San Jose

The Authentic Tortuguero National Park One Day Tour

San José, Costa Rica

From USD 225.00

Select Date and Travellers

Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 10 to 12 hours (approx.)
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Make your way to Tortuguero National Park and see where green turtles lay their eggs between July and October. This stunning rainforest is a mecca for the species and also the perfect place for travelers who want to get in touch with nature and spend a day outside of the city. Follow an expert guide through all the sights and learn about the biodiversity that exists in this Costa Rican wonderland.
  • Visit Tortuguero National Park
  • Spend a day outside the city and learn about biodiversity from your guide
  • See where green turtles lay their eggs
  • Lunch and round-trip hotel transport included

What's Included

  • Lunch
  • Guide
  • All Fees and Taxes
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Drinks
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
  • Water

Meeting And Pickup

You can head directly to the meeting point, or request pickup

Meeting point

  • Aurola Holiday Inn San José
    C. 5, El Carmen, San José, 10101, Costa Rica

    Please wait outside the Aurola Holiday Inn Hotel. A guide will arrive identified and will call you by name.

Pickup points

Select a pickup point

Start time

05:30 am

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Not recommended for children under 4 years
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • Minumum Passengers Requirement to Book this Tour: 2
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travellers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.
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Our guide German was great! On the...
Renee_a, Mar 2018
Our guide German was great! On the ride, he was very animated and pointed out lots of waterfalls, plants, flowers, and the yellow river. He explained everything and let everyone know when a good picture opportunity was coming! He even would offer to take photos for you/of the family. He spotted a sloth and we pulled over and all got a chance to take pictures. We also stopped to see monkeys! Contrary to the description, we didn't visit a banana plantation as an organized activity but rather we stopped at one of Dole's banana fields and got to observe the process of cutting the bananas down and loading them on a conveyor belt. On the river cruise to Tortuguero village, we saw lots of animals including Cayman crocodiles, normal crocodiles, and lots of birds! German bought us all pipa fria or coconuts to drink out of upon arrival to the village. We had a short walk around the village to the beach and then we went to a hotel for a lunch buffet. Afterwards, we took the boat back and saw more animals. On the drive back, we stopped at a local family's house and had the opportunity to see another sloth in their yard and we could buy homemade tamales. A long day but we got to see a lot!
Awesome tour and knowledgeable tour...
Arif-Frasha, Nov 2017
Awesome tour and knowledgeable tour guide. Walk thru small village and saw the beach where the turtles migrate. Last 10 miles of the tour was bumpy on the dirt road and other than that it was great.
Good fun. It is important to be...
Max S, Apr 2017
Good fun. It is important to be aware that this is partly a hotel transfer for people spending longer in Tortuguero
The tour did not happen. I waited in...
Dave_O, Feb 2017
The tour did not happen. I waited in my hotel lobby for two hours from 5am and no one turned up. Eventually the hotel staff managed to contact the travel company and they said the tour was not running on the day I was booked in for. I do not know why I was booked in to a non-existent tour.
Amazing tour! Got to see different...
Cara_P, Feb 2017
Amazing tour! Got to see different plantations on our drive to the coast. Was great to see different wildlife on the boat ride to Tortuguero town. Knowledgeable guide and a great lunch!
Very nice tour, the pick up and...
Marco S, Feb 2017
Very nice tour, the pick up and transport could be improved but the guide was awesome
Tour guide was very knowledgeable...
Lalani J, Jan 2017
Tour guide was very knowledgeable and provided lots of info about Costa Rica. He stopped the vehicle at several places on the way to show us animals and different trees and plants. Very very good. He entertained us by singing too while we were in the vehicle.
Very well organized. The rain-forest...
Kundan S, Jan 2017
Very well organized. The rain-forest had an Amazon like feeling.
This was an excellent tour!! Even...
Shauna B, Nov 2016
This was an excellent tour!! Even getting up at 5 AM was worth it for everything that we saw and experienced. Our tour guide and bus driver were fabulous. The tour guide didn't just want us to see Costa Rica, he wanted us to experience Pura Vida. He got us exotic fruits from fruit stands to try, sang Ave Maria to us in a little church with the voice of an professional singer and we got to see baby turtles make their way from the sands of their nest to the waters of the Atlantic. Absolutely AMAZING! Each meal was deliciously prepared, even though lunch was more Americanized than I expected. So very pleased with this tour!