Turtles and Tortuguero Independent Adventure

Classic in Costa Rica

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

Short on time but need more of Costa Rica? Tortuguero National Park, home to the Caribbean’s most important breeding ground for endangered green sea turtles is the place for you. Travel from San José through banana plantations to the Caribbean Coast where you'll catch a boat to Tortuguero. Spend three days exploring the canals, beaches and jungles of this pristine nature reserve in search of turtles, birds, caiman and if you are lucky, the famous "Jesus Lizard."

What’s included

  • Guided hikes and boat tours in Tortuguero National Park
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities


  • Cruise the canals in search of wildlife
  • Hike through the pristine environment of tortuguero national park
  • Search for sea turtles when in season


Day 1 San José/Tortuguero (1B, 1L, 1D) Enjoy a a delicious Costa Rican breakfast en route as we transfer by road then boat through the famous canals of Tortuguero. This tropical eco-paradise is home to countless bird and animal species, and you will have many opportunities to view and photograph wildlife. The tropical rainforest gives way to prime secluded beaches, ideal nesting grounds for Green turtles (nesting July-October) and Loggerhead, Hawksbill and Leatherback Turtles (nesting March-June). We cannot guarantee you will see turtles but odds are fairly good from July through October. Additional Notes: Pre-night accommodation in San Jose (not included) is strongly advised as your pickup on Day 1 will be in the early morning. Please speak to your sales agent to book this for you. Should you opt to book your own accommodation, please send us the name of the hotel prior to Day 1 so we can confirm your transport. Additionally, prior to Day 1, please advise your sales agent of the drop-off point for your transport at the end of your trip from Tortuguero back to San Jose. If you do not advise this, we will automatically drop you off at the same place in San Jose that we picked you up from on Day 1. This cannot be changed on the day of travel. Included Activities: Welcome Package Hotel Transport: Shared Van (4.00-5.00 hours) Motorized canoe (1.50 hour(s))
Day 2 Tortuguero (1B, 1L, 1D) Take advantage of this excellent opportunity to spot a variety of birds, monkeys and other wildlife. In our downtime, relax at the secluded lodge on a hammock or at the pool or beach. Opt to explore the gardens and beach, or go kayaking. Included Activities: Tortuguero National Park Guided Boat Tour Guided Jungle Walk
Day 3 Tortuguero/San José (1B, 1L) After an early morning breakfast, it is time to return to San José, where the tour ends. Have lunch on the road, returning to the capital in the afternoon. Additional Notes: Post tour accommodation in San José (not included) is recommended. Please speak to your sales agent. If you do not advise the drop off point prior to the start of the trip, you will automatically be dropped off at the same place in San Jose that we picked you up from on Day 1. This cannot be changed on the day of travel. Transport: Motorized canoe (1.50 hour(s)) Shared Van (4.00-5.00 hours)