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“Lots to see”

Tortuguero Wildlife Tour
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Owner description: Our business is specialized in a variety of tours around the Caribbean in Puerto Limon Costa Rica, we offer reliability, responsibility and safety first.We travel to Tortuguero National Park and other attractions in the Caribbean.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed September 21, 2013

We did four tours within and around the National Park. We did two boat trips, one early in the morning, the other in the afternoon, into the canals, where we saw a multitude of birds, animals and flora. The guides and boat captains were very informative in Spanish and English on what we saw. They had an incredible ability to spot the wild life and then bring the boats as close as possible to the point of interest. There are also bird spotting trips, but we did not go on one of those.
We did a trip to Tortuguero to see the village and how the local inhabitants live. This was perhaps the least interesting of the tours we did.
For our fourth tour did a night time visit to the beach to see turtles laying eggs. The trip was very informative. There are two tours each evening from our lodge at 8pm and 10pm. The beach is divided up into about twenty zones each about a kilometre long. The zone that one visits is the one closest to the place where one is staying. The National Park carries out a lottery each day to determine on which timed tour one is to go. We thought that we had been unlucky when we were informed that we would have to wait for the 10pm to midnight visit, but in fact we were lucky as those who went out at 8pm did not see any egg laying, whereas we did. Each tour comprises a guide and about ten visitors. You leave the hotel in silence and with as little light as possible,walking in single file. Turtle spotters on the beach radio the tour guides to tell them where in each zone a turtle has been seen. Once on the beach, only the guide is allowed to shine a red torch light so as not to disturb the turtles. The turtles can be easily frightened and go back to sea if disturbed, but once they start to lay their eggs they go into a semi-trance and can be approached without seeming to disturb them. Despite the dark, light rain, not seeing much for most of our two hour walk and the attention of insects when we stood still, the 15 minutes or so when we saw a turtle laying, made it well worth while. We saw only one laying turtle, some groups saw none, whereas others saw several, it is all a matter of luck.

Thank Basil M
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Reviewed September 20, 2013

My girlfriend and I took the Tortuguero Wildlife Tour from Puerto Limon to Parque Nacional Tortuguero last month and it was a great experience. William Guerrero answered my international call to help plan my arrival, and sent a shuttle service to the hotel we stayed in when we arrived to Puerto Limon. All of the hotels in the área knew William, and also helped us call him when we arrived. The tour was full of wildlife, with a friendly tour-leader giving a decent explanation of the animals that we encountered. The boat was clean and comfortable. I would definitely recomend taking the Tortuguero Wildlife Tour when making the trip to the National Park.

2  Thank Jason F
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Reviewed April 20, 2013

Being on a cruise we did not want to book an arrangement organized by the cruise company. We choose Tortuguero Wild Life Tour by William Guerrero A. (TUCA) www.tortugero-wildlife.com and had a great excursion watching wildlife such as leguan, anhinga birds, 3 different types of monkeys, crocodils etc. all from the boat. Our driver had an excellent eye and discovered the animals on shore. We were glad to be in a small boat at the price was USD 40.- per person for about 3-4 hours. You need to take a taxi for about 15 minutes from the curise harbour to the starting point of the tour.

1  Thank Karin S
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Reviewed April 20, 2013

We were a group of 8 - 3 kids from 9 to 16 in age and adults from 40 to 70; we all had a great day! We booked with Luis after reading the information on Trip Advisor and what a great surprise! His team took us to eat fresh fruits (with teenage boys - this "stop" alone took over an hour...it was so good!!!!). We then went to a banana plantation (from Doyle) - where our kids were so impressed to see the step-by-step process of packaging (and cleaning) bananas! The highlight of the banana plantation was when the workers found the frogs on the bananas (same color so hard to see) and would make a point to show them to the kids! It was great! The mangroves cruise was also extremely nice! From sloths to howler monkeys, crocodiles and birds, we had a very nice hour cruising. Being alone on our tour; we deviated a bit to take the time to swim in the waves and enjoy the beach for a while before sitting down for a great meal while overlooking the city! Our guides were fun and made us feel "this was our day" in Limon - we never felt on a "time schedule"; I would recommend Tortuguero Wildlife Tour to everyone! It was fantastic!

Thank UnVentdeFolie
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Reviewed April 12, 2013

After reading reviews on trip advisor about Tortuguero Wildlife Tours I made contact with Luis on the Internet. We arranged a tour and were met promptly at 10 a.m. for our day of touring. Luis took us to a fruit stand where we sampled fruit and coconut water. The mango was the best we had ever had!! From there we went to the Del Monte banana plantation. Along the way Luis stopped to show us beautiful birds that were flying into their nests in the trees. After our tour of the banana plantation we went for a canal ride with Fernando and he showed us crocodiles, sloths, baby bats, howler monkeys and many other interesting animals. it was amazing. Luis then took us to a beach where we enjoyed a cool beer. Then on to Limon to overlook the city and a tour of downtown Limon. It was an amazing day and Luis was a wonderful guide!!! We also met William Guerrero who is the manager of Tortuguero Wildlife Tours. I would highly recommend Luis and the team of Tortuguero Wildlife Tours. We had a wonderful day!!

1  Thank TressaKing
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