Costa Rica Nature & Culture Expedition

Study giant leatherback turtles and hatchlings, explore the rainforest, see how chocolate is grown, visit an indigenous reserve, a butterfly farm, and much more in this action packed conservation trip. This trip will be led by SEE Turtles president Brad Nahill in partnership with Portland Community College. Profits from this trip will help save 500 hatchlings per participant at a leatherback nesting beach.

The Highlights:

  • Visit a fascinating butterfly farm where you will be introduced to the wonders of the rainforest.
  • Travel to Costa Rica’s Caribbean Coast and spend two nights walking the beach in search of giant nesting leatherback turtles.
  • Participate in sea turtle research – measuring the turtles’ length and width, moving the eggs to a protected hatchery and observing the condition of the turtles.  There may also be an opportunity to release hatchlings into the sea.
  • During the day, rest in a hammock, read a book or walk the beach.  Planned activities include a canal boat ride to spot wildlife, visit to a turtle museum and beach clean-up.
  • Spend two nights on the Southern Caribbean Coast – Cahuita National Park.  Enjoy a picnic lunch upon arrival and have a chance to enjoy the beautiful beach and surrounding park.
  • Head into the Talamanca Mountains to visit a remote indigenous reserve.  Here, you will see how they grow and make organic chocolate and bananas, learn about their history and culture and have a traditional lunch.

Trip Details

  • Where:
    Costa Rica
  • When:
    May 23-30, 2020
  • Trip Length:
    7 days
  • 2020 Program Fee:
    $2,295/per person based on double occupancy
  • Program Fee Includes:
    In-country transport, meals, lodging, activities, guides, and a donation to turtle conservation.