Work & Free Time

RPT requires that you volunteer 5.5 days for every week you stay and 6 hours each day. Volunteers may choose to work more hours and may select which projects they would prefer to work on.  Spaces are limited, especially on the turtle project, no more than 8 people may be patroling at once (Couples may not always be able to work together).

During a volunteer’s free time, there are many tours and activities (at volunteer’s own cost) in the area to choose from: surf lessons, horseback riding, zipline tours, photography lessons, hiking, waterfalls, local beaches, snorkeling and diving among many others.

Ojochal also has many restaurants, a supermarket, pulperias, shops and bars in walking distance of the Reserva.

There are also buses to Uvita, Dominical, Quepos and to the rest of Costa Rica and Panamá (we are 2.5 hours from the border).

Things to do:


Whale & Dolphin encounter


The boat departs from Punta Uvita Beach and visits the famous Punta Uvita Whale’s Tail, Ballena Island, Tres Hermanas Islets and Ventana Sea Caves.  When granted the opportunity, you might see and hear the song of the Humpback Whales and or observe the acrobatic displays of the dolphins making this trip the best whale watching tour in Costa Rica. During dry season includes a short session for snorkeling on the reefs of the Ballena marine park. While cruising in the boat you can enjoy the scenic beauty of the coastline of Costa Ballena and observe the diversity of shore and pelagic birds nesting in the Islets of the park.

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Snorkeling Tour at Caño Island (Full day)


Caño Island is located at 30 miles off the cost of Uvita. The island is surrounded by five platforms of low coral reefs with many coral species. The coral reef environments are home to many different species of fish, e.g. parrot fish, Moorish Idol, Crocodile, Needlefish, Guinea Fowl Puffer, Cornet fish and schools of Jack Fish, to name a few), and other aquatic animals such as sea turtles, sting rays, morays and white tip sharks. You will snorkel about 2 hours in two different locations in front of the Island where you can observe the fascinating underwater wildlife with the company of our guides that will help you to find and identify the marine wildlife. After the snorkeling the boat leave to VIOLINES ISLAND where you will have a picnic lunch on a beautiful beach surrounded by a lush vegetation.

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Wildlife Mangrove Tours


Terraba Sierpe Mangroves National Wetland is the largest, most biodiversity rich mangrove reserve in Central America. This is an exciting and informative tour sharing the beauty and uniqueness of the tropical flora and fauna of Sierpe River’s delicate ecosystem. This guided tours travel through the protected tributaries and mangroves teeming with abundant wildlife. You will see the chance of seeing 3 different species of monkeys, many birds, including: macaws, herons, egrets, caracaras, kingfisher, haws, plus the slow moving sloth, crocodiles, caimans, snakes, turtles, the very fast Jesus lizard racing over water and so much more.

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Osa Canopy


There are 9 cables, 11 platforms, 2 repelling stations, 2 suspension bridge, and an amazing “tarzan” swing for the truly adventurous! Start your journey on the 800-acre private reserve that includes primary and secondary humid tropical rainforests. Once you begin, your bilingual guides will teach you much about the Osa in a fun and informative manner along the way. You will be able to tell that they are extremely knowledgeable about the area but they also know how to keep you safe with the first-rate gear, climbing methods, and other maneuvers so you can enjoy soaring hundreds of feet above the jungle.

The best part about the tour is that the ecology of the area is not disturbed in any way. The architect of the platforms and designer of the Osa Canopy Tour – Jose Manuel Pizarro – used a technology that allows the platforms to grow along with the trees. He used an eco-friendly technology that required no screws or nails (into trees) when constructing the tour so everybody can appreciate the natural beauty with a minimum of disruption to the natural surroundings.

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Restaurants in Ojochal and around:


The Bamboo Room



Mamma e Papa


La Mona Grita


Pancito Cafe