Patrol for sea turtles laying their eggs, chill out on the beach and watch the waves lap at the coast, search for the elusive quetzal bird, take the opportunity to ride horseback along jungle lined tropical beaches.
From the pristine rain forests of the Caribbean to the Pacific coast’s famous surf, experience some of the world’s most incredible scenery and exotic wildlife—and make a lasting impact while you’re there. Spend five days volunteering with a sea turtle project to help ensure these endearing creatures are around for future generations to admire. Then, hike through forests and marvel at their beauty from the aerial tram. Get as close as you dare to crocodiles, before heading over the central hills to walk in an active volcanic crater and bathe in thermal baths. You will enjoy a comprehensive introduction to the variety and beauty of this amazing country.
Project Type: Group Conservation Project, Turtle & Wildlife.
Location: Costa Rica, Central America.
Pick Up Point: St Jose Airport.
Duration: 14 Days.
Price: Prices are tailored to each individual group – Contact Us for further information
Start Dates: Project start dates are flexible and operate year round.
Accommodation: Purpose built volunteer house situated in Esparza.
Meals: Three meals per day included.
Age Range: Dependant on number of supervising tutors and parental consent.
Day 1: Arrival into San Jose ( SJO ) airport. Your Group Guide will meet you, and will transfer you to family run volunteer accommodation in Esparza. Welcome dinner dependent on arrival time.
Day 2 Please leave your luggage packed and ready in the main area before breakfast at 0800. Please ensure you take your passport with you. Travel to Goshen de Bataan in the Caribbean for boat transfer to Pacuare Turtle Project. The journey will take approx 4 hours by coach, 45 by boat, with lunch en route. Dinner will be served at the Project.
Day 3 – 6 You will work as a volunteer, being part of a conservation effort to protect 3 species of endangered sea turtles. You will actively be taking part in night patrols to help protect the beach during nesting season. Other work may include the construction of the essential hatchery, gardening, general maintenance, and helping in the kitchen.
Day 7 It’s time to leave the beach, and head into the mountainous rainforest of the interior, driving through Braulio Carrillo National Park. Aerial Tram above the jungle and guided nature tour: butterfly garden, terrarium (snakes, frogs, turtles), orchid garden, hummingbirds.
Day 8 Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, with views of both the Pacific and Atlantic. Lunch followed by Lecture & Natural History Tour.
Day 9 Miravalles Volcano. Morning Waterfalls Tour: Tractor ride and walk that passes 4 waterfalls, crosses 3 hanging bridges and traverses primary forest where you can see birds and reptiles. Lunch. Fumaroles and hot springs in the active crater of Volcan Miravalles. Mud baths, 3 pools and sauna.
Day 10 Tropical Wet Forest – Carara . Crocodile boat tour on River Tarcoles and the mangroves. See crocodiles, birds and monkeys up close. Lunch. Horse Riding along a jungle fringed beach. Stop en route for souvenir shopping.
Day 11 Central Highlands – Toucan Rescue Ranch. Introductory talk about sloths and conservation. Tour of the ranch, where you will meet sloths, toucans, and other birds and mammals.
Day 12 Maritime Park Puntarenas. Introduction to their world-leading approach to maritime conservation. Tour of the park. Lunch. Macaw and wild bird Sanctuary (also includes jaguars) – interactive workshop and tour.
Day 13 Amazing views and adrenaline! Ocean View Zip Lining in the cloud forest, including a 700 meters (2200 ft) long cable done as a Superman flight. Hiking trails with guide. Lunch. Sunset at the beach, plus feeding monkeys.
Day 14 The beautiful forest-backed beaches of the world famous Manuel Antonio National Park. You are highly likely to see wild sloths, and monkeys are guaranteed! Expert talk on conservation, flora and fauna and a guided tour. Farewell meal with your Group Guide, and either a last night in the volunteer accommodation, or a night in a hostel in San Jose, depending on flight times.
Day 15 We say goodbye to beautiful Costa Rica! We will organize transport back to the airport in the morning.
Accommodation On the turtle project you will stay in shared beach huts, which are basic, clean and comfortable. The project is located in a quiet remote area, bordered by the sea on the front and a canal on the back, accessible only by boat. Everybody has small lockers available for personal valuables like passport; you will only need to bring a padlock. Electricity is solar and has to be used rationally.
The rest of the time you will sleep in our family run volunteer centre, in Esparza, a small agricultural town near the Pacific Ocean. The centre is two linked houses with a large central living, dining and games area, a large garden, TV, free WiFi, tea and coffee, table tennis, badminton & BBQ. Electricity is hydroelectric, and very reliable, and the WiFi is excellent. All rooms are lockable.
Food Whilst in Costa Rica we will provide you with 3 meals a day. This will be local food (Rice and beans!!) You may be eating in the volunteer accommodation (our cook is excellent!), on site during activities, or in selected restaurants while travelling. You will grow to love Costa Rican food, recently referred to by Jamie Oliver as “honest simple and delicious“. It is important that you let us know in advance of any dietary requirements – whether allergies, intolerances or just plain taste! We need to be able to advise the projects of this in advance – so if we do not know, then you will not be catered for adequately.
Prices are tailor made to the groups individual needs and requirements, please contact a member of our team today to find out more.
£300 deposit to secure placement at time of booking, final balance due 8 weeks prior to departure.
– Pre departure support and documentation.
– Programme fee and contribution.
– Return Transfers Airport to Project.
– Accommodation for duration of stay.
– Housekeeping costs.
– All meals.
– Reserve activities.
– All transportation on project.
– 24 hour in country support.
– Flights (These can be booked through our preferred travel partner for the group).
– Travel Insurance.
– Any vaccinations as recommended by your GP.
– Internet access.
– Soft drinks and snacks.
– Any visas required.
– Any additional activities outside of project itinerary.
If you have any questions, or if you’d like to find out more about this incredible adventure and create some unforgettable memories, just fill in the form below and one of our team will be in touch as soon as possible.