Elite

In Search of Turtles

, Costa Rica, Central America, Americas

From $1,555 for 13 nights
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"One for the true turtle lover! Costa Rica is home to some of the world's most endangered sea turtles and this is the chance to see them up close and personal!"

Go in search of nesting turtles on this wonderful two-week trip through Costa Rica. This exciting journey offers travellers the experience of a lifetime, in a setting that is second to none. The tour takes you through some of Costa Rica’s most awe-inspiring landscapes; first land in the vibrant capital city, San Jose, then travel onwards to Tortuguero where your adventure will begin. On these beautiful beaches, during the months of July to December, four different species of sea turtle nest, so your search for turtles begins with a bang! This trip offers more than just stunning sea creatures – you’ll also explore the Cahuita National Park, best known for its coral reefs close to the shoreline, and relax at one of Arenal Volcano’s many hot springs.

This amazing tour provides you plenty of free time to explore Costa Rica’s spectacular landscape. From Tortuguero you’ll travel to Puerto Viejo, famous for its surfing and laid-back attitude. Here you can enjoy two days exploring its stunning white-sand beaches and diverse culture. Move on to Bajos Del Toro which sits in the shadow of the Poas Volcano National Park, and enjoy all this rugged landscape has to offer. The end of your journey will be spent in the Islita area, where you might spot leatherback turtles nesting on the beaches: a truly unforgettable and emotional experience.

Our local Costa Rican partners have various recycling, electricity-saving and water efficiency initiatives to help minimise waste and reduce emissions. They also work to replant native trees, helping to regenerate natural habitats.

To address the social and economic pillars of sustainability, they aim to bring benefits to local communities by hiring local guides, ensuring that revenue stays within destination communities. The company has also improved its commitment to social responsibility by adapting tours to meet the requirements of people with disabilities.

Finally, our partners also promote programmes like the CST (Certification of Tourism Sustainability) and The Blue Flag Ecology Program - programmes that aim to protect the environment for future generations whilst also providing education relating to sustainable practices.

This further verifies our Costa Rican experiences above and beyond our own world rating system!

Day 1
Arrival

Arrive in San Jose and transfer from the airport to your hotel.

Day 2
Tortuguero

Leave your hotel in San Jose fairly early to begin your road trip. Drive through the Braulio Carrillo National Park, stopping for a typical Costa Rican breakfast in Guápiles. Continue through banana plantations and local villages before reaching the dock – board the boats and navigate the canals of Tortuguero to reach your lodge. Enjoy a welcome drink and lunch, then explore the area with visits to the museum, beach and the small town of Tortuguero.

Day 3
Tortuguero and Turtles

Take a walk through the tropical trails in the morning, and enjoy an afternoon boat ride through the canals of Tortuguero. In the nesting season (July to October), there is an option to take a nightly turtle-nesting tour.

Day 4
Guapiles

After breakfast, you’ll travel to Guapiles to receive your Daihatsu Bego 4x4 (or similar model) – yours for 10 days, with full cover insurance included! Next, continue to the Puerto Viejo de Limon.

Day 5
Cahuita National Park

Spend a free day enjoying the beach or exploring the Cahuita National Park and its surroundings.

Day 6-7
Bajos del Toro

Continue to Bajos del Toro, and enjoy its natural wonders – walk the trails, sit by the river or go into town to barter at the local market.

Day 8-9
Arenal Volcano

Enjoy some time at the fantastic Arenal Volcano. Take a zip-line ride, relax in the hot springs or explore the hanging bridges.

Day 10-12
Guanacasteco

Travel to the Islita area to explore its different beaches and the unique Guanacasteco town. You can potentially spot leatherback turtles nesting here!

Relax on the beach or take an optional activity. In the afternoon, take a visit to find the turtles nesting – an unforgettable experience. Please note that the nesting season is from July to October (approximately).

Day 13
San Jose

Return to San Jose and spend the afternoon exploring the city.

Day 14
Departure

Travel to the airport to return your rental vehicle before boarding your onward flight.

Rate Conditions

  • Price shown is based on double occupancy (2 adults sharing) during the low season
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  • Price shown is with taxes included
  • Prices may change due to rate change from providers or lack of availability where a change could imply an extra cost

Included

  • 11 x nights of lodging with breakfast included
  • Guided tour to Tortuguero for 3 days / 2 nights (including transportation, accommodation, meals, guide, entrance to the National Park , excursion along the canals and the town)
  • Daihatsu Bego 4×4 for 10 days (with full cover insurance)
  • Excursion to see Turtles in the Pacific region (during the season from July to December)

Excluded

  • International flights
  • Travel insurace
  • Tips
  • Anything else not mentioned in inclusions - if in doubt, click 'Ask a Question' up above to chat to the operator directly!

Area & Location

Area/Country:
Costa Rica
Local currencies:
CRC
Time Change:
UTC−06:00
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