* Sunscreen
* Repellent
* Anti-itch cream
* A good headlamp and spare batteries
* Light, easily dried clothing
* Rain poncho or loose raincoat
* A good hat, for both sun and rain
* Rubber boots - can also be rented in the village.
* Crocs or similar shoes are great in this environment.
* Dark clothing for turtle tours.
* See the fishing page for information on what to bring for fishermen.

Hotel & Amenities

BUS & BOAT: Buses run from San Jose to La Pavona (there are one or two transfers, depending on the bus), where a boat will take you through the jungle to the village. The bus & boat journey takes about 4-5 hours, depending on water levels in the river, and the total cost is about $10. There are also boats from Moin, south of us on the Caribbean coast.

Private shuttles are also available and are a great deal for small groups.

FLYING: Direct flights from San Jose are at around 6:00 a.m.; the flight is about half an hour and costs around $90. We will pick you up at the Tortuguero airport, just up the river from the lodge. Note that there is a baggage weight limit between 27 and 40 pounds depending on fare type; there is a charge for extra baggage.

Contact us for more details, as times and prices may change. We are happy to help arrange other travel plans as well.

What to Bring

Getting Here

ACCOMMODATION: Two cabins have a double and single bed; the third cabin has a bunk bed (double and single) and a single bed. All have en suite bathrooms. We do not have air conditioners, but the extra large screened windows provide cool air from the forest and the frequent breezes. Although it can get very hot in the village, in the forest you are more likely to need a blanket than an air conditioner.

INTERNET: We have wifi now!

POWER: We use a mix of solar and gas. While the system is brand new and state of the art, we try to moderate our usage of power and water as much as possible.

WATER: Beautiful clear water comes from our own well, filtered through the jungle floor. All of Costa Rica has potable drinking water. .

DINING: The shared kitchen is fully equipped, including staples such as rice, oil, spices, sugar, and other items . The village shops are a short trip across the river. There are a number of good restaurants in the village.

TRANSPORTATION A taxi boat to or from the village is usually $2 per person. We also have a canoe which is free to borrow.

MOSQUITOS: We do not use mosquito nets; our experience living on this property is that keeping the doors shut, along with a bit of repellent at sunup and sundown, is sufficient.

SWIMMING: A dip in the sea can be refreshing, but caution is strongly recommended as at certain times there can be powerful currents. Our small splash pool is great to help cool off on the hot days.

MEDICAL HELP: There is a new clinic here with a doctor on call to handle emergencies outside clinic hours.

$$$: There are no ATMs (and no bank) in Tortuguero - bring what you need in colones or US cash.

SAFETY: The village is safe, but as with any place it's a good idea to use common sense - don't go for a dip in the sea leaving valuables on the beach!

Things to See & Do

Our shared kitchen, with screened walls on two sides, is open to the forest. Enjoy a morning coffee while watching amazing bird and insect life.

Our three cabinas are small but comfortable, with Guatemalan textiles and en suite bathrooms. Large screen windows let in cooling jungle breezes.

The common building has a stunning view of the river, as well as a small splash pool for cooling off on scorching days and hammocks to catch the Caribbean breezes.

uguero village has a Caribbean charm of its own and has seen some major improvements in recent years. There are some good restaurants and plenty of shops selling lovely souvenirs; a couple of jewelers are producing unique and attractive items, and another shop owned by an artist who produces stunning work using the many seed pods and other gifts that wash up from the sea.

Primarily, though, Tortuguero is very much an "eco-destination" and most activities revolve around the incredible flora and fauna of this region. The green turtles nest here between July and the end of September - babies are still hatching into October - while the massive baula, or leatherback, may be seen March through May. The Sea Turtle Conservancy, a short walk north of the village, is an excellent place to learn about the history of the region and turtle conservation. One of the best ways to view wildlife is a canoe tour in the canals - or simply walking around the Toucan & Tarpon grounds!

We will be happy to set you up with a licensed tour guide for the best possible Tortuguero experience - it's worth it, because no matter how good your eyes are, when it comes to spotting the local wildlife, theirs are better!