Sea Turtle Sanctuary and Mangrove Wildlife – Half Day Tour
Take part in sea turtle conservation in Mazatlan and explore the mangrove ecosystem of El Verde Estuary to discover wildlife at its best!
USD $99.00 – USD $119.00
Visit a Sea Turtle Sanctuary and Explore El Verde Estuary
On this Sea Turtle Sanctuary and Mangrove Wildlife adventure, you will head just north of Mazatlan to visit El Verde Camacho Sea Turtle Sanctuary, a gorgeous well-kept beach that serves as an important nesting site for the Olive Ridley’s sea turtle. This natural protected area is comprised of extensive wetlands and El Verde Estuary, an important coastal ecosystem surrounded by mangrove forests. Additionally, it is home to outstanding biodiversity, including various coastal birds, fish, shrimp, and even a small population of American crocodiles.
Before the trip begins, you will enjoy a light breakfast while you learn a bit about sea turtle ecology and conservation from the guides. After breakfast, you will go to the beach to meet up with a local guide. Once there, you will get ready to release sea turtle hatchlings into the sea for the first time. After this unbelievable experience, you will head out to explore the mangrove channels of the estuary via boat or kayak.
Throughout the trip, you will have several excellent opportunities to snap some photos of wildlife. With any luck, you may be able to spot the elusive American crocodile that calls the inland waters home. After you explore the mangroves, the local guides will take you on a tour through the sea turtle camp and brief you on their conservation efforts. At the end of the trip, you will have some free time to relax or walk along the beach before returning to Mazatlan.
Visit a sea turtle sanctuary
Release baby sea turtles into the sea
Explore El Verde Estuary by boat or kayak
Duration: 5 hours Start and end location: Mazatlan Availability: Year-round, sea turtle hatchling release only July-January
7:00 am – Pick up service at your hotel
7:40 am – Arrival at sea turtle camp and welcome by the crew
8:00 am – Light continental breakfast and lesson on sea turtle ecology and conservation
8:30 am – Sea turtle hatchling release at the beach
9:30 am – Boat or kayak ride through the mangroves of El Verde Estuary
11:00 am – Tour around the sea turtle camp
11:30 am – Free time to relax, swim, or walk along the beach
12:00 pm – Transfer back to Mazatlan
12:30 pm – Drop off at your hotel
Ground transportation by SUV (up to 6 passengers) or van (up to 10 passengers)
Highly qualified, bilingual, and local expedition guides
Continental breakfast (coffee, fruit juice, fruit, yogurt, and pastries)
Lesson on sea turtle ecology and conservation
Sea turtle hatchling release experience
Boat or kayak ride through El Verde Estuary
The tour operator requires a minimum of 4 adults to proceed with the tour. You may book with fewer than 4 and allow the remaining spots to be filled by other travelers. If no other travelers join the expedition and the minimum of 4 is not reached, you will receive a refund.
Private charters are available on Thursdays and Sundays. Otherwise, there are daily departures with a minimum of 4 adults.
The price is the same for the boat or kayak option.
This tour is suitable for kids all ages! Children under 3 ride for free. The minimum age for the kayak option is 10 years old (accompanied by an adult).
You can explore El Verde any time of the year. However, sea turtle hatchling release is only from July through January.
El Verde Camacho, Mazatlan, Mexico
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El Verde Camacho, Mazatlan, Mexico23.333745, -106.484642
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