3 independent reviews for Volunteer with turtles in Costa Rica, Pacuare Nature Reserve

Reviews for Volunteer with turtles in Costa Rica, Pacuare Nature Reserve

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review 2 Apr 2016

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

I did the turtle volunteering at Pacuare reserve and I have to say that I feel privileged to have witnessed the leatherback turtle making her nest and laying her eggs.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

My biggest problem was not knowing any Spanish so I would recommend just learning a little before you go

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes my holiday was on a nature reserve where local people were employed and the environment was totally respected.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

I loved Costa Rica there is so much to see, not just the turtles but the bird life is exceptional, the hummingbirds are a joy to watch and the butterflies are stunning. Would recommend this as a destination for all nature lovers

review 26 Aug 2015

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

There are 3 different things you can do with the turtles, but also loads of other wildlife to look for and various trails in the forest. Morning census - which involves getting up at 5am to see if any hatching have come up. We were lucky enough to see quite a few. Excavaction - Digging up old nests to see why the eggs didn't hatch. Interesting, but quite nasty at times. Night Patrol - patrolling the beach at night to check for females laying their eggs. We were lucky enough to come across 2 on 2 consecutive nights. We also went for various walks in the forest, came around jaguar footprints, 3 types of monkeys, snakes, frogs and the agami heron.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Think about what is more important, good weather and fewer turtles or more turtles and bad weather. We went for the latter and it was defintely worth enduring the daily storms for the experience of seeing the baby and adult turtles.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes, to a certain extent, although we didn't get the opportunity to teach English to anyone which was mentioned on the website.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

A fantastic experience where we met like minded people who we have continued to stay in touch with. I would definitely do it again.

Read the operator's response here:

Dear Anna I am so pleased that you felt reborn by visiting the Pacuare reserve and thank you for telling us about your time there. It is a wonderful experience to see the turtles laying and the hatchlings emerging. As you pointed out, there were a number of nests that were flooded due to the exceptional storms earlier in the year and we have all found this very distressing. We hope for a better success rate for next year. I am sorry that you did not get the chance to teach English at the reserve, sometimes these opportunities do not arise at the right time. Best wishes Catherine

review 31 Mar 2015

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Pacuare Nature Reserve in Costa Rica is an amazing location with lots of opportunity for viewing wildlife. I felt very fortunate to get up close and personal with the Turtle Conservation work they do.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

It is a good idea to work closely with the staff before you go to make sure you have the right supplies and coordinate travel plans.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Booking this trip directly benefits the local people and supports the turtle conservation work. It is a great way to minimize your carbon footprint while you travel to amazing places.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

10 out of 10!

Read the operator's response here:

We are delighted that you had such a meaningful time at Pacuare and are glad that it was the best holiday you have ever been on. Thank you for leaving this review.

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