GVI’s research station in Cahuita is located in Cahuita National Park (CNP), a terrestrial and marine park surrounded by protected rainforest, wetlands and white-sand beaches. The park is home to one of the largest nesting colonies of green turtles in the world and the best-preserved coral reef in Costa Rica. Working closely with CNP and members of the community, your hands-on conservation efforts will contribute to the long-term conservation of this stunning rainforest reserve.
Live in the heart of the jungle surrounded by the natural beauty of Cahuita’s rainforest-lined Caribbean beaches. Hike the jungle trails conducting biodiversity surveys, walk along the beach looking for evidence of sea turtles during turtle nesting season, check camera traps for footage of jaguars, and explore the rainforest canals noting important aquatic bird species. Spend your time surrounded by the breathtaking scenery and wildlife of the rich canals, tropical rainforest and Caribbean beaches.
Learn to pick and husk a coconut
Visit the world's oldest sea turtle research group
Meditate on the beach at sunrise
Take a jungle nightwalk and frog watch
Canoe along jungle river canals at dawn
Stargaze and learn the northern constellations
Hike an extinct volcano, Cerro Tortuguero
Visit a sustainable chocolate farm