Explore the lush waterways of Tortuguero
Travel by road and river to Tortuguero National Park for two incredibly full days of exploration. For this module of your trip, you'll will be part of a group of 10-20 people, in the care of the professional team from your jungle lodge. All group members will be picked up by a mid-size tour bus at their San Jose hotels, and will travel together by road, approximately 90 minutes, to the river port, stopping for breakfast en route. At the port you'll board your open-sided riverboat which allows for unobstructed viewing of abundant waterfowl, as you make your way, about an hour, to your lodge on the edge of the National Park. Many travelers report that their river "cruise" begins with a dramatic sighting of scores of large pink roseate spoon bills.
Tortuguero National Park borders the Caribbean and contains a network of canals and waterways through protected jungle that is home, year-round, to myriad species of tropical wildlife. Each day, for the hours leading up to dusk and following dawn, when animal and birdlife is most active, your group will slowly travel the waterways with a one of the expertly trained naturalist guides from the lodge. Search for manatees, caimans, monkeys, sloths, river otters, poison dart frogs, and the 300 species of birds, including the roseate spoonbill, American fin foot, great green macaws, trogons, oropendulas, and frigate birds.
Mid-day, you can choose to walk trails in the forest near the lodge, stroll the rocky beach, visit Tortuguero town, view exhibits at the National Park Visitors Center, or relax in the pool or gardens of the lodge. Meals are buffet-style, and delicious, and offer opportunity for conversation, reflection and learning with your group.
A highlight of a visit to Tortuguero is learning about the green sea turtles that nest here. Those who travel here in nesting season, July-October, can make special arrangements to add a night-time beach walk to their program, in the hope of witnessing (early in their season) the large turtles digging their nests and laying their tennis-ball sized eggs, or (late in the season) the tiny babies emerging and heading into the surf. The giant leatherbacks nest in March and April and hatch in May and June. Even those who don't witness the spectacle first-hand, will see the beaches and learn about the phenomena from their guides.
- Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
- Evergreen Lodge (or similar)