Join OAT in Tortuguero National Park, Costa Rica’s “Amazon”—so-called for its lush jungle canopy and the fascinating abundance of wildlife that call this protected haven home. A naturalist’s nirvana, this 47,000-acre expanse stretching along the Caribbean Coast can only be explored by boat along a network of navigable waterways.
- It's Included:
- Roundtrip transfer between Tortuguero and San José
- Accommodations for 2 nights in Tortuguero National Park and 1 night in San José
- 8 meals—3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 2 dinners
- 4 small group activities
- Services of a local boatman in Tortuguero and expert OAT Trip Leader
- Porterage for 1 bag per traveler
Having concluded our Costa Rica: Natural Parks & Tropical Forests adventure, we'll travel overland to the Caribbean coast this morning. At Caño Blanco, we'll board a boat for our cruise to Tortuguero. En route, we'll stop to discover Tortuguero town, where we’ll enjoy the Caribbean flavor of this unique village, which has no roads, no sidewalks, and no cars. We'll arrive at our lodge in the early afternoon, and enjoy a brief orientation walk followed by lunch at our lodge. Afterward, you'll have time for independent exploration before our included dinner at our lodge tonight.
Literally “region of turtles,” remote Tortuguero is home to 111 species of reptiles, 60 species of mammals, 309 species of birds, and 57 species of amphibians—including the endangered Green Turtle, for which it is the western hemisphere's most important nesting site. The turtle nesting season runs from June through August.
Both natural and man-made canals are the primary means of transportation in Tortuguero. This morning, we’ll cruise along this restricted network in search of such local denizens as crocodiles, iguanas, and the rare manatee.
We’ll return to the lodge for lunch. Afterwards we can walk along the lodge’s trail to observe the region’s diverse flora and fauna—perhaps glimpsing the sloths, monkeys, Green Macaws, and toucans that call this protected area home. Following our afternoon nature-viewing activities, we’ll regroup to have dinner together at our lodge.
Following breakfast this morning, we enjoy a leisurely canal boat ride to Caño Blanco. There, we begin our overland transfer to San José, stopping along the way to visit a banana plantation. We'll also enjoy an included lunch en route. We arrive in Costa Rica's capital this afternoon, and have the evening at leisure. Dinner is on your own tonight.
After breakfast at our hotel, we transfer to the airport for our flight home.