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Costa Rica’s Northwest: In the Time of Turtles

Oct 31 - Nov 07, 2023

8 days | Costa Rica | alumni UBC Travel Club

The mass nestings of the Olive Ridley Sea Turtle is a special event that takes place only in a very few locations of the South Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans during a narrow window in each lunar cycle. This tour takes us to Costa Rica’s scenic northwest to observe the ‘arribada’ when the volcanic sand beaches stir as thousands, and occasionally hundreds of thousands of female turtles come to land to lay their eggs in a soul-stirring phenomenon!

Join us for this exploration of a lesser-known region of Costa Rica and encounter what makes it so special. Bounded by a volcanic mountain range to east and the Pacific Ocean to the west, Guanacaste will reveal a variety of captivating birdlife and numerous interesting mammals, amphibians, and reptiles too.

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 cruise on the lower Tempisque River, which drains a good part of the province and remains watered even in the dry season. From our three-night base close to the Pacific Ocean we’ll hike, kayak, and explore by day and observe the famed ‘arribadas’ by night!
 
 
 
 
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Tour Cost (per person):
Approx. US$3595  Includes all taxes and gratuities.
Group Size:
12 - 16 participants

What’s included: Airport transfers; accommodations based on double occupancy; most meals; transportation by private air-conditioned vehicle; all activities and park entrance fees; services of local English-speaking guides; presentations by your study leader; fully escorted by Worldwide Quest tour manager

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, Rancho San Joaquín
4Exploring Rancho Humo and Palo Verde
5Rancho Humo, 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

Catherine Jardine is a staff ornithologist and data analyst with Birds Canada, based at the organization’s National Data Centre in Delta, B.C. She has conducted field projects in remote locations around the world and is the Bander-in-Charge at the Iona Island Bird Observatory.

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alumni UBC Travel Club Alumni Expeditions
Tour Cost (per person):
Approx. US$3595  Includes all taxes and gratuities.
Group Size:
12 - 16 participants

What’s included: Airport transfers; accommodations based on double occupancy; most meals; transportation by private air-conditioned vehicle; all activities and park entrance fees; services of local English-speaking guides; presentations by your study leader; fully escorted by Worldwide Quest tour manager

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