Tortuguero National park from the airTortuguero National Park

The best wildlife Tour in Costa Rica

Complete Tour from San José or Santa Ana

Those who like to get to know the Tortuguero National Park (and it is really a must-see while traveling Costa Rica), there are different possibilities. The idea is, to combine a stay in Tortuguero with great tours. We can help to organize this tour.

In fact, you should not travel to the Tortuguero National Park without an organized tour. Because you may pay a lot more money and will see less wildlife.

A very simple solution is a three-day trip from/to Santa Ana/ San Jose/central valley. You will be picked up early in the morning at your Hotel or Hostel, and you will be back there after three days. Everything is organized, the majority of trips are included in the package and you can buy some extras on site. The big advantage here is that you do not have to worry about anything else, you get a guarantee that in no time you will see a lot of interesting things, and you will be accompanied by professional guides.

The flora and fauna at the National Park is unique in this world. Our guides have the knowledge and the experience to match your needs.
The ride starts in Santa Ana/ San José or any meeting- point in the central valley and you will visit the Braulio Carrillo National Park. It is a very interesting National Park, which starts almost at the gates of the capital and ends at Caribbean level. The National Park consists mainly of cloud forests. You will get opportunity to observe it and receive detailed explanations.

The breakfast takes place in a very friendly restaurant at the Rio Dante, where you have the opportunity to venture a trip to the tropical rain forest, which is already dominant at this altitude. Later you board the boat to the Camp. Depending on how many animals you see during the trip, it takes up to 2 hours to reach Tortuguero National park.

Once you arrive, and after a welcome drink, there is a powerful lunch before the first tour starts. The tours are included or optional, depending on the package. There is an enormous variety. We recommend doing at least the following:

  • Morning guided tour by boat, 6:00 to 8:30 in the Tortuguero National Park, where you can meet an enormous variety of animals and plants. Particularly the bird life is very active at this time and you get to face quite a lot of the more than 300 species of the National Park.
  • Hike in the rain forest, about 2 hours, with detailed explanations of tropical rainforest and its inhabitants.  This tour is offered twice a day, and it is recommended to do both, one during the day, and the other one in the night. Those are two really different experiences.
  • Walk on the muddy paths of the national park, where you will learn what that “mud” means. Knee-deep mud is crossed, and vines, and tropical plants from the lizards position will be seen.
  • Visit village of Tortuguero: a nice, pleasant place, where the taxis are bicycles with trailers. Directly on the beach with a friendly atmosphere. You can visit the nice museum or just stroll through the streets and enjoy life, away from the civilization.
  • Kayak tour: after collecting detailed knowledge of the flora and fauna on the previous tours, a kayak tour gives you the perfect chance to observe the wildlife again in peace. Here you will be with a small group going upstream, so you can easily return within three hours to the lodge.
  • Turtles spawning (only in the spawning season, from July to October) provides an unforgettable experience. If you go to the beach at night, you may watch one of the giant tortoises, as it lays its eggs and digs a nest. The whole thing is strictly monitored by volunteers, so that the turtles are not disturbed during their work. Photographing and white lights are strictly prohibited, dark clothing is recommended.

Apart from the standard three-day tour, we offer many variations. Instead of traveling back to San Jose, we are also pleased to do a further trip to the Caribbean beaches of Cahuita, Puerto Viejo, or Bocas del Toro in Panama.

Also, the outward or return journey can take place on a plane, for those who are short on time. You can schedule an additional day or order one of the superior rooms in which you have an even bigger holiday treat. We are happy to advise you. Please fill out the form below or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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