‘Tiskita’, Costa Rica.
Launched in 1982, the ‘Ara Project’ is dedicated to saving two Native Macaws of Costa Rica: the endangered Great Green Macaw and the Scarlet Macaw. Volunteers have three options with The ARA Project: at the release sites, the breeding centre, or with fundraising and community awareness in their home country.
It is a secret jewel hidden away in the mysterious rainforest. Literally at the end of the road by the Panamanian border. Those who want to escape the city and seek an adventure in what is seemingly a lost world need look no further.
The 800 acres of this remarkable Biological Reserve. They promise to help you discover worlds of beauty and peace. Also, a real close contact with nature. The long wild beaches, blue sea, and green background splashed with the flight of the ever beautiful Scarlet Macaws. Or the noisy monkeys, hummingbirds, toucans, iguanas, and turtles are all waiting for you.
Things to do
There are so many things to do and to discover in Tiskita. The owners started this project in 1978 when they built a home and started replanting trees. Today the area counts with more than 275 species of birds, unaccountable species of mammals, and over 125 species of tropical fruits.
For visitors, this is an incredible opportunity to experience the real Tropical Rainforest and to spend time on some deserted pristine beaches. There are also many Tours to do, and you will be invited to go horseback riding, ocean fishing, bird and animal watching, whale watching, hiking and go on a guided walk, get a massage or take a yoga class, go snorkeling and enjoy the tide pools, and finally you will be able to relax on the wildest and most beautiful beach you have ever seen.
The Association Save the Turtles, Costa Rica.
The Association Save the Turtles of ‘Parismina’ was founded in April 2001 by the Costa Rican Coast Guard and local residents. It is dedicated to protecting three different species of Sea Turtles and their eggs from poaching in the area between March and October.
The area is located on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica, at the mouth of the ‘Parismina’ river. There is no road. It is accessible only by boat or plane. It is about halfway between ‘Tortuguero’ and ‘Limon’ on the Tortuguero canals.
Things to do
Besides volunteering, here are some things to do: wildlife viewing, horseback riding, canal tours and beachcombing. World class fishing is available in the canals and on the ocean. Fishing off the beach can be great too. It is Turtle Time again!. Turtle Season is from February to August, with the most active time being mid April to mid May. Volunteer with the local turtle association or just get a taste of authentic small time life in this beautiful Costa Rican village. Lodging geared toward fishing enthusiasts is available for travelers of all budgets.
Join the Sea Turtle Commission as a tourist or a volunteer and help patrol the beaches at night, protecting the nesting sea turtles from poachers.
Watch these marvelous creatures come ashore to lay their eggs on the mysterious and beautiful beaches of this lonely stretch of the Caribbean coast. A small donation lets you tag along with a local guide for a night time beach hike looking for nesting turtles! Tours available nightly, during turtle season.
Hire a boat and explore the magical Tortuguero Canals a tropical wonderland. A variety of tours are available. Bird watching enthusiasts will be thrilled to see the Roseate spoonbill, Toucans, the elusive Moctezuma bird and more. Tours can be geared toward fishing, watching wildlife or both. Monkeys, sloths, crocodiles and birds are all easily found on the canals.
Enjoy the local sports scene! Pick-up games of volleyball and soccer happen almost every evening in the plaza in the center of town. Join the locals in a game, or just sit and watch the action. Go fishing on the beach or at the river mouth.