Reserva Playa Tortuga
Reserva Playa Tortuga is a non-profit biological research and education center formed in 2009 by community members (“citizen scientists”) and Costa Rican scientists. Reserva Playa Tortuga aims to contribute to the fields of biological research and science based conservation management as well as fomenting a culture of environmental conservation in the areas influenced by the National Wetlands of the Terraba-Sierpe basin.
The main focuses of Reserva Playa Tortuga over the past four years has been to gain an understanding of the current state of key coastal environmental resources and to identify stakeholders in the coastal zone who are influenced by the Térraba-Sierpe wetlands.
Reserva Playa Tortuga is committed to developing and implementing community-based real world projects and conservation management solutions, using the best research science and conservation management practices.
Reserva Playa Tortuga develops its own primary research projects to fulfill this mission as well as working in cooperation with many governmental, NGO, and academic institutions.
The Reserva offers a unique environment to researchers and volunteers. Reserva Playa Tortuga is located in a tropical rainforest.
Some of the habitats found within the reserve are:
~ coral reef
~ sand beach
~ rock beach
~ riparian forest
~ mangrove forest
~ regenerating forest
~ secondary forest.
How To Get Here:
Reserva Playa Tortuga is located 3 hours from San Jose, in Ojochal de Osa on the Southern Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. It is situated at the mouth of the Térraba River which is a part of the Térraba Sierpe National Wetlands and a RAMSAR site just outside of Marino Ballena National Park.
If you arrive in San José before the afternoon, it is possible to take a bus to Ojochal and arrive at the reserve the same day. To take a bus from San José to Ojochal, we recommend the bus company Tracopa. The station in San José is accessible via taxi from the airport. When you purchase your ticket for the bus, ask for the next bus that passes through Ojochal. When you arrive in Ojochal at the bus stop, walk east (the same direction in which you were heading on the bus) until you pass the green sign for Playa Tortuga. Immediately after the bridge, take the dirt road on your right (marked with a sign for Reserva Playa Tortuga) until you see the main gate and another sign for Reserva Playa Tortuga. The reserve is less than a 10 minutes’ walk from the bus stop.
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