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Deep Ecology and Sea Turtle Conservation Programme, Costa Rica

1 week - 6 months from

£433
£18 +
minimum age

  • Research sea turtles in Drake Bay alongside eco living in a paradise location
  • Take part in ecological food production and sustainable living
  • In your free time, you can have free yoga, Spanish or cooking lessons and learn how to make cosmetics
  • Located in the stunning Osa Peninsula with Corcovado National Park on your doorstep

Sunset Boca GanadoUseful Information

Costa Rica
Costa Rica is located in Central America, bordered by Panama on the East and Nicaragua on the West. It is a country of staggering beauty, an immense variety of wildlife, active and dormant volcanoes, mountains with extensive trail systems, cloud forest and rainforest, Pacific and Caribbean beaches, indigenous groups and loads more. It is also a very peaceful country with one of the highest ratings for “happiness” amongst its nationals in the world!

Upside down scarlet macawAbout the Osa Peninsula
The Osa Peninsula is located in southwestern Costa Rica, in the Puntarenas Province, on the Pacific Ocean. The main feature of the peninsula is the Corcovado National Park, which covers one third of its land mass, an area of 425 km², a protects several endemic species. Famously referred to by National Geographic as ‘the most biologically intense place on Earth’, the park is home to all four Costa Rican monkey species, jaguars, pumas and ocelots, Baird’s tapir, crocodiles, spectacled caimans, bull sharks, two-toed and three-toed sloths, agoutis, giant anteaters, great curassows, black hawks, spectacled owls, hummingbirds, golden orb spiders, otters, raccoons, collared and white-lipped peccary, northern tamandua, silky anteaters, poison dart frogs, several species of snake (including the venomous fer-de-lance and bushmaster), and over 8000 insect species, including at least 220 species of butterflies. Four species of sea turtle (Olive Ridley, Pacific Green, Hawksbill, and Leatherback) also nest on the beaches of the park. The protected region features at least 13 different vegetation types, including montane forest, cloud forest, prairie forest, alluvial plains forest, swamp forest, palm swamp, freshwater herbaceous swamp and mangrove, harbouring over 2000 plant species, including over 500 different types of trees.

Dragonfly costa ricaAbout Drake Bay
The Drake Bay area consists of the main tourist town, known as Agujitas (where the boat taxi from Sierpe lands and from where the main tours depart), plus several smaller villages, such as Los Planes and El Progreso, and beach destinations, such as Ganadito, Caletas, Río Claro and San Josecito. Agujitas has a relaxed backpacker vibe and has several restaurants, cafes and bars, plus a fantastic coastal trail that goes all the way the National Park, stopping a many picturesque beaches along the way.

Tours to do in your Free Time
Drake Bay is one of Costa Rica’s most famous eco-tourism destinations, and there are many activities you can do while you are here. The programme can organise many tours, such as Caño Island snorkelling ($95) or diving ($155), visiting the Corcovado National Park ($95-$110), whale and dolphin watching tours ($120), mangrove tour ($100), plus cheaper local or rural tours, such as kayaking, quad-biking, birdwatching and horse-riding, amongst others. Please let us know if you would like to book anything in advance before your arrival, especially if you plan to come during the high season (December to April).

Cano Island Costa RicaFree stuff
There are many free activities you can do during your stay, including trekking, swimming in rivers and waterfalls and playing beach volleyball, for example. The programme also offers free yoga classes (by Rebe) and Spanish classes (by Rob) twice per week, and a free or low-cost excursion is usually arranged on Sundays. Parties are allowed from time to time, and the programme organises get-togethers with volunteers from other projects in the area.

Money matters
There is no ATM available in Drake Bay and so it is wise to bring enough money in cash for the duration of your stay. US dollars are accepted everywhere, as are Costa Rican colones, and you can use a credit/debit card in most places too. Just bear in mind that tour operators can charge up to 13% more in sales tax if you pay by card. Please note that taxis are expensive in Drake Bay; for example, a taxi from the Finca to Agujitas (8km) costs $25 per car each way. We recommend a budget of about $10-20 per day for spending money, to buy drinks and snacks for example, but you also should consider what kind of tours you might want to do and bring enough money accordingly.

Deep Ecology and Sea Turtle Conservation Programme, Costa Rica

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