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For nature lovers who want to get the opportunity to see a lot of wildlife, a tour to the pristine rainforests of the ‘Costa Rican mini Amazon’
is almost a must. Navigating through the narrow canals with the forest on touching distance, listening to the sounds coming from the jungle you
will enjoy the presence of a lot of birds, monkeys, sloths, iguanas and more… On top of that Tortuguero is the most important nesting site of the
Green sea turtle (season from July until October).
Day 1. From San José to Tortuguero.
Early in the morning (around 6.00 am) your guide will pick you up at your hotel in San José. A very scenic ride through the highlands of Braulio Carrillo national park will bring you onto the Caribbean side of the county. After about an hour from departure there is a first stop for a typical Costa Rican breakfast.
An adventurous trip through extended banana plantations follows. At the end of the road boats are waiting for you to bring during a spectacular two hours ride to your lodge in Tortuguero. Lunch will be served upon arrival. In the afternoon your guide will accompany you for an acquaintance with the village and its habitants. Additionally, in the months between July and October you may sign up for Turtle Watch tour in the night. Costs are $35 approximately.
Day 2. Exploring the Tortuguero canals and back to San José or onward travel.
After breakfast your guide takes you for ride in a silent open boat through the famous canals of the Tortuguero national park. There are good opportunities to admire several species of wildlife, such as herons, toucans, king fishers, monkeys, iguanas, caimans and much more.
Breakfast will be served in the lodge after the boat tour.
After breakfast and check-out the return trip will start by boat to the dock. During the bus ride back to San José lunch will be served in a restaurant in Siquirres. From this point on, you will continue directly to your hotel in San José or you can choose for another destination.
Note: The Tortuguero national park entrance fee (USD 10 per person) is not included
Lodge: Mawamba Lodge, Pachira Lodge (or similar)
Price: $219 per person (based on double room, double occupancy)