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“The 3 hour river trip with Fernando was an absolute delight. We saw a much higher concentration of wildlife in this 3 hours than we had observed during a whole week cruising down the Amazon.”
-Brenda Cole, February 2014

Natural History Boat Tours

Optional Activities
Prices are per Person

Natural History Boat Excursion with Local Naturalist Guide

Morning Experience

Shared with no more than 12 guests
$49
Entrance Fee to Tortuguero National Park INCLUDED

Private Excursion
$69
Entrance Fee to Tortuguero National Park INCLUDED
Duration: 3 hours

Your Morning in Tortuguero National Park: After breakfast, leave the lodge by boat with your Tortuguero Naturalist Guide to explore the creeks of Tortuguero National Park. The morning hours are especially active in the rain forest, when wildlife is hungry and in search of their energy source for the day. It's not uncommon to find troops of Howler monkeys in search of tender young figs or the leaves of the Monkey Plum tree. You might even encounter River Otter hunting. The Northern Jacana is often perched on an island of Water Hyacinth looking for insects and miniature shrimp and the caiman is quietly waiting for its next meal to swim by.

This tour is a three hour trip into the back water lagoons and creeks of Tortuguero National Park. Your boat is equipped with an ice chest with water and if you'd like to have additional beverages in the boat you can ask your guide to stock the ice chest with your favorite drinks (at additional cost).

Return to the lodge in time for lunch. The time of your scheduled tour may change depending on weather conditions and occupancy.

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Natural History Boat Excursion with Local Naturalist Guide Afternoon Experience

Shared with no more than 12 guests
$49

Private Excursion
$69
Duration: 3 hours
Entrance Fee to Tortuguero National Park INCLUDED

Your Afternoon in Tortuguero National Park:

After lunch and a siesta, leave the dock by boat with your Tortuguero Guide for your afternoon expedition into the creeks of Tortuguero National Park.

You will often find that in the early afternoon the foraging is quite intense, but as the afternoon sun starts to go down, many creatures begin to think about bedding down for the night and others are just beginning their night time activity. If you're lucky you might even get to see a mixed flock of Egrets coming into their rookery for the night or a pair of Tiger herons having a discussion about whose turn it is to sit on the nest. The White Faced Capuchins, ever mischievous may be the last to bed down, but as the afternoon light dims, the cacophony of the forest comes to a climax and then as if on cue… quiet.

This tour is a three hour trip into the back water lagoons and creeks of Tortuguero National Park. Your boat is equipped with an ice chest with water and if you'd like to have additional beverages in the boat you can ask your guide to stock the ice chest with your favorite drinks (at additional cost). Return to the lodge in time for Bocas (Costa Rican hours devours) at the Bar.

The time of your scheduled tour may change depending on weather conditions and occupancy.

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Dawn Natural History Boat Trip Minimum 2 Guests (price per person, per hour)

$60
Duration: 2 hours
Entrance Fee to Tortuguero National Park INCLUDED

You will be in the rainforest when it wakes. Rise at the crack of dawn for coffee and a light snack before boarding a boat with your Tortuguero Naturalist Guide (shared with other guests) for a 6:00-8:00 AM visit to Tortuguero National Park. Eleven habitats are found in the park. Three species of monkeys (Spider, Howler, and White-faced), Three-toed sloths, and River otters are frequently seen along the natural inland waterways and canals. Caiman, iguanas, River turtles, Basilisk lizards, and Poison dart (Dendrobates) frogs inhabit the area, along with more than 320 species of birds including all 6 species of kingfishers found in the new world, 3 species of toucans, 8 species of parrots, and other neotropical species such. Return to the lodge in time for breakfast.

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Kayaking in Tortuguero Half - Day Guided Excursion

Minimum 2 Guests:
$69
Private Tour:
$89

Entrance Fee to Tortuguero National Park INCLUDED

Private tours are subject to availability please check for space in advance. We will do everything possible to accommodate, but cannot always confirm.

Duration: Half day

Kayaking, a New Perspective of the Rainforest, leave the lodge by boat with your Tortuguero Naturalist Guide and your kayaks to the entrance of Caño Chiquero or Caño Mora. These creeks are designated for non-motorized boats only. Your guide will unload the kayaks and help you get your life jacket and your kayak seat adjusted so that you can paddle the back water creeks and lagoons of Tortuguero National Park in safety and comfort. Kayaking gives you a whole new perspective of the rainforest, from this position you become the river, look up to see what the rainforest canopy looks like if you're a river otter swimming in the creek, scan the understory of the forest and imagine foraging for seeds that are hidden there. Close your eyes and listen to the sun dried seed pod of the Gavilan tree burst making a gunshot sound and dispersing its seeds, the call of the Chestnut Mandibled toucan in the distance and the sound of Spider monkeys crashing through the trees. After two hours of paddling, you and your guide will pack up your gear and return to the lodge. There is no need to have previous kayaking experience, your Tortuguero Naturalist Guide will give you a full safety briefing and paddling instruction before your tour begins.

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Across from the airstrip 1 mile north of the Town of Tortuguero, Tortuguero, Costa Rica.
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