Discover sunsets and sea turtles on the Pacific Coast

Discover sunsets and sea turtles on the Pacific Coast

You’ll drive out of the mountains and past several volcanos on your way to the coastal plains in the south of Guatemala.

Here on the Pacific Coast you’ll find the Estación Biólogica el Banco, a biological station dedicated to sea turtle conservation.

Three species of turtle are known to use the beaches of el banco, the most common of which is the olive ridley (Lepidochelys olivacea).

Leatherbacks (Dermochelys coriacea) and greeen turtles (Chelonia mydas) are also occasionally seen. If you’re lucky you’ll have the opportunity to see adult sea turtles nesting, as well as witnessing the spectacle of a hatchling release.

Dolphins and even humpback whales can sometimes be spotted just off shore, and if that wasn’t enough for wildlife diversity, in the nearby mangrove and wetland reserve you’ll discover migratory birds galore.

Olive ridley, Lepidochelys olivacea

Olive ridley, Lepidochelys olivacea


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