Tortuguero National Park Tours

Tortuguero National Park Tours
Tortuguero National Park is one of Costa Rica's prime tourist destinations. The park's diverse ecosystems and rain forest are stunning any time of the year, but the best time to visit is during the turtle season, between July and October. Travel by boat to watch hordes of turtles hatching in the Costa Rican jungle. The majority of tours to the park and Tortuguero village depart from San José. If you have your own transportation, you can arrange tours by companies located in the village.

Costa Rica Expeditions

Costa Rica Expeditions specializes in custom-made itineraries. The company offers a two-day excursion from San José that includes flights, meals, one night at Tortuga Lodge and a guided tour of the park. 2009 to 2010 rates start at $378 per adult during low season. You can add extra days to your tour.

Costa Rica Expeditions
Calle Central & Avenida 3
San José, Costa Rica
011 (+506) 2257 0766
costaricaexpeditions.com

Ecole Travel Costa Rica

Ecole Travel, based in San José, offers two- and three-day tours of the park. Travelers cover the 50 miles between San José and Tortuguero by bus, making this a more affordable option. Tours leave San José in the morning and reach Tortuguero village by lunch time. The first afternoon is spent exploring the village or going on the optional Turtle Nesting Tour. The second morning is spent on a boat tour of the rain forest. Two-day tourists will then return by bus to San José, while three-day tourists will continue to explore the area. Meals and lodging are included. In 2009, prices started at $189 per person.

Ecole Travel Walk-in Tourist Center
Edificio Matilde, Central Avenue, between 5th and 7th streets
San José, Costa Rica
P.O. Box 11516-1000
011 (+506) 2253 8884
ecoletravel.com

Jungle Tom Safaris

This American-operated tour company offers full one-day tours that leave early from San José and visit Braulio Carrillo National Park, a banana plantation and Tortuguero National Park. Two and three-day tours are also available with a variety of lodging options in Tortuguero. Meals are included for the first day of the tour. In 2009, rates for the one-day tour started at $90. A two-day package with lodging at a bed-and-breakfast cost $115 per person. The economy lodging option, including all meals, cost $143 per person. During nesting season, you can add on a turtle nesting tour for an additional fee.

Jungle Tom Safaris
011 (+506) 2221 7878
jungletomsafaris.com

Article Written By Heather Carreiro

Heather Carreiro is a certified English teacher who has been writing since 2008. The editor of Matador Abroad, her work has appeared online at BootsnAll, Matador Network, GoNOMAD, Journey Beyond Travel and Expat Women. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in linguistics and Middle Eastern studies from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and is pursuing a Master of Arts in English at Bridgewater State University.

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