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how long will it take to get to tortuguero on public buses plus boat and will you see enough wildlife to make it worthwhile (in Janusary/feb)

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From where?

Not much of a wild life getting to Pavona to take the public boat...but from there to Tortuguero...most of the time you could see some wild life...


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If you are asking about wildlife in Tortuguero NP, then yes, it is worthwhile to make the trip. Check this link for timing: tortuguerovillage.com/english/gettinghere/ge… .

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Many of the lodges in Tortuguero include transportation to and from San Jose in their rates. Meals too!

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Your best bet from San José is to take the 9am bus from the Caribeños bus station. You have to change busses in Cariari, and then change to a boat in La Pavona. The timing is all pretty well coordinated. You arrive in Tortuguero sometime between 1pm and 2pm.

The transportation that the lodges offer usually goes through Caño Blanco because their large boats bottom out when La Pavona is drier. That route add several hours to the journey. If you go with them, you leave San José around 6am, stop for lunch in Guápiles, and arrive to Tortuguero around 1pm. The transportation is more comfortable, however, and you don't have to switch busses.

As for seeing wildlife, Tortuguero is known as Costa Rica's Amazon. There are massive amounts of wildlife year round. Although the turtles aren't nesting in Jan/Feb (the leatherback season starts in Feb but so few nest here that you have a slim chance of seeing one), there are hundreds of bird species (including toucans!) three species of monkeys, caiman and crocodiles, Jesus Christ lizards (that run on water)... lots to see! If you are extremely lucky you might even see a jaguar crossing the canals, though I wouldn't hold my breath!

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