Rainforest Conservation – Sarapiqui

Place: Sarapiqui
Region: Tropical Rainforest
Project: Rainforest Conservation

Sample Itinerary – Average cost for this 8 day Project – $849 per person

  • Day 1: Arrive at SJO International Airport, City Tour of San Jose (Capital).
  • Day 2: Transfer to Sarapiqui region and then orientation.
  • Day 3: Working on conservation project.
  • Day 4: Working on conservation project.
  • Day 5: Working on conservation project.
  • Day 6: Community Service Project.
  • Day 7: Recreation Activity – Whitewater rafting trip, canopy / zip line tour, visit volcano or safari boat trip
  • Day 8: Transfer to International Airport (end of program).


Region
– The canton of Sarapiqui is located in Heredia province and covers 85% of Heredia’s total land area. The land is comprised of dense rainforests and consequently is one of the most rural and poorest regions in Costa Rica. Although Sarapiqui may lack financial resources, it is a location abundant and rich with biodiversity and natural beauty. Sarapiqui is home to a number of nature reserves and national parks including the Braulio Carrillo National Park and the Sarapiqui Protected zone; in these areas many rare species of birds, frogs, and other rare creatures dwell. The commerce in Sarapiqui is almost exclusively agricultural; known as a major banana and pineapple producing region in Costa Rica. However, coffee, cardamom, cacao, corn and other fruits are also native and grown here. The land is very fertile mainly because the Rio Sarapiqui flows through this region irrigating the entire area; plus the climate here is mild and moderate throughout the year.

Project Overview – Costa Rica has protected more than 2.7 million acres of microclimates within its national parks and reserves. Many of these parks, gardens, waterfalls, volcanoes, caves, birding and wildlife habitats are located within close proximity to the Sarapiqui region. With all this bio diversity and agro-culture, our volunteers will have a multitude of impactful options centered on conservation. Working directly with local community partners and schools, we will participate in ongoing education programs domiciled within the rainforests; they will focus on ecology issues, forest conservation, and incorporating sustainable practices into daily life. Also, we will have a chance to explore the origins of one of the world’s favorite delicacies, chocolate. The cacao plant, originally from Central America, has an extraordinary history; it was one of the most important products for the Mayan and Aztec cultures. The discovery of cacao in the Americas led to the introduction of chocolate in Europe, transforming it into the product we all know today. Lastly, we will visit a banana or pineapple plantation to learn the entire process of growing, harvesting, manufacturing, and distribution. We will have an inside look in to current issues facing the industry and their impact on the local community. For recreation, our volunteers will embark on a river safari where we will get an up-close view of the massive of amounts flora, fauna, and species of animals housed in the rainforest.

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