Please note that order of day-to-day itinerary is adjustable depending on tour start day.
San Jose - Tortuguero
Summary of The Day: Today we'll depart San Jose and travel to Tortuguero NP, the highlight of our trip.
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 also 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.
Optional Activities: Tortuguero National Park Guided Night Boat Tour
Travel the canals by night to learn about the incredible biological diversity of the area. Different animals are more active at night and this is the best time for caiman spotting.
We recommend that you arrive in San Jose a day early as the shuttle to Tortuguero on Day 1 departs early in the day. You will be picked up from your San Jose hotel between 5:30am and 6:30am, and transferred to Tortuguero via van or bus and boat. Please ensure you advise of your hotel information so we can arrange the transfer. Approximately 7 hour transfer and a stop for lunch is included.
Summary of The Day: 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.
Tortuguero Canopy Zipline
Soar above the coastal rainforest on a zip line adventure. Tortuguero Canopy has eleven platforms, seven zip lines, and four hanging bridges.
Guided Kayak Excursion
Grab a paddle and prepare to witness a parade of tropical birds, reptiles, and mammals as you kayak through the black water canals of the Tortuguero National Park. Scan the trees for toucans, watch the shores for caimans, otters, iguanas, frogs, and look up to see monkeys sharing space with sloths. Bring your binoculars and bug spray. Be prepared for hot, humid, and possibly wet weather.
Turtle Nesting Night Excursion (Seasonal)
Head out at night to visit the nesting grounds of the green and leatherback turtles (seasonal) on the beaches of Tortuguero National Park. Learn about the turtles' nesting process and hopefully see females lay eggs, during this once-in-a-lifetime wildlife experience.
Summary of The Day: After an early morning breakfast, it is time to return to San Jose, where the tour ends. Have lunch on the road, returning to the capital in the afternoon.
Your flight must depart no earlier than 7:00pm.
When arranging your transportation, such as flights, please take into consideration the below time restrictions for joining and departing from your group. With these times, we have taken into account travel time to/from the airport in the given destination and required time for check-in or baggage collection/immigration.
- Your flight must arrive by or before 4:00am.
- Your flight must depart no earlier than 7:00pm.
Travel Style: Classic. All of the highlights, culture, access, and I-can’t-believe-we-did-that moments, all at a great price.
Service Level: Standard. Comfortable tourist-class accommodations with character; mix of public and private transport.
Physical Rating: Light. Light walking and hiking suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.
Trip Type: Independent Travel. Independent trips are either entire trips you take privately or solo extensions to a group tour. Local staff are available on standby 24/7.
Proof of Departure Required. Costa Rica will not be allowing anyone to enter the country without proof of a departure ticket (bus, airplane, boat, etc.). If you are traveling through a few countries in Central America, you will need to show proof of your itinerary and a departure ticket from your last destination. Please print the itinerary and voucher and bring it with you.
Wildlife Viewings. Please note that all wildlife viewing is subject to nature and we cannot guarantee you will see specific animals or turtles. While Green turtle nesting season is usually July-September, nature does not always follow a specific calendar.
Turtle Nesting Night Excursion. Please note you will have the option (June-August) for one night turtle nesting excursion during your stay. Since this tour is operated by the National Park and the number of people allowed and tour times are strictly controlled, this tour will be arranged and confirmed for your applicable night once you arrive. Please be advised photographic and videographic equipment are not allowed and you must wear dark clothing in consideration of the turtles.
Tours4Fun cooperates with top local area tour operators and ensures the best quality of services to all travelers. We provide tour coaches that all are insured with a liability insurance coverage from $5,000,000 to $10,000,000 to make sure that your trips are safer and more enjoyable.
1.Immediately after submitting your reservation you will receive a Receipt of Reservation via email.
2. Within one to two business days of submitting your reservation you will receive a confirmation email from us. If you need to book an airline ticket, we recommend that you do so after you receive a confirmation of your tour reservation from us.
3. An E-Ticket will be sent to you via email as soon as details of your reservation are confirmed or your supporting information is received by us. We will provide you with all detailed information about your tour on the E-Ticket. Contact information for local tour provider will be included on E-Ticket for your convenience or re-confirmation purpose if re-confirmation is required.
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- Prices may vary due to availability. We reserve the right to make price adjustment without prior notice.