Costa Rica’s Tortuguero National Park

Costa Rica has long been a destination as one of the most exotic and unique locales on the planet. In regards to Wildlife Costa Rica’s Tortuguero National Park is known for its abundant diversity, home to a rich variety of plants and animals – second in biodiversity only to the Osa Peninsula (see Wildlife of Costa Rica).

This intriguing National Park is on the Caribbean side of Costa Rica and has a generally tropical climate. It is home to a bewildering mix of wildlife most of which is viewable from Tortuguero’s elaborate network of river canals.

There aren’t many locations in Costa Rica where the biodiversity is on better display than at Tortuguero National Park. This is where we’ll fly off to on our Tortuguero Extension that will immediately follow all Backcountry Journeys Wildlife of Costa Rica tours (with the exception of the December dates as this is still the rainy season in Tortuguero).

The area protected by Tortuguero (which means “turtle catcher”) National Park was an archipelago of volcanic islands until alluvial sediments from the interior mountains filled in the spaces and formed a network of marshy islands. Sand piled up where the river deposited land met the sea, and the turtle nesting beaches of Tortuguero formed. The exceptionally high rainfall, and rich environment where the freshwater meets the sea makes the beaches, canals, lagoons and wetlands of Tortuguero areas of exceptional biodiversity and opportunity for nature lovers. The canals, rivers and lagoons here are accessible best by boat, which is precisely what we’ll do as we spend our days here on the water, looking to photograph wildlife. As we float down these waterways we’ll have the chance to see, and photograph, seven species of river turtles, Spectacled Caiman, Southern river otter. Spider, Howler and Capuchin Monkeys, and several species of bird.

Trip Extension: Please note that this trip can be booked on it’s own or as a trip extension to our signature Wildlife of Costa Rica trip. Please click here for details.


  • Fantastic Eco-Lodge in Tortuguero
  • Custom boat-based photo safari
  • Incredible wildlife opportunities in the remote Caribbean jungle
  • Seven species of turtles alone
  • Spectacled Caiman, Southern river otters, Spider, Howler and Capuchin Monkeys, and more!
  • Small Groups
  • Lead by a professional wildlife photographer

Costa Rica’s Tortuguero National Park

6 Days

Extension Price: from $2995 double occupancy *what’s this?

Standalone Trip Price: from $3095 double occupancy

+$550 single supplement

Deposit: $1000

Meals: Most meals included (see itinerary)

Lodging: 5 nights lodging

Fly In/Out: San Jose, Costa Rica

Hours: Mon-Fri 8am to 4pm Mountain Time


*trip difficulty ratings

Trip Details

Physical Requirements
All participants must be in good physical condition and have the ability to hike with a daypack.

Group Size
We keep groups small to maximize your one on one time with the guide / instructor.

We will be staying in a fantastic Eco-Lodge in Tortuguero National Park

Most meals are included during the trip dates and eaten at our Eco-Lodge – the food is fantastic.

We will be on the tropical Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica during the dry season. It is typically hot & humid generally rains daily. You won’t need much in the way of layering on this trip! There is no such thing as bad weather just poor layering and gear choices – please plan accordingly! For more info on what to bring please email or call us.

Price Includes
Most meals, ground transportation, accommodation during the trip dates, professional photography instruction, medically certified wilderness guide.

Price Does Not Include
Airfare, alcoholic beverages, accommodations before or after the trip dates, guide / trip leader gratuities

Travel Details
Departure city is San Jose, Costa Rica

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