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"Four-year olds can be challenging to travel with, but the staff were very welcoming and entertaining and they had a lot of fun with Caroline. One of our activities in Tortuguero was a kayak trip on a portion of the river dedicated to non-motorized travel. When I started to waiver on taking Caroline on this trip, our guide assured me that we would have an amazing experience. I trusted our guide 100%, and I am so glad I didn't back out of the trip. We saw monkeys close up, turtles, and even saw macaws."
Heather McKenny, December 2013

 

Tortuguero Rainforest Family Expedition
4 Days / 3 Nights

Three full days to explore Tortuguero National Park by boat, view birds and wildlife and meet local people. Round Trip Transportation from San Jose. Choose your transportation alternative, fly both ways, go by van and boat both ways, or fly one way and go one way by van and boat at no difference in price.

Spending more time in Costa Rica? We are happy to assist you with the rest of your Costa Rica Travel Plans

Families traveling July – September
Ask us about adding a Turtle Nesting Expedition to your package

Meal codes: (B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner.


Day 1: San Jose / Tortuguero National Park (L,D)

Early morning transfer from your San Jose hotel to Tortuguero National Park.

Originally intended to protect a major nesting beach of the Atlantic Green Sea Turtle, the Park now protects 51,870 acres, one of the last large areas of tropical rainforest in Central America. 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 Frogs (Dendrobates) inhabit the area, along with more than 320 species of birds including all six species of kingfishers found in the new world, three species of toucans, eight species of parrots, and other neotropical species such as the Slaty-tailed Trogon, White-collared Manakin and the Purple-throated Fruitcrow.

You will have the opportunity to observe many more species during your boat rides through the backwater creeks of Tortuguero National Park. The time of your scheduled tour may change depending on weather conditions and occupancy.

Upon arrival at Tortuga Lodge & Gardens, you may schedule additional tours (at additional cost) or walk in the gardens, hike the trails behind the lodge, play in the river side infinity swimming pool or slip into a hammock set between the Tropical Rainforest and the Tortuguero River.

For children, there is a guided garden walk every afternoon from 2:30-3:30pm, followed by fishing from the dock with live bait caught by the children with the assistance of their Tortuguero Naturalist Guide.

Dinner and overnight at Tortuga Lodge & Gardens, River View Downstairs Terrace Room.

Day 2: Tortuguero (BLD)

Morning in Tortuguero National Park: After breakfast, leave the lodge by boat (shared with other guests) 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). The time of your scheduled tour may change depending on weather conditions and occupancy.

Return to the lodge in time for lunch.

In the afternoon, your Tortuguero Guide will take you on a tour of the Village of Tortuguero. Today the town has a population of approximately 1500. The first inhabitants of the area were the Zambo-Miskito Indians and escaped slaves; they controlled the entire Caribbean coast raiding cacao plantations and hunting turtle.

Late afternoon return to the lodge where you’ll have time to walk in the gardens, hike the trails behind the lodge, play in the river side infinity swimming pool or slip into a hammock set between the Tropical Rainforest and the Tortuguero River.

For children, there is a guided garden walk every afternoon from 2:30-3:30pm, followed by fishing from the dock with live bait caught by the children with the assistance of their Tortuguero Naturalist Guide.

Dinner and overnight at Tortuga Lodge & Gardens, River View Downstairs Terrace Room.


Day 3: Tortuguero (BLD)

After breakfast, leave the lodge by boat with your Tortuguero Naturalist Guide and your kayaks to the entrance of Caño Chiquero or Caño Mora. Kayaking gives you a new perspective of the rainforest; 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.

We offer double and single sit-on-top kayaks, so parents can ride in tandem with younger children or separately when children are older and want to try paddling solo. 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. He will be with you the whole time to interpret, spot wildlife and insure that you are all having fun.

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. Return to the lodge for lunch

After lunch, join The Words Adventure Program, where your family will have the opportunity to help local kids learn English and perhaps an impromptu soccer match.

For children in Costa Rica nothing beyond the Three R's in their own language is as valuable for them to learn as English. Young adults with a working knowledge of English have vastly more opportunities than their mono-lingual peers. This is especially important in Tortuguero where tourism is the largest source of employment. Yet in Tortuguero the majority of children grow-up without learning English.

Late afternoon return to the lodge where you’ll have time to walk in the gardens, hike the trails behind the lodge, play in the river side infinity swimming pool or slip into a hammock set between the Tropical Rainforest and the Tortuguero River.


Day 4: Tortuguero / San Jose (B)

After breakfast, transfer (shared with other guests) to your San Jose hotel. Transfers are included to hotels in the Metropolitan Area.

Includes: Round trip transfers to/from your Metropolitan area San Jose hotel, three nights at Tortuga Lodge & Gardens, River View Downstairs Terrace Room, one daytime boat excursion (shared with other guests), Tortuguero Vilage Tour, Kayaking Tour, The Words Adventure Experience, park entrance fees, meals as specified, services of guides as specified. Taxes in effect at the time of booking are included. We pick up and drop off at hotels in the Metropolitan Area; there is a surcharge for hotels outside of this radius.



IMPORTANT NOTE LUGGAGE LIMITATION: When flying or traveling by boat within Costa Rica a maximum of 30 pounds of luggage is allowed per person. The 30 lb weight limit for flights or boat trips within Costa Rica does not mean that you need to limit yourself to 30 lbs of baggage for your entire trip to Costa Rica. While it always makes sense to travel light, you can bring more than 30 lbs of luggage. We are happy to store your excess luggage in San Jose, and catch it up to you as soon as your return from your excursion. Arrangements can be made to permit more luggage per person at considerable extra cost.

Tortuguero Rainforest Family Expedition
4 Days / 3 Nights

This package confirms with a minimum of 2 adult participants

The rate listed in a single room is for a guest sharing the package with at least one other adult, and includes lodging in a single room. This rate does NOT apply for one person traveling alone for the entire package.

For example, any time of year except over the holidays, staying in a River View Downstairs Terrace Room, if two people buy the package together and share a double room, the price per person is $734. However, when two people do the same package together and each has a single room the price per person is $968.

If you are traveling alone, check with us first to see if we have other guests already scheduled to do the package. You may be able to join them. If we don’t have other guests, our costs to do one traveler are high, but we are willing to review the alternatives with you and see if we can make it more affordable.

Prices are Per Person * Rate for Holiday Season ** Rate for the Rest of the Year
Tortuguero Rainforest Family Expedition 4 Days / 3 Nights
in River View Downstairs Terrace Room + Kayak Excursion
Sharing a Double Room
River View Downstairs Terrace Room
$838 $734
Single Room****
River View Downstairs Terrace Room
$1,174 $968
Sharing a Triple Room
River View Downstairs Terrace Room
$761 $690
Child Rate 0-10 years old- When Sharing with Parents $399 $399
Tortuguero Rainforest Family Expedition 4 Days / 3 Nights
in River View Upstairs Balcony Room + Kayak Excursion
Sharing a Double Room
River View Upstairs Balcony Room
$889 $785
Single Room****
River View Upstairs Balcony Room
$1,276 $1,070
Sharing a Triple Room
River View Upstairs Balcony Room
$794 $726
Child Rate 0-10 years old- When Sharing with Parents $399 $399
Add an Extra Night and Three Meals in Downstairs River View Terrace Room
Sharing a Double Room
River View Downstairs Terrace Room
$170 $136
Single Room****
River View Downstairs Terrace Room
$302 $234
Sharing a Triple Room
River View Downstairs Terrace Room
$146 $123
Child Rate 6-10***- When Sharing with Parents $39 $39
Add an Extra Night and Three Meals in Upstairs Balcony Room
Sharing a Double Room
River View Upstairs Balcony Room
$187 $153
Single Room****
River View Upstairs Balcony Room
$316 $248
Sharing a Triple Room
River View Upstairs Balcony Room
$157 $135
Child Rate 6-10*** - When Sharing with Parents $39 $39
Ask us about upgrading your family to our Junior or Penthouse suites.
* Holiday Season: Dec 19, 2013 - Jan 05, 2014
** Rest of the year: 2013: Nov - Dec,2013
2014: Jan 06 - Dec 18, 2014
*** For extra days children fee includes only meals, as lodging is free.
Ask us about extra day rates for children 5 and under !!

**** Single Room Price Description:

This package confirms with a minimum of 2 adult participants

The rate listed in a single room is for a guest sharing the package with at least one other adult, and includes lodging in a single room. This rate does NOT apply for one person traveling alone for the entire package.

For example, any time of year except over the holidays, staying in a River View Downstairs Terrace Room, if two people buy the package together and share a double room, the price per person is $528. However, when two people do the same package together and each has a single room the price per person is $684.

If you are traveling alone, check with us first to see if we have other guests already scheduled to do the package. You may be able to join them. If we don’t have other guests, our costs to do one traveler are high, but we are willing to review the alternatives with you and see if we can make it more affordable.

Children Rates
Children 0 to 5 years old are complimentary.
Children 6 to 10 years old apply children rate.
Children 11 years and older pay adults rate.

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