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Itinerary

Day 1: San Jose to Tortuguero National Park (Lunch, Dinner)

Early morning transfer (shared with other guests) from your from your hotel to Tortuguero National Park. Transfers from San Jose will be in a van, or on a small airplane if you’ve chosen to fly. 

You will have the opportunity to observe several species during your boat rides through the backwater creeks of Tortuguero National Park.

Upon arrival at Tortuga Lodge & Gardens, join a 4pm walk in the gardens with a naturalist guide, hike the trails behind the lodge on your own (be sure to be out of the forest by 4:45pm) or slip into a hammock set between the rainforest and the river.

Dinner and overnight at Tortuga Lodge & Gardens, river view downstairs terrace room.

Day 2: Tortuguero (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

Join an early morning bird and nature walk. At 6am one of the naturalist guides will be waiting you in reception, return to the lodge by 7am.

After breakfast, leave the lodge by boat (shared with other guests) with your naturalist guide to explore the creeks of the National Park.

This tour is a three hour trip into the back water lagoons and creeks of Tortuguero National Park.

In the afternoon, your guide will take you on a tour of the village of Tortuguero.

You are also welcome to join the words adventure program where you help local kids learn English (free, but reservations are recommended) or join a 4pm walk in the gardens.

Dinner and overnight at Tortuga Lodge & Gardens.

Day 3: Tortuguero to San Jose (Breakfast)

After breakfast, transfer (shared with other guests) back to San Jose.

Note: When traveling by boat within Costa Rica a maximum of 30 pounds of luggage is allowed per person.

Locations visited
Tortuguero National Park
Costa Rica Expeditions
Overview
Explore Tortuguero National Park and Tortuguero Village on this multi-day trip from San Jose. Get an in-depth look at this national park on the northern Caribbean coast, while staying at the Tortuga Lodge & Gardens.With nesting grounds for sea turtles, the protected rainforest area boasts freshwater creeks and lagoons and is home to a variety of wildlife including monkeys. The tour includes round-trip flights, meals, and two-night accommodations.
Highlights
  • Choose to fly to Tortuguero (30 minutes) or travel by bus and boat (4 hours)
  • Immerse yourself in the nature of Costa Rica and get away from the city
  • Entrance fees, taxes, and handling charges are included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off is provided from certain areas
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Reviewed 28 June 2018
The boat ride to get there was like being back in time. Such raw beauty!!

My husband and daughter and I went on this trip. We were referred to Costa Rica Expeditions by my brother who said you just can't do CR without drivers. Everything flowed so smoothly and I didn't have to feel in charge of our family trip...More

Thank Andrea B
Jenn D, Guest Satisfaction Specialist at Costa Rica Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded 30 June 2018

Dear Andrea B, We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed so many fun activities and spotted a lot of wildlife during your visit to Tortuguero Also, we are sorry to hear that you felt that the food choices were a little limited; given our...More

Reviewed 30 April 2018
Fabulous family vacation

You planned a remarkable and fantastic trip for our family. I can’t imagine how it could have been better. Every detail was executed perfectly and we had ideal weather in Tortuguero and Arenal. This was a trip each of us will always remember.More

Thank mnfateman
Jenn D, Guest Satisfaction Specialist at Costa Rica Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded 1 May 2018

Dear mnfateman Thank you for your sharing your review in TripAdvisor, we are delighted to hear that this was an unforgettable trip for you and your family. Costa Rica Expeditions specializes in planning and arranging customized itineraries for guests. We also own Tortuga Lodge &...More

Reviewed 25 April 2018
Great Excursion to Tortuguero and Tortuga Lodge!

We went through Costa Rica Expeditions for our 3 day excursion to Tortuga Lodge from San Jose. I believe they own Tortuga Lodge. We flew to the lodge there and back with a small group in a small plane. Upon landing, we took the boat...More

Thank HayKay1
Jenn D, Guest Satisfaction Specialist at Costa Rica Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded 26 April 2018

Dear HayKay1, Thank you so much for sharing your review with TripAdvisor community. You're right, Tortuga Lodge is owned by Costa Rica Expeditions, a full service inbound tour operator, we design customized itineraries for guests. We also own the Monteverde Lodge & Gardens in the...More

Reviewed 10 February 2018
Wildlife with great food!

This phase of our amazing adventure planned by Costa Rica Expeditions was something out of the ordinary...something special...something unforgettable. This was adventure at it's best, with great accommodations and yummy high end food!More

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Natalie E, Guest Relations Manager at Costa Rica Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded 13 February 2018

Dear Familymemories1998, Thank you so for taking the time to review, twice! You've choice of words to describe your vacation are words that make all of us smile. "something out of the ordinary...something special...something unforgettable. This was adventure at it's best, with great accommodations and...More

Reviewed 6 February 2018
Amazing travel company and beautiful lodge

Every detail was organized to perfection from the pick up from our cruise ship, transfer to the airport and flight to Tortugero, storage of our luggage, boat transfer to the lodge and the return trip to San Jose airport. The Tortuga lodge is a beautiful...More

Thank HappyTraveler541
Natalie E, Guest Relations Manager at Costa Rica Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded 9 February 2018

Dear HappyTraveler541, You mentioned that you would definitely return for another stay. We have found that recently people are returning more often, both to Costa Rica in general and Tortuga Lodge specifically. Costa Rica looks small on the map, but it takes a long time...More

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