Canal tours


Canoe tour in tortuguero national park

(canoe tour)

Very early in the morning, the expedition begins in canoes through the spectacular wetlands of Tortuguero National Park. This is an activity that you can not miss, if you visit us.

On this tour, you will put aside your worries, you will relax and enjoy the immensity of the very humid tropical forest of Costa Rica.

More information

Hours: 6:00 am / 2:30 pm

Duration: 3 hrs approx.

Tour Includes:

  • Local certified naturalist guide
  • Fruit during the tour and bottle of water.
  • Ponchos (if necessary).
  • Refreshment before the tour (coffee, juice and fruit).

What should I bring?

It is recommended to bring sunscreen, hat, comfortable clothes (shirt, shorts), sandals or shoes for water, camera and something to cover belongings in case of rain.

Tour price

Foreigners:  $32 p.p (entrance to the national park not included)

Family price

We have special prices for small groups and families.


Tour description:

The tour starts at our office, located on the main street, 50 meters south of Tortuguero main wharf. After a cordial welcome you will proceed to check in with one of our hosts while enjoying a coffee and a snack.

Before leaving, you will receive a generalized explanation of the activity. Then we will go to the dock of our office to board the canoe and start the tour.

During the tour, you will be able to enjoy the scenic beauty of the Tortuguero wetland. In addition, we will have the opportunity to observe the representative fauna of the area as they are: alligators, many birds, basilisks, monkeys, sloths, among other species. The biodiversity in this type of forest is very abundant, however, we know that animals are in their natural habitat and we depend totally on what nature allows us to appreciate. The guide will take a tour of the channels, sharing information and showing the secrets that are hidden in it.

Once the tour is finished, we will disembark at the same starting point, we will listen to your opinions about the activity and we will conclude the tour.

Some important aspects to take into account:

Canoes are small boats. Maximum 8 people per canoe (typical canoe with paddles). It is worth mentioning that it is not necessary to row if you wish, the guide will do it.

We offer 3 different schedules to make the tour, however, we recommend doing the 6:00 am, since at this time the animals are more active and the temperature is the best.

If you carry your camera, do not forget to take something to protect it against water, since the weather conditions are quite unpredictable and it can rain at any time.

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5 thoughts on “Canal tours”

  1. La primera vez que hice este tour me quedé con ganas de volverla a hacer. Vimos muchos animilitos hermosos como tortugas, aves, caimanes, cocodrilos, perezosos entre otros. Lo que lo hace más divertido y emocionante es el guía turista de Tuanis Tour. Fue una experiencia inolvidable. Lo volvería a hacer.

  2. Départ du tour en canoë, sans moteur, avec un groupe de 3 personnes. Parfait pour voir le plus d’animaux possible.
    Notre guide, Deyber, a été parfait du début jusqu’à la fin. C’est une personne souriante, dynamique et il parle très bien anglais. Il connaît très bien Tortuguero, sa faune et sa flore. Il fait son maximum pour nous montrer des animaux et nous donne un max d’informations sur ce qui nous entoure. On a pu s’approcher au plus près, afin d’observer les animaux et prendre des photos : paresseux, iguanes, lézards, caïmans, oiseaux, chauves-souris, poissons, araignées, etc….
    Balade au milieu des canaux, calme et ambiance “mystique”. Pause goûter avec des fruits frais appréciable.

    Je recommande vivement Tuanis Tour.

    Only 3 persons for the tour, much better to see animals.

    Our guide, Deyber, was perfect (welcoming, smilling, dynamic, good english). He knows perfectly the wildlife and the flora of Tortuguero. We could be close to the animals and take great pictures : iguanas, sloths, lezards, caimans, birds, fishes, spiders, bats,…

    I recommend !!!

    1. Hello Sarah..!!
      Thank you very much for separate a moment of your time and commenting. Your comment is very valuable to us.
      The Nature is kind in every tour we do. We are happy that you can feel the rain forest experience next to us.
      Greetings from Tortuguero National Park C.R
      Karla & Jorge

  3. El tour del canal es una experiencia muy hermosa, se ven varios tipos de animales y aves, muy hermosos. Mi esposo y yo lo disfrutamos desde que salimos hasta que llegamos!, las personas muy amables y el guía realmente nos introducía en el contexto de lo que vimos. Lo recomendamos a todos aquellos que quieran vivir una experiencia inolvidable!

    1. Muchas gracias Lucy., es para nosotros un placer enorme que hayan podido disfrutar de este parque nacional al lado de nosotros. Agrademos su visita y su tiempo, para dejar tan hermoso comentario.!!
      Saludos desde Tortuguero
      Karla & Jorge

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