A Conservation Adventure with Olive Ridley Sea Turtles on Mexico's Pacific Coast
Many of nature’s greatest spectacles impress with their bold size: the Himalayan massif, Iguazu Falls, blue whales, millions of animals migrating across the Serengeti Plains. Yet one of the world’s most intriguing natural marvels takes place quietly and involves tiny, vulnerable creatures. For a few months each year on Mexico’s Pacific coast, olive ridley sea turtles come ashore to lay their eggs in the sand. Under the cover of darkness, the baby hatchlings scurry to the sea, remembering forever their birthplace to which they will one day return to continue the cycle of life. When you join us on this "backstage" conservation tour, you're there to witness this wonder and help ensure the tiny turtles' safe passage. It's a nature travel adventure like no other!
- Watch sea turtles drop eggs at night as we patrol the beach and help turtle hatchlings reach the sea, alongside staff at La Escobilla turtle camp
- Gain inside access to sea turtle conservation research through the extensive connections of our Expedition Leaders and WWF
- Stay at a remote ecolodge where individual cabanas perched high atop a cliff survey the blue expanse of the Pacific Ocean
A Rare Nature Adventure You Won't Find Anywhere Else!
While you may find opportunities to observe sea turtles in a number of places throughout the world, no trip we are aware of offers the in-depth immersion ours does, in the company of expert naturalists and researchers. What makes it so special? Take a closer look:
- Inside Access to Sea Turtle Conservation Work
Through our extensive connections with conservation researchers, you’ll gain an insider’s view of efforts to protect and support endangered olive ridley sea turtles, and learn about the fate and future hopes for sea turtles worldwide.
- A Hands-On Opportunity to Release Hatchlings into the Sea
Alongside conservation workers and local volunteers, we’ll patrol the beach at night, keeping the turtles safe from poachers and predators. And we’ll likely have a chance to assist hatchlings as they attempt to reach the sea, helping to release them safely into the ocean.
- Unsurpassed Naturalist Guides
Our renowned Expedition Leaders are the key to this trip! They average 22 years of guiding experience each, and their long-time relationships with sea turtle researchers and conservation organizations ensures a level of personal access you’d never find with a standard tour operator that might make a brief visit to observe turtles on the beach. NHA takes pride in hiring only the best and most highly trained Expediton Leaders – read our Expedition Leader bios and traveler comments regarding the quality of our leaders.
- Observe Turtles in Three Different Settings
Most sea turtle excursions involve a short visit to a single site. This in-depth trip immerses you in three different environments: La Escobilla beach, where the turtles come ashore to lay eggs; the National Mexican Turtle Center to observe preservation work; and Puerto Escondido, where you’ll have a chance to look for swimming and mating turtles in the water as we enjoy a private boat cruise and optional snorkel.
- Discover Other Coastal Wildlife on our Diverse Itinerary
In addition to sea turtle habitat, we’ll explore additional ecosystems and see a range of coastal species, with visits to the mangroves of Manialtepec Lagoon, abundant with birdlife, and an iguana farm run by a local biologist seeking to enhance the area’s native iguana population.
- Our Small Group—Just 8 Guests!—Ensures Intimate Nature Encounters
Our sea turtle experience is open to a maximum of just eight guests. Nature travel is always best enjoyed in a small group, and especially in a setting like this, where we’ll be quietly observing turtles and aiding hatchlings alongside professional researchers, it’s important to foster a low-key environment.
- Unique Ecolodge Accommodations Provide a Nature Retreat
While the sea turtles are our focus, your adventure is enhanced by special accommodations. We stay at a remote ecolodge where individual cabanas perched high atop a cliff survey the broad blue expanse of the Pacific Ocean—you’ll feel as if we are all alone in the world out here, immersed in our natural surroundings.
- Our Quality-Value Guarantee Ensures Your Outstanding Nature Adventure
Natural Habitat Adventures offers an exclusive guarantee, which clearly states that we will meet the lofty expectations we set forth in our promotional materials. To our knowledge, this is the most ambitious guarantee made by any adventure travel company. Read our important promise for yourself!
- Feel Good About the Way You Travel
We care deeply about our planet, just as you do. When you travel with us, the carbon emissions from your trip are 100-percent offset— Natural Habitat Adventures is the world’s first carbon-neutral travel company. We are also a global leader in sustainable travel, constantly seeking new and innovative ways to green our practices both abroad and in our home office.
- Natural Habitat Adventures is WWF's Travel Partner
Because of our commitment to environmentally friendly travel, as well as the exceptional quality of our adventures, World Wildlife Fund—the world's leading environmental conservation organization—has named Natural Habitat as its worldwide travel partner, a designation that makes us exceedingly proud!
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