The Turtle Trek(Twin Room,Start San Jose, End San Jose)
from USD 485

Contiki Holidays

Tour Code: TRTKM16
Vacation Type: In-Depth Explorer
Brochure: Latin America Brochure (2020/2022)
Duration: 3 Days
Country: Costa Rica

Tortuguero is a spectacular coastal park of thicketed jungles, banana plantations and winding canals, stretching into the Caribbean sea. But for all its beauty and biodiversity, it's most famous as a breeding ground for the green sea turtle. This turtle trek takes you along the winding canals, with plenty of time for hikes in lush surrounding jungles. You'll also get to visit a conservation centre and learn how the local community is protecting this precious reptile. But the trip's true showstopper is when you head to the beach with a local ranger, to see the turtles in their natural habitat. It's strictly hands off, but it's also the kind of spine-tingling, life changing travel experience you'll remember forever.

The Turtle Trek


On your trip you'll be with a local guide and ranger who knows Tortuguero like the back of their hands. They'll teach you about the boundless biodiversity here, and also allow you to view turtles in their natural habitat respectfully and ethically.


  • Guided walk along the Pachira Lodge Wilderness Trail
  • Boat tour of the Tortuguero Canals
  • Visit the Sea Turtle Conservancy
  • Guided night tour of the Tortuguero Beach and Turtle Breeding Area

  • Pachira Lodge
Day 1 San Jose To Tortuguero

Welcome to San Jose! It's an early start, but well worth it. We'll be picked up from our hotel and journey towards Tortuguero, the turtle capital of Costa Rica. Along the way we'll wind through Braulio Carrillo National Park, breathing in all of that astonishing biodiversity. En-route we'll stop for a hearty Costa Rican breakfast to prepare us for the adventures ahead, before boarding our boat. Then we'll glide lazily along the Tortuguero Canals, through banana plantations and wild jungles, enchanted by every inch of this tropical paradise.We've arrived at the hotel! What next? A refreshing cocktail and delicious included lunch sounds good to us. Then we'll head into the picturesque city, strolling Have a taste of a delicious Costa Rican breakfast en route.After breakfast, we board a comfortable boat upon arrival to the port. Let this extraordinarily exotic paradise enchant you, as you travel along the Tortuguero Canals.Enjoy a refreshing cocktail and a delicious Lunch upon arrival to the hotel.After lunch, we will visit the picturesque city of Tortuguero and explore its singular beauty, with dinner all ready to go once we return to the hotel.

Duration: 1 Day

Accommodation: Pachira Lodge

Day 2 Tortuguero

Rise and shine - we've got a decidedly more leisurely start to the day this morning, with breakfast at the hotel and then a walking tour of our lodge's gorgeous private trails.Returning in time for another included lunch, it's time to tour the iconic canals with endless Insta ops. Of course, Tortuguero is most famous for being the breeding ground of the green sea turtle, and that's what we're here for! We'll head to the Sea Turtle Conservancy to learn about the great work being done to preserve the breeding areas for the turtles, whilst educating the local community so that this national treasure has a protected future. Dinner awaits once again and you'll need to fill up as tonight we have our guided walk along the Tortuguero beach with a local Ranger, to witness the turtles in the natural habitat. It's strictly hands off and only the lucky few are able to participate in this evening experience so be sure to appreciate every single second. This is one of those life-changing, spine-tingling travel experiences that you'll remember forever. Oh, and remember, no flash photography!

Duration: 1 Day

Accommodation: Pachira Lodge

Day 3 Tortuguero To San Jose

Still wide eyed from yesterday's adventures, we'll tuck into another included breakfast, before heading back to San Jose.Our trip comes to an end this afternoon (sobs). But we'll never forget the thicketed jungles and adorable turtles of Tortuguero. See you on the road again soon?

Duration: 1 Day

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