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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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You can get close to baby sea turtles

This place is a fun, half day visit. You can see the sea turtles they are helping to raise in order to restore the population as well as a variety of land turtles, both those on... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 19, 2016
Lee R
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Memphis, Tennessee
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Wellington, New Zealand
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I was a little disappointed by this turtle 'sanctuary' in Mazunte. Many of the bigger turtles were in a pool with no rocks or anything resembling their natural habitat in the wild. They tended to just swim back and forth aimlessly so if you want to see turtles exhibiting normal behaviour this is probably not ideal. However, if you just... More 

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Memphis, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016

This place is a fun, half day visit. You can see the sea turtles they are helping to raise in order to restore the population as well as a variety of land turtles, both those on display and those in the turtle hospital, brought in by neighbors for the biologists to take care of.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2016 via mobile

Though very lacking in infrastructure, this place is a must see. Very educational in terms of the variety of turtles and the dangers they face because of pollution and poaching. In the heart of Mazunte with a beautiful view of the ocean.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2016

It's a conservation project with its own museum where you can see the big sea turtles. It's in the center of small Mazunte. The coast and beaches are picturesque and inviting.

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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2016

This is a small, yet educational center that helps involve and teach children about aquatic turtles of Mexico. It is more of a display than a sanctuary as the turtles are often brought in just for that purpose and then later released. The tanks were clean and the turtles look healthy. There are some larger tanks in the aquarium that... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2016 via mobile

Although seeing the turtles is a beautiful experience, this place lacks a bit of infrastructure, there weren't info cards for most of the specimens shown, but all in all it's a good place to visit.

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Madrid, Madrid, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2016

So informative and so many different species of turtles in this centre. Loved visiting here, though some turtles looked like they needed more water!!

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Mexico City, Mexico
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2016

I loved looking at all the different kinds of turtles from all over Oaxaca and Mexico. But some of them seemed a bit depressed, swimming in quite small tanks - and the little turtles in the outdoor area seemed so packed in... Also hardly any signs in English, and not a lot of explanation - though the guards are friendly... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2016 via mobile

It's a small place, but it's very exciting to see different species of turtles swimming in the acuarium! The place needs better maintenance, and it's getting bigger, so some parts are unfinished, but the main acuarium is ok!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2016

There are more types of turtles than I'd ever expected. The centre has three main areas - ground dwelling, tanks and aquarium. I am happy to support this centre that explains the importance of preserving these wonderful creatures. Surprised there was no gift shop to raise additional funds.

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