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Overview

Tortuguero National Park is one of the best places in Costa Rica that you can go birding and see tropical rainforest wildlife by boat. It is known for its beautiful network of canals that run parallel to the Caribbean Sea. Supporting eleven different ecosystems, the park has some of the richest wildlife diversity found in one spot in Costa Rica. The canal tour led by local naturalists will expose you to this abundant biodiversity from the comfort of a covered pontoon boat leisurely exploring these estuaries and all along the banks of the rainforest.

The canals penetrate the jungle providing a relaxing opportunity to learn about what lives in this densely forested area. The lush surrounding rainforest environment is a result of the wet Caribbean climate coupled with a variety of water sources including: canals, freshwater lagoons, wetlands and beaches, combined in one area creating a fusion of different wildlife habitats.

This early morning riverboat ride provides plenty of opportunity to view the many types of wildlife present. Your bilingual guide and professional boat driver with their wealth of information will help you spot and identify tropical plants, animals and birdlife as you gracefully coast down the riverbanks. Hidden within the lush jungle canopy you may find three species of monkeys, two species of sloths, crocodiles, caimans, reptiles, herons and many species of birds.

Although it may take some effort to see them, you will likely hear all kind of exotic birdcalls, forest insects and maybe even the monkeys howling or chattering. Be sure to bring your camera and binoculars for an enhanced viewing experience.

You’ll be spending this 2- 3 hour long tour on a well shaded and well-maintained river boat. There is a canopy over the boat to somewhat protect you from the elements, but please be prepared for the sun or rain by bringing sun screen, a hat and a rain jacket.

Located along the northeastern coast of Costa Rica, Tortuguero is a small sparsely inhabited area with only a handful of hotels, souvenir stores and restaurants. The main attraction here centers around the abundance of flora and fauna found in the rainforest jungle or out on the beach with eleven miles of protected coastline where turtles come to lay their eggs. Tortuguero literally means a place where turtles live.

This half-day tour begins at Pachira Lodge in Tortuguero. Please bring along your camera, binoculars, sunscreen, insect repellent, binoculars and rain gear.

What to Bring

  • Camera
  • Sunblock
  • Insect Repellent
  • Binoculars
  • Rain Gear This Tour Also Does NOT INCLUDE THE $15 PERSON NATIONAL PARK ENTRANCE FEE
  • So Please Bring This Along To Pay The Park

Location and Availability

The Tortuguero Canal Tour - Pachira Lodge is available from Tortuguero - Grupo Pachira

Tour Time

  • 2:30pm

Tour Type

  • Safari Cruise

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Policy

Location

Latitude: N 10° 33' 22.8"
Longitude: W 83° 30' 55.45"

Reviews

  • Overall 91.5% (131 Guest Ratings)
  • Experience: 90.8%
  • Expectations: 90.7%
  • Guides: 92.8%
  • Logistics: 91.5%
  • Value: 92.9%

12/19/2021

Ray Brown is an AMAZING tour guide. We were told this was his first tour in 6 years because there are too many tour guides, but Ray Brown should be getting more tours!

02/06/2020

Loved this informative and interesting tour, a good guide Julio.

12/20/2019

The guide was wonderful.

07/03/2019

Great guide named Marco.

03/12/2019

Really fun and interesting.

12/23/2018

We would have liked to travel down some of the smaller canals where there was less boat traffic, but I understand they may no longer now offer such access. If not, then it was as good as it could be. It would have been good to know that going into it, because when we were here 18 years ago, the canal tour was far more intimate with the nature.

08/17/2018

There was a confusion about park entrance fee. I might have missed it somewhere that I had to pay it separately for it because I thought that it was paid already. The guide started arguing with me and I just said that's fine I just pay it because I do want to go. Again, it could have been my own mistake assuming that it was included in the price.

10/21/2017

We saw two monkey species. Many birds and turtles. Once again, Alfonso "Fonzi" was great... As the only English speakers in our cohort of 10, he did an amazing job of keeping us engaged.

07/13/2017

A little bit too much disel fume, and due to us sitting in the back, the noise of the boats engine was a little too loud so it was hard to hear the guide. Still a great trip with a lot of exiting wildlife

07/09/2017

Fernando!!! he can spot anything hiding!

07/08/2017

The rain was part of the problem because then we didn't see much. But it took them a long time to load the boats and was disorganized. The tour guide didn't speak loud enough for us to hear at the back of the boat.

06/30/2017

Although the canal tour was excellent (our boat "captain" was constantly on the lookout for wildlife), the weather did not cooperate--it poured rain throughout! We were grateful the boat had good quality ponchos for everyone.

03/27/2017

Best Tour! and tourguide!

03/11/2017

Saw tons of wildlife and birds, guide was very knowledgeable. First rate for all the tours & guides from Pachira.

02/28/2017

The guides did a great job of finding and identifying wildlife. Very nice!

02/27/2017

Driver of boat was very helpful in seeing more wildlife.

02/23/2017

Saw many animals; our tour guide Marco was very knowledgeable and helpful.

02/09/2017

We had a great time- saw lots of wildlife

01/09/2017

Excellent guide.

12/28/2016

Our driver and guide were excellent

11/08/2016

Very Nice

09/08/2016

very good ! the guides in Tortuguero make the difference. They are so good.

08/12/2016

Excellent guide and nice to see the canals and the wildlife, even in the rain.

07/24/2016

Great wildlife and very knowledgeable guide.

07/17/2016

Fabulous.

03/21/2016

Enjoyable trip. Our guide was very knowledgeable and we saw some cool creatures.

03/17/2016

Pretty good. Excellent guide. Loads of wildlife that we could never have spotted on our own. Would have liked a smaller group and more extensive tour, maybe 2-3 hours rather than 90 minutes, and deeper into the park.

03/03/2016

Logistics...the tour was changed from day 2 to an hour after our arrival on day 1. This was too soon after our arrival by water.

02/23/2016

Again the guide was terrific and made sure we saw all kinds of wildlife.

02/15/2016

Marianos was an excellent guide

01/31/2016

Same guides as canal tour and they were great-the best we had on this trip. Would have liked to hear a little more about the village

01/12/2016

Beautiful. This was my 3rd time and I still loved it.

11/18/2015

Tour started a half an hour late due to time needed for guide to stand in line and get our park tickets. It's sort of a strange system the park has, so not necessarily the fault of the tour. We were allowed to go on the morning tour instead of the afternoon which we appreciated. Also, due to morning delay we were given the opportunity to take the afternoon tour as well for no additional charge. Nice gesture.

07/12/2015

Again, it was pouring rain, but we enjoyed it and the guides were able to find quite a few animals to see and were very knowledgeable.

05/15/2015

Did not see much as it was raining but they did the best they could.

02/15/2015

Magical. Wish I'd had a map, known exactly where we were, had gone.

02/10/2015

Fabulous tour - one of the best of the trip.