Day 1: Arrival
Fly into Juan Santamaria airport in San Jose, where you'll meet your guides. Spend your first night near the city and to eat your first typical Costa Rican dinner, as a group.
Day 2-6: Marine Turtle Reserve
Travel to the beautiful Pacuare Nature Reserve. On our way to the Caribbean coast we'll cross a National Park and we'll enjoy the first stunning views of the natural world. In the Pacuare Nature Reserve, you will work with the Scientific Coordinator as a field assistant. There will be different lectures about the research project and marine conservation. This will involve patrolling the beach at nights to get data from the leatherback nesting females, then to transfer eggs to the experimental hatchery and do the follow up research with the Scientific Coordinator. During the day you will also enjoy taking part in different projects in Pacuare Nature Reserve like: hatching surveys, maintenance of the nesting area and the creation of a data base supporting the marine turtle conservation project.
Day 7-9: Wildlife monitoring and Organic farming
Transport to Loroco Organic Farm. You'll enjoy the amazing experience of living and learning new skills on the organic farm, as well as eating 100% natural food from Talamanca mountains. From Loroco Organic farm you'll be transferred to the National Park to learn about Wildlife monitoring techniques as well as doing a mammal transect in the rainforest. During the afternoons there will be lectures about marine conservation and wildlife monitoring.
Day 10: Environmental education in a local school
You will be teaching environmental education to local school children on a topic that you will have already have prepared. You can share with local students your dreams and ideas as well as a bit about Costa Rican culture. I hope this exchange will be an unforgettable experience for you and the smiles of all the local children will remain in your heart always.
Day 11: tropical Rafting trip
You will be transported to a Pacuare river. Then by boat you will get to experience its rapids, the boat will then take you through the rainforest. I assure you that observing wildlife this way, in the beautiful Amistad International Park will be an incredible experience for you.
Day 12: Depart
On your last day in tropical Costa Rica you will have an opportunity to talk of your experiences with the rest of the group and share what you have learned about another new and wonderful environment and its culture. You will later be transported to the airport by your guide.
Marta & Marga