Tortuguero is one of the best places in Costa Rica to experience nature and wildlife. Since it’s a little bit hard to get to as it sits in the Northern Caribbean with no road access, it takes a good amount of planning.
However, you can book a Tortuguero package that includes everything so you don’t have to worry about a thing! These packages depart only from San Jose, making it a great first stop after landing at San Jose International Airport.
Tortuguero Packages Discount
We offer a 7% Tortuguero packages discount for 3 lodges: Pachira, Evergreen and Aninga. Fill out the form below to book and get the Tortuguero San Jose packages discount!
***The form is having some issues with Chrome and Safari. If it doesn’t work for you, please email us at web @ Mytanfeet.com and include the following information: your name, date of tour, number of nights/days, number of adults and children (and children’s ages) and your pick up and drop off location.***
We give a 7% discount for adults off these prices. Prices are in USD. Prices are per adult and room distribution is based on number of adults. Single = 1 room with 1 person. Double = 1 room with 2 adults. Triple = 1 room with 3 adults. They do not have rooms for more than 3 people per room.
***Rates will appear once you have selected your lodge and room arrangement in the form below***
Pachira Tortuguero Packages Discount FAQ
Where does Pachira pick up and drop off from?
Pachira’s Tortuguero packages are from San Jose only. They can pick up at any hotel in downtown San Jose or surrounding areas. Pachira doesn’t drop off in any other destinations, only San Jose and Guapiles if you plan to pick up your rental car after the trip. If you are picking up your rental car, please write the name of the car rental agency as your drop off location.
Pachira doesn’t pick up at vacation rentals so if you’re staying at one, you will need to find the closest hotel in San Jose to your location. We will inform you if the hotel you are staying at is included in the free transportation zone.
What is the itinerary?
*Please note schedules are subject to change depending on weather and other outside factors but this is the general schedule. For 2 days, 1 night packages, the guided walk is not included and you will do a sunrise boat tour on day2*
Day 1: Travel to Tortuguero from San Jose, check into lodge, visit Tortuguero town. Pick time approximately 530 AM to 630 AM (depends on your hotel).
Day 2: Morning or afternoon boat ride through the national park and then morning or afternoon guided walk through the lodge’s private trails.
Day 3: Travel back to San Jose, arrival time approximately 330 PM.
Please note that the schedule of activities may change depending on weather conditions. If you’re staying for more than 2 nights, then you have the rest of the days to do activities on your own, relax and enjoy the area. You can read our post about our experience in Tortuguero with Pachira for more details!
Can I Add a Turtle Watching Tour to my package?
Yes but you must book it at the lodge when you arrive and pay directly to them. We cannot add it to your package unfortunately. The cost is around $45 USD per person. Just ask the lodge’s front desk or your guide to help you schedule it.
Please note the turtle nesting season is approximately May to November.
Please remember to wear dark clothing only for the turtle nesting tour as it is at night, leaving around 5 PM.
This is the same for any other activity you would like to add such as ziplining, spa, etc.
How many nights do they offer in their packages?
The most popular package is the 2 days, 1 night Tortuguero package but you can stay as many nights as you like. The only thing is that they do not include more activities besides the guided boat tour, visit to Tortuguero town (non guided) and guided trail walk. If you wish to do other activities, you must pay for them.
What’s the difference between Pachira, Evergreen and Aninga?
All three lodges are owned by the same group, Pachira. All the rates are the same and they offer the same packages. However, the lodges do have a few differences.
Aninga is much smaller and more intimate. It is perfect for couples or anyone who doesn’t want to be around too many people. All their rooms are standalone bungalows.
Pachira is great for big groups or families as they have more facilities and the property is much bigger with a great pool. They have a few standalone bungalows and more standard rooms.
Evergreen has a mix of both types of rooms: standalone bungalows and rooms. This property has two sections: A quiet section they call Monkey Garden or the other section where the pool and bar is.
Does Pachira offer packages with a local flight instead of the shuttle and boat?
They only have packages with the shuttle and boat. If you’d like to fly, you can book the flights with Sansa and then book just accommodation, activities and meals with Pachira. There is a $5 USD discount per person for anyone not taking the complete transportation in or out (shuttle + boat in or shuttle + boat out). There is a $10 USD discount per person for anyone not taking complete transportation in and out (shuttle + boat in, shuttle + boat out).
If we book the Pachira package to Tortugero and want to have a driver pick us up in Guapiles to take us to La Fortuna is that possible? Do we need to have them pick us up at a car rental place or is it possible to have them pick us up at the restaurant? Do we know the restaurant stop in advance? If we want to have a shared shuttle take us from Tortugero to La Fortuna is that a problem if we book the package with Pachira?
Hi Karen, we sent you an email with information
James SOCASH says
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Are there any hotels in Tortuguero that have A/C?
We would love to visit Puerto Viejo and Tortuguero. I am not sure what could be the best way to save some money with the rental car. Is it better to pick it up in SJO and drive to Puerto Viejo, stay a few nights, continue to La Pavona and leave it at the docks or is there a better way going to Puerto Viejo and Tortuguero (or the other way round maybe?) and go back to San Jose to pick up a rental car to continue on to Blue Falls, La Fortuna, Monteverde…
If you’re flying in and out of San Jose, you could do Puerto Viejo first and then at the end of the trip, return your car in San Jose and do Tortuguero at the end without the car. The best way in this case would be to book a package like the one we offer as it includes roundtrip transportation from San Jose.
Jennifer Nelson says
My husband and I would like to rent a car at the airport, spend 3 nights in Puerto Viejo. Then we would like to drive to Guapiles, leave the rental, and join your tour to Tortuguero. We would like to spend 4 nights. Afterwards, we would be dropped off at a hotel in San Jose. Is this something we would be able to do through you (the car rental and Toruguero tour)? If so, how much would it cost or should I fill out the two request seperately?
Thanks for your help,
Hi Jennifer, our team will contact you shortly to answer your questions.
Luis Consuegra says
Good Evening, I will be arriving to San Jose on the 17th of June. We are planning to drive to La Pavona in a rental car the following day, then leave the car parked at the port and take one of the boats to enter into Tortuguero. I was wondering if you guys offer a guided package from La Pavona into Tortuguero, maybe 3 days and 2 nights stay for a group of 5?. Please let me know if there is anything available, thank you in advanced.
Hi Luis, yes you can fill out the form on this page to complete your booking request with our discount. If you arrive in La Pavona on your own, you can take your own boat to meet eh group at the lodge and they offer a small $5 discount per way if you do not take the ground + boat transportation with Pachira
Gabriel Tatu-Chitoiu says
I and my wife are going to visit Costa Rica between 12-26 February 2022. We are going to be in San Jose on February 12th, 2022 in the evening and to rent a car from the San Jose airport.We would like to spend a day (february 13th) in San Jose. Between February 14th – 16th we would like to travel with you to Tortuguero. Please tell us some details: 1. Can we use our car in this travel and if the answer is YES where you should leave the car before having the boat to Tortuguero? We are going to drive to La Fortuna on February 16th. 2. How much will be our full travel between February 14th-16th? Thank you!
Hi Gabriel, there is a parking lot at the La Pavona dock where you can leave your car ($10 a day) but this is how I recommend you to do your trip, it’ll be easier and you can save some money on your car rental.
Land in SJO FEbruary 12 (don’t pick up car)
February 13 spend in San Jose on a tour or Uber around
February 14 – get picked up by the Tortuguero package with tour transportation included
February 15 – Tortuguero
February 16 – leave Tortuguero and get your rental car in Guapiles, the city halfway between La Pavona and San Jose where the Tortuguero packages stop for lunch. This is very common, super easy to arrange with the car rental company. Then once you finish lunch, you collect your car and then drive off to La Fortuna right away, from Guapiles it’s about a 2 hour drive.
Please read our how to get toTortuguero for more details and we also have a partnership with a local car rental company to give discounts and extra benefits to our readers and we can easily arrange the Tortuguero package with our partner Pachira and the car rental with our partner Adobe Rent a Car.
Kathy Shen says
I am planning to visit Costa Rica during X’mas time. I have been debating if I should visit Tortuguero. I wonder if I will still get chance to see turtles nesting or hatching during the time of the year? If yes, once I arrive at San Jose, does it make sense to just connect a flight directly to Tortuguero? Do I need to book a tour guide ahead of time or I can find some guide once I get there?
Much appreciate your time. I really enjoy your site as it provided so much useful information.
The turtle nestings normally end by around end of Sept/beginning of October so at the end of December, if you are like super duper lucky you may be able to see some babies hatching but there aren’t really any more nestings or that many babies coming out anymore. Depending on your schedule, you can check for direct flights or book a private transfer in case the flights don’t work out. There are many info centers and local guides in Tortuguero town but being Christmas time, I recommend you to pre-book everything because it’s peak season.
Hello Caroline, you can definitely book a transfer and if you’d like us to help you arrange your transfer from Guapiles to La Fortuna after the Pachira package, please feel free to email us at web @ mytanfeet . com and we can help you arrange it. You will arrive in Guapiles to have lunch so it’ll be around noon.
Great blog, really helpful in planning our trip!
After 1 night at Pachira in Tortuquero we plan on travelling to La Fortuna and would prefer transfer instead of renting a car and driving ourselves. Do you think it’s possible to book transfer from Guapiles (e.g. same drop off point as with renting with Adobe) to La Fortuna? And do you know the app. time we would arrive in Guapiles after the 2 days 1 night trip to Tortuguero?
Thanks for your help!!
Jeanette Andre says
Thank´s for all the great information you give!
We are 4 persons traveling, does Pachira have a room that we can share or do we need two doublerooms?
You will need 2 double rooms
Thank you for all the information:-)
We are 2 adults and a child age 8. The only price I see is for adults – hos much is it for all 3 of us?
We want the 3 day/2 night tour from San Jose. Maybe drop off in Guapites for picking up a rentet car.
Is it possible to prolong the tour with one more night in Tortuguero?
Hi Rikke, you can fill out the form and put a comment for more nights if you want to stay more than 3 days and 2 nights and we’ll reply via email with a quote.
Hello! My plane lands at 10AM. I understand they do not pick up at the airport so will I be able to go to a hotel in San Jose and have them pick up there? Are the pickup times flexible or it needs to be at 6:30AM? Was hoping to do the 2 day 1 night tour.
Hi Shab, unfortunately you will not be able to make it at 10 AM as they leave San Jose around 7 AM. You will need to stay in San Jose the day you land and get picked up the next day or take a local flight to Tortuguero.
Are you able to confirm the rates for children for the 3 day/2 night package? Kids are ages 7 and 9. Thanks!
Hi Mike, the rate depends on number of adults for occupancy. Can you please fill out the form and we’ll send you a quote, thank you.
We have a rental car and are coming from Arenal area. After Tortuguero we will be heading south to Puerto Vieja. Is there somewhere we can leave our rental car while we visit Tortuguero?
Hello! Thank you for all of this information. I have what may be a silly question about the lodging: I noticed that singles are more expensive than doubles, which are more expensive than triples. Are the triple and double rooms priced per person, or for just the room? Asking as a solo traveler on somewhat of a budget, haha..
Also, I understand turtle tours at night are separate charges, but would we still be able to do these if we picked the 2 day option (time wise?)
Hi, the prices are per person.
For 2 days, 1 night you can do the turtle tour at night the day you arrive.
Hi Christine, I’m so glad to hear that!
Regarding your questions, the package does include the boat and shuttle out of La Pavona back to San Jose. They also include lunch at the restaurant before dropping you off in San Jose.
If you plan to rent a car after Tortuguero, the way it works with Pachira is the car rental company will drop off your car at the restaurant for lunch and then you will go on your way from there (companies like Budget, Alamo, etc.) or if you rent with Adobe, Pachira will drop you off at their office at the Rio BLanco gas station. Both places are in the town of Guapiles and you will have enough time to drive to Peace Lodge and you can take the road through Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui to get there so you can avoid San Jose.
Christine Rubick says
Will they drop us off at a hotel near the airport in San Jose or only hotels downtown?
Hi Christine, it will depend on the hotel near the airport because they don’t go to Alajuela (the San Jose Airport is actually in Alajuela). If your hotel is in the Heredia/San Jose province like Country Inn and Suites, they can. But if your hotel is in Alajuela like Hotel Rosa de la America or Alajuela Backpackers Hostel, they don’t go there.
Christine Rubick says
Your posts have been SOOO helpful in planning our trip, so thanks <3 Questions about the 2 day Tortuguero package: will we be transported by shuttle and the boats out of La Pavona? Also, would we get back to San Jose the next day with enough time to drive to the Peace Lodge and La Paz waterfall, or would we need to spend the night in San Jose and head out the next day.
Thanks so much!!!
Hi Brittany, if you do 1 night, 2 days then as soon as you get to the lodge in Tortuguero, you’ll have lunch and then do either the walk/boat ride in the early afternoon. Then in late afternoon, you’ll go to Tortuguero town and then early the next morning, you’ll do either the walk/boat ride before you depart.
Pick up time is around 6 AM and return is mid afternoon. Lunch is included on the return to San Jose.
Hello! On the itinerary it has 3 days. If we do the 2 day 1 night how does that work? What time is pick up from San Jose and when is drop off?
I have been trying to book the tour from Playa hERMOSA ON January 2, but I haven’t received any reply.
Can you please look into it?
Hi Gabrielle! The Tortuguero packages depart from San Jose only, they don’t pick up in Hermosa. If you will be in San Jose, then I’ll be happy to help you book it.