Extend your Costa Rica travel in Tortuguero National Park, known as the country's “Amazon” for its lush jungle canopy and the fascinating abundance of wildlife that call this protected haven home. A naturalist’s nirvana, much of this 47,000-acre expanse on the Caribbean coast can only be explored by boat along a network of waterways.
- It's Included:
- Accommodations for 2 nights in Tortuguero National Park and 1 night in San José
- 8 meals—3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 2 dinners
- 3 small group activities
- Services of a resident, English-speaking OAT Trip Leader
- NEW for 2015: Gratuities for local guides, drivers, and luggage porters
- All transfers
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. If you arrive during nesting season, which runs between June and August, you might observe legions of sea turtles descending upon the beaches to lay their eggs and bury them in the sand. If you're lucky, you might even be able to watch as the eggs hatch and the baby turtles dig their way to the surface to make their way to the sea.
After our main Real Affordable Costa Rica trip concludes with breakfast this morning, we’ll travel to the Caribbean coast and 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.
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, then we can choose between a 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—or another boat or canoe ride along a different series of Tortuguero's canals. 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 en route to visit a banana plantation and then for an included lunch at a local restaurant. 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, transfer to the airport for your flight home.