Arrival into San Jose (SJO) airport. Staff will be there for a meet and greet and to take you to your accommodation in San Jose.
This morning we will head over to the outskirts of San Jose, to the children’s home of Hogar Sol. This home is a transitory home for at risk children who have been taken away from their biological families for various reasons and are waiting to be adopted. The home receives little state funding and relies heavily on donations and outside support. We will spend the day here painting the outside of the building, painting the outside tables and benches, and planting shrubs. When we finish, we will have time to play some games and share 1-on-1 time with the children.
After breakfast, you will be collected for your journey over to the Caribbean coast, where we will meet our boat captain to take us to the Pacuare project. In the afternoon, you will receive an orientation about the incredible work that LAST is doing, as well as a safety briefing. You will have your first night shift as a volunteer – either on night patrol to look for nesting adult turtles, or a hatchery shift to monitor the nests and hatchlings.
You will continue your duties as a sea turtle volunteer – this could be helping to maintain the station and hatchery, beach cleaning, separation of recyclable materials or releasing baby turtles!
We will have an early start today, as we say goodbye to Pacuare and the turtles, and head back to the mainland by boat.
We will be met by our rafting guides and, after breakfast, we will head off along the world famous class 3 and 4 Pacuare River. The trip takes approx. 4 hours, and we will stop for lunch along the riverbanks.
At the end of the day, you will have chance to change into dry clothes, before we continue our journey further south down the coast to the town of Puerto Viejo. You will have the evening to relax after checking into our hotel.
Today we will be zip lining, which is about 20 minutes from Puerto Viejo! There are 8 aerial platforms, 13 ground platforms, a tarzan swing and a superman cable!
Today, we will visit the beautiful Punta Uva – recognized as one of the best beaches in Costa Rica. We will take a kayak tour along the coast before heading up river into the jungle, where we will do a hike to the viewpoint.
It’s time to leave the Caribbean, and head back to San Jose. You will check into your hotel and have time for souvenir shopping.
Say our goodbyes and depart to airport to travel home.