Sea Turtle Camp and Crocodile Adventure

Get involved and be a volunteer and conservationist for a day! The area of Banderas Bay boasts incredible biodiversity, due to variations in ecosystems and habitats, as a result, it has a large number of animal species, including reptiles. Our adventure provides the opportunity to support the ongoing work of a dedicated team of Mexican biologists in two different conservation projects.

We visit a marshy lagoon “El Quelele” to observe the ever-elusive American Crocodile. With the development of the area the crocodiles are loosing their habitat, so at El Quelele a special facility was created to protect them, a worthy example of sustainable ecology.

Afterward we relocate to a beach to be part of one of the world’s most intriguing natural marvels that takes place quietly and involves tiny, vulnerable creatures: turtle hatchlings. For a few months each year on Puerto Vallarta coast, Olive Ridley sea turtles come ashore to lay their eggs in the sand. By the light of the moon, the baby hatchlings scurry to the sea, remembering forever their birthplace to which they will one day return to continue the cycle of life.

During the last season, over 210,000 baby Olive Ridley turtles have been released into their new home, the blue waters of our ocean!!

What You Do to Save the World’s Endangered Species Today Will Be Treasured by Your Children Tomorrow!

Karla Mahoney
The experience touched my heart profoundly, specially holding the turtles. Guides were wonderful, knowledgeable, kind & smart.
August 19, 2013

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Matthew Sanchez
You guys are doing a great thing for nature, keep it up! We enjoyed so much to release the turtles, all was great in this tour.
August 09, 2013

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Bree & Erckon
Excellent tour, very knowledgeable, amazing guides, great tour. Love it! We enjoyed the baby turtles!
Canada July 29, 2013

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Duminski
So glad people like you are around to help the animals, releasing the turtles was amazing and the guides so informative and helpful.
New Jersey
July 25, 2013

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Thank you! Just wanted to let you know that Ricardo with Ecotours was fantastic, we took the turtle camp adventure on Sep 17th. In fact, when we come back we are going to request him if he is available for what we are interested in doing. We loved our vacation. It was really nice – no hassles! I appreciate all help.

Sincerely,
Bonnie Jones
September 22, 2009

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We just got back from our vacation and our tour with the sea turtles on 12/13. I think it was the last day of the tour. I just wanted to let you know that the biologist guide (can’t recall his name) was great and provided individual attention and kept my daughter interested the entire time. She still can’t stop bragging to her school mates.

Thanks,
Arthur
December 17, 2008

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Please forward this message to Ricardo, Fernando and Santos?

I took the Crocodile/ Turtle tour Sept 18 2008 and had an amazing time and wanted to pass on my thanks to the tour guides.

I had such a great time learning about these wonderful creatures and honestly it has inspired me to go forward with my dream of becoming a marine biologist.

I have enclosed a couple of pictures here for you and again, thank you

Dar Stripe
September 24, 2008

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Hello!
We just want to leave some feedback on out Turtle tour we had today with Fernando. First of all we had such a good time learning about not only Turtles but other wild animals through this tour. He was very knowledgeable about animals living in Puerto Vallarta. He made us feel really comfortable and making this whole experience something we never forget. We really liked seeing baby turtles going back to the sea, we almost cried! I would love to recommend this tour to my friends and all the people visiting this place. Please keep up your good work and excellent service! Thank you so much! It was truly a once in a lifetime adventure for us!

Sachie and Satomi Tani
09/09/2008

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Turtle tour was very informative and well organized. Poncho was outstanding and we both very much enjoyed his tour. I would highly recommend him to anyone.

Phil Bush
Sept. 27/2008

Itinerary

(Winter time, one hour early 3:30 / 4:00 / 4:15 / 4:30 Return 8:00)
  • 4:30 pm – Downtown Pick up. Meet lobby Cathedral hotel, (Agustin Rodriguez corner & Hidalgo # 166)
  • 5:00 pm – Marina Vallarta Pick up. Meet at Ecotours office in Marina Vallarta (Proa loc. 20)
  • 5:15 pm – Nuevo Vallarta Pick up. Meet outside Guadalajara Pharmacy
  • 5:30 pm – Bucerias Pick up. Meet outside Pie in the Sky Bakery in front of Royal Decameron Hotel
    Visit to the Crocodile conservation reserve
    Visit to the Turtle Camp and hatchling release
  • 9:00 pm – Return to Puerto Vallarta
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Info

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Price: Adults $50 / Kids 4-11 $40

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Season

August thru December

Available days:

THURSDAY, FRIDAY & SATURDAY

Highlights

• Biologists and Naturalist Bilingual guides
• Visit a crocodile conservation reserve
• Visit a Sea Turtle Nursery
• Release hatchlings into the Ocean
• Sea Turtles, crocodiles lecture & Video
• Sea turtle release certificate
• Small groups and personal attention
• Donations to the Sea Turtle and Crocodile conservation programs.

Includes

• Ground transportation in A/C vans
• Sodas, bottle water, juice, granola bars.
• Donation to the Olive Ridley Turtle Research & Conservation Project in the Bay
• Hatchling release certificate

What to Bring:

Comfortable clothes, sneakers, raincoat, insect repellent and camera.