I was initially disappointed that Tortuguero had been dropped from the 2013 tours. Then I read the tour reviews for earlier trips and one of the most common complaints was too much time on the bus. Eliminating Totuguero eliminated a lot of highway time and as a result the rest of the trip more leisurely. It's too bad that GCT didn't explain that. Eliminating Tortuguero eliminated a full day on the bus.