Tortuguero Village

Tortuguero Village

In the center of Tortuguero village there is a kiosk which offers geographical information as well as information on the climate, natural history and culture of the region. Another possibility is to go to the Tortuguero Information Center, opposite the Catholic Church. Here they will be able to recommend guides and services for tourists that travel on their own.

The Carribean Conservation Corporation Ph (506) 2798-3170, Ph (800) 678-7853, in the USA. E-mail: Entry fee 3 US$; open from Monday to Saturday from 10:00 a.m to 12.30 p.m and from 02:00 p.m to 05:00 p.m and on Sunday in the afternoon. In the investigation center, located 1 km to the north of Tortuguero, There is a visitor’s center and a museum, where they explain the concept of turtle conservation; a 25 minute video narrates the history of the protection system. Also offering courses in different fields of biological investigation. Visitors with knowledge of biology can stay in the multiple rooms for four or six people. Volunteers pay between 1.560 and 2.300 US$ from between 7 and 21 days of work, including transfers from San José, and a days accommodation in the city.

Walking Excursion

You can walk 119 meters to the Tortuguero hill, some 6 km to the north of the village. To get here you will need to take a boat with a guide. It is the highest point situated on the coast, to the north of Puerto Limón. Located close to the limit of the south of the Barra Del Colorado National Wildlife Refuge. The road is steep and can be slippery, but with good views of the forest, canals and the sea, and you can also see birds, monkeys and other wild animals.

How to arrive and leave

By Plane

The landing strip is 4 km north of Tortuguero village, crossing the canal.

SANSA Ph (506) 2221-9414. E-mail: International Airport Juan Santamaría, flyer 650, departure 05:45 arrive 06:43 price 67 US$, to Barra Del Colorado flyer 650, departure 05:45arrive 06:45, price 67 US$.

Nature Air Ph (506) 2299 6000. E-mail: E-mail: – Free Call (USA/Canadá): 800 235 9272. Tobias Bolaños Airport in Pavas, flyer 210, departure 06:25 arrive 07:20, price 68 US$, to Barra Del Colorado flyer 210, departure 06:25 arrive 07:20, price 63 US$

By Bus and By Boat

The best way to arrive and leave from Tortuguero is to take a bus at the Atlántico Norte de San José Terminal traveling to Cariari costs 2,5 US$, 2 hours. From there you will need to take La Geest bus, 1.5 US$, a 90 minute journey, you will arrived at a banana plantation in the Rió suerte or Caño Suerte, where you will find passenger boats to take you to Tortuguero for 10 US$ per person.