The prices mentioned here are approximate and can change according to the guide or tour operator you choose as well as the tourist season.
The prices of tours made within the National Park do not include entrance to the park. Its cost is: $ 15 adults, $ 5 children from 6 to 12 years of age.
Come and live the true experience of feeling part of the rainforest
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.
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
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.
This tour consists of a walk of approximately 2km through the Gavilan Trail located inside National Park
¢ 10000 ($20)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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)
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
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.
Tortuguero is part of an important international monitoring program for migratory birds
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
The fishing of the shad is given mainly in the seasons in which the sea is calm.
Make sure your guide practices "catch and release"
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