'Add-on: Tortuguero'

What makes this trip special?

Lots of easy-to-see wildlife

Lots of easy-to-see wildlife


Tortuguero's inland waterways are one of the very best places in Costa Rica to see wildlife. Turtles nest on its ocean beaches.

Itinerary map for Costa Rica 'Add-on: Tortuguero' holiday


  • Day      Overnight
  • 1 Tortuguero
  • 2 Tortuguero
  • For the detail of each day click the ‘Day-by-day’ tab above.

Day-by-day itinerary for 'Add-on: Tortuguero'



Early in the morning you are collected from your hotel in San José and transferred by shuttle-bus to the dock for Tortuguero, with a stop for breakfast en route. You board a motor boat for the journey to your mid-range lodge. Stay 2 nights full board including daily wildlife viewing excursions with resident naturalist guides, shared with other guests.


A full day at Tortuguero with an excursion by boat through the quiet river channels of the national park.


This morning you take the boat back to the dock, where a shuttle-bus collects you and returns you to San José, stopping for lunch en route at a restaurant near Guápiles. To combine with a selfdrive option your hire car can be delivered to you here (for onwards travel to Sarapiquí or Arenal), or in San José in the late afternoon.

Guide prices for 'Add-on: Tortuguero'

options based on all year low season mid season high season peak season other season
by road, stay at a mid-range lodge 2 people sharing £270
by road, stay at a superior lodge 2 people sharing £425
by air, stay at a superior lodge 2 people sharing £540
Prices are per person and include:
  • shared services of resident English-speaking naturalist guides
  • all accommodation
  • all travel in Costa Rica (airport transfers in San Jose and transfers to and from the lodge)
  • all meals as indicated (B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner)
Prices do not include:
  • international flights
  • airport and departure taxes
  • any optional excursions you may buy locally
  • items of a personal nature such as drinks, tips, laundry, etc
  • travel insurance

Customer reviews for 'Add-on: Tortuguero'

Recent reviews are shown here from holidays based on this initial design. In each case the itinerary may have been modified (a little or a lot) to suit the individual traveller.

Average customer rating 100%


Masaya volcano, Panama Canal



All boat trips were outstanding


Tortuguero, La Selva, Arenal. Difficult to pick a best part as they were all so diverse


Arenal, Tortuguero, Manuel Antonio


The wildlife tours were all excellent and seemed to be timed to avoid the rain

Seasonal information for 'Add-on: Tortuguero'

Along this route in January

Day Location Max °C Monthly rainfall
1 Tortuguero 30°C rainfall 383mm
2 Tortuguero 30°C rainfall 383mm

Typical weather for January


Max °C figures are the average daily maximum temperatures for the month. Rainfall is the average precipitation for the month.

Hotels for 'Add-on: Tortuguero'

Days 1 - 2

Mawamba Lodge


Average rating 4.5 (206 ratings)

Mawamba Lodge is set amongst 15 acres of lush tropical gardens and within easy walking distance of Tortuguero village. The hotel's 54 rooms blend perfectly with the surrounding exuberant jungle vegetation. From the basic wooden bungalows you can hear a cacophony of sounds as you lie in bed. Ranchos with hammocks tucked away in the gardens are perfect for relaxing after a day of adventure. Private nature trails and an open sky butterfly farm provide the opportunity to discover different species of trees, palms trees, heliconias and many other plant species that abound in the tropical rainforest. There is also a red-eyed tree frog project by the swimming pool, bar and a buffet style restaurant. The package here includes all meals, morning and afternoon boat trips through the canals to observe the abundant wildlife. Although rustic, we like this lodge for its size and position in Tortuguero.

Mawamba Lodge