Saving Sea Turtles In Costa Rica Eco-Retreat


Join cinder + salt on a 9-day mission to save the sea turtles in the beautiful Tortuguero National Park, an important nesting site for endangered green and leatherback sea turtles. Explore the park by day searching for fascinating wildlife and learning about the flora of the rainforest, and assist Sea Turtle Conservancy researchers by night with sea turtle patrols involving monitoring nesting grounds and measuring and collecting data to contribute to the overall protection of these gentle, ancient creatures.

When : Sept 11 - Sept 19, 2021

Where : Tortuguero, Costa Rica (with optional trip extension to Sarapiqui Valley)



  • Meet with a Sea Turtle Conservancy research biologist to prepare for the nightly turtle patrols on the beach.
  • Navigate Tortuguero’s many natural canals in search of wildlife including spectacled caimans, southern river otters, and be on the lookout for spider, howler, and white-faced capuchin monkeys.
  • Explore Mawamba Lodge’s park on a guided visit, learning about the fauna of the rainforest and gardens and sampling achiote plant, star fruit, and many more.
  • Spot sloths, crocodiles, toucans, and many more bird species on a canal boat tour.



Volunteer Work

Nightly beach patrols
Work as part of a nesting survey team to help tag and record data about the nesting turtles. This includes measuring turtles, counting eggs, and marking nests. The presence of tagging teams on the beach also acts as a strong deterrent to poachers and egg collectors.

Morning nest surveys

Walk the beach in  the morning to check the status of nests marked during previous night patrols.

Nest inventories

Assist with determination of nest survivorship and hatchling success through nest inventories.



Travel & Lodging

All in-country travel is included in the trip cost including pick-up and drop off at the SJO Airport. All travel in and out of San Jose will be by tourism van with the entire group and is covered.

We will be staying at Mawamba Lodge which is about a ten minute walk from the STC Research station. All solo-travelers will be paired up (two occupants per room). You may request a specific roommate during the booking process, or for an additional fee you can have a private room. 



Why Costa Rica?

Costa Rica is one of the most bio-diverse countries on Earth and their government has a strong environmental ethos tied into their liberal democracy. 

This trip will be led by cinder + salt's owner and creative director Rachel DeCavage. Rachel has visited Costa Rica multiple times and is in love with the country. "Costa Rica perfectly embodies the spirit of eco-optimism that I aim to project through my brand, and transports us to a pristine & wild world full of robust nature & awe-inspiring vistas. I can't think of a better locale for our first eco-retreat!"



We are booking this trip through Holbrook Travel - click the "book now" link below to read more about the trip, full details on pricing & what's included and to confirm your space. This trip costs $2450* per person and does not include airfare. Initial $300 deposit to confirm your booking. Balance of $2150 due by June 8, 2021. Cancellation available until June 8, 2021 with $100 cancellation fee.


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