Turtle conservation in Colombia

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11 Jul 2020
US $2295
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This trip involves observing and recording data on sea turtles in partnership with local conservation organizations. Sea turtles are the only animals that are handled and this is done by trained staff using best practices for wildlife handling. Researchers and conservationists lead the activities to make sure the animals are respected and not stressed during observation and that appropriate distances are kept.

The data collected is part of long-term research programs which help researchers to understand behavior and health of wildlife populations. The trip also generates funds for sea turtle research, conservation, and educational programs. There are no hatcheries visited during this trip.

We reduce plastic use by offering filtered water for reusable bottles (no plastic bottles or straws are sold). Water is a precious resource in the area and travelers are encouraged to conserve while showering.

We stay in eco-friendly accommodations where possible, including the Punta Faro Resort which runs on solar power. Punta Faro also has a program where sea turtles are rescued from fishermen in exchange for food. The turtles are studied and then released with local students.

The Impacts of this Trip

This trip focuses on locally-owned businesses including hotels, restaurants, guides, and activities. We include activities with student groups in Rincon del Mar and Punta Faro including beach cleanups, mangrove restoration, cultural performances, and birding excursions. We also support cultural programs through our visits including dance performances in Palenque and Cartagena. Punta Faro Resort is locally-owned and supports their community by funding a school, providing work for residents, and training local kids in ecotourism.

For this trip, we partner with Fundacion Tortugas del Mar, a Colombian non-profit conservation organization to study and protect sea turtles in this region. This tour will help fund their programs that educate Colombians about protecting wildlife. This is the first sea turtle conservation trip to this country and our hope is that it will inspire other companies to offer programs that help build a local constituency for conservation and community development. Finally, we work with vendors to encourage local alternatives to souvenirs made from the shell of sea turtles.


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