About The Ecotour
The 2nd Annual SAVE THE FROGS! Costa Rica Ecotour took place July 14th to 25th, 2018. Our group of 16 frog enthusiasts traveled across the country, visiting the jungles of Sarapiquí; the Arenal volcano; the beaches of the Pacific; the cloud forests of San Gerado de Dota; and many points in between! This tour was featured by National Geographic!
A beautiful Agalychnis annae at the outskirts of San Jose, the nation’s capital.
What We Found
We had the pleasure to encounter at least 23 amphibian species along the way; as well as over 100 bird species; mammals; crocodiles, caimans, iguanas and other amazing wildlife.
“It was an AMAZING Ecotour! Costa Rica is a welcoming, gorgeous country with so much to see and do. I will definitely be returning!”
— Stacy Smith Bynum, Colorado; Participant on the STF! 2013 Belize and 2018 Costa Rica Ecotours
Long-time SAVE THE FROGS! volunteer, donor, fundraiser, educator, returning ecotourist and STF! 90-Day Challenge graduate Margot Fass has an encounter with an amphibious friend on the Pacific Coast.
What We Did
We had classes on frogs, bats, and ants; morning birdwatching walks; tours of chocolate and coffee plantations; we learned from local guides, naturalists and biologists; ate Costa Rican cuisine; learned about the country’s history and experienced its culture. Pura Vida and enjoy the photos!
A beautiful poison dart frog (Oophaga granulifera)
Amphibian Sightings On The Ecotour
Here is a list of the amphibians our group encountered on the 2018 SAVE THE FROGS! Costa Rica ecotour:
A day hike to the waterfalls at the TAMU Soltis Center
“Thank you, deeply, for an amazing experience in Costa Rica. It’s impossible to say what stays most vividly in my mind: The discovery of the Tropical Night Lizard, while climbing up tires in the dark at Rainmaker? Or finding the translucent Glass Frog on a leaf, surrounded by fast-moving torrents of mud? Michael’s graceful grab of a snake, or pulling a tick off a Marine Toad? Watching, in pitch darkness on an isolated road, Leo’s fix of our bus tire? Or Carlos’s urging us to cross a bridge – in torrential downpour over a swollen river – to see the giant King Vulture? It was all great, guys. I’m particularly grateful for your patience and good humor during the not-so-occasional screw-ups.”
— Lisa Krieger, California; Science and research reporter
“The tour was the best trip ever! A magical combination of smart, knowledgeable, warm, caring people and the most amazing wildlife, terrain, culture, and adventures. I would love to go again!”
— Ann Sigafoos, Virginia
A toucan sighting near Arenal.
More Ecotour Photos
Smilisca phaeota relaxing near the Arenal Volcano
Our frog-loving ecotour group outside the oxcart museum.
A basilisk in Sarapiqui
Visiting a waterfall in Sarapiqui
A peccary at La Selva Biological Station
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