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This tour shows the beauty and richness of Costa Rica's nature. A trip on a minivan, then on a motor boat, a walk in the park make this long trip not very tedious. The childhood memories from Jules Verne's books came to mind when they sailed along a narrow, winding river through a magnificent jungle. It should be borne in mind that turtles can be seen only at certain times of the year, we did not see them, but without them there were many interesting things.
This trip was somewhere between 3 and 4 stars. Not bad, not great, but had potential. The bus transportation to Torguguero was pretty rough. The mini-bus itself was okay, but the A/C was broken driver wasn't aware until that day, and there were a lot of construction delays, traffic, and rough roads. Exhausting, with a trip that was long anyway. It turned out to be a 15-hour day. The boat ride to the actual park was terrific. We didn't see much wildlife at all, just 1 sloth, 2 caiman, 1 croc, and a bunch of lizards. And some birds, and maybe 2 monkeys. Would love to see the area when it's more active. Our guide was very informative and pointed out things we would have missed. But he did have to say everything twice, because we had a multi-lingual group. Enjoyed the meals included. Can't blame the tour company for a less-than-perfect day, because you can't make up wildlife that's not visible, or control the traffic ...
It was a very disappointing experience.
First of all, this tour was supposed to be in English. Our group included two people who spoke only Spanish and the rest of the group spoke English. The guide, whose native language is Spanish, did approximately 80 of the talking in Spanish. He didn't always wait until the entire group assembled to begin talking, so we missed much of the information.
Secondly, this trip is very long - it lasts 12 hours. We did not want it to be any longer, but this wasn't the case. The guide was in such a hurry to get there, but didn't seem to mind wasting time at other places.
On the way to the river the bus picked up some other people who weren't on the tour. On the way we also stopped at an ATM and wasted at least half an hour just parked there.
But it was just the beginning.
After lunch, we were supposed to have a boat ride on the river: the main attraction of the entire tour. We waited for our boat to arrive for at least an hour in a gazebo with no entertainment other than each other and our devices didn't work with bad WiFi. When the boat finally arrived, there were several people already on it. It appeared that those people should not have been there. Thus, we sat in the boat in the middle of the river for another hour in the blazing hot sun and 95 degree weather while our guide tried calling everybody to figure out what happened and what to do with the extra passengers. We wasted two hours for nothing and come back. The jungle trip was discarded since we had to return to the bus.
At the end we returned two hours late: after 8:00pm rather than 5:30 as promised.
There was a complete lack of cooperation and disrespect towards the group. It is truly unfortunate that we wasted our day and a lot of money on this trip: it was an absolute disaster. We would definitely NOT recommend this to other travelers- find a different tour.
Excellent. Very enjoyable. The bus was comfortable and air-conditioned. This was an early start with breakfast before heading to boats then a long boat ride following by a walk around the village. We then had lunch in a restaurant inside the forest then another boat trip back to the bus.
We loved our trip to Tortuguero National Park. Our guide, Luis, did a great job making every part of the trip informative and entertaining with jokes or facts about the location we were in. We saw some amazing animals on our boat ride too - definitely worth the price and a great experience overall.
The one-day tour came up short of my expectations and I can not recommend it to anyone interested in actually seeing and spending some quality time in the park. We left our hotel about 05:30 and spent the first 1.5 hours traveling around San Jose picking up other tour group members. Stopped along the way for a typical CR breakfast about 1.5 hours from SJ and then traveled another 2 hours to the drop-off point for our boat ride down the river. The ride was very nice although not focused on photographing sights along the way. It seemed like the boat ride was meant to get us to beach area and then back to the tour bus as quickly as possible. Most tourists want to take home photographs of the sights and the rush to get from one location to another wasn't conducive to taking good photos. Neither the guide nor the boatman seemed aware that taking photos while facing the sun results in poor quality photos compared to those taken with the sun at your back. As I said, the boat ride was very nice and it could have been much better if more time was spent viewing the sights along the river and less time traveling to and from the park. If you decide to do this trip, opt for 2 days to give yourself time to actually see the park.