Tortugario Monte Rico

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MUrban99
Vernon, Canada125 contributions
Great place run by Guatemala City university.
Jan 2020 • Couples
Turtle release at 530 pm is the highlight. Donate 10Q and release a turtle. Takes about 30 minutes for all turtles to make it to water. Very entertaining.

Use Mr Sender Salvador to do early morning Lagoon wildlife watch tour. Uses paddle boat so does not scare away birds. He is the one employed by sanctuary, so ask for him when visiting

Everyone will run into big scam artists that are very pushy to do private tours. These men have official looking IDs and use loud boats crammed with tourists. Leaving late and scaring away all birds in path
Written January 21, 2020
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SulieD
San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua39 contributions
Is this a joke? (Mangrove boat tour)
Jan 2020 • Couples
We didn't actually visit the interpretation centre nor release any tirtles, so I can't speak to that, but we booked a dawn mangrove boat tour through the Tortugario as we read somewhere that theirs was the tour that offered the best guides if you wanted to learn something about the animals and ecosystem. We paid 75Q each in advance and arrived at 5:10 am the next morning in order to get into the mangroves for sunrise. Two young men (teenagers?) met us at the entrance. They were very punctual - that's the best I can say for them. We said hello and they didn't really answer, but we didn't think much of it as it was so early. We walked (in silence) about 10 minutes. My husband and I tried to make small talk a couple of times to no avail. The young man said nothing. We followed him down a dark road which luckily lead us to the boat launch. We thought the guide would meet us at the boat, but we found out that just these two young men were taking us out in the wooden kayuko. They gestured for us to get in, so we did. I tried saying Buenos Dias again - looking him right in the eye with a big smile, but still he said nothing. One of them started poling us out into the mangroves. We wanted to give them a chance to say something about where we were going and what was happening next... maybe they were waiting to get further away from town and into nature? Maybe they were waiting for the sun to rise? Nothing. They took out to a lagoon in the mangroves where several other kayukos were waiting for the sunrise. We could hear other people's guides talking to them. We tried asking about one of the birds we saw and managed to get a single word that we think was the bird's name out of one of the boys. Keep in mind, there was no language barrier - we speak fluent Spanish. I looked back occasionally to see one of the boys just playing on his phone.

As the sun rose, we saw beautiful white herons and small swift birds swarming as the sun rose, but we didn't learn anything and sat in an awkward silence for 2 hours.

I've had many interesting adventures around the world and this was by far the weirdest and most uncomfortable experience to date. Don't book a mongroce tour through the Tortugario!
Written January 7, 2020
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Max V
Edmonton, Canada3 contributions
Worthwhile Encounter
Nov 2019
Great location, friendly staff and educational visit. Touching & wonderful experience to release baby turtles to the ocean at sunset.
Written January 6, 2020
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Spock3
Guatemala City, Guatemala137 contributions
Baby turtles
Oct 2019 • Couples
No reason to go unless it is hatching season. The animal displays are ehh. But omg baby turtles. Flip flapping! And your donation to release saves more!
Written October 14, 2019
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SaraBPasquini
Playa del Carmen, Mexico143 contributions
Nobody was there. Only 1 turtle swimming amongst eels
Jul 2019 • Family
Ok so if this is the 2nd best thing to do in Monterrico than clearly I have high standards. We went in the morning around 930am. It was “open” but no one was there. It was dirty and littered. There was one turtle in a very shallow pool swimming amongst eels. That’s it. We walked around and the place was totally devoid of any other life so we left. Yikes. Booooring.
Written July 7, 2019
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Roberto3661
Hialeah, FL34 contributions
Release Baby Turtles Back to the Ocean
Jul 2019 • Family
Nice place with a good purpose to release turtle back to the wild when we were there it was not the season to release but I will go back at the right time of year
Written July 4, 2019
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MGM4321
2 contributions
AMAZING!
Dec 2018
My family and I have visited this place a few times now and the kids love it! They release baby turtles and the kids get to get their own and see 100's of turtles fins their way to the ocean - it truly is magical! They also offer a sunrise tour that is majestic. Kinda creepy at first since it's so dark out but once the sun starts coming up and peeking through the mangroves, it is truly a sight!
Written March 8, 2019
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Magdalena
Quetzaltenango, Guatemala5 contributions
Good way to preserve the wildlife
Feb 2019 • Solo
Small but worth visiting. Entrance fee goes directly to preserving turtles and other native reptiles.
Written February 11, 2019
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kitty567
New York City, NY628 contributions
Lovely Place
May 2018 • Family
Mom and I went there on our road trip to Monterrico. In addition to the wonderful beach, the center had many local creatures, and the wonderful volunteer too her time to show us around and to explain the mission of the center. Definitely a nice educational detour. One day I would like to plan a trip to Guatemala and make it to Torugario Monte Rico to see the turtles hatch.
Written December 22, 2018
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Teresa M
Superior, CO78 contributions
You must support this place!
Aug 2018 • Family
This sanctuary is working hard to breed caimans, crocodiles, endangered sea turtles. The grass roots effort is amazing .
Written August 7, 2018
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