Tortuguero National Park Tour – 4-Day Independent Adventure
4 days from San Jose to San Jose
From $ 419
Duration4 days

Short on time but need more of Costa Rica? Tortuguero National Park, a remote coastal town only accessible by boat or small plane, 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."

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  • Duration: 4 days
    Service level: Standard
  • Starts in: San Jose
    Physical Grading: Light
  • Ends in: San Jose
    Ages: 12+
Tortuguero National Park Tour – 4-Day Independent Adventure - Tour Map


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Day 1: San José

Start place: San Jose

You will be met at San José International Airport and transferred to your hotel for the night. There are no planned activities, so enjoy the city on your own.
Arrive at any time, arrival transfer included.

End place: San Jose

Day 2: San José/Tortuguero

Start place: San Jose

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.
Travel to Tortuguero National Park and enjoy guided boat trips and wildlife viewing within the canals and coastal jungle. In leisure time, relax at the secluded lodge or take an optional nocturnal animal-spotting boat excursion in the evening. 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.

End place: Tortuguero

Meals: B, L, D
Day 3: Tortuguero

Start place: Tortuguero

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.
Enjoy a guided boat trip and jungle walk in search of caiman, monkeys (spider, howler, and white-faced Capuchin), sloths, and basilisk lizards.

End place: Tortuguero

Meals: B, L, D
Day 4: Tortuguero/San José

Start place: Tortuguero

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.
Head back to San José after breakfast. Tour ends on arrival. Post tour accommodation in San José (not included) is recommended. Please speak to your sales agent.

End place: San Jose

Meals: B, L



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

    Shared shuttle/van, Boat, Walking
  • Accommodation

    Jungle lodge (2 nts), Hotel (1 nt)

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