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San Jose: Tortuguero Park Day Tour with Breakfast & Lunch

1. San Jose: Tortuguero Park Day Tour with Breakfast & Lunch

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’s 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.

Puerto Limon: Boat Tour of Veragua Forest & Tortuguero Canal

2. Puerto Limon: Boat Tour of Veragua Forest & Tortuguero Canal

Start your tour with a convenient pickup and enjoy the comfort of an air-conditioned vehicle. Be transported to the Veragua Rainforest and experience its many wildlife attractions. See the butterfly garden, frog exhibition, insectarium, biological research station, and more. After a morning full of nature, next, come the Tortuguero Canals. Hop on a covered boat for a 1-hour ride and the opportunity to see and take pictures of monkeys, iguanas, sloths, birds, and many other elements of the plentiful local biodiversity. On your way back to town, you can take a panoramic look at most of Puerto Limon's town from a scenic viewpoint, while your guide shares some history and culture of Costa Rica's Caribbean province. If there's time left, you will also be taken to the supermarket where you can purchase some Costa Rican coffee or any other goods at fair prices. Choose to take some Costa Rican coffee or other local goods home to remember your trip.

Puerto Limon: Half-Day Tortuguero Canals & Playa Bonita Tour

3. Puerto Limon: Half-Day Tortuguero Canals & Playa Bonita Tour

Enjoy a half-day tour around the Puerto Limon and visit some of its most famous attractions as you learn more about the region from your professional guide. Spot the local wildlife on a 1-hour boat ride on the Tortuguero Canals and feel the sand under your feet at Playa Bonita. Taste fresh fruits from a local fruit stand. As you travel to your first stop in an air-conditioned vehicle, learn from your local guide interesting facts about Costa Rica's Caribbean province. Start off with exploring the Tortuguero Canals on a 1-hour covered boat trip, a fantastic chance to appreciate the rich wildlife of Costa Rica's Caribbean coast. With some luck, you'll be able to see animals such as monkeys, sloths, iguanas, and basilisks, as well as many sorts of birds. Next, head to Playa Bonita, a nice small beach. If the weather is nice and after your guide makes sure you're good to go, feel free to enjoy the waters. Alternatively, sit down and relax or head over to one of the nearby restaurants to enjoy a local dish or a Costa Rican beer (at your own expense). Then, visit a scenic viewpoint where you have a panoramic view of most of Puerto Limon's small city and even the coastline and ship docks. This is a great place for a photo-op. After the breathtaking views, it is time to visit the Fruit Stand to learn about different tropical plants and trees, but also to taste their fresh fruits. As the tour is coming to an end, you can optionally visit a supermarket where you can purchase goods such as top quality coffee at fair local prices. After, you are dropped back in Puerto Limon.

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What people are saying about Limón Province

The trip was very well planned. Our guide Berny created a good atmosphere, provided interesting information about the country and its people and thanks to him we were able to admire many great animals and take great pictures. The selected restaurants (breakfast and lunch) offered local food and tasted excellent. Thank you for the wonderful day. Definitely a highlight of my Costa Rica trip.

The guide, Álvar, very attentive, entertained the trip with explanations and stops. The experience was great and the day was well spent. Perhaps half an hour more in Tortuguero to visit with more pause. I recommend it.

Great trip with our guide Giovanni! Saw lots of animals, had a great breakfast and lunch and learned a lot on the way. Would definitely recommend!

I would have loved to see turtles, but the passion and experience of the guide was good, we saw several species.