We have daily departures from San José, the Caribbean Coast and the Arenal Volcano, giving you the choice to start at the place of your preference. This is an excellent option to be combined with our Río Pacuare Rafting trips.
$189 per person – Tortuguero Economy (Accommodations in La Casona or similar)
$224 per person – Tortuguero Standard (Accommodations in La Baula Lodge)
Both La Casona or similar (economy option) and La Baula Lodge (standard option) are located only five minutes from the Tortuguero National Park. They are focused on the respect, protection and conservation of the environment and of the flora and fauna of the area. Both feature rooms with private bath, hot water and fans. They have authentic Caribbean style, painted with bright colors that identify the culture of the area and lush gardens.
Prices based on double occupancy. Economy option has a supplemental charge of $15 for single travelers per night.
|DEPARTURE / RETURN LOCATION||San José, Puerto Viejo or Arenal with option to change destination.|
|DEPARTURE TIME||Pick- Ups in San José and Southern Caribbean Coast. In Arenal Pick-Ups start earlier, approximately 5:20 – 5:40 a.m.|
|RETURN TIME||Approximately 5:30 pm|
|WHAT TO BRING||Light clothes, swimming suit, sunscreen, hat, camera (ideally water proof), water bottle, comfortable walking shoes, insect repellent, binoculars, raincoat. For the night-tour please wear dark clothes.|
Tortuguero National Park is the best place in Costa Rica to encounter wildlife. It consists of a large system of waterways irrigating the majority of the North Caribbean side of the country. Because of its remote location and difficult access this pristine rainforest remains virtually untouched and it is home to many animals like sloths, monkeys, crocodiles, toucans, trogons, water birds, colorful frogs and butterflies. This National Park is also the prime nesting site for the green and leatherback sea turtles from July to October, during which months an optional turtle nesting night expedition tour will be available.
On the first day we will drive to the Caño Blanco embarking area where we will access the main canal to go north into the National Park. We will check in and at 1:00 p.m. there will be a visit to Tortuguero Village.
Day two we will embark on a Canoe trip into the jungle where you will explore the lagoons and hidden canals, as we go deeper into the forest the canals become smaller and the surrounding wildlife gets closer. You can expect to receive plenty of good information from your naturalist guide. We work hard at making this tour a learning experience.
After the Canoe tour we will go back to our hotel for breakfast and and at 11 a.m. we will start the hike to Tortuguero National Park. This is a very different way to experience the surrounding Tropical Rainforest. And again, you can expect good information from your guide. The afternoon is on your own. Optional activities include a Hike to Cerro Tortuguero at $40 pp. It is a 4 hour trip over and back.
On the third day after breakfast you will have leisure time. At 12 noon we start our boat ride out back to Caño Blanco and drive out with the option to be dropped off in San José, Puerto Viejo or the Arenal Volcano.
Drive from San José, Arenal or Puerto Viejo, breakfast at Exploration Center.
Hotel check-in, Tortuguero Village Tour, leisure time.
Seasonal turtle nesting tour or night hike tour (optional). Additional $25 / from July to October only.
Naturalist Canoe Tour at 5:30 am. Breakfast, and at 11 a.m. start the guided hike to Tortuguero national Park.
On your own. We recommend you take the tour to Cerro Tortuguero ($40).
Breakfast, leisure time, and check-out.
Shuttle out leaves at 12 noon from Costa Rica Roots Tours Office, the boat ride and drive to Exploration center and on to San José, Arenal or Puerto Viejo.
La Casona is an eco-friendly hotel, located just 5 minutes from Tortuguero National Park.
Managed by a Costa Rican family that arrived to Tortuguero Town approximately 16 years ago, with the objective of offering visitors a cozy place to stay. The hostel is a rustic site, which has 10 basic rooms, reception, hammock area, all surrounded by small internal and external gardens with tropical plants and flowers that attract hummingbirds, butterflies, lizards, frogs and others. The hotel works with rural community tourism and carries out sustainability practices, allowing them to live in harmony with the community and with the surroundings of the Tortuguero National Park.
If La Casona is full you will stay in a similar hotel and the rate is the same.
La Baula Lodge
La Baula Lodge is strategically positioned in front of the Tortuguero Lagoon at only five minutes on boat from the Tortuguero National Park. There are 2 hectare of property inside the rainforest and near the canals. The exotic sounds of the local fauna will let you enjoy your experience to the max, here you will have the opportunity to visit one of the destinations with more natural richness of all Costa Rica.
La Baula Lodge is a very comfortable and rustic hotel focused on the respect, protection and conservation of the environment and of the flora and fauna of the area. features an authentic Caribbean style, painted with bright colors that identify the culture of the area, lush and exotic gardens, open air restaurant with a view to the lagoon and surrounding rainforest, swimming pool and a large bar, standard rooms, equipped with a ceiling fan, a double and a single bed and private bathroom with hot water. All rooms have rainforest views.