Travel to the Pacuare Reserve and Visit Us

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Experience the Pacuare Reserve

Imagine a place hidden in a dense jungle forest along the Caribbean Sea, a quasi-island surrounded by the ocean and canals. You can only get there by boat. A place with no electricity and where howler monkeys, egrets, herons and kingfishers herald your arrival. No crowds, no traffic, no luxury... all left behind for the unique chance to experience raw nature, to be a part of something great, to observe, to learn and maybe teach some. On the beach, you may notice a small group quietly gathering data from a nesting leatherback turtle. Or you may see an instructor leading students into the forest to observe a certain species of bird.  The only other people here are the reserve staff, instructors, biologists, students, volunteers or another like minded visitor or two.  This is your Pacuare Reserve experience.  Your chance to be a part of our efforts.  Your chance to live and feel the power of shared passion for conservation in action.

Take a Look at the Pacuare Reserve From the Sky

 

Ways to Visit the Pacuare Reserve

We love to share the Pacuare Reserve experience with visitors.  Below you will find more detailed information on the different ways you can visit the Reserve. When you travel to the Pacuare Reserve, your visit is a great way to support us and our mission.  All proceeds go straight back to the Reserve and help us to continue our work and conservation projects.

For visitors who wish to live the Pacuare Reserve Experience but long for a bit more comfort, Casa Grande Eco Lodge offers private and pleasant accommodations.  The Eco Lodge is comprised of Casa Grande and Casa Baulas.  

Enjoy and help at the same time.   Your visit to Pacuare Reserve is a great way to support our work and to be a part of conservation in action.

Ecotourism

Ecotourism

Educational Groups

Educational Groups

For educational groups (high school and college/university) the Reserve offers a lot of opportunities

  • Lodging for up to 50pax in cabin-styled rooms with shared bathroom

  • Access to 800 hectares of secondary forest

  • Access to facilities and solar power for lectures and discussions

  • Access to 20+ years of sea turtle monitoring data

  • Support from our research team

  • Discounted educational rates

Additional Pacuare Reserve offerings for educational/research groups:

  • Pacuare Research Experiences Program -  Where your participants work hands-on on our long-term monitoring programs on big cats and their prey, primates and plants.

  • Pre-established bio-literacy curriculum they can choose to use or adapt.

  • Logistical support for research and export permits.

Special Interests Groups

Special Interests Groups

We welcome special interest groups traveling to the Pacuare Reserve. In the past we have hosted courses ranging from wildlife photography to meditation to team building.

If you are interested in running a seminar or course, or would like to find out about our Nature Based Leadership Program (team building opportunities for business) please do not hesitate to contact us at sales@pacuarereserve.org.

Volunteering

Volunteering

As a non-profit organization with limited resources, research assistants and volunteers are a vital part of our Pacuare Reserve mission. They help us to run our long-term monitoring projects as well as helping to take care of the Reserve itself. From March to September they provide us with the critical manpower required to send multiple teams on the beach at night, to collect data and safeguard the nesting turtles.

 

Casa Grande Ecolodge

For visitors who wish to live the Pacuare Reserve Experience but long for a bit more comfort, Casa Grande Eco Lodge offers private and pleasant accommodations.  The Eco Lodge is comprised of Casa Grande and Casa Baulas.  Casa Grande is a timber structure with 3 guest rooms and a common living area.  The huge balcony offers views of the sea, the lagoon and the canals while the wildlife in the surrounding jungle presents a concert of nature sounds and chants. Casa Baulas is a separate beachfront bungalow with two bedrooms and a small living area: ideal for families with children.

 

Our rates include:

  • Boat transportation from a dock near Matina

  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner

  • Training on the protocol of the marine turtle monitoring program (March - August)

  • Visit to the John Denham Welcome Center and introduction to the Reserve’s natural history

  • Participation in a turtle census

  • Daily jungle hike with staff

  • Visit to the Agami Heron Sanctuary  (May – September)

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AGAMI ROOM

Features one queen and one single bed and has a private bathroom.  This is the largest room in Casa Grande and offers views of the Sea, the jungle and the canal.

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CONGO ROOM

So called because the howler monkeys often congregate in the huge trees just outside the window.  It features 2 single beds and a private bath.

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CASA BAULAS

A beachfront bungalow with two separate bedrooms, a living area and private bath.  The second bedroom has bunkbeds and the main bedroom features one queen bed. 

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TORTUGA ROOM

Features one double bed, a private bath and a view of the Sea.

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JAGUAR ROOM

Features one queen and one single bed and a private bath.

Enjoy and help at the same time. A visit to Pacuare Reserve is a great way to support our work and to be a part of conservation in action.  If you have any questions, please contact us at esteban@ecologyproject.org.

​Optional Activities and Tours at the Pacuare Reserve

Introduction to the Marine Turtle Monitoring Program and the Research Protocol
Morning Turtle Census
Night walk
Wetland expedition
Caribbean Cuisine Workshop
Nightly Turtle Census
Daytime - Forest hike
Wildlife walk
Workshops on Local Crafts: Become an artist for a day

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