Tortuguero National Park
Tortuguero National Park
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  • Amanda E
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Thank you Ivantours. Thank you guys.
    As an avid traveler, I can confidently say that my experience with Ivantours was nothing short of exceptional. The tour to Tortuguero National Park was a true highlight of my Costa Rica trip. The knowledgeable guides provided insightful commentary, making the wildlife and lush landscapes come to life. The attention to detail and commitment to responsible tourism by Ivantours made me feel like I was not only exploring but also contributing to the conservation of this beautiful region. Highly recommended!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 16, 2023
  • Sophia B
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best Experience in Tortuguero
    My recent trip to Tortuguero with Ivantours was an absolute delight from start to finish. This secluded paradise on Costa Rica's Caribbean coast was brought to life in the most extraordinary way by Ivantours' impeccable planning and expert guidance. The boat tours through the intricate network of canals were a highlight of the trip. Gliding through the waterways, we were treated to mesmerizing views of wildlife in their natural habitats – from playful monkeys in the trees to colorful birds soaring overhead. The excitement peaked when we spotted a majestic sea turtle making its way up the beach to lay its eggs, a sight I'll treasure forever. Ivantours ensured that our stay was nothing short of extraordinary. The accommodations were nestled perfectly within the lush surroundings, allowing us to feel immersed in the environment while enjoying modern comforts. The attention to detail was evident in every aspect, from the delicious local cuisine to the seamless coordination of activities. Thank you
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 20, 2023
  • The_Wanderer1992
    Columbia, Maryland1,830 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Day Tour
    My husband and I took a day tour to Tortuguero National Park. We were the only ones on our tour with a very friendly, knowledgeable guide. The national park began with a boat tour on the Tortuguero river. We went on a hike where we saw squirrel monkeys and a lot of poisonous dart frogs. We then climbed up 400+ steps to get an overview of the whole area. We then went to the town of Tortuguero where we had lunch. We saw a number of animals including great green macaws, crocodiles, basilisks and several birds. Tortuguero is boarded by the Caribbean where sea turtles come and lay their eggs. We were not in season, so we did not see any. However, it was still nice to see the remote town of Tortuguero that is only accessible by boat or airplane. Many who go to the national park tour spend two days, so it was not common for us to only to do it in one day. A number of hotels are lined along the river. Several boats run up and down the river carrying passengers and goods.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 25, 2023
  • Kevin and Rhond... T
    Sherwood Park, Canada263 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful Park!
    A must do when In Tortuguero! We spent approximately 1.5 hours enjoying a nice hike on the Jaguar Trail, on a very hot day, so were thankful for the shade of all the trees. The trail took us around the park by the beach, which you can go out on & through the jungle all while enjoying peace, quiet, the amazing flora & fauna and watching for creatures and critters of all kinds. We saw many geckos, were lucky enough to see a little Tortoise eating a plant along the path and a couple of Great Currasow birds, along with monkeys swinging in the trees above our heads, but no Jaguars - thankfully! Interesting couple of hours spent in a terrific park that is here to protect this precious piece of our planet!
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 14, 2024
  • Charlotte W
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best tour Guide in Tortuguero - Sanchez Miguel Circuito
    We strongly recommend Sanchez Miguel Circuito, we had a very nice guided tour with. He has a very nice way to guide people through the National Park, very authentic & passionate. We enjoyed our private tour very much and got to see a lot of animals. Don't miss out on a tour with him🙏🏼
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written March 23, 2024
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Pernille
Frederiksberg, Denmark15 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Solo
I went on Bamba Experience Adventures 3D/2N tour to Tortuguero National Park. The tour was fine however the service I got from the travel agency was not. In my itinerary it said I was suppose to leave after breakfast. However my hotel told me, that usually the pickup was at 2 p.m. I contacted Bamba to get an exact time for when my pick would be and they just said they couldn’t tell me and I should contact the local agency where they booked my trip through. I find it to be very bad customer service that my travel agency can’t tell me when I’m leaving. Especially when they wrote after breakfast in the itinerary and they just tell me to contact the local agency myself.
Also everybody else in my group left the day before as all the activities in the tour ended that day. They all booked through the local agency. It felt like Bamba just wanted to make money because of the extra day I had in my itinerary where there were nothing to do except doing the same tours I already did. I would highly recommend everybody to only book the tour through a local agency. You will both save a night and be able to get the information you need for your tour.
Written February 21, 2020
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Fotini G
2 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Please be aware of this website TortugueroNationalPark.com. We book a nice all-inclusive tour of the Tortuguero area in December, took the tour in February, and it was excellent. The problem is that the vendor, Ivan Tours, charged our credit card twice for this, once when we booked the tour and again in February. When we got home and discovered the extra charge, I contacted them about this, and each time they promise a refund, but after 3 contacts where they gave excuses and promised to refund the extra charge, it is now mid-April and no refund yet. Hopefully our credit card bank can resolve this.
Written April 15, 2024
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County-Hunter
Tacoma, WA3,212 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Couples
You didn't come to Tortuguero to lay around the hotel pool. You came to see wildlife in a beautiful setting and the National Park here delivers. Our hotel (Manatus Ladge) ran the tours and coordinated with the National Park for our permits so we didn't have to worry about the logistics. They also supplied a guide. No matter how good you think you are in terms of spotting wildlife, you'll want to have a guide who knows where to go to maximize your time here. The natural setting is gorgeous and the wildlife is plentiful. We saw toucans, macaws, iguanas, sliders, howler monkeys, caimans, crocodiles and much more. I would recommend a twilight tour where you walk through the rain forest using flashlights. Scary but fun. Finally, I'd it is nearing season, go on a nighttime turtle nesting tour. Seeing giant turtles laying eggs in the sand on the beach at night in the rain was a premier experience. Take bug spray, a light rain jacket and a good camera with a telephoto lens.
Written July 15, 2022
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Tony W
Benimeli, Spain23 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Our stay at Pachira Lodge was extremely well organized.Set in lovely grounds, it was a beautiful place to explore the National Park by boat. We saw varied forna and flora but was slightly disappointed by the rather sparse animal life on our particular tour. We realize that there can be no guarantee on seeing everything on offer but none the less we thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it.
The canals were mostly wider than we had anticipated.
Town was interesting for a quick visit.
Written February 7, 2020
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Tina G
Canada79 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Tortuguero National Park is reachable by boats or planes only. We had several tours to the park.
Some tours started at 5am when the birds and monkeys were most active.

Tortuguero National Park has many water trails, land trails, large number of wild lives including 3 species of sea turtles on a 24 km long fine sandy beach (but not in Feb.) After all, tortuga in Spanish means tortoise. We saw many birds and iguanas.
Written February 28, 2020
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Arthur
Alaska78 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
We paddled the canals and this place is unreal! The best way to get into these wild places is by kayak or canoe. We rented from tortugero adventures (highly recommend). The canals are suburb and full of wildlife and amazing noises.
The jaguar trail in the park is disappointing. Trash all over the place which is sad because it makes you wonder where your 15 dollar fee goes too. Clean up the trash!
Written February 4, 2020
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Mathilde94100
13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Friends
I really recommend this guy : Sanchez Miguel Circuito on Trip advisor for canales tours or tours in the national Park of Tortuguero. Miguel learn us many things in just one afternoon, he makes also good prices compares to hotels. He takes his time for explain everything about all animals we saw. He is really passionate about what he is doing. We called him the eye of Tortuguero because he can saw all animals we met. You really must to contact him for your tour !!! 😍😍
Written June 11, 2021
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Pepe
Patras, Greece122 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 • Couples
The park is ok but it’s not a loop so you walk 1,5 hour and then you walk back another 1,5 hour to exit it. The worse is that we payed to enter it but there were people entering the park from the beach without paying.stupidly organized and they make a fool of you by paying something that others visit for free.
Written February 12, 2022
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Eve
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021 • Solo
Tortuguero is a fascinating place. The nature is amazing. I had the fortune to have a great guide named Augusto.

I booked 4 tours with him. He brought me to hidden and amazing places showed me all the animals. Especially the water tour with him was amazing. He is super friendly and wise.

In the Nacional Park he showed me the monkeys and named all the plants.

You can WhatsApp him via +506 87053291

Recommend to visit Tortuguero
Written January 8, 2021
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Islastyle6
Chapel Hill, NC58 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
Tortuguero National Park was a beautiful place to visit. As I was there during turtle nesting season I was able to see green turtles laying eggs on the beach at night, it was definitely a memorable experience. Erick at Roots was excellent, and I also did a canoe and cultural tour during my time at Tortuguero that were amazing. I would highly recommend Tortuguero to anyone who wants to experience an unchartered type place, only accessible by boat, population of 1600. Everyone was very friendly and the tour was wonderful.
Written July 30, 2021
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Tortuguero National Park admission prices can vary. Entrance tickets currently cost $32.00, while a popular guided tour starts around $22.00 per person.

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