Our 5 year old daughter loves sea turtles. When we chose to vacation in Puerto Vallarta and found out Ecotours did a sea turtle excursion, we thought it'd be a great opportunity for her. It turned out to be one of the best experiences of our lives. We, too, had Fernando as our guide. He was well informed, very educated, extremely passionate about marine life and animal conservancy. Fernando was outgoing, personable and great with our two young daughters, aged 3&5. He spoke on their level and taught them so much. Nothing he pointed out on our bird tour, in the crocodile sanctuary or sea turtle release was ever beyond their comprehension. He made it enjoyable for all of us.
As if releasing our own sea turtles wasn't magical enough, while walking to our spot with our very own sea turtles to release, we came upon a wild sea turtle nest of hatchlings. It was unbelievable! Fernando stepped in to help, as the beach goers who discovered the nest were mishandling the newly hatched sea turtles. He guided us on how to handle the hatchlings properly and welcomed us to aide him in gathering them from the nest. We must have rescued over 50 sea turtles from this one nest!! He brought the hatchlings to the sea turtle sacntuary and then concluded our own private release.
We would have paid double if we knew the experience was going to be as amazing as it was. It has been over a month since we met Fernando and released our sea turtles. Our daughters still remember his name, the fact that male sea turtles have a larger nail on their flipper, and the obstacles like resort lighting and jellyfish that sea turtles face when beginning their journey to the ocean.
You will not regret this excursion!!
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