San Jose: Tortuguero Park Day Tour with Breakfast & Lunch
- Small group
- Pickup available
- Skip the ticket line
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Overall a great experience, for a quick beach day with multiple complementary stops along the way. The itinerary is accurate but we made a couple additional quick stops attempting to locate a Macaw (which we found!). Kenneth (guide) clearly was experienced. He was very talkative and informative with the guests that made the trip fun. NOTE to anyone interested in going, Manuel Antonio is very touristy by nature. The paths are very well defined and you'll likely see sloths, monkeys, lizards, and most of all... other people! Also they are very restrictive on snacks at the entrance (NONE ALLOWED), but there are shops outside the park you can buy water and food if you are starving.
Booked this tour on GetYourGuide in San Jose. Was such a nice day tour out of San Jose. Juan speaks very good English and was a great guide, he was attentive, friendly, helpful but also respected our own space. Monteverde was amazing - there was a local guide who led us on the hike and he was very knowledgable and the hanging bridges and the the rainforest were simply breath taking. Other people on the tour were super friendly and nice too. The lunch was at a really nice restaurant providing high quality local cuisine. Not like a typical tourist spot. This is a must-go experience!
Our guide was extremely knowledgeable (apologies for not remembering his name - we met many amazing folks during our visit to Costa Rica). His knowledge of the forest was beyond expectation. For example, he uncovered for us a tiny orchid that was half the size of a little fingernail. Among the gazillion of flora and fauna species in the forest, he recognized the plant, turned over a leaf (hiding the flower) and there it was. At best, we would have seen and experienced less than 3% of the forest's wonders without his expert guidance.
I liked this tour. The park and the beach are great. Our guide was super kind and helpful. But, I this it is overpriced. Yes. I know its a long drive but I was a little disappointed to discover I could've done this on my own and saved a lot of money. Whoever is organizing this activity should reevaluate it and think about the value of it. Otherwise, you'll start getting bad reviews.
Karina was the hanging bridges guide, and she was great. She went out of her way to spot bugs, monkeys, butterflies, humming birds, etc. What we didn't know was our tour bus was split between activities, and our driver seemed put-out that this causes confusion.