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Tortuguero, Costa Rica
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Tortuga Lodge is situated on 50 acres of private land bordering Tortuguero National Park (51,870 acres), one of Costa Rica's most popular eco-tourism destinations, on the northeast Caribbean coast.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8942
The essence of Tortuguero is reflected on the hotel’s rustic style. The remote tropical rainforest lodge has 26 rooms with private baths, hot water and ceiling fans. The restaurant serves up home cooked meals and has a long multilevel deck perfect for enjoying the fabulous view.
DAY 1: Early pick up from your hotel. Admire the biodiversity of an astonishing protected area in Costa Rica as the bus drives through Braulio Carrillo National Park. Along the road, you can observe many different kinds of products grown in this area such as pineapples and bananas. Board a comfortable boat upon arrival to the pier, you will travel through the Tortuguero canals.
Upon arrival at Tortuga Lodge & Gardens, enjoy a refreshing cocktail and a delicious lunch. In the afternoon, you may schedule additional tours (at additional cost) or walk in the gardens, hike the trails behind the lodge or slip into a hammock set between the tropical rain forest and the Tortuguero River. Dinner included. Please note that breakfast is not included.
DAY 2: Morning in Tortuguero National Park.
After breakfast, leave the lodge by boat (shared with other guests), accompanied by a 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 is common to find troops of Howler monkeys in search of the tender young leaves of the Monkey Plum tree. The Northern Jacana is often perched on an island of water hyacinth, looking for insects and miniature shrimp. Caimans are often observed quietly waiting for its next meal to swim by. This guided visit will last three hours approximately; however, times may change depending on weather conditions and occupancy. Return to the lodge for lunch.
In the afternoon, visit the small town of Tortuguero. 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. Dinner included in the lodge
After breakfast, transfer (shared with other guests) back to the pier and then shared ground transfer to your next destination. Please note that lunch is not included.
When to go
The summer season (November to April), also called the 'dry' season, doesn't necessarily mean no rain- but there should be less of it. The 'green' season (May to November) can still be a good time to visit- you can avoid the tourist bustle and lodging is slightly cheaper. During this time, however, rivers start to swell and dirt roads get muddy, making travel more challenging.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8942
Holiday ideas including a stay in this property
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Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Guatemala and Belize
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San Jose, Tortuguero, Arenal, Monteverde, Santa Teresa and Alajuela
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Alajuela, Tortuguero, Turrialba District, Arenal and Manuel Antonio
This is the perfect itinerary for an adventurous couple in search of a honeymoon with a difference! Be spoiled by rich flora and fauna, and indulge in a splash of luxury.