El Salvador Sea Turtle Service Trip

El Salvador Sea Turtles & Community Development

Support efforts to improve local communities in El Salvador

Pricing From: $1,295 USD per person

Duration: 9 days

Operator: EcoViva

Spend a week working to support local efforts to improve the living conditions of both the people and wildlife of Jiquilisco Bay, an important mangrove ecosystem on the Pacific coast of El Salvador. Help researchers catch turtles in the bay to study and participate in a beach walk looking for nesting turtles. We will also take boat rides on the bay looking for wildlife, visit local towns and immerse ourselves in the culture, and visit community development projects.


Day 1 - Arrive to San Salvador

You will be met by your guide at the airport and taken to Ciudad Romero, a rural community an hour and a half drive from the city.

Day 2 - Ciudad Romero

This morning, take a tour of Ciudad Romero, including beautiful murals that show the history of the struggles this town has overcome. In the afternoon, we will meet community leaders working to improve life for local residents and visit Mangrove Radio, a youth-run environmental radio station. Overnight in Ciudad Romero.

Day 3 – La Limonera

Today, we will visit diverse family farms growing fruit, vegetables, grains, and more. The volunteer project can be helping plant and rotate crops on the demonstration farm, which is part of a program for local farmers seeking to reduce their use of pesticides and chemical fertilizers.

Day 4 – Tierra Blanca

Today we will learn about low-tech ecological design projects which improve the quality of life of residents while reducing human impact on local ecosystems. In the afternoon we will learn to make traditional corn pupusas with local families.

Day 5 – Isla de Mendez

Today we spend the day in Jiquilisco Bay. We will meet with the local Mangrove Guardians who work to protect sea turtle and fish nesting habitat from illegal fishing activities. In the afternoon, we will go for a dip in the ocean on the beautiful beach at Corral de Mulas. We will stay in rustic cabins at La Pirraya.

Day 6 – Turtle Research Day

Today, early risers can go birding before breakfast and catch the morning sunrise. Later, we participate in a study for green sea turtles with local biologists. We capture, measure, tag, release and learn first-hand about these endangered turtles.

At dusk, we'll visit a nearby sea turtle hatchery and observe a release of hawksbill turtle hatchlings if any have hatched during the day. In the evening, we will visit a turtle nesting beach, looking for critically endangered hawksbill sea turtles laying their eggs.

Day 7 – Las Mesitas

Today we will visit the first pilot project in ecological mangrove restoration in El Salvador. You will see the ways that local people are restoring the vital wetlands area through a combination of scientific study and hard labor in harmony with nature. In the afternoon, we will visit a cooperative of youth artisans at a beautiful new environmental education center in the village of Las Mesitas.

Day 8 – Free Day at Costa del Sol

Relax and enjoy a day at one of the most beautiful stretches of beach in the country at a comfortable resort.

Day 9 – Departure Day

Head back home to share your new memories with friends and family!

Prices & Dates

Dates: 2015 Dates and Price coming soon!

Duration: 9 days

Difficulty: Moderate

Pricing From: $1,295 USD per person

Included: Includes all in-country transportation, meals, lodging, activities, guides, and a donation to turtle conservation.

Excluded: Airfare to El Salvador, personal items, and tips for the guides.


Benefitting Organization:

Eastern Pacific Hawksbill Initiative (ICAPO): Working to protect critically endangered hawksbill sea turtles along the Pacific coast of the Americas.

ICAPO and EcoViva will both receive donations of $50 each towards their turtle conservation programs as part of the trip price.

Featured Animals: Hawksbill, Green Turtle


© Brad Nahill / SEEtheWILD
© Brad Nahill / SEEtheWILD
A view of the crater of Llamatepec volcano
© Juan Pablo Dominguez
© David Smith / EcoViva
© Yael Falicov / EcoViva
© Matthew Havice / EcoViva

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