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.  

RPT 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 RPT over the past eight 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.

RPT is committed to developing and implementing community-based real world projects and conservation management solutions, using the best research science and conservation management practices. RPT 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. RPT is located in a tropical rainforest. Some of the habitats found within RPT are pasture, swamp, estuary, coral reef, sand beach, rock beach, riparian forest, mangrove forest, regenerating forest and secondary forest.

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 Terraba River which is a part of the Terraba Sierpe National Wetlands and a RAMSAR site just outside of Marino Ballena National Park.

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