Tortugueros Las Playitas, Todos Santos

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Tortugueros Las Playitas A.C. was founded in 2010 in Todos Santos, Mexico. The organization operates an Incubation Greenhouse for sea turtle incubation, provides jobs to fishermen in conservation, collaborates with International Universities, and empowers the local community with Environmental Education and Eco-tourism.
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  • We came in the specified opening hours in the evening and waited for over an hour until sunset. None... came up with about 20 other people waiting for us. At least we would have expected a note on the door.
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  • We were not expecting two young children to be our guides with this experience but I wouldn’t change it for anything. They were knowledgeable, funny and accommodating. We could get as close as we want...  more »
  • We arrived an hour or so before sunset, and saw several nests being opened, it was fascinating to see the tiny turtles emerging. We were able to ask lots of questions, and learned a lot about the reas...  more »
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  • Loved this beach at Todos Santos. A great place to catch the sunset. On most days when it isn't cloudy you can see an orange ball of Sun setting into the water. The waves are pretty rough for a swim.
  • If you like animals then definately do go here, specially if you have kids. If you are in the Todos Santos area then it's must visit. Yes there is lot intervention by the volunteers, but being able to see the first steps of a turtle is an amazing experience. If you have any confusion with the location, just follow Google map direction.
  • What a great experience. Our time was running out and there was no posting about a release, so we just went and it turned out to be happening. It go released about 170! My 5 year old loved it!
  • TIP: If a release is going to occur, notice will be placed on their Facebook page. For the survivability of the turtles, the release occurs strictly at sunset (or sunrise). Google the sunset time, and then arrive about an hour or so earlier to see the nests, hear a talk about the turtle incubation program, and then watch them be released. Take some cash to buy a t-shirt, or to leave a generous donation. Without wanting to spoil the talk they give, it's amazing to think that without the help of all the wonderful volunteers sustaining this not for profit organisation, none of the turtles being released would be alive. Not one! The road does not require an SUV, but if driving in a regular sedan, take your time to avoid the holes and soft sand sections. There are two turtle protection organisations in the area. Each one operates for about 6 months. One uses a greenhouse for warmth (this review), and one doesn't. If you have any sort of animal bone in your body, it's definitely worth the hour drive from Cabo to be part of this amazing event.
  • I'm sure that they do good work with the turtles but my experience didn't leave me feeling that it was visitor friendly. I came up by bus from Cabo and walked to the greenhouse. That turned out to be quite a hike. I talked to a Mexican family who had apparently confirmed their visit by phone. Iwas lucky enough to be resting near the greenhouse about 5:00 when a young lady walked in, looked around for a few minutes then started walking away. When I asked what was happening she just said "Oh, there's no hatchlings today, maybe tomorrow." As far as I know the Mexican family only heard that from me even though they left a message that they were waiting.
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