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An excellent opportunity to live this experience is granted between July and December on the Mexican beaches of the RIVIERA NAYARIT, where you may meet first hand one of the oldest species on the planet: the sea turtle.

Considered a species that has survived in spite of climatic changes, the division of continents, volcano blasts and even the fall of a meteorite.

There are 11 turtle species on the planet, and ten of them each year arrive on Mexican beaches, while nine of them lay their eggs in its beaches. In RIVIERA NAYARIT three of them do so: the “Golfina”, “Laud” and “Carey”.

To visit a turtle camp represents the experience of discovering a universe full of creatures that make the most important journey of their lives between the ocean and the land with the sole purpose of surviving. The birth of turtles and their struggle to get to the sea continues to be a millenary spectacle.

Most of the areas where the turtle camps are located is immersed in tourist beaches or centers, which makes the visit to any of them more attractive, such as Nuevo Vallarta with 14.8 km of nestling beaches, hotel Bahia del Sol and “Platanitos” beach with 9.8 km and a 6.5 km extension of beach at Playa de Chila, to the north of the municipality of Compostela (this camps under the direction of CONANP – National Board of Protected Natural Areas); also the beaches at Villa del Palmar Flamingos, Four Seasons, Litibu and San Francisco and “El Naranjo” at Rincon de Guayabitos (these last two ones under the shelter of ecologist groups).

The liberation of just born turtles, who try to get to the sea, can be witnessed, and whoever lives this moment experiments the transformation of a simple tourist into a committed lover of nature.

At the Nuevo Vallarta camp guided tours are available, to which the tourist may access through specialized travel agencies such as Ecotours (www.ecotoursvallarta.com) Puerto Vallarta Tours (www.puertovallartatours.net) and Wild Life Connection (www.wildlifeconnection.com) among others. These agencies organize visits between the months of August and the first week in December, through which the tourist is invited to witness one of nature’s wonders, take part and make sure that the turtles make it safe to the beach.

In this type of trips children and adults alike participate, who receive training on this species in danger of extinction. The purpose of this ecotourism is to create consciousness among the attendees about the importance of preserving this species and support the equilibrium of ecosystems.

At the camps a night patrol is performed, under the rays of the moon, in search of nestling turtles. During this type of excursions, voluntary people and tourists may participate, who are provided with plastic bags to find the nests and take the eggs to the incubators or fences so as to free them from natural predators or man itself.

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