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Tortguero is a little amazonian river of Costa Rica. This is the most biodiverse place of Costa Rica and one of the most emblematic parks in the country, as well as internationally due to the enourmous biodiversity of its ecosystem and being the mos importan nesting location in the western hemisphere for several turtles species: green (Chelonia mydas), leatherback (Dermochelys coriacea), hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata) and loggerhead (Caretta caretta).
Hop On - Hop Off
6:00 am. Departure from San José accompanied by your bilingual naturalist guide.
6:10 am. While we drive, we will first see the coffee plantations, then we will head into the mountains of Braulio Carrillo National Park where steep slopes are covered with thick cloud forest and beautiful waterfalls can be seen from the road.
7:15 am. Just after Braulio Carrillo National Park we stop for a typical Costa Rican breakfast: fruit juice, coffee, eggs and the popular "Gallo Pinto".
7:45 am. After breakfast, we will see a banana plantation, where your guide will explain the process of growing and exporting that fruit.
10:00 am. Later, we abandon our bus and embark on the most exciting part of this tour: the boat trip into the jungle of Tortuguero National Park, were we will learn about how nature works, and to get a real feel of our tropical humid rainforest. Covering 29,000 hectares. Tortuguero is one of the most important nesting sites of Chelonia Midas, the green sea turtle. Where its forests and waterways are home for such endangered mammals such as sloths, monkeys, agoutis, coatimundis and manatees. There are also abundant birds, such as toucans, trogons, egrets, herons and aninghas, as well as crocodiles, turtles and countless colorful butterflies, including blue morpho.
12:00 pm. We will enjoy a hearty typical buffet lunch to please the hungriest of appetites.
1:00 pm. After lunch we will take a walk through the Tortuguero Village where we will have the opportunity to learn about the history of the town and its inhabitants.
3:30 pm. Returning to the bus, we´ll head back to San José, making a rest stop along the way and arriving around 6:30 p.m.