San José, Tortuguero
12 Hours
English, Spanish
All Year Availability

Journey to one of the most unique and biodiverse areas of Costa Rica which attracts tourists from far and wide on our Tortuguero Tour from San Jose. Enjoy a journey through the north east of the country through lush, green rainforests and board a river boat through the jungle where you’ll be able to spot a vast variety of forest dwelling animals that call this area home. You will be able to enjoy a guide hike at Tortuguero Hill where you will be afforded beautiful views of the river, villages and pristine tropical rainforest. Upon arrival of into the quaint village of Tortuguero, enjoy a delicious lunch and a guided walk through the township and beach nestled between the vast Tortuguero river and the Carribbean sea.

Your tour starts from your accommodation in San Jose where your guide will transport north-east through lush, dense cloud forest of the Braulio Carrillo National Park. This is an area of untamed beauty and on a clear day you will be afforded incredible sights as densely packed rolling hills covered in stunning greenery as you descend from the Central Valley. Next up will be a stop at a restaurant to enjoy a typical, delicious Costa Rican breakfast before continuing on to one of the many banana plantations in this area for a guided tour, where your guide explain the history, growing and harvesting of one of Costa Rica’s key export.

Once you have arrived at the docks of La Pavona in the northern Limon province, this is where the excitement begins as you board your boat which transports you through winding rivers through the dense jungle of the Caribbean. These shallow rivers snake their ways through the forests where towing trees and jungle canopy stretches out on either side of you. It is here where you might be lucky enough to see river turtles, basilisks, iguanas, monkeys, caimans, toucans, egrets, herons, sloths and much more. Before long you will exit the narrow jungle rivers on to the long, vast Tortuguero river where you will make your way to the Tortuguero Hill and village.

Upon arrival of Tortuguero Hill, your guides will take you through a guided walk up the now extinct volcano for a most incredible view of the rivers, villages and rainforests of Tortuguero. On a clear day, you will be able to see right out to the Caribbean Sea which stretches miles along the coastline. This area is also teaming with wildlife and is home to monkeys, sloths, toucans, frogs, iguanas and much more. If your guide is lucky enough to spot them, they will be sure to point out some of these incredible animals.

After exploring Tortuguero Hill, you will head south via boat towards the main village in Tortugeuro where you will be treated to a delicious Caribbean style lunch. Afterwards, your guide will take you on a tour of the village and beach and teach you about its unique history and its inhabitants. This a great opportunity to take photos and pick up a souvenir or two. As the township borders with the national park, there will be plenty of opportunities to see even more animals including monkeys, toucans and, if you’re lucky, the great green macaws which are critically endangered in many parts of Central America but happen to flourish here in Tortuguero.

After enjoying some leisure time to explore the township, you will then take the boat back to La Pavona and then drive back to San Jose where your tour will conclude.

PICK UP TIME 5:30 AM – 6:30 AM.
END TIME Approximately 6:00 PM – 7:00PM.
BRING Sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, repellent, binoculars (recommended), raincoat, camera and money for souvenirs.
Return Transportation (land and river) Bilingual guide
Breakfast & Lunch Guided tour of Tortuguero Hill, village and beach
Additional activities
Tour guide gratuity (optional)

Pick ups are available from your hotel throughout San Jose and the greater area (Alajuela, Heredia, etc). If your accommodation falls outside of the pick up area, then we will arrange a pick up location where you can meet your driver/guide.

Child pricing is between the age of 3 to 11 years of age. For infants under the age of 2 years of age their is a charge of $18.00 USD. Private tours for groups are available on request – please use the contact form on our contact page to request a quote. Tour is subject to minimum numbers of 2 adult passengers – if numbers are not met, then you will be put on stand by until we can confirm or arrange an alternative date of departure.

Cancellations must be made a full 48 hours prior to the tour embarking, otherwise a penalty of 100% will be applied. Likewise there will also be a 100% penalty for no shows.

Additional information

Ticket TypeAdult, Child, Infant


Picked up from your hotel at San Jose or the surrounding area and then embarking north east through the Heredia and Limon provinces.


After driving through the scenically stunning Braulio Carrillo National Park, you will descend down the valley to a typical Costa Rican restaurant to enjoy a delicious breakfast of breakfast, juice, coffee, eggs and “gallo pinto”.


With breakfast complete, your guide will take you to a banana plantation for a guided tour where you will learn about the process of growing and exporting bananas in Costa Rica.


Arrive at the docks of La Pavona where you will board your river boat which snakes it’s way through to the dense jungle on its way to Tortuguero National Park and village. Be on the look at for numerous animals on the river banks and jungle canopy in one of the most biologically diverse regions of Costa Rica.


Head to Tortuguero Hill for a guided tour of this lush rainforest. You will be guide the short distance up the hill which, on a clear day, affords beautiful views of Tortuguero and the Caribbean Sea. This area is also home to an abundance of wildlife and your guide will be sure to point out any animals they may see along the way.


Arrive in Tortugeuro Village where you guide will take you to enjoy a delicious Carribean style lunch. Be sure to eat your fill and enjoy much of the local cuisine on offer!


Embark a tour of the township and beach where your guide will teach you about the history of the village and the people that call this place home. Enjoy some time at your leisure to pick up some souvenirs or explore this quant Caribbean village. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for the many animals that inhabit this area.


Reboard your boat and make your way back to La Pavona and then onwards to San Jose by land.


Arrive back at your accommodation where your tour will conclude.

* Please note that all times are approximations

Tortuguero Tour from San Jose
La Pavona Limon
Tortuguero River Jetty
Tortuguero Village
Tortuguero Hill Hike
Green Macaw
Sloth Tortuguero
Caiman Tortuguero

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