Costa Rica – The Sea Turtle Initiative

A nature and wildlife adventure in Costa Rica that allows you to help endangered sea turtles & experience Costa Rica’s renowned wildlife.
$3,395 Adult* / $2,995 Child*

Our Purpose

The Nicoya Peninsula on Costa Rica’s tropical Pacific coast is one of the most breathtaking parts of the country. Home to sea turtles, ocelots, monkeys and many other animals, the region boasts an eclectic mix of wildlife alongside some of the country’s most stunning natural landscapes.

Unfortunately, Costa Rica’s sea turtle population has declined by a devastating 90 percent over the past 35 years due to a host of factors, including climate change, increased boat traffic, predators on the beaches, and growth in the amounts of trash clogging up their habitats. To achieve our purpose, dig up hatched nests to determine hatching success rates, and depending on the time of year, either look for nesting females and collect eggs and move them to the hatchery, or release hatchlings into the ocean. Discover Corps traveler participation plays a part in a larger satellite tracking project for a variety of sea turtles across Costa Rica, which you can learn more about here.

(Volunteer Time = 12 hours, or 4 night patrols)

What You'll Do

The population of Costa Rican sea turtles has declined by 90% since 1980. Sea turtles face myriad threats such as boat traffic, domestic animals, climate change, accidental catch by industrial fisheries, and increased trash in oceans and beaches (which they mistake for food). We’ll spend three days volunteering on a turtle conservation campaign. Given the declining population of turtles, every bit of help is welcome and each turtle is precious.

Over the course of the time we spend on the coast, we’ll dig up hatched nests to determine the hatch success rate, do a beach cleanup, and release baby turtles back into the ocean.  We’ll also participate in night patrols to gather eggs and collect scientific data, so be prepared for long nights and lots of walking!


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What You'll See

Besides three days of volunteering, during your Costa Rica volunteer vacation you’ll experience the full spectrum of natural wonders of the region.  Ride a boat through unspoiled rivers and mangroves where you might catch a glimpse of crocodiles and other small mammals rummaging around. Visit an animal sanctuary that takes in injured monkeys, pumas, ocelots, and other animals. Explore the beaches that hug both coasts and be on the lookout for the wildlife Costa Rica is famous for.

After our volunteer project with the sea turtles, stay in a eco-resort  where you’ll experience Costa Rica’s tropical terrain riding a zip-line and also on a river tube.

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Itinerary Overview

Set amongst stunning rainforest landscapes and the Pacific Ocean, the Nicoya Peninsula is one of the most breathtaking parts of Costa Rica. We’ll start in Liberia and head down to the coast where we’ll work hand-in-hand with a local turtle conservation organization. Depending on the season, engage in night patrols on the beach, take a boat in the ocean to track turtles or free new hatchlings into the wild. No matter the

season, you are there to make a difference, so be prepared for long nights and hikes! We’ll also visit a rescue center for injured pumas, ocelots and monkeys, venture into the mangroves and spot crocodiles and relax along the pristine beaches. Towards the end of the trip, we’ll venture into the lush mountain forests via zip-line, inner tubing and horseback riding.

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Where You'll Stay

Spend the first evening at a lodge outside the northern city of Liberia before heading down to the tropical coastline for the next four nights. Your coastal home-away-from-home is an oceanfront yoga & wellness resort. The elegantly designed luxury bungalows all have ocean views and were meticulously designed to fit into the natural environment (but keep in mind, you will have fans and not air-conditioning!). Continue into the mountains for the final two nights where you’ll stay in a mountainside retreat that puts you at the doorstep of Rincon de la Vieja National Park where you’ll raft, zipline & explore the rainforest canopy.

* Accommodations subject to change based on availability

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Rita Q.

Chicago, IL

Traveler's Journal

I loved watching my granddaughter’s eyes light up as she released a baby turtle into its natural habitat. Every time she encountered a new species of animal that she had only previously seen in a zoo, I couldn’t help but smile.  My husband and I also really enjoyed our long walks on the beach.

Dates and Fees

We offer several Family Friendly dates, to help families book travel around common school vacation times

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8 days / 7 nights

Program Cost: US $3,395 Adult* / $2,995 Child*

2021 Dates

October 16-23, 2021

November 20-27, 2021

December 26 2021-January 2, 2022**
2022 Dates

July 23-30, 2022

August 6-13, 2022

August 13-20, 2022

October 15-22, 2022

November 19-26, 2022

December 26, 2022-January 2, 2023**

  • * Double Occupancy Price. Children’s pricing applies to travelers 16 years old and younger sharing a room with an adult
  • **Due to hotel availability, increased prices, and increased demand during this time, prices rise to $3,625 adult/ $2525 child
  • Single Room Supplement = $450

What's Included?

Here’s a sample of what’s included:

  • All activities: zip line activity, inner tube down a river, boat ride through the mangroves, visit to an animal rescue center, and more…
  • All meals included: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
  • 3 nights coastal lodging near a local conservancy
  • 4 night lodging at 3-star hotel
  • Local volunteer project of up to 15 hours on the Pacific side
  • Airport transfers and reliable in-country transportation with experienced drivers
  • Expert local guides that are there to support, inform and guide you
  • Admissions and entrance fees to national parks, historic sites and other scheduled events throughout the trip
  • Gratuities for hotels, meals, baggage & transportation included. Guide gratuity is not included and is at your discretion
  • All land transportation during the trip
  • $50,000 emergency medical evacuation insurance

What’s Not Included

  • International airfare
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Tips for Discover Corps Guide and driver
  • Laundry services, room-service, or phone calls

Alumni & Family Discounts, Monthly Payment Plans, and More

Repeat travelers and groups are eligible for discounts. Looking for a payment plan to help manage your trip? Learn more here.

Customized Private Trips

Let us create a custom trip for your group. Learn more about custom group travel.

This is only available as an 8 day trip. Trips to Costa Rica for different lengths can be arranged for custom groups.

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