Save The Rainforest, Inc.

A nonprofit organization that promotes purposeful travel, inspires students, saves rainforest and alleviates poverty.  

 

Rainforest & Coral Reef Trips: 2020

Prices below include lodging, food, guides and ground/water transport. Starting prices are for groups of 16 or more students with one complimentary leader.

Costa Rica 

Duration/cost/capacity: 11 days.  $1775/participant.  10-25 participants   

Highlights:

  • Hiking through Corcovado National Park
  • Kayaking in Dulce Gulf
  • Visit to indigenous Guaymi village
  • Nocturnal insect hike
  • Participating in the sustainable projects of local communities

 More information on the Costa Rica trip is here.

Belize

Duration/cost/: 11 days. Starting at $1975/participant.  10-20 participants.

Highlights:

  • Snorkeling in Glovers Reef Marine Sanctuary
  • Excursion to the Man-O-War Caye Bird Sanctuary
  • Touring the Mayan ruins of La Milpa and Lamanai
  • Hiking through the protected forests of Rio Bravo
  • Night hike and spotting of nocturnal mammals

More info on the Belize trip is here.

Panama

1.  Duration/cost/capacity  9 days. $1625/participant. 10-22 particpants.

Highlights

  • Overnight visit to Embera village
  • Hiking through the pristine rainforests of the canal zone 
  • Visiting the historical ruins of Fort San Lorenzo
  • Panama Canal boat excursion to view wildlife at the water's edge
  • Viewing the engineering marvels of the Panama Canal

2.  Duration/cost/capacity: 12 days, Starting at  $1975/participant.  12-22 participants.

Highlights:

  • Overnight visit to Embera village
  • Hiking through the pristine rainforests of the canal zone 
  • Snorkeling the coral reefs of Bastimentos National Park
  • Visiting the historical ruins of Fort San Lorenzo
  • Panama Canal boat excursion to view wildlife at the water's edge
  • Viewing the engineering marvels of the Panama Canal

More info on the Panama trip is here.

Ecuador

Duration/cost/capacity: 14 days. Starting at $1795/participant.  10-20 particiants


Siekopai Seed Search Expedition Course-and Community Stay.

 

The Siekopai people live a traditional lifestyle along the Aguarico River in the northern part of the Ecuadorian Amazon and in Peru. They have been good stewards of their species’ rich forests for centuries. 

 

In Ecuador, they protect about 125,000 hectares of land, nearly all of which is primary forest. Around their houses, they plant traditional home gardens, and have some special areas dedicated to medicinal plants, including one species from which Siekopai families produce a traditional energy drink that many drink daily. 

 

The Yakum Foundation has been working with the Siekopai for two years now, having produced and planted thousands of local, native fruit and hardwood trees on eight community nurseries. Recently Yakum has collaborated with the Siekopai on a participatory mapping project, to identify important locations in their forests, along the river and in their community. The community is surrounded by primary forests, within which are Salt Formations, and Morete Palm swamps, attracting native wildlife. 

 

Traveling to different points in community and at Largato Cocha will be by canoe. The walks range from easy to moderate in difficulty, as most of the area is completely flat. 

 

Save the Rainforest participants will travel from the United States to Quito, Ecuador's capital city and then travel down to the Siekopai community of Remolino where they will stay. There will be a mix of activities including walks into their tremendous primary forests, a visit to a salt formation and Morete Swamp and a longer trip by canoe to Lagarto Cocha, where the Siekopai originally came from according to their creation story. Both in the Siekopa forests and at Largarto Cocha, participants will help in the search of seeds and samplings, for some of the rarest and most majestic hardwoods of the Amazon including Mahogany, and Tropical Cedar. Participants will also help search for useful fruit trees, and medicinal plant seeds. We will take GPS coordinates of the most majestic of these trees, to help conserve these in the future as seed sources for future reforestation work. Participants will also learn how to prepare seeds for nursery planting and will also have a chance to contribute to some of the reforestation work by planting native trees.

 

While in the community there will be numerous cultural demonstrations, including traditional dances, story telling, shamanism, how to make casabe bread from a local tuber called Yuca, a visit to a chakra, a food processing project and a medicinal plant garden.  There will be opportunities to play volleyball and soccer with the young Siekopai.

Highlights:

  • Exploring the Amaxon forest
  • Collecting seeds of valuable tropical trees
  • Mapping position by GPS of important seed trees
  • Working and living with indigenous people 

Info on The Ecuador trip extension is here.

Page Summary: Leading  student travel agency,  Save The Rainforest, Inc., offers student travel deals and educational group travel to tropical rain forests. Learn about endangered animals, deforestation and the destruction of rainforest ecosystems in Panama, Belize, Costa Rico and Ecuador.

Wildlife that will likely be encountered:

Howler monkey, night monkey, capuchin monkey, spider monkey, tree frog, poison arrow dart frog, boa constrictor, vine snake, Jesus lizard, green iguana, three toed sloth, anteater, coatimundi, peccary, margay, hummingbird, harpy eagle, toucan, parrot, macaw, leaf cutter ant, Morpho butterfly, preying mantis, dung beetle.  Marine life:  Grouper, damsel fish, blue tang, false eyed butterfly fish, sargent major fish, trumpet fish, spotted eel, porcupine fish, sting ray, eagle ray, brain coral, star coral, staghorn coral, fan coral, barrel sponge, tube sponge, starfish, sea urchin, sea anenome, arrow crab, feather duster worm, Christmas tree worm, spiny lobster, hermit crab, reef squid, flame scallop.

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