The most convenient place to arrange tours is at the official Asociación de Guías de Tortuguero kiosk by the boat landing. Made up of scores of local guides, the association offers tours in English, French, German and other languages. Although guides are all certified to lead tours in the park, the quality of the tours can vary.

Rates at the time of research were US$25 per person for a two-hour turtle tour and US$20 for a canoe tour. Other options include two-hour walking (US$20), birdwatching (US$35) and fishing (US$80, minimum two people) tours. Tours also involve an extra US$15 admission fee to the park (not required for the fishing tour).