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Costa Rica’s Northwest: In the Time of Turtles

Oct 23-30, 2021

8 days | Costa Rica | Quest Nature Tours

Bounded by a volcanic mountain range to east and the Pacific Ocean to the west, Costa Rica’s northwest province of Guanacaste (pronounced “Wanacastay”) stands apart in various ways. That mountain range – called the Guanacaste Cordillera – creates pronounced seasonal differences in precipitation not seen elsewhere in the country, in turn affecting the vegetation and wildlife that are here.

On this special tour for members and friends of Ontario Nature, we’ll explore the habitats of this lesser-known region of Costa Rica and encounter some of what makes it special. In the interior, we’ll walk on trails at Rincón de la Vieja National Park, discovering Guanacaste’s distinctive ‘Tropical Dry Forest’ habitat as well as the geologic forces underfoot. Towards the Bay of Nicoya, we’ll enjoy boat rides on the lower Tempisque River, which drains a good part of the province and remains watered even in the dry season.

A variety of wildlife will catch our attention wherever we go, notably the captivating bird life for which Central America is famous, such as trogons, motmots and toucans, in addition to numerous interesting mammals, amphibians and reptiles too. Our tour is timed for the best opportunity to experience a special event along the Pacific involving a specific reptile: the mass nestings of the Olive Ridley Sea Turtle. Late in the year during a narrow window in each lunar cycle, the volcanic sand beaches can stir as thousands, and occasionally hundreds of thousands of female turtles come to land to lay their eggs, what can only be described by onlookers as a soul-stirring phenomenon!

Join Caroline Schultz as we explore Costa Rica’s Northwest for a different view of this enchanting country.
Quest Nature Tours
Tour Cost (per person):
Approx. US$2995
Group Size:
10 - 14 participants

What’s included: Accommodations based on double occupancy; taxes and gratuities for services provided by Quest in the amount of US$200; all activities as described in the detailed itinerary; ground transportation and park entrance fees; airport transfers, if travelling as per the group flight itinerary; most meals; ; services of local English-speaking guides and Ontario Nature Executive Director, Caroline Schultz; filtered or bottled water on bus.

Itinerary at a Glance

DayActivity
1Arrive in Liberia, take a first look at our surroundings
2Exploring Rincón de la Vieja National Park
3To the Río Tempisque Valley
4Exploring Rancho Humo
5Hacienda San Joaquín, to the Pacific Ocean
6Isla Chora, sea turtle watching
7Tropical Dry Forest, sea turtle watching
8Drive back to Liberia, depart
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Your Tour Leader

Caroline Schultz is the Executive Director at Ontario Nature. Caroline has directed Ontario Nature’s programs and operations since 2005. Caroline previously served as conservation director for the Canadian Nature Federation for 10 years, leading the organization’s national advocacy, science and stewardship programs.

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Quest Nature Tours
Tour Cost (per person):
Approx. US$2995
Group Size:
10 - 14 participants

What’s included: Accommodations based on double occupancy; taxes and gratuities for services provided by Quest in the amount of US$200; all activities as described in the detailed itinerary; ground transportation and park entrance fees; airport transfers, if travelling as per the group flight itinerary; most meals; ; services of local English-speaking guides and Ontario Nature Executive Director, Caroline Schultz; filtered or bottled water on bus.

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