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Join Grand Circle in Tortuguero National Park, Costa Rica’s “Amazon”—so-called for its lush jungle canopy and the fascinating abundance of wildlife that call this protected haven home. A naturalist’s nirvana, this 47,000-acre expanse stretching along the Caribbean Coast can only be explored by boat along a network of navigable waterways.
- It's Included:
- Accommodations for 2 nights in Tortuguero National Park and 1 night in San José
- 9 meals—3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 3 dinners
- 3 included tours: Tortuguero National Park wildlife cruise, nature walk, and banana plantation visit
- Services of a local boatman in Tortuguero and expert Program Director
- NEW for 2015: Gratuities on this extension are now included for local guides and motorcoach drivers
- Roundtrip transfer between Tortuguero and San José
Literally “region of turtles,” remote Tortuguero is home to 111 species of reptiles, 60 species of mammals, 309 species of birds, and 57 species of amphibians—including the endangered Green Turtle, for which it is the western hemisphere's most important nesting site. The turtle nesting season runs from June through August.
This morning, after your Costa Rican Treasures Land Tour, you’ll transfer to the Caño Blanco dock and board a boat for your cruise to Tortuguero. En route, you'll stop to discover Tortuguero town, where you’ll enjoy the Caribbean flavor of this unique village, which has no roads, no sidewalks, and no cars. You'll arrive at the lodge in the early afternoon, and enjoy a brief orientation walk followed by lunch at a local restaurant. Afterward, you'll have time for independent exploration before an included dinner at the lodge tonight.
Both natural and man-made canals are the primary means of transportation in Tortuguero. This morning, you’ll cruise along this restricted network in search of such local denizens as crocodiles, iguanas, and the rare manatee.
You’ll return to the lodge for lunch. Afterwards you can walk along the lodge’s trail to observe the region’s diverse flora and fauna—perhaps glimpsing the sloths, monkeys, Green Macaws, and toucans that call this protected area home. Following your afternoon nature-viewing activities, you’ll regroup to have dinner together at the lodge.
Following breakfast this morning, you'll enjoy a leisurely canal boat ride to Cano Blanco. There, you begin your overland transfer to San Jose, stopping en route for an included lunch and a visit to a local banana plantation. You arrive in Costa Rica's capital this afternoon, and have the evening at leisure. Enjoy a Farewell Dinner tonight.
After breakfast at the hotel, you'll transfer to the airport for your flight home.