3 day Tortuguero Expedition

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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.

$219 per person + Value Added Tax /  Tortuguero Economy (Accommodations in Hostel Tortuguero, Coconut Hostel B&B, Cabinas Tortuguero or similar)

$254 per person + Value Added Tax / Tortuguero Standard (Accommodations in, La Casona or similar)

Both the economy option and the 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 baths, 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. For single travelers, an additional charge of $15 per night applies.

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.

1 naturalist Canoe tour
1 tour of town

2 nights of lodging

1 guided hike

3 breakfasts

Transportation to/from San José, Puerto Viejo or La Fortuna town
(hotels outside La Fortuna have extra cost)




National Park entrance ($15)
Caribbean Conservation Corporation ($2)

Turtle nesting night tour ($35 from the downtown)


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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.

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First Day

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.


Second Day

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).


Third Day

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.


Please note that the price varies according to the type of accommodation you select.

Tortuguero Standard

La Casona

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.

Tortuguero Economy

Hostel Tortuguero

Situated in Tortuguero, 200 m from Tortuguero Beach, Tortuguero Hostel & Backpackers features rooms with city views and free WiFi. Built in 2014, the property is within 600 m of Tortuguero National Park. The property offers bike hire, massage room and features a garden and terrace with 12 hammocks.

At the guest house, rooms include a patio with a river view. With a private bathroom fitted with a shower and free toiletries, rooms at Tortuguero Hostel & Backpackers also boast a lake view. At the accommodation, every room includes a seating area.

Coconut Hostel

With garden views, Coconut Hostel B&B is situated in Tortuguero and has a restaurant, room service, bar, garden and balcony. Complimentary WiFi is available throughout the property. At the accommodation, every room includes a seating area.

There is a fully equipped private bathroom with shower and free toiletries.

Guests at the bed and breakfast can enjoy an American breakfast.

Tortuguero Beach is 70 m from the accommodation, while Tortuguero National Park is 800 m from the property.

We have daily departures from San José, the Caribbean Coast and the Arenal Volcano, giving you the choice to start and finish at the place of your convenience. This is an excellent option to be combined with our Tortuguero Expeditions.