Join the Expedition!
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.
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.
Help with looking after sea turtle eggs at the hatchery before the hatchlings are released into the Ocean.
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!
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
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!
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
By working in this region of Guatemala we will be able to contribute to conservation efforts for these amazing species.Rowland Griffin
Contributing to the conservation of such iconic and beautiful creatures is such a privilege!Adela Mei