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Day 7: Tortuguero (includes two boat excursions with local guide) / June-October, an Night excursion (optional) to observe turtle nesting (Jun-Oct only)

Meal codes: (B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner.

Meals:B,L,D (on both trips).

Hotels: Explorer, Mawamba Lodge; Connoisseur, Tortuga Lodge.

After breakfast, depart with your local Tortuguero guide for a boat tour into the rainforest of the Tortuguero National Park. Originally intended to protect a major nesting beach of the Atlantic green sea turtle, Tortuguero National Park now protects 51,870 acres, one of the last large areas of tropical rain forest in Central America. Eleven habitats are found in the park. Three species of monkeys (Spider, Howler, and White-faced), Three-toed sloths, and River otters are frequently seen along the natural inland waterways and canals. Caiman, iguanas, River turtles, Basilisk lizards, and Poison dart (Dendrobates) frogs inhabit the area, along with more than 320 species of birds including all 6 species of kingfishers found in the new world, 3 species of toucans, 8 species of parrots, and other neotropical species such as the Slaty-tailed trogon, White-collared manakin, Purple-throated fruitcrow, and White-fronted nunbird and many more species which we will have the opportunity to observe during this ride through the creeks of Tortuguero National Park. Return to the hotel for lunch. Afternoon at leisure.

Overnight at Tortuga Lodge and Gardens.