Discover the unique maze of natural waterways that wind through the Tortuguero National Park. Look for monkeys, sloths as well as aquatic animals like river otters, caimans and water birds.

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    Features of this tour

    Consists of a tour of the world famous Tortuguero canals. You can do it with a guide who will take you to the best spots where you can see the animals, or you can rent a canoe or a kayak and go on your own. The best time to do this Tour is at dawn.

     

    Among the species that can be observed are: monkeys, sloths, otters, river turtles, tiger herons, aninga, green basilisk. As well as species of trees like the poponjoche, guácimo and gavilán

     

    The most common waterways for this tour are: Tortuguero River, Caño Mora and Caño Harold

    Keep in mind

    • Some of the rivers are restricted to canoes and boats with silent motor.
    • Carry waterproof bag for your belongings.
    • Be sure to hire a guide who has the necessary protective equipment as a lifeguard.
    • Wear cool clothing that protects you from the sun and mosquitoes.

    Approximate price

    ¢12500 ($25)

Boat tour

Day walk

Use all your senses to find arboreal and terrestrial mammals, small reptiles and amphibians, insects, and of course hundreds of plant species. Explore up close the complex interaction between the different species in the lowland wet forest ecosystem.

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    Features of this tour

    This tour consists of a walk of approximately 2km through the Gavilan Trail located inside National Park

    Keep in mind

    • As this tour is done inside the National Park you must acquire an entrance in the offices of the same. This entry allows you to enter and leave the park several times in one day.
    • The use of closed hiking boots or water boots is mandatory.
    • Wear fresh clothes that protect you from sun and mosquitoes.
    • Do not feed animals.
    • Make sure you go prepared for the rain..
    • Do not stray from the path.

    Approximate price

    ¢ 10000 ($20)

Night walk

After night falls and the day animals go to sleep the night shift begins. Explore the forest to see how the nocturnal creatures take over the ecosystem.

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    Features of this tour

    This tour takes place at dusk and you will have the opportunity to observe nocturnal species such as the famous red-eyed frog, snakes and owls.

    Keep in mind

    • Wear dark clothing
    • You can carry a small lamp to light the path.
    • Go prepared for the rain.
    • Bring bug repellent.

    Approximate price

    ¢12500 ($25)

Tortuguero Hill

Don't miss out on this opportunity to learn about volcanoes and view the incredible flora and fauna of the Wildlife Refuge while hiking up to see the spectacular view from the highest natural observation point on the coast.

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    Features of this tour

    Cerro Tortuguero is an extinct volcano located in the Barra del Colorado Wildlife Refuge a few miles upriver from the town and represents the highest elevation of the entire Costa Rican Caribbean

     

    The tour consists of walking a steep 1100 meters trail through the forest until you reach the observatory located at the top of the hill at 116 meters high.

     

    Among the species that can be observed are: the red frog, several species of reptiles, and toucans.

     

    One of the characteristic aspects of this tour is the observation of red stones which are proof of the volcanic formation of the hill.

     

    Recently, improvements have been made to the trails and the visitor center which is managed by the community of San Francisco in conjunction with the National Park.

    Keep in mind

    • Wear closed shoes
    • Go prepared for the rain
    • Wear light clothing that protect you from the sun and mosquitoes
    • Bring mosquito repellent.
    • Do not feed the animals.

    Approximate price

    ¢15000 ($35)

Village tour

What used to be a remote fishing and hunting settlement and the site of cacao (cocoa) and coconut plantations and sawmills, is now a focal point for research, conservation and ecologically sensitive tourism.

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    Features of this tour

    Tortuguero is a small rural community dedicated entirely to tourism. You can start the tour at the south end in the National Park, then walk through the town which has a lot of shops, restaurants and other attractions. At the southern end you will find the Sea Turtle Conservancy (STC) research center at whose visitor center you will learn about its history and the important work they do for the conservation of the sea turtle.

    Keep in mind

    • Go prepared for the rain.
    • Wear light clothing and especially cool because due to our tropical climate the humidity can be suffocating.
    • Wear comfortable and lightweight shoes. Beach sandals may be the best choice.
    • There are no ATMs or banks in town.
    • If you need something you can get it in the shops of the town: bottled water, raincoats, sandals, repellent, etc.

    Approximate price

    ¢7500 ($15)

Turtle tour

The spawning of the green turtle is one of the most important events in Tortuguero. Hundreds of turtles leave the safety of the sea to lay their eggs on the same beach that saw them born. (June to October)

 

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    Features of this tour

    This tour can last up to two hours and consists of a night visit to the beach escorted by an authorized guide. The rules established by the National Park allow visitors to watch the turtles lay their eggs, cover the nest and return to the sea (it is not possible to guarantee the sight of any of these three stages).

     

    There are two shifts for the tour: from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm and from 10:00 pm to 12:00 am. The time and sector are randomly assigned by the National Park to your guide who will communicate it to you hours before the tour.

    Keep in mind

    • Nesting dates range from March to May for leatherback turtles and from June to October for green turtles.
    • The tour must be done with an authorized guide.
    • If you are assigned to do the tour in the area inside the Park you must purchase the entrance to the park (the entrance to the park can be used several times in a day, so if you already have one you can use it for this tour).
    • Dark clothing and closed shoes should be worn.
    • Go prepared for rain (preferably dark poncho).
    • The use of lamps, cameras, video cameras or cell phones is not permitted.

    Approximate price

    ¢12500 ($25)

Birdwatching

Due to its geographical position, Tortuguero has an important variety of habitats that make it the convergence point for more than 300 species of birds, both resident and migratory.

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    Features of this tour

    Tortuguero is part of an important international monitoring program for migratory birds

     

     

    Approximate price

    Not available

Sport fishing

Tortuguero offers fresh and salt water fishing. It is the home of the legendary tarpon aka "the Silver King" which is arguably one of the greatest sport fish in the world. You can fish for these or try your luck for snook or Rainbow Bass

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    Features of this tour

    The fishing of the shad is given mainly in the seasons in which the sea is calm.

    Keep in mind

    Make sure your guide practices "catch and release"

    Approximate price

    Not available

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