Leave San Jose early in the morning on Day 1 and pass through beautiful landscapes on the way to Tortuguero. Opt to tour the town upon arrival or take an optional night walk to see a green sea turtle nesting site (seasonal). On Day 2 tour the park with a boat ride and walk through pristine nature. After another short boat and walking exploration of the park on the morning of Day 3, return to San Jose in the afternoon, arriving around 6:30pm.
Day by Day Itinerary:
Day 1: Shuttle & Boat San Jose to Tortuguero (B/L/D)
Depart San Jose at 6:00am accompanied by your naturalist guide to drive past coffee plantations and the stunning landscapes of Braulio Carrillo National Park. Keep an eye out for misty cloud forest and distant waterfalls before stopping for an authentic Costa Rican breakfast of fruit juice, coffee, eggs and the popular "Gallo Pinto".
After breakfast we will continue driving on the shuttle and then transfer to a boat for the final leg of the journey into Tortuguero National Park, a pristine nature reserve and an important nesting site for green sea turtles. Along the way we will provide you with a brief introduction to the banana plantations.
This afternoon you may go on an optional walking tour of the Museum and the town to learn about the local culture (not included). Depending on the season, tonight you can also participate in an optional night tour (not included), which consists of a boat trip to Tortuguero National Park followed by walking on the beach to observe the nesting of the Giant Green Sea Turtle (available only from July to October). Overnight in Tortuguero.
Day 2: Tortuguero National Park Boat & Walking Tour (B/L/D)
Wake up early this morning to go on a guided tour of Tortuguero National Park. At 5:30 your guide will take you by boat to one of the most enchanting sites in the region, where you will explore lagoons and hidden canals and see nearly 50m-tall trees covered with bromeliads, vines and orchids, as well as an array of other flora and fauna. Spot animals such as howler monkeys, white face capuchins, and spider monkeys, as well over 400 species of birds, iguanas, jesus christ lizards and more!
Return to your accommodation by 8:00am to enjoy breakfast and recharge for the second part of today's tour, a hike through the rainforest. At around 9:30am you will go on a walk through the national park, discovering local plants and spotting wildlife with the help of your guide.
Enjoy the rest of the afternoon at your leisure to relax at your lodge or discover more of the town on your own. Overnight in Tortuguero.
Day 3: Tortuguero Boat & Walking Tour - Boat & Shuttle to San Jose (B/L)
Rise early again this morning to go on a boat tour to visit other areas of the park and admire even more breathtaking nature. Return to your accommodation for breakfast and to pack up your belongings for check-out. Take one last rainforest walk in a different section of the rainforest before transferring back to San Jose, arriving around 6:30pm.