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Join us in
Pacuare Reserve!

A visit to Pacuare Reserve is the best way to truly experience the programs

and conservation efforts of EPI. Join us next summer for an exclusive

three-night stay, led by EPI and Pacuare Reserve staff.

June 7-10 | June 15-18 | June 19-22 

Pacuare Reserve is a wildlife haven and conservation research site hidden in the tropical forest along Costa Rica's Caribbean Sea. The site also operates as an ecotourism destination for visitors from all around the world. In addition to the iconic leatherback sea turtle, Pacuare Reserve is home to more than 2,700 species of plants and animals (and counting).


Nesting grounds for 
sea turtle species


Three sea turtle species come to nest on Pacuare Reserve's beaches, including the iconic leatherback.

200+ bird


The stunning and elusive agami heron nests in The Reserve, one of only a few accessible nesting sites in the world.

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Big cats including jaguars and ocelot can be spotted here, along with three of Costa Rica's four primate species.

Join us and see it all come to life! Booking one of the dates above gets you exclusive discounted pricing and a customized tour created by Pacuare and EPI staff.

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  • Bird watching

  • Breakfast

  • Boat canal tour

  • Forest hike 

  • Lunch

  • Talk: 30 years of research at Pacuare Reserve

  • Boat tour - a visit to the North Station

  • Possible hatchling release

  • Dinner

  • Sea turtle census

  • Boat transportation to The Reserve

  • Lunch

  • Welcome and introduction to Pacuare Reserve

  • Sea turtle protocol and beach practice

  • Hatchling release, depending on timing of nest hatches

  • Dinner

  • Sea turtle census and night walk

DAY 1:

DAY 2:

DAY 3:

  • Breakfast

  • Primate census

  • Forest hike

  • Lunch

  • Hatchlings release

  • Cocktails at Casa Grande

  • Dinner

  • Sea turtle census 

  • Breakfast

  • Departure

DAY 4:

Pacuare Reserve is first and foremost a safe haven and conservation research site for thousands of animal and plant species. As such, the site’s campus and accommodations are simple, rustic, and powered entirely by solar energy to best preserve the area. The benefit for you? With no electricity, crowds, or distractions, you’ll experience the incredible wildlife, landscape, and people of this magical place without interruption. Check out our top-rated reviews to hear from past guests!

Activity Highlights:

You'll get a behind the scenes look at the research projects Pacuare Reserve's staff and researchers are currently focused on. These projects center around four key species: leatherback sea turtles, primates, agami heron, and big cats. The team is partnering with more international research institutions each year to study the incredible flora and fauna of The Reserve—and how to protect it in perpetuity.


On the beach you may encounter a larger-than-life, 800-pound female leatherback sea turtle, or a nest of tiny hatchlings ready to take on the open sea. You'll tag along with research assistants from all over the world as they collect the data that contributes to preserving vulnerable sea turtle species.



Back in the tropical forest, knowledgeable staff will guide you along jungle trails where you'll observe and learn about some of Costa Rica's iconic wildlife, including monkeys, sloths, tropical birds, and eye-catching lizards. The rare and beautiful agami heron also nests seasonally in a small lagoon within The Reserve, the only known nesting colony in Central America, and one of only a few accessible nesting sites in the world.




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Centro Científico Tropical

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Planet Zota

UESPRA Costa Rica



Bridgemill Foundation

Edward L. Anderson Jr. Foundation

Paul M. Angell Foundation

Philip Zarri & Lisa Rooney-Zarri

Rebecca Schultz

Ida & William Rosenthal Foundation

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