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Costa Rica

Turtle Conservation + Cloud Forest Safari

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Discover Costa Rica

Get ready to protect the turtles...

This will be our third MidLifer and this time we are taking you for a spectacular bucket list moment...yep, we're going to focus on turtle conservation and, fingers crossed, we will see a few babies doing their first 'run for the sea'.

But, in addition to the turtle excitement, we will also take you inland to explore the famous cloud forests and the flora and fauna within. Be prepared for a hearty trek - first one to see a sloth gets a prize - before we throw ourselves down the longest jungle zip-wire in the world, embracing the ‘pura vida’ of this stunning and friendly country.

But to make it a perfect MidLifer we will include some gentle yoga or adrenaline surfing at the hip beach-side town of Santa Teresa.

Tourists? Not where we're going.

Venture off the beaten track to help with turtle conservation, explore the famous cloud forests and learn to surf on one the best surf beaches in the world.


Trip Itinerary

During a 8-day/9-night itinerary you will surf, practise your yoga, trek through cloud forests and contribute to invaluable turtle conservation.

Day 1- 2

Monteverde Cloud Forest

Welcome to Costa Rica and the cloud forest

Depending on our time of arrival we will either stay the night in San José or start the drive to up into the cloud forest.

Brace yourself for a 5 hour journey into the heart of Costa Rica where we will work our way up to about 4,662 ft (1,440 m) to find Monteverde, an area famous for its cloud forests, coffee plantations, monkeys, mist and friendly locals.

Here we will stay in the town of Santa Elena which is small and quaint, filled with tasty restaurants and folksy artisan shops, and from here dive into the cloud forest to see what we can find...

The following morning we will be up bright and early with our trusty guide to take us into the Monteverde and Curicancha Reserves.

Just so you know, the cloud forest is home to more than 100 species of mammals, 400 species of birds, tens of thousands of insect species, and over 2,500 varieties of plants, 420 of which are orchids alone. Simply stunning, so get your binos ready.

Hot and sweaty, but so worth it.


Accommodation

Here we will stay at the St Elena Hostal, in dorm style, dulux rooms. Bathrooms, with hot showers.

Food

Breakfast only.

Day 3

Highlands of Monteverde Adventure Day

Adrenaline day...

A free day to test your bravery radar in the 'adventure capital' of Costa Rica.

From trails and trams, along canopy tours, bungee jumping or horse riding - it's all here to get your teeth stuck into.

But one thing is guaranteed - you have to venture down (or along) one of the longest zip wires in the world - a perfect way to start this MidLifer.


Accommodation

St Elena Hostal, in dorm style, dulux rooms. Bathrooms, with hot showers.

Food

Breakfast only.

Day 4 + 5

Cirenas Turtle Conservation

A bucket list moment...

Cirenas is a local NGO that works in a number of areas around Costa Rica to protect beaches, turtles, forests and rural communities. They would love us to help at their Sea Turtle Conservation Project just along the coast from Santa Teresa.

Protect and conserve
Your time here will be spent helping protect the eggs and hatchlings of the Olive Ridley, Black Turtle, Hawksbill and Leatherback species, who visit this ‘semi-intensive’ nesting beach at night to nest. Typical jobs will include hatchery maintenance, beach cleaning and night patrols to look for turtle activity.

Accommodation

Here we stay at the Cirenas' volunteer house which is functional but basic. Expect flushing loos and cold showers.

Food

3 meals a day provided.

Day 6

Santa Teresa Beach Life

Relax time...

It will take a couple of hours to drop down to this part of the coast where we will find pristine, uncrowded beaches with awesome surf breaks for the brave.

After settling in, there will be supper out in one of the beachside hangouts.

Accommodation

Accommodation at the beachside Tropico Latino Hotel.

Food

Welcome dinner on the first night. There after breakfast only.
Lunch and dinner out and about in Santa Teresa.

Day 7

Playa Hermosa Yoga + Surfing

Stretch and burn

Yoga
Up early for a yoga class to help us ease into the 'pura vida' of Costa Rica, 'moving and breathing to the rhythmic sound of ocean waves, and gazing upon lush tropical gardens'....hmm sounding good to me... There are advanced and beginner daily classes, as well as some speciality classes, offered by their certified instructors, and for those in the know, it is predominately Vinyasa yoga.

Surfing
I know half of us will complain bitterly about our backs, level of fitness etc. but come on ...when you are on one of best beaches for surfing in the world...I think it would be rude not to. The good news is the instructors are on hand to put us through our paces and having us doing Point Break moves by the end of the day.

Polished off with ...
Sundowners at the Banana Beach - the iconic bar of the area. Got to be done.

Accommodation

Tropico Latino Hotel.

Food

Breakfast only.

Day 8

Playa Carmen Explore + adventure

Day to explore...

Today will be your free day when you can explore and take advantage of all the adventures this area is famous for, the highlights being:

  • Quad bike tours up and down the coast and weaving into hidden gems.
  • Horse riding along the beach.
  • Deep sea fishing.
  • Spa treatments.
  • Full Day Isla Tortuga boat trip which includes snorkeling.

Accommodation

Tropico Latino Hotel.

Food

Breakfast only.

Day 9

Departure Day Head home

After an action packed 9 days it will time to head home. We will be transferred back to San Jose for our connecting flights home.

Food

Breakfast only.

Trip Details & Costs

This MidLifer to Costa Rica starts on 24th April for 8 nights, 9 days.

We can only take 12, so I am afraid it will be on a first come, first served basis...so book away...see the big book button.

Any questions email me at: milly@theleap.co.uk

April start dates:

2019: 24 Apr

Costs

9 days - double room - £1600
Beach + Turtles + Monteverde
2019: £1600

9 days -single room - £1800
Beach + Turtles + Monteverde
2019: £1800

Beach bliss

Bliss. We will start our journey on one of the world's best surf beaches.

Turtle conservation

Be part of the conservation effort to protect the turtles of Costa Rica.

Cloud forest exploration

Experience exploring one of the world's greatest eco-systems.

Surfing & yoga

Big part of the lifestyle here. Got to try both.

Time in, Time out

The itinerary will follow its plan but we promise there will be time for you to chill and do your own thing.

MidLifer Favourites

  • Whitewater rafting.
  • Kayaking & snorkeling.
  • Jungle canopy tour.
  • Whale and dolphin watching.
  • Horse riding through the forest or along the beach.
  • Coastal quad bike tours.

Jakera, Costa Rica

Our Costa Rica trip is coordinated by the dynamic Chris Patterson who together with his wife, family and team have created the Jakera Jungle Surf Camp on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica.

Chris has run travel and Spanish courses since the 1990s and has become increasingly passionate about the crisis of plastic waste in our waters and the damage it is doing. Seeing dolphins and turtles time and time again, washed up on the shoreline wrapped up in discarded fishing nets was enough for him to jump into action.

Chris now welcomes volunteers (gappers) into his home and MidLifers into the hotel next door, who will help him with his ongoing conservation and community projects.

He has set up village recycling stations and organises rubbish collections. He encourages supermarkets to stop using plastic bags and the local beach bars to not use plastic drinking straws. These simple initiatives will help enforce the message and give a practical meaning to the bigger picture. Community beach clean-ups are also now part of everyday life and blue flag awards are being handed out.

Chris has also built a great relationship with Cirenas – one of the leading NGOs tackling the plight of the turtles on the Pacific coast. They now welcome our volunteers into their program as they consistently turn up and enthusiastically get stuck in.

Chris will deliver us a brilliant off-grid trip, using his inside knowledge.

Leaper's Highlights

Have a read of what our Leapers have been getting up to...

Painting signs, recycling and turtles Lucy Dickens

Turtle hatcheries, surfing, yoga and more Emily Dinovo

Tyre garden, hot springs and reforestation Maya Sanden

Watch our videos

Costa Rica

Volunteering at the Turtle Sanctuary

Costa Rica

Feeding the 5,000

Costa Rica

Helping to prevent litter bugs

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