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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 July to October 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 (for the Caribbean Coast and Arenal Volcano, an extra charge applies, except if you stay at La Baula Lodge). 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!

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: Pachira Lodge
Evergreen Lodge
Features: This lovely lodge has 88 comfortable rooms, all are spacious, with comfortable beds, private bathrooms, hot water, and ceiling fans. The property has a swimming pool, an excellent restaurant and bar service and offers bilingual guided tours in the area. All meals (buffet style) are included in the price of the package. This spacious lodge has 55 comfortable rooms, all come with comfortable beds, private bathrooms, hot water, and ceiling fans. The big swimming pool is the heart of the property which also has its own restaurant and a nice bar. The lodge offers bilingual guided tours in the area. The buffet style meals are included in the price of the package.

Lodge: Aninga Lodge
Laguna 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. 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: Mawamba Lodge
La Baula Lodge
Features: 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. La Baula features 40 rustic rooms each with a private bathroom, hot water, ceiling fan, and views to the gardens. All meals are included. The lodge is located in front of the Tortuguero Lagoon only five minutes by boat from Tortuguero National Park. The lodge features lush and exotic gardens, restaurant, swimming pool, a large bar, Internet, WIFI and laundry service. 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!

If you are looking for a more economic option, we can offer you a very basic but authentic experience with All Rankin Lodge. For more information and prices please contact us via e-mail.

Package details

Duration: Two days/One night. Additional Days can be added.
Departures: Daily
Cost per person: 2 day / 1 night package per person 3 day / 2 night package per person
Pachira, Evergreen or Aninga Lodges: Adults $279 single, $229 double, $219 triple
Children $107 double, $102 triple
Adults $339 single, $319 double, $259 triple
Children $149 double, $121 triple
Laguna Lodge:
low season: Adults $241 single, $208 double, $188 triple
  Children $99 double, $96 triple
high season: Adults $277 single, $235 double, $227 triple
  Children $99 double, $96 triple
low season: Adults $308 single, $278 double, $248 triple
  Children $139 double, $115 triple
high season: Adults $338 single, $298 double, $254 triple
  Children $139 double, $115 triple
Mawamba Lodge: Adults $279 single, $230 double, $207 triple
Children $109 double, $103 triple
Adults $345 single, $321 double, $264 triple
Children $161 double, $123 triple
La Baula Lodge: Adults $199 (single, double or triple)
Children 2-11 years $149 (up to 2 children in same room)
$299 (single, double or triple) adults
$225 children 2-11 (up to 2 children in same room)
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 San Jose with drop-off in San Jose. For pick-up or drop-off in Arenal or Puerto Viejo, an extra charge 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
● Taxes
Not Included: ● National park entrance fees ($17)
● Pickup or dropoff in Arenal (+ $60 one way) or Puerto Viejo (+$50 one way)
● Optional night turtle tour (July-October $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. Please pack accordingly. If you will travel with more luggage please let us know so that we can check if this will be possible in your case.

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