The Casa de Coco is sea turtle conservation and sustainability project. All opportunities are related to conservation and community sustainability.
There are many ways to save the turtles-- working directly with the turtles is just one way! In addition we work to educate everyone everywhere on the threats to sea turtles. Poaching is a major threat on the island, and getting the locals out of poaching is an important project. We strive to create new sources of sustainable income to lessen the stress on the turtles.
Casa de Coco works to establish and maintain an alternate economy for the residents of Barra de Pacuare through volun-tourism and homestays. We give local families the opportunity to host volun-tourists who come to the island, providing them with an income at 20 U.S. dollars a day per volun-tourist. Aside from hosting, as more volunteers come to the island, the demand for conservation camp guides increases, providing options for employment for the locals.
With this program we aim to achieve the following specific objectives:
Within the spectrum of "related projects" are future plans for fish and shrimp farming, butterfly gardens, composting projects including worm cultivation, animal husbandry via raising both chickens and hogs, organic and natural gardening.. Additionally we have plans for a natural hummingbird garden and the Cayman conservation project.
Depending on the time of the year that you are joining us, you daily tasks can vary. Mostly, however, they will consist of the following:
All "rustico" tours are included like:
Rain forest tour: Spend the day hiking through untouched rain forest!
Flora: The area is home to 400 species of trees and 2000 species of plants, among which are the beach grape, “caco”, coconut palms, water lily, water ferns, “pilon”, “canfin”, and “jicaro de Montana”.
Fauna: You may encounter monkeys, sloths, tapirs, river otters, ocelots, manatees, jaguars, and of course turtles! Among those found nesting here on the island are the Leatherback, Loggerhead, Hawksbill, and Green turtles, (nesting season March-October).
Banana Plantation Tour: Actually see where your bananas come from! Walk through the banana plantation alongside of the workers cutting and transporting the bananas, and watch the cleaning and packing processes too. The tour is complete with a lunch at a local “soda” where all the local plantation workers eat.
Fishing Tours: Lean how the locals fish - from catching shrimp for bait, to baiting traps for water crabs! Extra bonus--what you catch, we will bring it back to the camp, and we will cook up the catch of the day over an open fire—island style!
We will meet you at the airport - just look for us holding a sign with your name!
We will spend the first night in San Jose at a hostel in the center of San Jose. In the morning we will all walk or take a taxi to the bus station (20 minutes). We will take the 8 am bus to Bataan. This bus is very scenic and will go through the mountains and the cloud forest! Once in Bataan we will take a local bus thought the banana farming lands to arrive at the boat dock. The boat will take us to the island!
We are a home-stay project so you will be staying in the homes of the locals that live on the island. This is important because all the money goes to the locals who need it the most. This income will provide the locals with alternative income so they will not need to poach the turtle for food or money.
All meals are included!
Expect very local cuisine such as rice, beans, and vegetables. Other options are soups, empanadas, and pastas. Drinks include coffee and fruit juices.
You will also learn how to cook the local cuisines including seafood soup with coconut and cahetas (coconut sweets).
We can accommodate special dietary needs such as gluten free and vegetarian.
We grow many of our own herbs and vegetables so you can help be part of the islands sustainability initiatives!