We offer the following customized tour of this unique tropical lowland rainforest: A comfortable van will pick you up in San José for the drive to the canals in Moin, (near Limón) with a substantial breakfast provided en route. During the 2-1/2 hour drive, you will travel through the cloud forest of Braulio Carillo National Park, down to the Atlantic slope through banana plantations. At the wharf in Moin, you will board the Riverboat Francesca and tour the Tortuguero canals, stopping frequently to view the wildlife along the way.
6:00 to 6:30 a.m. Depart from San Jose
7:30 a.m. Full course breakfast at an open air restaurant near Guapiles
9:45 a.m. Board the Riverboat Francesca in Moin for the wildlife tour to Tortuguero
1:30 p.m. Arrival at the lodge and buffet style lunch with salad bar
2:30 p.m. Unscheduled time to enjoy the free form swimming pools, butterfly and frog gardens, hammock and bar areas and beautiful botanical gardens to attract the tropical birds
4:30 p.m. Boat ride to the Caribbean Conservation Corporation (CCC) center for village history and video about sea turtles and a visit to the village of Tortuguero
7:00 p.m. Buffet style dinner at the lodge
8:00 p.m. or 9:30 p.m. Guided 2 hour optional activity to see nesting green sea turtles (late June through mid-October)
6:30 a.m. A 2 hour boat tour into Tortuguero National Park to see tropical lowland wildlife
8:30 a.m. Full course breakfast at the lodge
9:00 a.m. Unscheduled time
10:30 a.m. Depart for the return boat tour of the canals and rivers
1:00 p.m. Caribbean lunch in Moin along the river
2:00 p.m. Board the van for the return road trip
5:00 p.m. Arrive in San Jose
For those who prefer a more relaxed schedule, a 3 day tour is recommended.
The 1st day is the same as above except the trip to the village can be scheduled for the next day.
On the 2nd day there is unscheduled time after the morning tour and breakfast to enjoy the amenities, hike into the park, schedule a zip-line activity or find a hammock for a good read before lunch at 1 p.m. and another boat tour into the national park from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
On the 3rd day breakfast is served at 7:00 a.m. and we depart by 8:00 a.m. for the return wildlife boat tour to Moin, then back to San Jose by 3 p.m. with a stop for a full course lunch at an open air restaurant in Guapiles.