Photos from the 2018 SAVE THE FROGS! Costa Rica Ecotour

Smilisca phaeota costa rica

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!

agalychnis annae

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

Margot Fass

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!

Oophaga granulifera

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:

Agalychnis annae

Agalychnis callidryas

Craugastor fitzingeri

Craugastor sp

Dendrobates auratus

Dendropsophus ebraccatus

Dendropsophus phlebodes

Diasporus diastema

Hyalinobatrachium fleischmanni

Leptodactylus melanonotus

Leptodactylus savageii

Lithobates forreri

Lithobates vallianti

Lithobates warszewitschii

Oophaga granulifera

Oophaga pumilio

Rhaebo haematiticus

Rhinella marina

Scinax boulengeri

Scinax elaeochrous

Smilisca baudinii

Smilisca phaeota

Tlalocohyla loquax

save the frogs costa rica

A day hike to the waterfalls at the TAMU Soltis Center

Ecotourist Feedback

“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.

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