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Tortuguero National Park

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Take an expedition by boat through the dense jungle of Tortuguero National Park and explore one of the most beautiful and scenic regions of Costa Rica. Cruise through an extensive network of freshwater channels – home to river otters, caiman and endangered manatees. On this full-day guided tour, you’ll visit an important nesting site for the endangered green sea turtles, once nearly extinct and now protected in the park! Enjoy complimentary breakfast and have lunch at the luxurious Evergreen Lodge, with round-trip transport from San Jose.
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  • Pass by Gray Line Costa Rica
    Pass by Parque Nacional Braulio Carrillo
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    Tortuguero National Park
    Stop: 4 hours - Admission included
    Covering 29000 hectares. Tortuguero is one of the most important nesting sites of Chelonia Midas, the green sea turtle. Tortuguero’s forests and waterways are home for many endangered mammals such as sloths, monkeys, agoutis, coatimundis and manatees. There are also abundant birds, such as toucans, trogons, egrets, herons and aninghas, as well as crocodiles, turtles and countless colorful butterflies, including the blue morpho. You will enjoy a hearty typical buffet lunch to please the hungriest of appetites. After lunch you will take a walk through the Tortuguero Village, where you will have the opportunity to learn about the history of the town and its inhabitants.
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You'll return to the starting point
  • Day trip from San Jose to Tortuguero National Park
  • Guided tour eliminates tricky transportation logistics 
  • Visit Tortuguero National Park from San Jose in just one day
  • Naturalist guide provides information as you tour the park 
  • Opportunities to see wildlife like monkeys, sloths, and sea turtles
  • Breakfast and lunch at restaurants included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from San Jose included
What to Expect
Your tour to Tortuguero National Park starts with early morning pickup from your San Jose hotel. Drive through the mountainous and waterfall-studded passes of Braulio Carrillo National Park, breaking up the drive with breakfast at a popular roadside restaurant (included). Then, board a boat and set sail for one hour to reach Tortuguero National Park, which is inaccessible by road; keep watch for birds and other wildlife along the way. Upon arrival at the park, board another boat for a 3-hour ride tour through a network of creeks and lagoons as your guide tells you about the area’s ecosystem and helps you spot wildlife. Break for lunch at Evergreen Lodge (included) and then begin the return trip to your San Jose hotel.
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Important Information
Departure Point
San José Province, San José, Costa Rica

Traveler pickup is offered
We pick up from all hotels in Central San José
Departure Time
6:30 AM
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Lunch
  • Breakfast
  • English speaking guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transport by private vehicle
  • Entry/Admission - Tortuguero National Park
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • A minimum of two passengers are required for the tour to commence. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there is not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Excellent, very knowledgeable guide. During the boat ride we managed to see a crocodile and many birds and plants. The two meals were very satisfying.
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Response from Sharon S, Public Relations Manager at Tortuguero National Park
Responded 4 days ago
Hello! Greetings from Gray Line Costa Rica. Thanks for taking the time to share your feedback with us! We’re so glad you had a good experience.
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We loved our guided tour to Tortuguero National Park! It was one of the highlights of our trip and we found our tour guide to be very personable, knowledgeable and informative. The day-long tour was well organized and the breakfast and lunch options that were included were
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Response from Sharon S, Product Manager at Tortuguero National Park
Responded 6 Jan 2020
Dear 594karinao, thanks for taking the time to share your feedback with us. It means so much when our best customers share their experiences.
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This tour is announced on TripAdvisor as including a 3h boat ride through Tortuguero National Park. BE WARNED! There is no 3h boat ride in the Tortuguero manglares. I found this out midway into the tour and it ruined most of the experience for me. I booked this tour BECAUSE of
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Response from Sharon S, Marketing Manager at Tortuguero National Park
Responded 16 Dec 2019
Dear jplcs! Thank you for letting us know about this. Your feedback helps us get better. We are looking into this issue and hope to resolve it promptly and accurately.
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I recommend staying for 2 nights to see the best this place has to offer, but due to time I had to do the one day tour - 10 hours transportation for 2 hours in Tortuguero and a short walk on the beach in the Park. The highlight was seeing sloths in two locations on the drive
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Response from Sharon S, Marketing Manager at Tortuguero National Park
Responded 14 Nov 2019
Dear Robert S, thank you very much for your review! We are very pleased that you had the chance to see sloth on the way back to San Jose. Thank you for traveling with Gray Line Costa Rica!
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We went beginning November which is low season and had a wonderful time but we were amazed at how may lodges and hotels there are in and around the national park. In high season it must be overcrowded....so may boats with big motors behind it racing through the canals.... The
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Response from Sharon S, Marketing Manager at Tortuguero National Park
Responded 10 Nov 2019
Dear gitta v, Thank you very much for your review! We are very pleased to know that you visit the Tortuguero area with Gray Line Costa Rica. We hope that you continue traveling with us!
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  • Duration: 12h
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  • Languages Offered: English, Spanish
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