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Tortuguero Canal

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Tortuguero Canal Terminal de Cruceros Japdeva | Cruise Terminal, Puerto Limon 70101, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Comfortable ride, saw monkeys and sloths (of which all were sleeping), caiman, and lizards; some were able to see the Jesus Crist lizard run on water. Snack at the end had great pineapple. Tour guide was outstanding and very knowledgeable. This was a shore excursion...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank matous
Reviewed 1 week ago

The fact that we saw sloths on this tour is quite amazing and then to top it off, on the return in the bus our guide saw telephone workers on the side of the road and a sloth up in a tree close by. What...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Not quite what we expected, went 1/2 a mile down the canal one way then half a mile the other way, saw a couple of sloths, couple of iguanas,and a few monkeys at a distance. Totally underwhelmed.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank carl b
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We thoroughly enjoyed our tour along the Tortuguera Canals. The boat was comfortable and the guide and driver ensured we captured every type of wildlife available to be seen on the day, making the trip even more enjoyable.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank David N
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The canal tour took less than an hour. the boats are covered and the tour is fine even in the rain. It does not matter which side of the boat you are seated in, The captain will maneuver the boat around so both sides can...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Kenny519
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Larry was excellent and took us to a local banana plantation and explained the process . He also pointed out places of interest on The was . He took us on the canal where we saw crocodiles and different birds . We then ended up...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Shirley M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This segment was not advertised in the Rainforest and Banana Plantation excursion. the tour guide and boat captain spent a lot of time getting the boat in just the right position for all on the trip to see the wildlife pointed out by the tour...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank hotwheels2000
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great job by our guide. Very personable bus drivers and boat captain. We saw monkeys,a sloth and many different birds. Riding the Canal in our boat was a pleasure even in the rain.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank John2Mary
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

seen lots of animals, interesting trip. boat driver and tour operator was very knowledgeable about the animals. very busy on the canal this day. our boat was loaded and lots of people on the canal.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank manygoats40
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Calm ride up and down a river in search of wildlife. We saw alligator, varieties of monkeys, boa constrictors, sloths, iguanas, and many colorful birds. The tropical rain forest provided a variety of plants and fruit. It was very different from what I am accustomed...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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February 25, 2017|
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Response from swat1544 | Reviewed this property |
There are tour hounds waiting for you when you get off the ship.
October 28, 2016|
Response from CordeliaMinnesota | Reviewed this property |
We booked a tour with Eduardo Humphreys, Yourluckytour . it was$58pp USD 4 hr tour. 4hr tour that included Tortuguero Canal
October 28, 2016|
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Response from Ceejayrose | Reviewed this property |
Hi, Sorry I've just found your question and sorry to not have replied earlier. I don't remember offhand my guides name but will check it and get back to you - yes you must book in advance if you want a private guide. They... More
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Brooklyn, NY
2 or 3 days in Tortuguero? (16 Replies)
I will be in Costa rica for just 5 1/2 days in October. My plan more or less is to hit up the Tortuguero canal tour, and then head on over to the Punto Uva area to just hang out and relax. I am wondering if you guys would recommend doing the 2 or 3 day tours of Tortuguero based on this type of schedule.
August 17, 2012|
Response fromCubanon|
Two days in Tortuguero would be enough, you can head to Punta Uva and enjoy some beach time, the beaches around Tortuguero are not safe for swimming.
Weedon, United Kingdom
Tortuguero canal boat trips (8 Replies)
We are calling in at Puerto Limon on the Crystal Serenity on 3 December from 8am to 6pm. We would like to do a trip up the canal from Moin towards Tortuguero and return within the time we have available. We do not wish to visit banana plantations or stop at fruit stands if possible and would prefer just to be taken along the canal by an English speaking driver/guide viewing the wildlife in a small quiet boat. We are a group of four. I have made contact with a William Guerrero Araya at...More
October 24, 2014|
Response fromTripper2743|
Hattie Thanks very much for your quick reply. I have been on the geckotrail website and it appears the only canal trip they offer is combined with a banana plantation visit. I have also looked at each of the 31 tour guides shown on the other website and of course a number offer canal trips mainly by canoe. However it looks as if most, if not all, of these guides are based in Tortuguero village and we need to start and finish our tour in Puerto Limon or Moin. Can you recommend any particular...More
Mary Ellen S
Cherry Hill, New Jersey
Jaguar Center & Tortuguero Canal + Bonita Beach Tour (6 Replies)
Hello. We are cruising in October and will be in Limon only one day on a Princess Cruise - a Saturday. We wanted to see the Jaguar Center plus the canal and a stop at Bonita Beach, along with the banana plantation, the fruit stand, etc. If you were going, who would you use as a private tour operator? We have heard stories of erratic driving, and drivers demanding higher rates while en route. We have also heard of un-air conditioned vans/buses. We would like to avoid this, of course. ...More
July 19, 2016|
Response fromxelas|
I am afraid there is not enough time to do both. So either go to Cahuita/Puerto Viejo and add activities there, or go on the canal to Tortuguero and back. For the later contact Riverboat Francesca. For the former maybe Caribe Shuttle??