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Learn all about the importance of conservation and protecting sea turtle nesting sites as you discover the flora and fauna of Costa Rica on this 9-day tour.

DAY 1: San Jose

Depart from the USA. Arrive in San José, Costa Rica's capital and most cosmopolitan city.

DAY 2: Gandoca

Wake up early this morning and drive to Gandoca where you will begin participating in a sea turtle conservation project. This project, like other coastal-marine resource conservation projects, has its origin in the urgent necessity to protect the few natural nesting sites that do not hold any official category of protection from the Government. Tonight you’ll relax after a productive day in your simple, rustic cabin accommodations.

DAY 3: Gandoca

Today continue work on the sea turtle conservation project. The main jobs for volunteers include night patrols to search for nesting females and hatchery shifts. Additional assistance to the project may involve beach cleanup and small projects such as initial construction of the hatcheries.

DAY 4: Gandoca

Enjoy your final day of volunteer work with the sea turtle conservation project located in Gandoca.

DAY 5: San Carlos

Depart this morning for the northern plains region of San Carlos, the agriculture capital of the north. Arrive in the small town of La Fortuna. From here you'll have a spectacular view of the Arenal Volcano, a perfect cone more than 5,000 feet high and one of the most active in the world.

DAY 6: San Carlos

Begin your morning with a visit to the beautiful La Fortuna Waterfall and hike to the swimming hole below. Continue to Jauri Tropical Farm, an ecological farm owned by a retired school principal who teaches you about the cultivation of different types of native produce and some of the culinary and medicinal uses they afford. In the evening, visit local hot springs where you can take a dip in the thermal pools. As you relax in the therapeutic waters, look up at their source, the Arenal volcano, above!

DAY 7: Samara Beach

Depart this morning and drive past Arenal Lake to Costa Rica's northern Pacific coast, an area containing one of the last tropical dry forests on the planet. Enjoy time to relax at the beach and explore the shoreline before dinner tonight.

DAY 8: Samara Beach

Embark on an excursion to the rainforest, where zip-lines and treetop platforms will provide a bird's-eye perspective on the flora and fauna of this unique ecosystem during an adventurous canopy tour. Spend your final evening soaking in the beautiful Costa Rican coastline.

DAY 9: Departure

Depart for the USA.

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  • Full hot breakfast and authentic Costa Rican dinners are plentiful and delicious
  • Stay cool and hydrated with unlimited drinking water on your bus daily
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  • Join conservation efforts to protect the sea turtle during a multi-day service project
  • Discover the breathtaking La Fortuna Waterfall
  • Visit Jauri Tropical Farm, an ecological farm owned by a retired school principal



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  • Students will learn about sea turtles nesting dynamics as well as get a taste of scientific field studies when they actively participate in a sea turtle conservation project.
  • Students will understand the importance of a Green orientation to economic and political development in a country with a long-standing and exemplary approach to conservation and ecotourism.
  • Students will learn of the way in which the intricate and often fragile interdependence of the plants and animals in a particular environment define and sustain an ecosystem.



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