Nicoya Turtle Expedition

Nicoya Turtle Expedition

Learn all about turtle conservation and work to protect native sea turtles on the Nicoya Peninsula of Costa Rica. Spend the days both enjoying the beach and working to keep it clean. Help protect the turtles during evening patrols looking for nests to relocate to safety. Carry out beach cleanups with park rangers and work daily shifts in the hatchery. Experienced conservationists will lead you through service and teach you about the many ongoing efforts to save sea turtles. There will also be time to snorkel, surf, and bask in the beauty of Costa Rica’s gorgeous Pacific beaches.

Departure Dates

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With our No-Stress Travel Guarantee, you may cancel for any reason up until the day of travel, and escrow 100% of the program fees for up to two years from the cancellation date.
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Packing the right gear (and the right amounts) is the first step to an incredible travel experience. Follow these tips to pack like a pro:

Travel light. Pack only the essentials. You’ll need less than you think!
Bring the right clothes. Pack clothes that are culturally appropriate for your destination and acceptable for service projects. This means bringing long shorts (think Bermuda and basketball shorts), t-shirts with sleeves to cover shoulders, and appropriate footwear.
Leave your valuables behind. While traveling, it’s easier for things to get lost, stolen, or damaged. Keep any prized possessions safe at home.
Check with TSA. Make sure your luggage complies with TSA regulations, especially your carry-on. Useful tip: Pack an empty water bottle and fill it up after security.
Extra paperwork? If you need additional forms filled out to get credit for your service hours, no problem! Bring these forms with you so they can be completed in-country.

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Carry-On

A school backpack or similar sized bag is ideal.

  • Passport
  • Photocopy of passport
  • Wallet/money
  • Book and/or journal
  • Pen
  • Phone
  • Camera
  • Chargers
  • Change of clothes
  • Water bottle
  • Medication
  • Additional community service forms
  • Visa documentation (if applicable)
  • Camera
  • Ear buds
  • Consent to Travel form
  • Rustic Pathways emergency contacts
Check Luggage

A 50-70 Liter duffel bag or backpack is ideal.

Clothes

  • Socks (8-10, at least 2 long socks)
  • Underwear (12-14)
  • Pants/capris (2, preferably dark color for night walk)
  • Long shorts* (2-3)
  • Long skirt (1)
  • Tank Tops (5-6)
  • T-shirts (5-6)
  • Long sleeved shirt (1-2, preferably dark color for night walk)
  • Pajamas
  • Swimsuit
  • Quick dry towel
  • Beach towel/sarong
  • Rain jacket
  • Strappy sandals (like Tevas or Chacos)
  • Sneakers Two pairs, one for work)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat

Toiletries

(Travel size bottles in Ziploc bags)

  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Body wash
  • Face wash
  • Toothbrush
  • Tooth paste
  • Sunscreen (Reef safe)
  • Bug spray (Biodegradable)
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Contacts
  • Contacts solution
  • Foam earplugs
  • Personal med kit
  • Deodorant
  • Wet Wipes
  • Razor/shaving cream
  • Miscellaneous
  • Headlamp (with a red light setting)

 

Important Reminders
  • *Community Service Appropriate Attire includes T-shirts and tank tops with no visible undergarments and shorts with a 3” or more inseam.
  • Don’t forget the Big Five: Water bottle, Sunscreen, Bug spray, Rain jacket, Closed-toe shoes.