Community-based sea turtle conservation

Sea Turtle Expedition

Every year populations of endangered sea turtles return to lay their eggs at the turtle hatchery at el Banco on the Pacific Coast of Guatemala.

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ESTACIÓN BIOLÓGICA

Located in the community of el Banco on the Pacific Coast of Guatemala, Estación Biológica el Banco is a community-based biological research station. It was established by Asociación Fundaselva de Guatemala and Indigo Expeditions in 2017 to monitor populations of endangered sea turtles.

EL BANCO COMMUNITY
Protecting the nesting beaches is a crucial part of our conservation work to ensure the continued survival of sea turtles at el Banco. We work in partnership with the local community to run the sea turtle hatchery, and involve the local schools in conservation projects.

 

SEA TURTLE CONSERVATION

Many sea turtle populations are declining around the world due to loss of nesting beaches, pollution, and the poaching of eggs and adult turtles. Three species of sea turtle nest at the hatchery, olive ridleys, leatherbacks, and even green turtles make an appearance.

Activities

EGG INCUBATION

Help with looking after sea turtle eggs at the hatchery before the hatchlings are released into the Ocean.

HATCHLING RELEASES
Get hands-on and help release sea turtle hatchlings back into the Ocean with the community.
BEACH CLEAN UPS
Join local school children on their beach clean ups collecting plastics to be sold for recycling to raise money for computer equipment for their schools.
FAQs
WILDLIFE EXPEDITION

If you want to experience the wonder of 1000s of sea turtle hatchlings running in to the ocean for the first time, or coastal wildlife right on your door step, then this is the expedition for you!

SEA TURTLES

Three species of sea turtle nest on the beach at the ‘tortugario‘ or turtle hatchery. The most common is the olive ridley, and in 2017 over 195,000 hatchlings were released! Leatherbacks and green turtle have also now been recorded.

OTHER STRIKING SPECIES
The birdlife is stunning on the coast including pelicans, frigate birds, and osprey. Black-tailed iguanas roam the beaches, and dolphins can often be seen fishing in the crests of the waves in the ocean!
LOCATION

You will stay at the Estacion Biologica el Banco itself! Our biological station on the Pacific Coast was established to monitor sea turtle populations – all year round!

ACCOMMODATION
A comfortable shared dorm awaits you! Wake up each morning to a stunning sunrise over the Pacific Ocean as the morning reveals pelicans flying overhead, orioles chatting in the surrounding palm trees, and even a glimpse of a humpback whale!
COST INCLUDES

From the time you are picked up by the Indigo Team in Guatemala, all in-country transport, accommodation, food, water & guiding is provided! All you need to do is cover your flight to Guatemala City, grab your travel insurance, and cover any extra sundries! See T&Cs

COST

9 Days £1,440 / £1,225 (Student) (EXC.FLIGHTS)

DATES

19 July – 27 July 2019 APPLY

PLACES

PLACES LIMITED TO TWELVE – APPLY NOW!

Indigo Team

By working in this region of Guatemala we will be able to contribute to conservation efforts for these amazing species.

Rowland Griffin

Director, Indigo Expeditions

Contributing to the conservation of such iconic and beautiful creatures is such a privilege!

Adela Mei

Director, Indigo Expeditions

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