On this journey, you will have the unique opportunity to not only observe sea turtles, sea birds, crocodiles, and iguanas, but will participate in a sea turtle conservation project that will help save the turtles. You will visit the most active volcano in Costa Rica, experience the culture, traditions, and the way of life in the country in the San Carlos area, and combine adventure and a unique view of the rainforest on a zipline tour.
- Protect and restore the population of the olive-ridley sea turtles and their marine environment
- Provide income for local families in Ostional, directly through homestays and indirectly by keeping the turtle conservation project alive!
- Explore lush rainforests, soar above the canopy on a zipline tour and have a unique view of the floar and fauna, enjoy the soothing feeling in Ecotermales mineral pools as well as a walk on the Arenal volcano slopes
- Experience culture, traditions, and the way of life in the country via a sustainable rural tourism project
- Visit artisans Sr and Sra Ese and their local family souvenir operation (wood carved items, pottery)
You will you contribute to the survival of endangered sea turtles, a legacy from prehistoric times, by participating in a turtle conservation project. The beach of Ostional is the scenery for a rarely seen biological wonder. Around the beginning of the last quarter of the moon cycle, hundreds (sometimes hundreds of thousands) of sea turtles come to one specific mile of beach at Ostional to dig their eggs into the black, volcanic sand. Travelers will enjoy Costa Rica’s Pacific coast, experiencing local culture, the rainforest from above, hot springs, and artisans’ crafts.
Hotels with private bath for 6 nights. Dormitory style accommodations for 3 nights at the turtle research station with two rooms sharing a bathroom (solar electricity).
Best Time to Go
Arribadas (Spanish word for “arrivals” that relates to the olive-ridley’s nesting time) occur once a month and are always associated with a certain phase of the moon. They are more predictable in the wet season (June through January).
- Locally-owned accommodations and restaurants
- Costa Rican naturalist guide and driver
- Small group size to minimize environmental impact
- Income to local people