Today you will fly into the San Jose International Airport. You'll be picked up from the airport and taken to Rosa del Paseo, a hotel downtown San Jose. Enjoy a good night's sleep and be ready for your adventure tomorrow!
*Dinner not included*
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.
For the next three 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.
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.
Return home with a new appreciation for the hard work of conservation and to share your experiences.