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Parque Nacional Tortuguero por una noche


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.  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!

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 authenitc 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 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
Pachira, Evergreen or Aninga Lodges: Adults $309 single, $265 double, $255 triple
Children $133 double, $129 triple
Adults $369 single, $349 double, $295 triple
Children $175 double, $145 triple
Laguna Lodge:
low season: Adults $269 single, $235 double, $229 triple
  Children $115 double, $113 triple
high season: Adults $289 single, $249 double, $245 triple
  Children $125 double, $121 triple
low season: Adults $325 single, $309 double, $265 triple
  Children $155 double, $135 triple
high season: Adults $349 single, $329 double, $279 triple
  Children $165 double, $140 triple
Mawamba Lodge: Adults $309 single, $265 double, $249 triple
Children $133 double, $125 triple
Adults $365 single, $339 double, $289 triple
Children 170 double, $145 triple
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)
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
● 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 (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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Terms and conditions
  1. Most tours and activities run daily but have reached capacity on your date or haven\'t reached a minimum number of persons required for the tour to operate. If we are unable to accommodate you on your chosen date, we will, at your option, either reschedule your date or refund your payment, less bank fees, promptly.
  2. Tours will depart daily regardless of weather unless conditions would make it unsafe so please be prepared for the possibility of rain.
  3. For tours within Costa Rica please always make sure to carry a copy of your valid passport and your last entry stamp with you. For day and multi-day trips that involve border-crossing you must carry your valid passport and a copy of it with you at all times. Border crossing fees may apply.
  4. For multi-day packages, we require a minimum 50% deposit before we start confirming hotels, tours, etc. Full payment must be received three to four weeks before the start of your tour.
  5. Should we be unable to accomodate you at your requested accommodation choice, we will offer you choice of other accommodations and advise any price difference or we will refund your payment promptly (your choice).
  6. Prices are not valid for extra-high season weeks of Christmas, New Years or Easter. Please inquire for pricing and availability for those weeks.
  7. All cancellations of multi-day package bookings will incur a minimum $25 cancellation fee, increasing with the amount of time we spent on your booking plus any bank or vendor charges, as these require substantial staff and planning time.
  8. The client is also responsible for any fees charged by the vendor as they have committed resources to your tour and may have more restrictive policies. The more notice you give us, the more likely we will be able to reaccommodate you.
  9. Cancellations are subject to bank imposed fees which are generally $2 per transaction plus 3% to 5% of the amount. Or we will be happy to apply your payment to another service.
  10. Should you need to make date, time or route changes after we have started booking your trip, we are happy to help. A Gecko Trail service charge will apply plus any vendor change fees if applicable.
  11. This trip will not run with less than two travelers. If you are a single traveler we will need to check for availability first.
I agree to the above terms and conditions

Parque Nacional Tortuguero por una noche - Terms and Conditions

  1. Most tours and activities run daily but have reached capacity on your date or haven\'t reached a minimum number of persons required for the tour to operate. If we are unable to accommodate you on your chosen date, we will, at your option, either reschedule your date or refund your payment, less bank fees, promptly.
  2. Tours will depart daily regardless of weather unless conditions would make it unsafe so please be prepared for the possibility of rain.
  3. For tours within Costa Rica please always make sure to carry a copy of your valid passport and your last entry stamp with you. For day and multi-day trips that involve border-crossing you must carry your valid passport and a copy of it with you at all times. Border crossing fees may apply.
  4. For multi-day packages, we require a minimum 50% deposit before we start confirming hotels, tours, etc. Full payment must be received three to four weeks before the start of your tour.
  5. Should we be unable to accomodate you at your requested accommodation choice, we will offer you choice of other accommodations and advise any price difference or we will refund your payment promptly (your choice).
  6. Prices are not valid for extra-high season weeks of Christmas, New Years or Easter. Please inquire for pricing and availability for those weeks.
  7. All cancellations of multi-day package bookings will incur a minimum $25 cancellation fee, increasing with the amount of time we spent on your booking plus any bank or vendor charges, as these require substantial staff and planning time.
  8. The client is also responsible for any fees charged by the vendor as they have committed resources to your tour and may have more restrictive policies. The more notice you give us, the more likely we will be able to reaccommodate you.
  9. Cancellations are subject to bank imposed fees which are generally $2 per transaction plus 3% to 5% of the amount. Or we will be happy to apply your payment to another service.
  10. Should you need to make date, time or route changes after we have started booking your trip, we are happy to help. A Gecko Trail service charge will apply plus any vendor change fees if applicable.
  11. This trip will not run with less than two travelers. If you are a single traveler we will need to check for availability first.