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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. Explore Tortuguero.
After breakfast your guide takes you by boat through the famous canals of the national park will disclose other parts of the forest of Tortuguero. There are good opportunities to admire several species of wildlife, such as herons, toucans, king fishers, monkeys, iguanas, sloths, caimans and much more. In the afternoon, after lunch, your guide will take you for a hike through the jungle trails that surrounds the lodge en tells you about the plants and the animals that live here. The rest of the day is free to relax by the swimming pool or to stroll around and admire the tropical flowers, animals and bird.
Day 3. Back to San José or onward travel.
In the morning after breakfast and check out you will make the trip back to San José by boat and bus. During the bus ride lunch will be served in a restaurant in Siquirres. From here you can continue directly to your hotel in San José or use this as a point to continue your travels to the Southern Caribbean, Sarapiqui or La Fortuna.
Note: The Tortuguero national park entrance fee (USD 10 per person) is not included
Lodge: Mawamba Lodge, Pachira Lodge (or similar)
Price: $289 per person (based on double room, double occupancy)