Escobilla is a privileged community where takes place the arribada phenomenon: tens of thousands of sea turtles come to nest massively during nesting season over 3 to 5 days per month.
Experience the wonder of nature with our community group’s baby turtle release and ecotourism program at Escobilla beach in Oaxaca, Mexico. Discover the beauty of Escobilla beach and its inhabitants while contributing to their preservation. Join us for an unforgettable eco-adventure in Oaxaca.
TOURS IN OAXACA, SEA TURTLES SANCTUARY IN ESCOBILLA
Release baby turtles
Every night, the guides patrol the beach in search of nests to relocate them to the protection corral and prevent them from being plundered. In order to finance this activity, they offer hatchling releases from 3:00 p.m. until sunset.
You can accompany the team during their tours and observe and care for the turtles during their solitary nesting. One of the most rewarding experiences you can have on the coast of Oaxaca.
From 3 to 5 days a month approximately, from July to March, the phenomenon of arribada or mass nesting occurs, which can only be visited with an authorized guide since it is a Natural Protected Area.
ESCOBILLA BEACH SANCTUARY
The beach with more turtles worldwide
LOCAL SERVICES IN OAXACA THEY PROVIDE
They offer lodging in single, double and triple rooms or cabins with private bathrooms in a privileged place: Surrounded by mangrove swamps, the lagoon opens its way through its roots to give access to the beach after a tour in cayuco.
Available for large events and groups. They serve typical Mexican food, prepared with fresh products from the local area.
HATCHERY OF BABY SEA TURTLES
Dedicated to the incubation of nests collected night after night for subsequent reintegration into the sea.
releasing baby turtles | watching arribada (mass nesting phenomenon)
$ 200.00 MXN
DURATION: 40 MIN
You will start in the hatchery where they protect the nests of the turtles. They will explain you their work and you will release the baby turtles that hatched that day.
night patrol to protect female sea turtles and their nests in the hatchery
DURATION: 1-2 HRS
You will patrol the beach looking for sea turtles at night. The experience, surrounded by stars in a bright and clean sky, will lead you to live an adventure protecting turtles.
CENTRO ECOTURISTICO ESCOBILLA TEAM
After the closure of the sea turtle in the 1990s, the conservation group understood the great tragedy that the sea turtle was suffering. For this reason, they decided to fight against its exploitation for more than 20 years. Today, this great team works every night to protect as many turtles as possible and their nests against human predation.
The Escobilla Ecotourism Center is located in the indigenous community of Escobilla, coordinated by a group of 13 people from the community who organized themselves as a cooperative.
They are dedicated to sea turtle conservation in the Escobilla Beach Sanctuary, considered one of the most important Natural Protected Areas worldwide for the survival of the Olive Ridley turtle (Lepydochelis olivacea), where more than 2 million turtles nest en masse during the nesting season from June to February.
OUR VOLUNTEERING PROGRAM IN ESCOBILLA
As Tartarukus, twice a month we visit Escobilla to work with our environmental brigade: Las Tortugas-cocodrilo. Every 15 days we develop a workshop to teach them about nature, biodiversity, climate change and more, trying to engage them and for them to empathize with nature. If you are interested to help out, take a look in our volunteering program.
The Escobilla Ecotourism Center admits visitors all year round.
Monday to Sunday: 15:00 – 19:00am
If you come with a reservation, we are open from early in the morning until late at night.
MAKE A RESERVATION
Km 180.5 Carretera Federal 200 a un costado de la iglesia católica, La Escobilla, 70944 Santa María Tonameca, México.