Tortuguero, Limon
3 Hours
English, Spanish
All Year Availability

A jungle river canoe tour like you have never experienced before. Explore the incredible canals of Tortuguero on a guided canoe tour with a professional guide. Along the way, experience some of the breath taking jungle river scenery and meet some of the amazing Costa Rican animals that call this place home. This is the ultimate in Costa Rican wetland experiences!

Your tour begins in Tortuguero township, where your guides will take you to the wharf where the canoe will be waiting for you. Feel free to enjoy a complimentary coffee and snack at their head office. After a quick explanation of the activity, you will be given life vests and be able to board your canoe. Here you and your guide will set off towards Tortuguero National Park with it’s many secret waterways and entrances. Here you will be surround by dense tropical jungle on either side of you as you slowly make your way through the jungle rivers. On any given day, you’ll be able to see a wide varletry of unique jungle animals including sloths, monkeys, basilisks, iguanas, toucans, macaws, caimans, river turtles, and much more. Your guide will use their trained eyes to spot the abundance of flora that call this jungle home.

After making your way through the jungle canals, your group will make your back to Tortuguero village where your tour will conclude.

START TIME 6.00 AM / 2.30PM
END TIME 9.00AM / 5.30PM
BRING Sunscreen, hat, comfortable clothes, sandals or shoes, camera and something to cover belongings in case of rain. Your guides will have ponchos available if it begins to rain on the tour.
Local certified naturalist guide Jungle canoe (holds up to 8 people)
Fruit and refreshments (water, juice and coffee) Ponchos (if required)
Tour guide and volunteer’s gratuity (optional)

Please note: This tour does not include entrance to the national park – this can be paid to the park warden before the tour embarks.

Each canoe for this tour holds up to 8 travellers. Paddles are offered to everyone, but do not feel obliged to paddle on this tour if you do not wish – your guide will do most of the paddling. Private tours with special prices for groups and families are available on request – please use the contact form on our contact page to request a quote.

Though there is both a morning and afternoon tour, we recommend the 6.00am morning tour if you would like to see animals as they are most active at this time. On both tours, your experienced guides will do their best to spot animals but please note we must play by mother natures rules and seeing particular animals is no guarantee.

If you are carrying a camera or phone for photos, please be sure to bring something to protect them from the water. Being a dense coastal rainforest, it can rain a lot in this area and it’s not uncommon for a little water to splash into the canoe from the paddles.


6.00AM / 2.30PM

Arrive at the Tuanis Tour main office in Tortuguero village. Here you will meet your guides and be given a briefing of your tour and what to expect. Feel free to have yourself a coffee and a quick snack as we go through a run down of your tour.

6.15AM / 2.45PM

Your guides will take you down to the main wharf where you will be provided with life jackets and able to board your 8 person canoe. You will also be able to try out the paddles provided (though don’t feel oblidged to paddle if you wish not to).

6.30AM / 3.00PM

Embark on your guided canoe tour to Tortuguero National Park. Your guide will take you to the edge of the jungle and then through some of the secret passage ways and winding canals that splinter through the thick rainforest. Enjoy the incredible experience of having lush jungle canopy on both sides of you as your guide keeps their eyes on the many animals that call this place home including sloths, monkeys, basilisks, iguanas, snakes, toucans, macaws, caimans, river turtles, and a variety of birds and insects. Get your binoculars or camera ready for a chance to see some truly spectacular animals!

9.00AM / 5.30PM

Your group will make their way back to Tortuguero village where your tour will conclude.
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