I went on the Gate 1 “10 Day Classic Costa Rica with Tortuguero” trip. I went in April, which is just before the rainy season. Before I booked, I was torn between Manuel Antonio and Tortuguero, but I am so glad that I chose Tortuguero – it was my favorite part of the trip. We stayed in open air cabins (Hotel Evergreen) in the rain forest and would wake up to sounds of the jungle and monkeys running all around. The food at the hotel was very good. It did rain quite heavily one day and night, but that is probably to be expected in the rain forest. If you go, I recommend taking rain gear – waterproof pants, shoes, and trash bags to put around your luggage. Tortuguero is remote and only accessible by a small plane or boat, so it is an adventure. Note – it was warm and humid and there was no a/c, so that might bother some people. However, the unique experience far outweighed any drawbacks for me.