Tortugas de Pacuare

Tortugas de Pacuare is a non profit organization created to protect the most endangered turtles in the world, supported 100% by volunteers.

About the Project

Costa Rica has many of the most important beaches in the world for turtle nesting. The government protects some areas, especially national parks, but many important beaches for turtles are unprotected. For this reason we started our project Tortugas de Pacuare and with the help of volunteers around the world we have been working and saving turtles for more then 12 years now! Without the help of our volunteers, protecting these wonderful animals wouldn't be possible.


The protection of turtles and biodiversity of this area is our goal. In order to accomplish this goal  we need the help of international volunteers. You as a volunteer should have the willingness to helpwith tasks that require lots of attention. To support our diligent helpers, we created an atmosphere at the Tortugas de Pacuare project that makes the volunteers feel at home. You should have a desire to  leave a mark in a humble village as well as a strong desire to succeed in the fight for a good cause. 

Our project Tortugas de Pacuare is located 40 km south of Tortuguero in a small town called Barra de Pacuare which is on an island in the middle of the Caribbean. This makes us one of the most important points for the arrival of leatherback turtles, green turtle, and hawksbill turtles. These are some of the most threatened species and in serious danger of extinction.

Our vision is to save these turtles by hard work and making a change, not only for the animals but also for the poeple, starting with the education of the children of our community. 

Social Impact

Before Tortugas de Pacuare started, people from Barra de Pacuare didn't have many choices to provide for their families. One of their ways to earn money was stealing and then poaching turtle eggs as well as full-grown turtles. 


By now many people understand how important the protection of the turtles is for our community. Our turtle conservation project not only protects the turtles but gives an opportunity to these people to work as well. Right now people from Pacuare and volunteers from around the world are working hand in hand for the conservation of turtles and of the environment. 

By working with sea turtles and communal and environmental education programs, we will be able educate people on the importance of caring about such a valuable resource to the environment, such as turtles.

Foundation Year
2003
Contact Person
Luis Solano
Where can you volunteer?
What can you do?
The dinner room Our rooms The best afternoons ever This is What we do Surfing time The hatchery Just to enjoyin Waterfalls of Mata Palo Our house Thousands of turtles realized thanks to the volu Enjoying very tropical lunch All around its awesome Our shared rooms, exelent view to the Caribbean Relocation of the eggs to save place By the canals of Tortuguero Babies hatching volunteers enjoing free time patrool colecting eggs of leatherback turtle One of the many different types of frogs Canadian group Pizza time Our house, wood used come from the beach Babie turtle Open your eyes and you'll find many animals Volunteers realising babies Our food is made with love and inspiration Volunteers enjoying by the canals Our volunteers our family our motivation Turtle rescue turtle saved from poachers

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