3 day Tortuguero Expedition

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)

$224 per person – Tortuguero Standard (Accommodations in La Baula Lodge)

Both La Casona (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.

DEPARTURE / RETURN LOCATION San José, Puerto Viejo or Arenal with option to change destination.
DEPARTURE TIME Around 6:00 am, depending on the location of your hotel
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 Arenal



National Park entrance ($15)

Caribbean Conservation Corporation ($2)

Turtle nesting night tour ($25 + $10 if you stay at La Baula Lodge for transportation)

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 Northern Caribbean area 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 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 2:00 p.-m. there will be a visit to Tortuguero Village.

On the second day 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 check out. 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 a guided hike included.  This is a very different way to experience the surrounding Tropical Rainforest. And again, you can expect good information from your guide. 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.


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).


Second Day

Canoe Tour, breakfast, leisure time, check-out.

On your own. We recommend you take the tour to Cerro Tortuguero ($40).


Third Day

Breakfast, guided hike, check-out.

12:00 pm boat ride and drive to Exploration center and on to San José, Arenal or Puerto Viejo.

la baula lodge

Strategically positioned in front of the Tortuguero Lagoon and at only five minutes on boat from the Tortuguero National Park, you will find La Baula Lodge, a very comfortable and rustic hotel with a  vision of giving our guests a personalized service of quality and comfort amidst a natural sanctuary.

La Baula Lodge is focused on the respect, protection and conservation of the environment and of the flora and fauna of the area.Our lodge features an authentic caribbean style, painted with bright colors that identify the culture of the area, lush and exotic gardens, ope air restaurant with a view to the lagoon and surrounding rainforest, swimming pool and a large bar. Internet, WIFI, laundry service and  experienced staff are at  your disposition, and of course our 40  standard rooms,   equipped with a ceiling fan, a double and a single bed and private bathroom with hot water. All rooms have rainforest views.

La Baula Lodge is located  in a beautiful 2 hectare property inside the rainforest and near the canals that adentify the area of the Tortuguero National Park. 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.


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