Costa Rica Leatherback Volunteer Vacation

Costa Rica Leatherback Volunteer Vacation

Costa Rica Leatherback Volunteer Vacation

Trip Details:

Operator:   SEE Turtles
Price From: 1,495 USD
Ideal Age Range: 19 to 30, 31 to 50, Over 51
Fitness Needs: Moderately Fit
Program duration: 7 days
Trip Dates: 19-05-2019,09-06-2019

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About this program

Travel to the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica and join a local giant sea turtle conservation project which works to protect leatherback turtles.

Take part in beach patrols, beach cleanups, and a host of other activities that make a contribution to this important project.

In your free time, relax on a beach hammock, explore the area and join in fantastic, exciting adventures in this beautiful paradise!

Photo Credit: Neil Ever Osborne, Hal Brindley, SEE Turtles


Day 1 - Arrive Costa Rica

Our guides pick you up from the airport and take you to La Rosa de America, a comfortable hotel not far from the airport, to get a restful night’s sleep. Meals this first day are not included.

Day 2 - Leatherback Research

After breakfast, board your private bus for a 3 hour ride to the Caribbean. After a 40 min boat ride to the research station, enjoy a turtle presentation and training from our partners who run the turtle conservation program.

Please note that this is a fairly remote and isolated research station. The rooms are very basic and volunteers are expected to participate in cleaning up dishes after meals. The station has limited electricity and no hot water. Bathrooms are shared. Meals are simple and often include rice and beans.

Days 3-5: Turtle Research

For the next four nights, you will spend four hours walking the nesting beach in search of leatherbacks. Tasks include measuring them, moving the eggs to a hatchery (where they are protected), and collecting data. From mid-May to June, you will have a chance to work with hatchlings.

Daytime activities include a boat ride on the rainforest canals to look for wildlife including sloths, monkeys, & caiman, beach clean-ups, or work in the hatchery. 

Day 6 - Central Valley

This morning, after breakfast you'll board the boat back to meet your tour bus and driver. Along the way, you will visit a beautiful butterfly farm and learn about Costa Rica's rainforests. This farm has lots of great photographic opportunities and also serves a delicious lunch.

After lunch, we'll board our bus and return to La Rosa for a celebratory dinner. Along the way, stop at a unique butterfly farm to learn about fascinating insects and other wildlife.

Day 7 - Departure

Return home with a new appreciation for the hard work of conservation and to share your experiences.

Country Fast Facts

Costa Rica

Central America
Official Language(s)
San Jose
4,586,353 (2011 census)
Equatorial, Monsoon, Tropical Savanna
Major Airport(s):
Juan Santamaria Airport (SJO), Daniel Oduber Airport (LIR)
Economic Driver(s):
Tourism, Agriculture, Exports, Energy

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