Costa Rica Leatherback turtle conservation vacation

“A week of turtle conservation work on Costa Rica’s remote Caribbean coast, with full supervision, accommodation and time free to explore.”


San Jose | Tortuguero | Stay at a remote turtle research station | Night beach patrols | Work with hatchlings | Full support and supervision from researchers | Boat rides on the rainforest canals to look for wildlife | Butterfly farm visit

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17 May 2020
US $1595
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12 Jun 2020
US $1595
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Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your vacation will help support conservation and local people.

This trip involves observing and recording data on sea turtles in partnership with a local conservation organization. Trained staff use best practices for wildlife handling when tagging and other tasks. Researchers and conservationists lead the activities to make sure the animals are respected and not stressed during observation and that appropriate distances are kept.

The data collected is part of long-term research programs which help researchers to understand behavior and health of wildlife populations. The trip also generates funds for turtle research and conservation efforts and provides volunteer help for the researchers. In addition, we educate travelers on how to travel in ways that support sea turtles, such as avoiding the purchase of products made from turtleshell.

We reduce plastic use by offering filtered water for reusable bottles (no plastic bottles are sold) and often include beach clean-up activities during trips depending on time available. Energy is produced from solar panels and limited use of generators.

The Impacts of this Trip

This trip is managed by a Costa Rican ecotourism company in partnership with the local conservation program, which is a family-run operation. Only locally-owned accommodations, guides, and restaurants are used. The research program is staffed by local residents and provides income for more than 20 people based in the area. There are opportunities to purchase locally-made souvenirs that support residents and the conservation program.

This trip is a great opportunity to get to know dedicated conservationists who work long hours to protect these sea turtles. Many of them grew up eating turtles and their eggs and are now integral to efforts to protect these turtles and. Learn a little Spanish and converse under the stars while waiting for the turtles to emerge on the beach each night, learning about Costa Rica’s unique culture and emphasis on public health, education, and protecting nature. Our trips have generated more than $1 million for conservation and nearby communities.


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