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Costa Rica 2023


Costa Rica 2023: Whales, Turtles, and other Charismatic Megafauna!

We are excited to offer an eco-travel expedition to explore the amazing biodiversity and unique cultural history of the Republic of Costa Rica! With the largest percentage of protected areas of any country and ambitious advantages toward Carbon Neutrality, the New Economics Foundation rated Costa Rica as the greenest country in the world. The wildlife in Costa Rica is also extraordinary - home to as many as 225 mammals and 913 species of birds!

Speaking of wildlife, the Urban Ecology Center is headed to Costa Rica in the summer to take advantage of two magical wildlife spectacles:

First, we will be witness to the breeding grounds of Humpback Whales that spent the winter near Antarctica and are now returning to tropical waters to give birth to the calves that have been developing inside them all year.


Second, we will be present along the Caribbean Coast during the sea turtle nesting season as they return to their natal beaches to give birth.

These are two natural events you will not want to miss!

And when we’re not looking for these two wonders, we’ll explore the amazing natural areas and biodiversity that bring visitors from around the world, while also looking into social and economic forces that contribute to some of the best examples of sustainability on a national level.

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Can you spot the crocodile in this shot? Photo: Global Water Forum

Check out this video with some of the great fauna, flora, and experiences that participants will enjoy during the trip.


August 1-11, 2023 (11 days, 10 nights)


  • Tortuguero National Park during turtle nesting season: a unique area where the primary avenues of exploring are the many naturally-formed canals through the primary rainforest. This area was preserved primarily to protect sea turtles and jaguars.
  • Visiting Arenal: volcano, hot springs, and a chocolate tour (what more could you want?!)
  • Whale-watching tour at Marino Ballena National Park
  • San Gerardo de Dota: One of the best places to look for the magical Quetzal.


  • Click here for the itinerary!

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Arenal Volcano, where you'll relax in hot springs, enjoy a chocolate tour, and more!


The price for this 11-day trip is (all-inclusive except for airfare):

$3,635 for single occupancy

$2,795 for double occupancy

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If you are interested in this trip, have questions, or would like more information, contact Tim Vargo at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (414) 964-8505

The Urban Ecology Center Eco-travel program offers a unique way to explore local and international destinations while exploring issues around sustainability. Your participation supports the Urban Ecology Center’s mission.

Top photo by Carlos Roberto Chavarría


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