Life for Life Turtle Project Hike-Costa Rica

Hiking boots laced and poles in hand, we make our way to the Life for Life Turtle Project.

At times, the hiking trail is narrow.

At one point, we must step aside to allow a horse to pass. We learn that it is Ricardo’s (Life for Life’s operator) sons who are leading the horse home. There is no road that leads to the site, so after collecting supplies, they are carried along the trail via horse.

I can’t choose a favorite hike during our week with Uncruise Adventures. All of the hikes were great, but there was definitely something about each hike that I loved best. For this hike, it’s the views.

We hike in view of the coastline.

Around every corner there are stunning glimpses of the water.

I believe this is the first hike I’ve ever taken where part of the path involves walking on the beach. It was such a cool experience.

The Life for Life Turtle Project is located on San Josecito Beach, Costa Rica.

Artist, Ricardo, was saddened by the pollution he saw on the beach. That, combined with the dangers of poachers and predators, stirred in his heart a desire to save the area’s sea turtles. You can read the entire background story of the Life for Life Turtle Project on their website. It’s definitely worth checking out.

There are so many problems and needs in the world, and we always think, it’s terrible, but what can I do, I’m just one person? Ricardo is a shining example of one person who saw a need, then set out on a plan to do something about it.

Sadly, it is not turtle season at the time of our visit, so there are no adorable baby turtles to see.

There is a cute, friendly, cat.

Ricardo and his wife give a talk about the turtles, how they started the hatchery, and the work that they do. Their dedication is inspiring.

We take a little walk around and see where the eggs are kept when it is turtle season.

I enjoy looking at some of the art Ricardo makes from trash and debris he finds on the beach.


Crafts are sold on the property. The proceeds go to support turtle conservation. I’m excited because I had a clay pen that I adored from our first trip to Cosa Rica, but I accidentally dropped it one day, and it smashed into pieces. I’m able to get a new clay pen at the Turtle Project.

Liza, our adventure guide, leads us to a fresh water river on the property. The sand, palm trees, and emerald water, create a gorgeous setting.

After several days of sea water, everyone is content to have a refreshing dip in the non-salty, river.

I am fascinated by the amount of hermit crabs near the river. There are hundreds. It’s a swarm.

After our dip, we hike the trail back to the beach where we are picked up by the skifts.

Despite the lack of actual turtles, I still feel that the Life for Life Turtle Project was a memorable visit. The hike was beautiful, the river scenery was fantastic, and Ricardo and his wife were inspiring.

The Life for Life Turtle Project has a volunteer program. If you’ve ever thought about volunteering with turtles, it seems like a great choice. You can find the volunteer information here.

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  1. Natalia

    August 25, 2017 at 11:49 pm

    Very interesting hike with lots of amazing photos. The artist is very ingenious to create a cute statue out of trash. I liked the video about the hermit crabs. They are so cute. Thank you for sharing!

  2. Mallory

    August 26, 2017 at 3:16 am

    This is amazing – one of my friends LOVES turtles so I will share this post with her. Your travels and experienced looked like you had a great time.


      August 28, 2017 at 2:16 am

      It was great. I looked through the website and all of the experiences you get to have during turtle season look really adorable and neat.

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