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3-Day Tour to Tortuguero National Park from San Jose

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    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.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Hotels in San Jose
    You may choose from 2 ways of transportation to Tortuguero:
    a- By plane
    b- By bus and boat
    The flight is very short (30 minutes) and you arrive to the Lodge in the early morning. On the other hand, the bus and boat takes 4 hours and this service is escorted by a naturalist guide throughout the entire transfer.
    Departure Time
    Departure vary depending on the requested way of transportation:

    Departure by plane has a pick up time around 6:30-7:30am. Length of flight 30 minutes

    Departure by bus and boat has a pick up time around 8:30-9:30am. Length of transfer 4 hours
    3 days
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • 2 nights accommodation
    • All taxes, fees and handling charges
    • Snacks
    • Lunch - 3-course lunch
    • Dinner - 3-course dinner
    • Professional guide
    • Hotel pickup (selected hotels only)
    • Private tour
    • Transport by private vehicle
    • Excess luggage charges (where applicable)
    • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
    • Gratuities
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • Infant seats available
    • Its very important that at the time of the booking, you notify the name of the hotel where you'll be picked up at (in San Jose area) and also the name of the hotel where you want be returned to at the end of your tour.
    • Very important. Included in this same package is the option to request the drop-off at the end of the tour in San Jose area, in Arenal Volcano area, Sarapiqui area and Puerto Viejo de Limon area (drop-off's at most hotels in this areas are included). Please inform the name of the hotel and learn if the drop-off is included or not within the same fee.
    • Very important. Included in this same package and only for the way from San Jose to Tortuguero and vice versa, you can chose a flight from San Jose to Tortuguero (30 minutes) or to use the bus and boat combination (4 hours). The advantage to flight is that it only takes 30 minutes and you can enjoy the morning at the Lodge, on the other hand, the advantage to use the bus/boat combination is that this transfer is escorted by a naturalist guide so this transfer is a guided experience where you will learn about Costa Rica's ecology, culture and traditions. It's recommendation is to use 1 way by bus/boat and 1 way by plane. Remember this possibility only applies if the combination of 2 destinations is chosen: San Jose and Tortuguero . If you choose your drop-off at other location, the only option is by bus and boat.
    • The pickup time on the day of the begin of the tour will be informed the day before the departure. This information will be sent by email to your account with Viator. You will also confirmation of the pickup time to the hotel where you request your pickup.
    • Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Minimum drinking age is 18 years
    • Tour will be operated by a multi-lingual guide
    • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
    • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
    • All passenger heights and weights MUST be advised at time of booking
    • Each traveler is allowed a maximum of 1 suitcase and 1 carry-on bag, 30 pounds in total per person.
    Cancellation Policy
    All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
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    Reviewed 2 weeks ago

    We did a three-day tour of Tortuguero, organised by CR Expeditions. I normally don't use travel companies to organise full trips, but this has opened my eyes to how you life can be made easier! I highly recommend this experience! CR Expeditions organised everything from...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank Natalie L
    Jenn D, Guest Satisfaction Specialist at Costa Rica Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

    Dear Natalie L, Thank you for your review and for giving us the opportunity to serve you. You're not the only guests that typically plan their own vacations, but decided that Costa Rica was too challenging to do on their own. Although the country is...More

    Reviewed 2 weeks ago

    Our trip was absolutely perfect, we could not have asked for a better time. Not just the wonder of each location but also your staff and guides and drivers are extraordinarily helpful, courteous and informative. From first contact with planning of our vacation to the...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank Della W
    Jenn D, Guest Satisfaction Specialist at Costa Rica Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

    Dear Della W, Heartfelt appreciation for your generous review. We are honored to hear that your Costa Rica vacation with us was absolutely perfect! You added a very special ingredient to the mix and that is that you engaged with us and let us get...More

    Reviewed 1 September 2019

    Booked the 3 day tour to tortuguero National Park basically because we wanted to see the nesting turtles on the tortuguero beach. We decided to take the flight option from San Jose to Tortuguero which took only 30 minutes. Upon landing we took a boat...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank SusanKNewYork
    Jenn D, Guest Satisfaction Specialist at Costa Rica Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded 3 September 2019

    Dear SusanKNewYork, Thank you for taking the time to review our travel services on TripAdvisor. When you travel with Costa Rica Expeditions, we are ahead of you looking for rigorous standards of safety across everything you will do. We are with you as you go,...More

    Reviewed 8 July 2019

    We (myself, husband and boys aged 5 and 10) spent a week in Costa Rica visiting Tortuguero and Monteverde. The entire trip, all arranged with Cost Rica Expeditions, was phenomenal! Elena built us an itinerary that was the right mix of activity and rest. Everyone...More

    Date of experience: June 2019
    Thank amyrosej414
    Jenn D, Guest Satisfaction Specialist at Costa Rica Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded 12 July 2019

    Dear amyrosej414, Thank you for recommending our services online. It has been our pleasure to serve you As amyrosej414 mentions, we specialize in creating handcrafted itineraries that suit your vacation needs. If you have high energy or are very athletic, we can include lots of...More

    Reviewed 13 April 2019

    Out of all our things we did in our 9 day trip I think this was one of the most relaxing. We took the boat way into the Lodge so we could see birds or animals along the way. When you get to the lodge...More

    Date of experience: March 2019
    Thank lhrich
    Jenn D, Guest Satisfaction Specialist at Costa Rica Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded 13 April 2019

    Dear lhrich, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience here on Trip Advisor. We are glad to hear you enjoyed the wildlife and food in Tortuguero. Tortuga Lodge & Gardens is operate and owned by Costa Rica Expeditions. CRE specializes in planning...More

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