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Tortuguero National Park Overnight

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Photo by Hans Hillewaert

Tortuguero National Park is located in the Limón Province of northeastern Costa Rica. It is the third-most visited park in Costa Rica, despite the fact that it can only be reached by airplane or boat. The park has incredible biological variety, due to the existence within the reserve of eleven different habitats, including rainforest, swamps, beaches, and lagoons. It is located in a tropical climate, is very humid, and receives up to 250 inches of rain a year.

Its beaches are key nesting ground for endangered sea turtles, such as Hawksbill, Loggerheads, Green and Leatherbacks. The rivers within the park are home to sensitive populations of manatees, as well as caimans, crocodiles, and Tropical Gar, which is considered a living fossil. The forests are home to jaguars, three species of monkeys (spider, howler, and white-faced Capuchin), and three-toed sloths. Basilisk lizards and poisonous frogs also inhabit the area, along with 375 species of birds including kingfishers, toucans, blue herons, peacocks, and parrots. There are more than 400 species of trees and approximately 2,200 species of plants.

This is the very best place in Costa Rica to spot wildlife. Monkeys, Sloths, Crocodiles, Toucans, and many colorful frogs and insects are all common sights. During the June to September turtle nesting season, this is definitely one of Costa Rica's Highlights.

We have daily departures from San José, the Caribbean Coast and the Arenal Volcano, giving you the choice to start and end this tour at the place of your convenience.  At the end of your tour (on the evening of the 2nd day about dinner time for the 1 night tour) you are dropped off at your hotel in your choice of San José, the Caribbean Coast or the Arenal Volcano area.  So this is a great trip to do on your way to or from the Caribbean Coast or Arenal as it includes your transport! (except for All Rankins Lodge where land transport is not included and you would need to meet the captain at the dock in Moin/Limon to start your package)

Choose your lodge

We have several lodges to choose from. Each offers a different accommodation option as well offers their own tours and activities which will vary but will cover basically the same things.

Lodge: La Baula Lodge
Features: La Baula Lodge is hotel that features 40 cosy rustic rooms which are located in different sized room blocks, each room has a private bathroom, hot water, ceiling fan, and views to the gardens, all meals included. The lodge is located in front of the Tortuguero Lagoon and at only five minutes on boat from the Tortuguero National Park. The lodge features an authentic Caribbean style, painted with bright colors that identify the culture of the area, lush and exotic gardens, restaurant, swimming pool and a large bar, Internet, WIFI, laundry service and experienced guides. On site there is a restaurant, laundry service, rental boats, canoes and 24-hour Internet Café.

There are many animals that visits La Baula Lodge, like the howler or the white-faced monkey with it's natural wake up call to your morning! The red frog lives in our lush gardens and the blue morpho butterfly flutters around the many green areas found on the property.

Special for this lodge only - no extra charge for any combination of pickup and dropoff cities - start in Puerto Viejo, end in Arenal for example for no extra charge!


Lodge: Pachira or Evergreen Lodge
Laguna Lodge
Features: These lovely lodges have 88 and 55 comfortable rooms, all are spacious, with comfortable beds, private bathrooms, hot water, and ceiling fans, swimming pool. The property has an excellent restaurant and bar services and offer bilingual guided tours in the area. All meals (buffet style) are included in the price of the package.

The Lodge offers 80 standard rooms with views to the gardens and forest that surrounds us. The rooms offer private bathroom, hot water, ceiling fan, reading lamps, wooden bench outside your room to sit and admire the gardens. The open air restaurant is located in front of the Tortuguero lagoon, providing beautiful views of the forests nearby. Meals are served buffet style with a variety of fresh tropical fruits and vegetables.

Lodge: Aninga Lodge
Mawamba Lodge
Features: This lodge has 32 rooms with beautiful furniture, wooden beds and colorful fabrics. Each room has fans, private bath with hot water. Lodge facilities include restaurant, bar with view to the lagoon, swimming pool and spa. It is situated in a privileged location, right next to the Tortuguero lagoon. Exotic green vegetation, rainforest, and dense and alive gardens surround the rooms and the main facilities buildings as well as the swimming pool. Mawamba offers 54 standard rooms with either one double and one single bed or three single beds. All rooms have garden view, ceiling fan, complimentary safety box, daily clean up service and private bathroom. Lodge facilities include restaurant, swimming pool, bar, cafeteria, private & natural trails and souvenir shop.

Lodge: All Rankins Lodge
Features:

All Rankins Lodge offers basic caribbean style rooms for either one, two or three persons. All rooms have garden view, fan and private bathroom with hot water. Lodge facilities include a small restaurant with caribbean style food, and offer bilingual guided tours in the area.

All meals are included in the price of the package. However this lodge option includes only boat transport from Moin. Clients are required to make their own way to Moin for the boat departure or please ask and we can arrange this transport for you for an extra charge.


Package details (all lodges except All Rankins)

Duration: Two days/One night. Additional Days can be added.
Departures: Daily from your hotel in San Jose, Arenal or Puerto Viejo
Cost per person: 2 day / 1 night package per person 3 day / 2 night package per person
La Baula Lodge: Adults $199 (single, double or triple)
Children 2-11 years $149 (up to 2 childen in same room)
$299 (single, double or triple) adults
$225 children 2-11 (up to 2 children in same room)
Pachira, Evergreen or Aninga Lodges:
low season:Adults $269 single $229 double $199 triple
 Children $119 double, $99 triple
high season: Adults $299 single $259 double $239 triple
 Children $129 double, $119 triple
low season:Adults $339 single $299 double $269 triple
  Children $149 double, $129 triple
high season:Adults $359 single $319 double $279 triple
  Children $159 double, $139 triple
Laguna Lodge: Adults $269 single $229 double $199 triple
Children $119 double $99 triple
Adults $319 single $289 double $259 triple
Children $149 double $129 triple
Mawamba Lodge:
low season:Adults $269 single $229 double $199 triple
 Children $119 double, $99 triple
high season: Adults $299 single $249 double $239 triple
 Children $129 double, $119 triple
low season:Adults $329 single $289 double $259 triple
  Children $149 double, $129 triple
high season: Adults $349 single $309 double $269 triple
  Children $159 double, $139 triple
High season: For those lodges which have high and low season rates, the high season is Dec 15 through Apr 15 and July/Aug
All packages include: ● Transportation from Puerto Viejo, San Jose or Arenal with drop-off in your choice again of San Jose, Puerto Viejo or Arenal.  Either pickup or dropoff must be San Jose or an extra $40 charge p/p applies (except for La Baula choice).
● One or two nights of lodging as selected
● All meals
● Activities/tours including a tours of the canals, the national park and the Tortuguero Town and Caribbean Conservation Corporation (Except for All Rankins, see table below for tours included in this lodge)
● Taxes
Not Included: ● National park entrance fees ($17)
● If neither pickup or dropoff are San Jose an extra charge of $40 per person applies
● Optional night turtle tour (June-September $35)
● Alcoholic beverages
● Additional charge for pickup or drop-off at Arenal hotels which are further from La Fortuna than Tabacon Resort such as Arenal Observatory or Arenal Lodge may apply
What to bring: Long pants, all your valuables like passport, plane tickets, credit cards, light clothes (2 shirts, 2 pair of shorts, 2 pair of socks), swim suit, sunscreen, hut, camera, comfortable walking shoes, insect repellent, binoculars, raincoat. For the optional/seasonal night turtle tour please wear dark clothes.
Luggage restriction: Please note only one 15kg (33 lb) bag per person will be allowed on the boat for the final transport to Tortuguero. Any additional luggage will be securely stored at the transfer point so you can retrieve it when you are leaving Tortuguero. Please pack accordingly.

Package details (All Rankins Lodge)

Duration: Two days/One night. Additional Days can be added.
Departures: Daily from dock in Moin (near Limon). Transportation to Moin can be arranged for an extra charge (please advise us in comments if you'd like this option. If you're driving a rental car, secure paid parking is available in Moin.
Cost per person: 2 day / 1 night package per person 3 day / 2 night package per person
All Rankins Lodge: $160  per person (Jun - Sep)
$140  per person (Oct - May)
$220 per person (Jun - Sep)
$200  per person (Oct - May)
Package includes: ● Return transportation from dock in Moin to Lodge in Tortuguero
● One or two nights of lodging as selected
● All meals
● Activities/tours including a tours of the canals, Tortuguero Town & Caribbean Conservation Corporation and night turtle tour (June-September)
● Taxes
Not Included: ● Transport to Moin or parking at Moin
● National park entrance fees ($17)
● Alcoholic beverages
● Caribbean Conservation Corporation entrance fees ($2)
What to bring: Long pants, all your valuables like passport, plane tickets, credit cards, light clothes (2 shirts, 2 pairs of shorts, 2 pairs of socks), swim suit, sunscreen, hut, camera, comfortable walking shoes, insect repellent, binoculars, raincoat. For the optional/seasonal night turtle tour please wear dark clothes.
Luggage restriction: Please note only one 15kg (33 lb) bag per person will be allowed on the boat for the final transport to Tortuguero. Please pack accordingly.

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