Sea Life Protection Tour in Costa Rica & Nicaragua
Study Marine Conservation in Central America
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Welcome to San Jose! Upon arrival, your group will meet your leader at the airport and transfer to a local hotel. Enjoy a free night in San Jose to explore the capital city of Costa Rica before setting out for the city of Fatima the next morning.
Rise early in the morning to hop aboard your private transport from San Jose to Fatima, a place located on the San Juan River near the border of Nicaragua. The transport will take you across the central mountain range and onto country roads during a beautiful, half-day drive. Along the way, there will be much to see and enjoy with a stop at a tropical fruit market to supply your trip at Spanish Creek.
Upon arrival, your group will check in to your hotel and enjoy lunch. There will be a quick briefing with your leader and local host, and some time off to enjoy a guided walk on lodge trails. Dinner will be served before going on a night tour to see baby crocodiles and other wildlife.
Today, your group will enjoy an early morning breakfast before moving onward to your true destination, Spanish Creek. Your group will house at a local house on the beach that is simple and clean, with hammocks and single beds. Your meals here will be prepared by local natives, inclusive of lots of fresh fruits and vegetables!
In the afternoon, your group will head out to the beach to begin your impact project and service to the local community (and sea-life!). Your leader will be joining you and providing instructions on how to locate nests for Hawksbill and Green Turtles. Once nests are located, and using local materials, your group will assist in building simple protection nets around each nest, mark them with a GPS and set up game cameras. You will also be participating on night walks during your stay in Spanish Creek to spot turtles coming to shore to nest during high tide.
Today, your group will divide into two to double your efforts. Each group will walk 2 miles of the beach to locate new nests not discovered yesterday. Help to check cameras and talk to natives on the importance of all conservation efforts.
In the evening, enjoy a group dinner before another night walk on the beach to identify any new nests!
Spend the day patrolling the beach in the morning and at night in search of new nests that are laid. In some cases, your group will do an egg count to identify the average amount laid per nest. Depending on the time of year, you may encounter a hatching at night. If you’re lucky enough to witness this unraveling, your group will be tasked with clearing paths to the ocean.
Today is your final day protecting nests along the beach here and participating in local efforts to protect sea turtles. Enjoy, and thank you!
Enjoy a final group breakfast in Spanish Creek before traveling to Rio Indio for a hot shower and lunch. This afternoon, you will travel back to San Jose, Costa Rica for a final night of your tour.
A delicious, bittersweet group breakfast is the final item on your agenda before transporting to the airport for your international flight home and onward journeys. Thank you for your time in Costa Rica and Nicaragua!
In Southeast Nicaragua there is a beautiful and peaceful area called Spanish Creek.
In front of the main Lagoon is a beach crested by the Caribbean Sea. On 4 miles of this beach from March to late October, about 250 turtles – the critically endangered Hawksbill and endangered Green Turtles – come to nest. Very little protection is offered from wild animals like racoons and local dogs. Also, local natives use eggs and meat for food, and shells to make trinkets to sell. About 50% of all nests are lost and we want to change this by locating nests every day, building protection barriers around each nest , but also educating and recruiting the few locales and their children that live on this beach.
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