Costa Rica conservation tour, tailormade
Tortuguero, Braulio Carillo and Corcovado national parks are teeming with wildlife and this is your chance to travel in Costa Rica and learn about conservation from the experts.
San José Brauillo Carillo National Park Tortuguero Canal Tortuguero National Park Caribbean coast Rainforest and Leatherback Turtle Reserve banana plantations La Selva Research Station Osa Peninsula Corcovado National Park Drake’s Bay Caño Island Biological Reserve Optional night time beach patrol at the Leatherback Turtle Reserve
Description of Costa Rica conservation tour, tailormade
This trip can be tailor made throughout the year and can be adapted to suit your interests, budget and requirements as necessary
Our top tip:
Listen to instructions when encountering wildlife, especially when helping out at the Leatherback Turtle Reserve. We would highly recommend to bring a waterproof day pack and wearing some jungle level insect repellent.
Leisurely. Rainforest trails, city sightseeing and beach patrols.
Jungle lodges and city hotel.
Accommodation, transfers, listed activities, park fees, tour guide.
All meals can be included.
Single travellers welcome. Single room supps apply.
As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) holiday so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.
The leatherback turtle project site you will visit on this trip is one which we have been active in the management and fundraising for since 2000. Your visit not only gives the chance to see marine turtles and some excellent wildlife, but provides a behind the scenes view of a research and conservation project in action. It also enables us to make donations to the conservation of highly endangered turtles and expand the reserve to protect more of the world’s stressed habitats: litoral rainforest.
Nesting leatherback turtles are protected by law in Costa Rica and projects like these help to protect leatherback eggs from poachers and dogs. You will have the opportunity to play your part by joining these anti-poaching patrols. When you find a turtle laying her eggs, you will be asked to take great care in watching the process. Once a female has begun this process it is unlikely she will stop, but before she begins it is particularly is important to avoid upsetting her with noise, torches or camera flashes. Disturbance can cause a female turtle to return to the sea and either seek a new nesting point, or even jettison her eggs into the sea.
This wildlife, birdlife and marine life journey to Costa Rica visits some of the most important protected areas of the country, using accommodation which is part of an ‘ecotourism’ solution integral to the conservation of these areas. As a company we continually assess the accommodation we use to make sure it meets our high environmental standards. The elements we look for includes waste water treatment facilities, recycling of waste materials, benefits to local communities and support for local conservation efforts.
In the Tortuguero National Park, our lodge promotes sustainable practices such as the use of bio-digesters to recycle organic waste. Products include methane gas which is used as a cooking fuel, whilst solid waste is recycled into a organic food crop fertiliser. The lodge is also active with the local community through projects focused on developing local guides and better education to help deter the poaching of turtles for their meat and eggs. Community
When you visit the La Selva Research Station, you will be helping us to support one of the country’s foremost tropical rainforest research stations. Over 240 scientific research projects are untaken here each year, continually improving our knowledge and understanding of this precious natural resource. It is quite likely that when you visit the station with us it will be a resident scientist who shows you around, to provide you with an expert insight into the workings of the rainforest.
Unfortunately, like many places in the world child prostitution is a problem in Costa Rica. Our main partner hotel in San Jose is a member of a group of hotels who operate under a code of conduct which is part of a global initiative to tackle increasing exploitation.
PeopleThis wildlife, rainforests, marine life and volcanoes journey to Costa Rica visits some of the most important protected areas of the country, using accommodation which is part of the 'ecotourism' solution which is integral to the conservation of these areas. As a company we continually assess the accommodation we use to make sure it meets our high green standards. The elements we look for includes waste water treatment facilities, recycling of waste materials, benefit local communities and support local NGO's such as the Endangered Wildlife Trust.
When visiting Monteverde we include the Santa Elena Cloud forest reserve which is a locally run private reserve. This reserve has been set up by locals who want to preserve their local rainforest through low level tourism. They achieve this by raising money through entrance fees, guided tours and the souvenir shop. This is a prime example of how low level eco-tourism can benefit and conserve local rainforest.
An example of our partners in Costa Rica supporting local initiatives is one of our hotels in San Jose. Unfortunately like many places in the world child prostitution and sex tourism happens in Costa Rica. Our hotel works in cooperation with other hotels who operate under the code of conduct banner, which is part of a global initiative to tackle the increasing exploitation.