I was then invited by the foundation to visit Guaria de Osa, their paradise lodge in Costa Rica which is working to protect endangered turtles. Owing to people collecting the eggs to eat, the turtles have become threatened. Guaria de Osa have set up a voluntary programme to survey the beach every night and dig up and move the eggs to a protected area. When the time comes and the baby turtles surface they are then moved to the beach and released for their long journey. It is incredible how far they travel and to think that from four years old they return every year to the same beach where they were born. Only one in every 1,000 turtles survive to adulthood. I was blessed enough to be there at the right time to help release these cute baby green turtles ready for their long adventure.
Seeing the millions of small pieces of plastic rubbish on the beach I started to fill empty plastic bottles. The volunteers seemed keen to build an environmental centre as it highlights one of the threats to the turtles who mistakenly eat the plastic.
Back in the capital of Costa Rica, San Jose one of the coordinators of the Peace Centre heard I was coming and invited me to show 'Blood of the Amazon' followed by a Q and A. It was then I found out that the Ecuadorian Government have a full write-up about the film in Spanish on their Yasuni ITT website.
I also spoke to the Department of Environment about the new proposed law of Ecocide.
A great stop off and a recharge on my way to Ecuador.
As always I had taken on a huge amount of work and ended up flat out for almost the entire duration of my trip. It makes me laugh when people think I have gone on holiday.