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Nicaragua Sea Turtle Research

Nicaragua Sea Turtle Research

Volunteer to help the critically endangered hawksbill sea turtle while exploring a beautiful mangrove estuary

Trip Details:

Operator:  SEE Turtles
Price From:  $1195 USD per person
Dates:  July – October;
Duration:  8 days
Wildlife:  Hawksbill Turtles

Conservation Impact: This trip benefits the research and conservation work of FFI through volunteering and financial support from the Billion Baby Turtles Initiative.

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Spend a week working with researchers from Fauna and Flora International (FFI) patrolling nesting beaches and participating in research on the critically endangered Eastern Pacific hawksbill in the small town of Padre Ramos. This population is considered one of the world’s most endangered sea turtles and Padre Ramos receives roughly 50% of all hawksbill nests in the region.

During the day, you’ll explore the estuary, mangroves and dry forest around the area by horseback, foot, and kayak.

 

Photo Credit: Brad Nahill
 

Itinerary

DAY 1 - ARRIVE TO NICARAGUA

We'll pick you up at Sandino International Airport near Managua and take you to a simple guesthouse in a safe part of the city. Dinner at the guesthouse is included.

DAY 2 - TO PADRE RAMOS ESTUARY

After breakfast, hop on our private van and head to the northwest corner of the country to the Padre Ramos Estuary (5 hour drive), home to one of the most important hawksbill turtle nesting beaches in the America's. Along the way, you'll stop in the historic colonial town of Leon for lunch.

After lunch, complete the drive to Padre Ramos and arrive in time for an orientation and a swim in the beautiful estuary to cool off. That evening, head out to the beach to look for hawksbills and olive ridley sea turtles. You'll be staying at the Fauna & Flora Nicaragua research station, a house on the estuary, where you will share a room with up to 3 people (of the same sex). Private rooms are available for couples.

DAY 3 - TURTLE DAY

This morning, head out into the estuary to capture and study juvenile hawksbills and then release them. Later, you’ll meet with local researchers to learn about the project and be trained how to do the data collection. Then visit to one of the hawksbill hatcheries; with luck there will be some hatchlings to release to the water. That evening, you will head out with researchers to patrol one of the nesting beaches around the estuary.

DAY 4 - MANGROVE DAY

A local guide will take you out for an optional kayaking tour this morning around the estuary to look for birds, flying fish, and turtle heads popping up out of the water (* tour not included in trip price). After lunch, you’ll attend a presentation on mangroves and participate in a reforestation project. That evening, you’ll head out again to patrol the beaches and study the hawksbills.

DAY 5 - TURTLE THREATS

Learn about the threats facing sea turtles on this day. First you’ll see a presentation about how plastic affects turtles and a workshop on how to recycle plastic bags into souvenirs. Later, you’ll participate in a beach clean-up. Tonight’s turtle patrol will be optional, to allow a break for those who need it.

DAY 6 - FINAL DAY

In the morning, our partners will organize a community volunteer activity (specific activity TBD depending on the current needs of the community). The afternoon will be free to explore, swim, or relax and get ready to head home. Following a final celebratory dinner, head out for your final night patrol to look for hawksbills.

DAY 7 - MANAGUA

On your final morning in Padre Ramos, you'll head out to learn fishing from a local fisherman. After lunch, board the van to head back to Managua, staying at the guesthouse. If time allows, you'll take a driving tour of the capital.

DAY 8 - DEPARTURE

Return home with a new appreciation for the hard work of conservation and to share your experiences.

Country Fast Facts

Nicaragua

Flag  Flag_of_Nicaragua.svg
Continent: North America
Official Language(s) Spanish
Capital: Managua
Population 6,071,045 (2012 census)
Climate(s) Equatorial, Monsoon, Tropical savanna
Major Airport(s): Managua International Airport (MGA)
Economic Driver(s): Agriculture, Tourism

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