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“Fun - make sure they're releasing!”

Tortugueros Las Playitas
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Owner description: We welcome tourist participation in Sea Turtle conservation activities throughout the year in Todos Santos. Our program includes: Sea Turtle habitat protection, hatchling release, nest rescue and incubation, environmental education and community outreach. There are Volunteer opportunities for all ages! Individuals, families and school groups are invited to participate. We thank you for participating in our Eco-Tours which help improve sustainable fisheries in Baja!
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
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“Fun - make sure they're releasing!”
Reviewed January 19, 2014

This sea turtle conservation project is well run and fun to visit. They release the turtles around sunset every day that they have hatchlings. Be sure to check in with them earlier in the day so that you don't show up with nothing to see. It's a lot of fun guessing which turtles will get washed away by the powerful waves first.

Visited January 2014
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Newport Beach, California
2 reviews
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“Good enough to come back!”
Reviewed January 19, 2014

Just finished my second trip to Todos Santos to volunteer with Tortugueros las playitas- so good I had to come back! If your looking for something a little more off the beaten track of the Cabo scene, go volunteer with this non-profit or at least go watch the hatchling release. The group is a small non-profit, run entirely by donations, nest sponsors, and volunteers so they appreciate all the support they get! You can walk through the green house, see all the nests, talk one on one to all the volunteers and people running the project, and best of all watch baby sea turtles crawl into the water and swim away! Worth a trip to Todos Santos just for the turtles, but if you do go there, I would plan on staying for a while to check out the great food, cool shops, awesome people, and ocean activities! Tortugueros Las Playitas also runs an eco tour company (La sirena) and they are happy to recommend more fun activities. All in all, a very easy place to fall completely in love with☺

Visited January 2014
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San Francisco, California
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“fabulous experience”
Reviewed January 17, 2014

at dusk we watched over 80 new born turtles being released out into the ocean. AMAZING!! this conservation project is something special to experience.

Visited January 2014
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Portland, Oregon
2 reviews
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“Spent a week volunteering with the TLP Conservation Project”
Reviewed January 16, 2014

We just finished a week in Todos Santos volunteering with the Tortugueros Las Playitas Conservation project. This non-profit is run by Francesca and German who rent out casitas to volunteers (like us). Fran and German were incredibly welcoming from the moment we arrived. For example they invited us to a dinner with all of the volunteers (who came from Ireland, Australia, Mexico and the US) the first night we arrived which helped build a lot of comaraderie. We then went through some training on how the turtle hathery worked and we were soon helping with a hatchling release on our first full day. From there we learned the other functions the volunteers perform, including: monitoring hatching at the greenhouse, patrolling for new nests, cleaning out hatched nests, data collection and introducing visitors to TLP's projects and answering a variety of questions about Sea Turtles. Volunteers can choose how much thay want or can participate in these activities. Since Fran and German run La Sirena's Eco-Tours we took advatage of Sea Kayaking/Snorkling, swimming with whale sharks and surfing lessons. All were amazing and highly recommended. This was an amazing trip for us and we hope to return as volunteers again.

Visited January 2014
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Tucson, Arizona
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7 reviews
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“Important work! Spread the word.”
Reviewed January 15, 2014

Be sure to go down to the beach at sunset to see the hatchlings released! Dedicated volunteers monitor the beach at night to locate the nests as the females lay their eggs... then the eggs are harvested and kept safe to help improve the rate of successful hatchings. The newborns are then released onto the beach that evening. KIDS love it!

Visited January 2014
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