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National Mexican Turtle Center (Centro Mexicano de la Tortuga)

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Address: Tonameca, Mazunte 70902, Mexico
Phone Number: 958-584-3376
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Activities: Viewing wildlife
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nice to see the baby turtles

small. 1.5 hour drive from barcelo resort. but when combined with the crocodile canoe in the lagoon, a great excursion.

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 7, 2014
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St. Albert, Canada
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St. Albert, Canada
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101 reviews 101 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

small. 1.5 hour drive from barcelo resort. but when combined with the crocodile canoe in the lagoon, a great excursion.

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Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

A good time for my turtle-loving girls, aged 6 and 11. Fortunately the older child can read and understand Spanish, as there is no translation available at all. Even without being able to read the displays, I thoroughly enjoyed seeing how they're helping the world turtle population. Touching was seeing the huge sea turtle with an amputated arm that was... More 

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Houston, Texas
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64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

This place is a great place to stop by - just be prepared to sweat during the hot summer months! It was wonderful seeing what they're doing for so many species of turtles, including both sea and land. The best part was seeing the baby turtles outside, as well as the albino turtles. Some of these sea turtles were absolutely... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

Amazing experience as we were the only two people there and you can get very close to the turtles as well. There is an indoor area with tanks and an outdoor area where baby turtles are kept and nurtured, so you will see them in every size and age. An experience not to miss, this and the Ventanilla made our... More 

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munich
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

Mazunte's former turtle slaughterhouse was turned into a refuge for turtles. I was not too impressed with the exhibition. The explanations are given in Spanish, perhaps a small flyer in English would be beneficial for those whose Spanish is not too good. I was not too impressed with the way they show these animals, it is so much more impressive... More 

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Hillsboro, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2013

The Centro de la Tortuga in Mazunte is potentially a dynamite attraction, but I would recommend additional investment in bringing it up to standard. Better lighting, more attractive display pools, clearer written explanations in English and Spanish, and perhaps an audio tour guide would be welcome additions. Given the importance of the tortuga to both the local and tourist communities,... More 

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Bellingham, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

Make sure you get behind the museum to see the turtle rearing pens out back. They are currently doing construction and were trying to keep people out, but we're glad we persisted and were given the opportunity to see all the outside turtle facilities in the back. You'll love all the hatchlings!

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Oaxaca, Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2012

I've been there several times, it's a great day trip for kids at the beach.The museum presents life cycles of turtles and turtle conservation projects. The people who work there are helpful and happy to answer questions.

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Syracuse, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012

The best thing was how it reflected the change from slaughter to conservation efforts. Mazunte is a GREAT place and is a slice of real (not US or Canadian) Mexico.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012

I am pleased to see that the turtles are now protected in Mexico and that these centres and eductating local and international visitors This is one of the largest breeding areas in the world for these beautiful creatures Be sure not to leave any rubbish on the beach or in the waterways or drains...

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