The aim of this project is to protect the endangered marine turtles working in close collaboration with the local population of La Peñita Town or as they say "the place where turtles arrive at night". Volunteers, along with local people and a team of professional biologists, will realize activities to protect the turtles, and will help to ensure the survival of the turtles for the future generations. There are five species of turtles arriving to this area: Negra (Black Turtle), Golfina (Olive Ridley Turtle), Laud (Leatherback Turtle), Carey (Hawksbill Turtle) and more!
If you like nature, enjoy spending time in an astonishingly beautiful beach close to a nice beach town, and are willing to witness the magic that nature had made for millions of years, this project is for you!
July 6 - July 18, 2016
July 20 - August 1, 2016
August 10 - August 22, 2016
August 24 - September 5, 2016
September 14 - September 26, 2016
September 28 - October 10, 2016
October 19 - October 31, 2016
November 2 - November 14, 2016
November 16 - November 28, 2016
November 30 - December 12, 2016
January 11 - January 23, 2017
The main work consists in patrolling the beach at night. The goal is to find the adult turtles and collect the eggs, burying them in a secure place (vivero in Spanish) and set the baby turtles free back into the ocean when they hatch. Volunteers will also help collecting statistical data in order to learn about the evolution of the species. Activities must be carried out by night since turtles do not go out of the ocean by day because of their natural predators. In collaboration with local people and biologists from La Peñita, volunteers will seek for the turtles, taking care of their eggs and the baby turtles.
La Peñita de Jaltemba is a small beach town on the Pacific coast of Mexico, in the state of Nayarit. It is the main service community for the popular beach resort area Rincón de Guayabitos. The closest city is Puerto Vallarta.