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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 discounted pricing and a customized tour created by Pacuare and EPI staff.

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DAY 1:

DAY 2:

DAY 3:

  • Boat transportation to The Reserve

  • Lunch

  • Welcome and intro to Pacuare Reserve

  • Sea turtle protocol and beach practice

  • Hatchling release, depending on timing of nest hatches

  • Dinner

  • Sea turtle census

  • Night walk

  • Bird watching

  • Breakfast

  • Agami heron census

  • Forest hike 

  • Lunch

  • Talk: 30 years of research at     Pacuare Reserve

  • Boat tour - a visit to the North Station

  • Dinner

  • Sea turtle census

  • Breakfast

  • Primate census

  • Forest hike

  • Lunch

  • Free time

  • Hatchlings release

  • Cocktails at Casa Grande

  • Dinner

  • Sea turtle census 

DAY 4:

  • Breakfast

  • Departure


$672/person*, includes: 

  • 3 Nights of lodging and all meals 

  • Guides and tours

  • Transportation to and from the San Jose airport to Pacuare Reserve

  • T-shirt

*50% discount for children  under 12

This unique experience features

discounted pricing and activities we don't offer to the general public! Limited spots are available, so secure your spot today!

> Have questions? Email Meaghan at



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!

Special conditions at The Reserve

Pacuare Reserve is located in a remote area and its sustainable operation works based on green energy sources and special communication alternatives. That being said, here's what to expect during your stay:

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The Reserve's location is remote and only accessible by boat transportation. Please note the property is not within walking distance of local shops or medical facilities.

We offer Wi-Fi in certain areas, there is no cell phone service and due to the remote conditions of The Reserve this service may fail.

There is only solar energy, we depend on the environmental conditions to provide this service. Bringing a flashlight is very important for your visit.

There is light only in the rooms of Ecolodge, in the dining room, and at the lab, but this service is not always guaranteed.

Meals are offered in a dining area that is shared with other visitors and staff.

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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