San Jose: Tortuguero Park Day Tour with Breakfast & Lunch

4.7 / 5

21 reviews

Activity provider: Destiny Travel Costa Rica

San Jose: Tortuguero Park Day Tour with Breakfast & Lunch

Activity provider: Destiny Travel Costa Rica

From US$ 195 per person

Spend the day discovering the luscious landscapes of Tortuguero National Park. Explore this vibrant rainforest, see native wildlife in its natural habitat, learn about the local ecosystem, and enjoy a delicious Costa Rican breakfast and lunch.

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Duration 12 hours
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English
Pickup included
Pickup is available for all hotels, hostels, B&B, and AirB&Bs located in San Jose downtown, Heredia downtown, or Alajuela downtown. Please be ready for pickup 5 minutes prior to the scheduled pickup time.
Wheelchair accessible


  • Explore the luscious jungle landscape and canals in Tortuguero National Park
  • See native wildlife including green sea turtles, toucans, monkeys, crocodiles, and more
  • Learn about Costa Rica's abundance of flora and flora
  • Meet local people at Tortuguero Village and learn about their history and culture
  • Enjoy a delicious Costa Rican breakfast and a hearty buffet lunch
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The day begins with pickup from your accommodation in San Jose, Heredia, or Alajuela at 6:00 AM. On your way to breakfast, drive past rolling coffee plantations and admire the mountains of Braulio Carrillo National Park.

At around 7:15 AM, stop for a traditional Costa Rican breakfast to set you up for the day's adventure. Enjoy fresh fruit juice, coffee, eggs, and the popular gallo pinto (a typical Central American rice and bean dish.)

After breakfast, visit a local banana plantation and learn about the process of growing and exporting fruit. At around 10:00 AM, leave the bus behind and hop onboard a boat as you cruise into the jungle of Tortuguero National Park.

Surrounded by tropical rainforest, which covers over 29,000 hectares, soak up the magic of this luscious green landscape. As you sail along the jungle canals, see native green sea turtles, as well as other endangered animals such as sloths, monkeys, and manatees.

There are also countless colorful butterflies, toucans, herons, crocodiles, and more. Learn about each of the animals and their habitat in the jungle, as well as about local conservation efforts to protect them. Once you’ve worked up a bit of an appetite, enjoy a hearty buffet lunch.

After lunch, take a relaxing stroll through Tortuguero Village where you’ll discover local life and learn about the history of the town and its residents. At the end of an unforgettable day, get back on the bus at around 3:30 PM and begin the return journey back to San Jose.

  • Transportation in an air-conditioned vehicle
  • Spanish/English-speaking guide
  • Boat ride through Tortuguero canals
  • Park fees
  • Traditional breakfast
  • Buffet lunch
  • Gratuities

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Important information

What to bring

  • Sun hat
  • Camera
  • Sunscreen
  • Rain gear
  • Comfortable clothes
  • Insect repellent
  • Closed-toe shoes

Know before you go

  • This tour is suitable for all ages
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 21 reviews

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Ronny was an absolutely amazing guide. He picked us up from our hotel right on time and then, as we made the long but beautifully scenic drive, shared his detailed knowledge of both where we were going and the nation of Costa rica. His ability to spot wildlife is astounding, and whilst driving, he showed us various amazing animals and plants. After a great breakfast we boarded our boat for our jungle cruise down the river. Ronny and the captain (also named Ronny) made it such a memorable experience, spotting monkeys, crocodiles, basilisks and a range of birds, stopping to get us the best photos. Going through the jungle engulfed by nature was unforgettable. After this we hiked through the jungle, Ronny talked us through everything and even found us a tiny poison dart frog, before showing us breath taking views of the Carribean sea above the canopy. After a nice lunch at a local Soda, we drove back to San Jose, stopping to find a sloth on the journey. Thank you Ronny, highly recommend!

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February 9, 2023

We were picked up by our wonderful tour guide Ronny, and were taken to a delightful breakfast on the way to the National park. We learned so much on the drive to the park that it really felt like two tours! We pulled over at cool spots on the way and saw fruit plantations as well. We got to the park and saw so many animals and had a good time adventuring. I highly recommend checking this out!

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January 28, 2023

The tour is very well planned and the time is perfectly filled. Songs don't look at banana plantations...but that's the only negative. Our guide was really great and showed us a lot of animals. We saw monkeys, crocodiles, a sloth and many species of birds and frogs. The food was really good too. A very successful day!

December 10, 2022

Product ID: 383680