The nature was nice. Excellent experience!!
• Submitted 18 Nov 2019
Our Guide Jorden made this Trip. We did not see much due to low waters and off season but Jorden was very knowable about the areas and kept us well informed. And it was FUN. we had a great time.
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
Very interesting visit to the Caribbean side of the country.
• Submitted 29 Oct 2018
Amazing, saw lots of wildlife. Knowledgable tour guides. Nice lunch.
• Submitted 08 Apr 2018
This is a great place to spend the day and we had the most awesome guide - German sounds like Herman. He showed us so many things, was extremely knowledgeable about Costa Rica and just seemed to enjoy spending the day with the group.
• Submitted 03 Apr 2018
Excellent. Very enjoyable. The bus was comfortable and air-conditioned. This was an early start with breakfast before heading to boats then a long boat ride following by a walk around the village. We then had lunch in a restaurant inside the forest then another boat trip back to the bus.
• Submitted 27 Feb 2018
We loved our trip to Tortuguero National Park. Our guide, Luis, did a great job making every part of the trip informative and entertaining with jokes or facts about the location we were in. We saw some amazing animals on our boat ride too - definitely worth the price and a great experience overall.
• Submitted 20 Feb 2018
This tour was excellent. I recommend it to everybody. The tour guide was very informative and cordial. He explained everything. It was nice looking at the places were the turtles go. Unfortunately, we went during the day when there are no turtles. Turtles come out at night.
• Submitted 31 Jan 2018
Pretty good day trip out to Tortuguero, with lots of opportunities for wildlife sighting and just enough free time to keep it interesting, since it is not sea turtle season.
• Submitted 02 Jan 2018
This tour was amazing!
• Submitted 21 Aug 2017
This is an awesome tour. The boat ride through canal is amazing and you get to see a good variety of wildlife. Driver and Guide go out of the way to make your trip memorable. Worth the money.
• Submitted 16 Apr 2017
What an amazing experience!! We traveled for about an hour and then had a breakfast of eggs, beans and rice, fruit, coffee, and toast! Our tour guide was wonderful to show us as many animals as he could find. We saw a momma and baby sloth and several monkeys as well as many different species of birds. Our trip down the river was peaceful and the rain forest was amazing. After a buffet lunch at the Evergreen Lodge and a walking tour of the village, we traveled back to our hotel in San Jose by boat and bus! The tour was worth everything we paid for it!
• Submitted 28 Jan 2017
This tour is an ALL DAY tour. We were picked up bright and early at 5:25 AM. After picking everyone else up, we headed out of town. About an hour into the trip we stopped for an excellent Costa Rican breakfast of Gallo Pinto, fruit, scrambled eggs, coffee and juice. Before we boarded the bus, our tour guide showed us all a pair of blue jeans tree frogs in the plants out in front of the restaurant. Everyone took pictures and we hit the road. Farther down the road our guide had the bus stop and we all got out to find that he had spotted an mother sloth and baby hanging out in a tree only about 5 feet up next to the road. Once again, we were able to get some really good pictures, and have a very close encounter with the pair We left them alone, just oooohed and aaaaaahed alot. Back on the bus and on to the boat ride to Tortuguero. We saw several different kinds of animals on the ride, the best being a small flock of green Macaws that flew overhead. Tortuguero was not what we expected, but it was a neat little town, definitely driven by tourism since the original industry, banana farming, is long gone. Back on the boat and up the canal a little farther to lunch at one of the resorts in the area. Lunch was buffet style with plenty of options, and all of them were tasty. After lunch we ran into a spider monkey in the trees outside the dining hall eating his lunch. Out came the cameras, and then it was time to load up on the boat and head back to the bus and the ride back to San Jose. Our tour guide German pronounced Herman and bus driver were excellent. Providing lots of insight and history about the areas we drove through. We are planning on going back to stay for a few days some time in the future, but if you only have a day, I highly recommend this tour.
• Submitted 12 Jan 2017
This was an amazing tour. I am very glad that we chose to do it. It gave us the opportunity to see more of Costa Rica and the national park. The guide was great and the lunch was amazing.
• Submitted 17 Dec 2016
Our tour guide was German, he was pretty funny and always tried to please the tourists. He had a lot of knowledge about his country and he spoke English and Spanish during the tour. We enjoyed a really good breakfast and lunch; it was delicious. At Tortuguero, we saw cocodriles, alligators and sloth
• Submitted 13 Oct 2016
The tour is well described by the tour information and the comments from those who have taken it. It was a great tour, but if you visit during the nesting season for the turtles September-October you should stay for at least one night if possible. You don't get to see any turtles on the day trip. It was a fairly long trip form San Jose to the park, and of course the same going back. But it was worth it.
• Submitted 23 Sep 2016
We did the day trip to Tortuguero. We went during the rainy season so be prepared for rain and muddy terrain! Our tour guide Luis was excellent with many years of experience. The breakfast and lunch were both excellent too!
• Submitted 27 Jul 2016
Great guide. The monkeys, sloths, parrots, etc. It was incredible!
• Submitted 26 Jul 2016
We were unable to take this tour, due to illness, so cannot rate it
• Submitted 02 Jun 2016
It was very fun and a beautiful experience.
• Submitted 23 May 2016
Wonderful trip. Beautiful day. Relaxing. Eduardo was knowledgeable and made sure we saw the banana plantations, pineapple plantation. Made sure we saw monkeys and lizards. Went to the black sand beaches. Tried Coconut Water. Great experience. They took good car of my 75 year old mother who had the time of her life.
• Submitted 01 Apr 2016
We loved the tour. The guides were very knowledgeable and made the experience fabulous, The only draw back was we were the first to be picked up and the last to be dropped off and their were a lot of pick ups with a lot of waiting for people. Tortuguero National Park was one of my highlights of my trip to Costa Rica
• Submitted 09 Mar 2016
We did a one-day tour, with Viator Great tour -- these people are so well organized. We only had one day no overnight, but others had overnights. They had it all figured out how to work with all these needs. You should probably stay overnight if you have the time, but we're still very glad we went, long day and all. Boat tours, wildlife, rainforest -- you've heard what you'll see already. Costa Rica has such diverse ecosystems! I've been to the cloud forest, the desert, the mountains, and now the rainforest -- wow. So it's definitely worth seeing. The air is so fresh, so rich. Being on the canals is a heavenly break from it all. I do hope the speeds of the boats don't hurt manatees or crocs, but that's my only concern.
• Submitted 07 Mar 2016
Excellent. I can't say enough good about this trip. Although it was a long day and the roads were bumpy, it was outstanding and we saw so many animals and learned so much! Our breakfast and lunch stops were great and our tour guide, Bernie, was the best! Outstanding!!!
• Submitted 14 Feb 2016