Sea Turtles & Sloths of Costa Rica – 10 Days
Departure: 19th April 2021
Ever since Max (Eco Companion's founder) spent weeks in Costa Rica last year, he has obsessed over how to create the very best way to experience this beautiful country. This tour is focused on what he judged to be the most spectacular parts that Costa Rica has to offer for any wildlife-loving traveller.
Leading the group will be Max, the founder of Eco Companion, along with our EC Journalist Haley Dasovich. Haley has a lifelong passion for adventure, and with over 500k subscribers is a real YouTube extraordinaire - and she's always happy to share her recipe for success!
→ Get involved in hands-on conservation work to protect the greenback turtles of the Osa Peninsula beaches by helping to release baby sea turtles into the ocean! All seven of the world's sea turtle species are either threatened or endangered, and so this work is truly vital.
→ Learn about the important conservation work being done at the Sloth Institute, and head out with expert guides to look to see sloths out in the wild too!
→ Participate in a morning beach cleanup on Manuel Antonio beach, and be rewarded for your efforts with a dolphin safari! Making such a positive impact in all of these various activities will leave you feeling fantastic by the end of the trip.
The end of April is the prime nesting period for sea turtles, so it's an important (and busy!) time for conservationists. It's also a beautiful cross-over period as the dry season nears its end and the natural world wakes up - just in time for your visit!
Day 1 - Arrival and travel to Manuel Antonio (19/04/21)
- If you're flying in from the UK, book the BA flight direct from London Gatwick at 13:00 to Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) for 17:00. The group will all meet there to then take our private transfer south down to Manuel Antonio. If you're travelling from the US or other parts of the world then aim to book flights that arrive before 17:00 on the 19th so that you can still join the group. (Unsure? Email [email protected] for a helping hand!)
- After our journey, we'll check-in for a brief stay at our first hotel of the trip (Hotel San Bada) and enjoy a welcome dinner to put some names to faces. Everyone will likely be quite jet-lagged and tired from their journey, so we'll had a relaxed evening and an early night to prepare for the adventures ahead.
Day 2 - Arrival at the Osa Peninsula Research Station (20/04/21)
- Enjoy a delicious buffet breakfast at San Bada Hotel to start the day.
- We'll check-out relatively early, ready to take a 9:30am private transfer down to the Osa Peninsula. Here, we'll be staying at Osa Conservation's Research Station in the depths of the wildest Costa Rican Rainforest. This peninsula is famous for having the densest biodiversity in literally anywhere in the world, with 7% of all known life on earth to be found here - it's a wildlife-lover's dream! As soon as you leave Puerto Jimenez it's common to see squirrel monkeys, capuchin or spider monkeys flying through the canopy above.
- Upon our arrival at the Osa Research Station, you will receive a briefing from the Osa Conservation researchers and check-in to our rainforest bunk beds. Settle into rainforest living and get a much needed good night's sleep.
Day 3 - Sea Turtle Conservation Project (21/04/21)
- The exact structure of the day can vary, depending on what wildlife opportunities might arise. We will likely rise early though on the first morning to head out with the researcher in charge of the sea turtle project for our first opportunity to check for newly laid nests that may need relocating to the nursery.
- Learn about the important work undertaken by Osa Conservation in helping to protect such a vital part of the world; we'll hear about their rewilding projects, anti-poaching efforts and so much more. For anyone interested in conservation, this evening will be a real window into the lives of those putting the work in on the ground to protect our planet!
(B, L, D)
Day 4 - Rewilding Project for Osa Peninsula (21/04/21)
- Depending on how the weather and wildlife are feeling today we may head down to the beach, or alternatively to the research station's rewilding and reforestation project. Here we'll get the chance to see how work is done to rewild land, taking it from desolate human-made plains back to thriving biologically dense rainforest!
- This afternoon is left open to allow you a moment to simply relax and take in your intensely beautiful surroundings. We'll finish the day with another group dinner and a good night's sleep.
(B, L, D)
Day 5 - Working with conservationists and waterfalls (23/04/21)
- This morning we'll either visit the beach for another chance to help with nest relocation or a baby sea turtle release, or join one of the working conservationists based at the station to learn about the work they're involved in. This might include looking at how camera traps are used to protect leopards against poaching, heading down to the local rivers to look at the aquatic inhabitants, or any other specific research projects going on at the time.
- In the afternoon we'll be treated to a trip out to some local waterfalls for a break away from the humidity. Costa Rica is famous for its beautiful towering waterfalls sat within lush green surroundings - so don't forget your swimsuit! We'll then make our way back to basecamp for another group dinner before heading to bed.
(B, L, D)
Day 6 - Departing Osa and on to Manuel Antonio (24/04/21)
- We'll use our last morning at Osa to visit the beach one last time (in case we were unlucky previously), to go out and help with the sea turtle project.
- The group will say our fond farewells to the Osa Conservation team and take a private transfer back north to Manuel Antonio, checking into our own three-bedroom premium Casas (Villas) at Tulemar Resort, rated the world's #1 hotel by Trip Advisor in 2019!
Day 7 - Sloth Institute and nature trek (for the real thing!) (25/04/21)
- After a hearty breakfast we'll head out for a private, behind-the-scenes tour of The Sloth Institute, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating sloths. They're world leaders in sloth conservation efforts, so it's sure to be a fascinating visit.
- Next we'll walk 5 minutes down the road to the Falafel bar for a fresh lunch. Once everyone has a tummy full of falafel, we'll head out for a guided nature trek to spot more of Manuel Antonio National Park's wildlife, like the scarlet macaw, various species of monkey and of course, the sloth!
- Following a little rest and recuperation at the hotel after our trek, we'll then head out for dinner to the Samui Thai Restaurant to feast on locally sourced Thai dishes adapted to Costa Rican living.
Day 8 - Manuel Antonio beach clean and dolphin safari (26/04/21)
- Start today with a full breakfast at the hotel - you'll need your strength, because today we'll be putting in an hour or so's honest work down at the world-famous Manuel Antonio beach! We'll help with a morning beach cleanup, helping to make sure that whatever way others might treat this place, we know that we've left it at least a little better off than how we found it! 🙌🏻
- As a reward for our hard work, we'll be taken for a boat ride out to sea. Those who would like to can go snorkelling, and we should also have great odds of seeing dolphins and lots of other marine wildlife.
- We'll enjoy one more special evening out for a group meal to reflect on our time in the beautiful Costa Rican coastal town!
Day 9 - Departing Manuel Antonio and on to San José (27/04/21)
- Have one final breakfast at the hotel and spend the morning relaxing by the pool, with a little free time to enjoy that last bit of Costa Rican sunshine.
- Head off together at 12:30 for a private transfer from Tulemar Resort up north back to San José, and check-in to the luxurious yet quirky Studio Hotel; it's well known for having the largest art collection of anywhere in Costa Rica after the National Gallery! If art is your thing, spend some time wandering its halls and soaking it all up before dinner.
- The group will head out for one final hurrah with a dinner at one of the capital's best restaurants: Arbol De Seda.
Day 10 - Departure (28/04/21)
- Enjoy one final Costa Rican breakfast at the hotel, followed by some free time; lounge by the Studio Hotel's rooftop pool, or perhaps do a little exploring on your own.
- A private transfer will pick up the group at 14:30, taking us back to Juan Santamaría International Airport for the 17:20 flight direct to London Gatwick with BA. If you're flying home to another country, no problemo. Aim for a flight after that time and get that same transfer, or otherwise if in doubt at all on how to make it work, just email [email protected] and he'll be happy to help!
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Per person price: £2,299 (Early bird £100 off for first 4 traveller's still available as we love to reward the spontaneous!!)
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