Boat Excursion in Tortuguero National Park

Overview

One of the undeniable highlights of Costa Rica's Caribbean coastline is the famous Tortuguero National Park. It's not just one of the world's most important locations for nesting sea turtles, but it also offers a swath of mysterious surrounding rainforest laced by waterways. The best way to explore this system of canals is to take to the waters in a boat guided by a professional naturalist. 

If you opt for a morning boat cruise, you may see animals foraging their first meal of the day, including troupes of spirited howler monkeys nibbling on tender leaves. Or, catch a glimpse of northern jacana waterfowl perched atop islands of water hyacinth in search of insects and miniature shrimp. Along the riverbanks, you may see caiman quietly waiting for the next meal.

In the afternoon or evening, a different jungle world opens up and includes egrets and tiger herons moving toward their nests, plus white-faced capuchin monkeys leaping through the branches. Finally, as the afternoon light dims, the noise of the forest comes to a peak, and then—as if on cue—all becomes quiet.

The adventure is different depending on the time of day, but this beautiful national park offers the same scenery no matter the hour. Enjoy gliding through remote backwater creeks and lagoons, cruise to inlets and riverbanks where wildlife is abundant, and let your qualified naturalist help you spy the best of flora and fauna in the park. 

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Itineraries with Boat Excursion in Tortuguero National Park

Costa Rica's Caribbean Coast: Tortuguero & Puerto Viejo - 7 Days

Perfect for travelers looking to hike and observe wildlife, this itinerary starts and ends in San José and includes many of the Caribbean coast's best destinations—including a famous sea turtle nesting site in Tortuguero and Cahuita National Park. Compared to the Pacific Coast, the Caribbean side tends to be less crowded, with more cultural diversity. From nature treks to pristine beaches, this itinerary offers something for everyone who wants to experience splendid scenery with a laid-back feel. 

Birding in Costa Rica: Tortuguero, Corcovado, Carara National Park, & More - 13 Days

Experience the best of birding in Costa Rica on this 13-day journey through tropical paradise. In Tortuguero, learn about turtle conservation and spot dozens of birds and other species. Then, venture to Turrialba Volcano to discover the native birdlife. Next, stroll the cloud forest of San Gerardo de Dota, where hummingbirds and quetzals thrive, followed by Corcovado National Park and Ballena National Marine Park. The finale includes scarlet macaws flying overhead at Carara National Park, before returning to San José for some sightseeing.

Costa Rica Nature Excursions & Indigenous Culture - 15 Days

This 15-day adventure combines the most beautiful locales in Costa Rica with some of its richest culture. You'll start with a historical tour of the nation's capital, San José, and then travel to the Caribbean coast and the hot springs of Arenal Volcano National Park. Unforgettable forays into Costa Rican culture involve a visit to an indigenous village and spending a day on a working cattle ranch.