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Project Blogs - Costa Rica


We meandered toward Puerto Jimenez via Stansted, Heathrow, Houston and San Jose airports, with a short hop in a 12-seater Sensa plane from San Jose to Puerto Jimenez where rain halted play.... for two days.

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Egg predation is a naturally occurring event that partly explains why many turtles don’t make it to the sea. It is approximated that only 1 in 1000-10,000 turtles make it to adulthood. Here in Frontier Costa Rica, we do our part to conserve these amazing marine reptiles by covering new nests with bamboo covers, in an attempt to deter the vultures and local dogs from digging them up and eating the eggs.

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After an amazing week surveying wildlife in Carate, a group of us took the collectivo to Puerto Jimenez to go on a whale and dolphin watching boat tour around the Golfo Dulce.

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It was a clear morning after four days of constant rain. For the first time in a while, the colectivo would brave the jungle road between Puerto Jiménez and Carate again.

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As part of this week’s activities, we carried out an urgent beach clean along with our turtle survey as, unfortunately, the high tide had brought an abnormally large amount of rubbish with it. I have been here in Carate for 3 weeks now and have not seen the beach look like this so far.

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The view was amazing as we flew over mountains and small towns. After landing we got on the colectivo towards Carate and camp. The journey was beautiful but rather bumpy!

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Insects, spiders, centipedes, butterflies, moths, scorpions, an array of beetles, mantises, and different ant species; Costa Rica has all of these in spades.

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Every year, between June and December, Olive Ridley turtles return to their natal beach to lay their eggs. I am currently taking part in a Sea Turtle conservation project with Frontier in Costa Rica and this week I was fortunate enough to be able to go on a night-time turtle survey to witness this phenomenon.

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There’s something about the camp, something about being so far from everything familiar and comforting that makes it the strangest yet thrilling experience.

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Why it’s so important we take care of our beaches…

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