North of the national park, the village of Tortuguero is located on a narrow land strip. To the west side of the village lays the tranquil Tortuguero lagoon; to the east the Atlantic Ocean with strong surf and sharks, so swimming is not recommended here. In the small canals where the bordering vegetation forms amazing tunnels, nature presents itself from the most beautiful tropical side: Caimans, crocodiles, sweet water turtles, poison-arrow frogs, Basilisk lizards, oropendolas, toucans, Anhingas, Amazon kingfishers, bats, howler monkeys and manatees are just a few examples of Tortuguero’s abundant fauna.
DAY 1: SAN JOSÉ – TORTUGUERO NATIONAL PARK – (BF,L,D)
Off to an early start from your hotel in San José, you drive along a scenic route of lush pasturelands and banana plantations, through the Braulio Carillo National Park. You’ll stop for a typical Costa Rican breakfast before arriving at the village of Caño Blanco or Matina. From there you navigate by boat up the Tortuguero River, alongshore a small peninsula bordered on the other side by the Caribbean Sea. Upon arrival it’s time to check into our overnight accommodations at the lodge.
In the afternoon you depart by boat to the jungle trails of Tortuguero, where you will enjoy a hiking trip together with your guide. – explore the diverse exotic flora and fauna of this region.
Then relax by the pool, take a walk on the beach or explore the trails around the lodge on your own, you decide.
Dinner is served.
After dinner, you might want to participate in an optional guided night hike on one of the jungle paths of the lodge.
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DAY 2: TORTUGUERO NATIONAL PARK – (BF,L,D)
A full day of activities begins with the unforgettable sights and sounds of an early morning tour to experience the awakening of Tortuguero wildlife.
After a well-deserved breakfast your guide will take you on a walk exploring the surroundings of the lodge, visiting the aquarium, frog garden, butterfly garden and biodigestor. Head back for lunch.
In the afternoon, enjoy a boat tour through the quiet backwater canals of the national park, for up-close observation of the flora and fauna so unique to this special part of the world.
Those who are still up for some activity can go on tour of the bustling village of Tortuguero and its immediate surroundings with your naturalist guide. If you wish, you can walk along the beach back to the lodge instead of taking the boat. Dinner is served.
During the months of and July-September/October, an optional guided night hike along the beach is offered, to observe the nesting of the sea turtles.
ON Mawamba Lodge Tortuguero
DAY 3: BACK TO SAN JOSÉ – (BF)
After breakfast, embark by boat around 9 a.m. for Caño Blanco or Matina. From there you will head off by bus to a typical Costa Rican restaurant for a delicious home-cooked lunch. Continue your journey back to San Jose, arrival in the afternoon.
BF = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
ACCOMMODATION & MEALS:
• 2x ON / breakfast, lunch, dinner Mawamba Lodge Tortuguero
• Transfers by bus and boat San Jose - Lodge Tortuguero - San Jose (joining international travelers; transfers provided by the lodge)
ENTRANCE FEES & TOURS:
• All tours in Tortuguero with bilingual local guide as described above (joining international travelers)
• Entrance fee Tortuguero National Park not included, has to be paid on spot: Approx. US$ 10 per person.
• Please note that the order of the tours may vary!
• Entrance fee Tortuguero National Park (aprox. USD$ 10.00 per person)
• Optional tours (not included):
- Night Hike on the private trails of the lodge: approx. US$ 25 per person
- Night tour to observe de turtle nesting (July – September/October): approx. US$ 30 per person
• Personal expenses, tips and gratuities
MAWAMBA LODGE ***
The Lodge is a 15-acre beach front property located on the right side of Tortuguero, offering nice views to the Tortuguero Lagoon and the canals. This naturally inspired Lodge provides direct access to the beach and the canals. It’s beautiful gardens (frog garden, frog farm, butterfly garden, iguana farm, one aquarium) and rustic accommodations, blend with the exuberant jungle vegetation, exotic birds and wildlife are creating the perfect balance in the nature.
Hotel Facilities: Modern boats with four stroke engines, two docks on the canals, restaurant, bar, swimming pool, souvenir shop, meeting room, gardens, frog farm, iguana farm, aquarium, two butterfly garden, “Katonga” floating restaurant, cemented trails to the nature, optional tours and activities, Internet, sand Volleyball court.
Rooms: The Lodge’s rooms are located in front of the Tortuguero Lagoon before the entrance to Mawamba Park.
Standard Rooms: Each room offers a double bed plus a single bed or there’s the option of having three individual beds, ceiling fan in the room, safety box and private bathroom with hot water. The rooms come with wooden table, chairs and decorated with rustic Caribbean style.
Superior Rooms: These rooms are made of wood and cement. They offer a bed size King, private bathroom with hot water, wooden chairs and table and decorated with rustic Caribbean style.
Room categories: 54 standard rooms, 4 superior rooms
Price per person in DOUBLE ROOM (2 Pax): US$ 239.00 per person
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