This memorable trip involves volunteering at the Nombre del Jesus turtle conservation project on the Pacific coast, where thousands of sea turtles lay their eggs each year. Throughout the project, you will get to learn everything about sea turtle conservation and methods to protect and preserve them and their habitat whilst enjoying the surroundings of this beautiful and remote beach of Costa Rica. This trip is surely the essence of 'pura vida'!
Day 1 (Saturday 3 July 2021): London to San Jose
Fly from London to San Jose. On arrival you will be met and transferred to Don Carlos Hotel (or similar) ideally situated in the centre of the city for an overnight stay. You will have time to freshen up before a group dinner and a briefing on the week ahead. Meals: Dinner.
Day 2 (Sunday 4 July 2021): San Jose to Bahia Piratas
After breakfast you will be transferred by road from San Jose to the beautiful Pacific Coast and Bahia Piratas. The journey is approximately 300km and will take about 5hrs. You will have lunch enroute. On arrival you can settle into your accommodation and you will have a briefing about the days ahead. Overnight in dormitory accommodation. Meals: Breakfast, lunch en-route, dinner.
Day 3-8 (Monday 5 - Saturday 10 July 2021): Nombre del Jesus turtle conservation project
Spend the next 6 full days helping at the Nombre del Jesus turtle conservation project. Tasks may involve patrolling the beach at night, taking eggs to the hatchery, helping build a watering system for the hatchlings, preparing nests and monitoring turtles' behaviours. A schedule will be discussed and distributed amongst the group. Overnight in dormitory accommodation. Meals: Breakfast, packed lunch, dinner.
Day 9 (Sunday 11 July 2021): Bahia Piratas to San Jose
After breakfast transfer from the project by road back to San Jose. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon at leisure to wander the capital city before celebrating your achievements with a farewell dinner. Overnight in San Jose at Don Carlos Hotel (or similar). Meals: Breakfast, lunch en-route, dinner.
Day 10-11 (Monday 12 - Tuesday 13 July 2021): San Jose to London
After breakfast transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK arriving the next day. Meals: Breakfast on day 10
N.B. While we do not anticipate changes, this itinerary may be subject to alteration due to flight schedules, hotel availability and other factors outside our control. During the trip itself the itinerary will depend on the group ability, weather and the daily circumstances. Any changes in the itinerary will be made in the interest of group safety and enjoyment. In-country, your guide and tour manager will have the final say in the interest of the health and safety of the group.
What is included
- Return flights from London
- Airline taxes and charges
- Local transfers and transport in Costa Rica
- All accommodation (hotel in San Jose-2 nights, dormitory-7 nights)
- English-speaking local support staff
- All meals as per itinerary
- All activities at the turtle conservation project
- UK Different Travel tour manager
What is not included
- Any necessary vaccinations
- Drinks, laundry and personal expenses
- Spending money
- Transport to/from UK airports
- Tips and gratuities
- Travel insurance
- Costa Rica visa (if required)