Tour for Leatherback Sea Turtles 3 DAYS AND 2 NIGHTS.
This fantastic 3-day tour includes meals during your stay in the beautiful Pacuare Reserve, as well as several tours, among them, the night tour to see Leatherback Turtles and participate in the scientific census, a tour in the canals of the area ( incredible rainforest, natural canals and abundant flora and fauna ); a guided hike in the jungle of the reserve.
Arrival at the Goshen Pier on your own. From there, a boat will pick you up and take you to the Lodge. Overnight at Casa Grande Eco Lodge. A delicious lunch awaits you, as well as a few hours of free time to discover the place. In the evening, after dinner, participation in the night tour to see Leatherback turtles, along with a scientific volunteer from the area. Return and overnight.
After breakfast, guided hike on the trails of the Pacuare Reserve ( 800 hectares ) along with a guide. During the hike you will visit the Agami Lagoon, where, during the season, these rare birds nest.
In the afternoon, after lunch and late in the afternoon, boat tour through the canals of the area, where you can discover the flora and fauna that inhabits these incredible rainforests. Return and dinner.
Breakfast, and free morning. Around 11 AM, return by boat to Goshen Pier. Farewell and End of Services.
- Lodging in Ecolodge
- Transfer Dock-Reservation-Dock
- Two breakfasts, two lunches, 2 dinners
- Visit Agami Sanctuary
- Canal tour
- Guided daytime trail hike in Reserve with staff
- Participation in beach protocol
- Night census
Introduction to the Barra de Pacuare region and the Pacuare Reserve.
The Pacuare Reserve, located on the Caribbean Coast of Rica, is an area of almost 2000 acres of tropical rainforest and 6 km of beach. The Pacuare Reserve is surrounded by the Tortuguero canals, mangroves, wetlands and the ocean; it has an immensely rich biodiversity. The Reserve's beach is one of the most important nesting beaches in Costa Rica for the giant leatherback turtle. A small island within our freshwater lagoon provides a nesting area for the extremely rare Agami Heron; which is considered one of the few accessible nesting sites in the world.
Reserva Pacuare is renowned for its sea turtle monitoring and conservation program. Leatherback nesting season is from March to June, and green turtles come to nest between June and September. Beginning in May, thousands of turtle hatchlings can be observed hatching and heading out to sea. In addition, more than 300 species of birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles live in the Pacuare Reserve. Among them are 3 of the 4 species of monkeys found in the country, sloths and even jaguars.
The Pacuare Reserve is dedicated to conservation, research and education. Our guests have the unique opportunity to be part of our work and our efforts during their stay at the Reserve.
Over the years, the Reserve has also served as a natural outdoor classroom for many student groups with special interest in natural sciences, ecology and ecotourism.
Volunteers also play an important role at the Reserve. We count on their help during turtle nesting season and throughout the year with a variety of tasks that help maintain the Reserve and a full program is in place to ensure a productive and rewarding experience.
The few eco-tourists we can accommodate at any given time enjoy the connection with nature in a non-touristy environment and away from the distractions of everyday life. They also have the option to integrate with our activities to the extent they wish. Many choose not just to vacation with us, but to participate and be part of conservation in action.
The Pacuare Reserve has also hosted retreats and special interest groups: bird watchers, wildlife photography workshops and spiritual retreats. The Reserve can only be accessed by boat and has limited electricity, wifi and solar-powered cell phone coverage.
- Conservation, research and education station.
- Protected area of 800 hectares of tropical rainforest on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica and 6 km of beach.
- One of the most important leatherback nesting beaches (average of +600 per season) in Costa Rica.
- The most accessible nesting site for the Agami heron in Central America.
- More than 30 species of mammals (3 types of monkeys, sloths, anteaters, jaguars).
- More than 200 species of birds.
- More than 20 species of amphibians.
- More than 40 species of reptiles.
- Sea turtle monitoring and conservation program. Participation in surveys during leatherback turtle nesting season, from February to July (groups of max. 10 people formed by research assistants, volunteers and/or students). Training on the monitoring program protocol: collection of biometric data and nest locations, relocation of nests in danger zones to the hatchery. During June - September the surveys consist of nest release, hatching and protection of hatchlings and nest exhumation.
- 2 stations for housing visitors and staff, south and north.
- Non-touristy and sustainable site, only limited solar power. Access only by private Reserve boats.
Where is it located ?
Reserva Pacuare is located 30km south of Tortuguero, approximately 30 km north of the province of, canton Matina.