El Tortugario de Cuyutlan
In the tiny village where we are living, there are not many tourist attractions. However, the “one” that brings people here is the Turtle eco-centre. It happens to be just 500m from our house that we are renting and I assume that we will end up coming here a fair bit.
Today was our first visit and we had the chance to go with our friends from Val-David who are here visiting this week - Guillaume, Veronique and their kids Ludovic/Beatrice.
The mission of the centre is to help the reproduction of sea turtles, crocodiles and iguanas (three endangered species here we learned), improving the chances of the babies of reaching adulthood. We were told that in dec/jan we can come back and help to release the baby turtles on the beach. They mark nests and also breed in captivity.
The tour of the centre itself took about 40 min – including watching a little video, but there is also a pool/picnic area that is included in the entrance price (about $2.50 per adult). All in all, an excellent deal and it was interesting to see the turtles up close.
As part of the centre, they also also boat tours (20min, 45min or 3hrs) of the mangrove lagoon system just in behind our house (and the centre!). We choose the 45 min tour ($4.50 per adult) and felt it was perfect with the 4 little kids. Pictures below of what we saw…