Canoeing the Tortuguero National Park Canals, Tortuguero


Canoeing the Tortuguero canals is a unique experience, as the area boasts one of the world's most important sea turtle nesting sites. In addition, Tortuguero National Park offers a swathe of mysterious rainforest laced by a network of intricate waterways. This very family-friendly tour departs first by boat from Mawamba Lodge and makes its way to the park's ranger station. There, you'll board your canoe with your guide and head out into the canals.

With your naturalist guide paddling, you'll be able to concentrate on spotting local wildlife. Your guide will also help you discover the park's flora and fauna, pointing out any plants and creatures that may interest you, including almost 200 species of bird, three monkey species, crocodiles, caimans, toucans, sloths, and much more.

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Sarah M.
Qatar | Reviewed on Aug 31, 2022

Fantastic experience, we saw so much wildlife and our guide Mau was great! Read more

Fantastic experience, we saw so much wildlife and our guide Mau was great!

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Itineraries with Canoeing the Tortuguero National Park Canals

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Experience Costa Rica's most spectacular national parks on this 15-day tour. You'll catch glimpses of sea turtles and monkeys in Tortuguero National Park and spot hundreds of bird species in the Monteverde Cloud Forest. Then it's time to head to the country's largest and most famous volcano, Arenal, for a mix of wildlife and heart-pumping excursions. Finally, you'll end the trip in Manuel Antonio, where you'll snorkel among colorful fish and traverse jungle trails.

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This comprehensive 14-day excursion combines some of the major highlights of Costa Rica with some less-visited gems. It begins in the culturally rich capital of San José and continues to the Caribbean coast, where you'll visit an indigenous village as well as Tortuguero, a nesting spot for sea turtles. The tour culminates in the national parks of Arenal and Rincón de la Vieja, where you'll spend a day on a working cattle ranch.

Cultural Tour of Costa Rica: Arenal & Tortuguero - 13 Days

In just under two weeks you can enjoy the trip of a lifetime as you visit Costa Rica's most stunning locales. You'll travel along the Caribbean coast, from surf villages in the south to the turtle nesting site of Tortuguero in the north. Then it's off to the national parks of Arenal and Ricón de la Vieja, famous for towering volcanoes, cascading waterfalls, and natural hot springs.