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Sea turtle and wildlife conservation trip

1 - 15 settimane  ·  Età 18 - 50+

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Punti Salienti

  • Witness the breathtaking 'arribada': thousands of sea turtles nesting together on the beach.
  • Participate in several conservation actions led by local people: protecting sea turtles, monitoring marine fauna, crocodiles, deers, planting trees in the jungle, doing beach cleaning, ...
  • Live like a local, traveling to up to 7 rural and indigenous communities and their natural paradises along the entire coast of Oaxaca.
  • People from the coast are the best for making you laugh. They will make a joke for everything and you won't be able to stop laughing
  • Your actions will impact to empower local people to conservate nature and its resources, making them aware of its value and threats through environmental education workshops.

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Età 18+

Sul programma

15 days for experience Mexican life as a local travelling along Oaxaca coast & protecting turtles, marine fauna, deers, jungle wildlife, educating children, and more!

Our expedition takes you on an unforgettable journey along the stunning Oaxaca coast, where you'll actively support seven dedicated community groups in their crucial conservation efforts. This immersive experience offers a wide range of hands-on activities, from nighttime beach patrols to safeguard ...

Sul programma

Our expedition takes you on an unforgettable journey along the stunning Oaxaca coast, where you'll actively support seven dedicated community groups in their crucial conservation efforts. This immersive experience offers a wide range of hands-on activities, from nighttime beach patrols to safeguard sea turtles and their nests, to restoring nature, monitoring marine fauna on boat excursions, exploring coral reefs through snorkeling, raising environmental awareness, embarking on invigorating hikes, and camping in the lush jungle. You'll even have the opportunity to care for rescued deer, among other exciting endeavors.

But wait, there's more! Our journey offers an extraordinary chance to witness one of the world's most breathtaking natural spectacles: the Arribada. This awe-inspiring event unveils the remarkable mass nesting of olive ridley sea turtles, a spectacle that will truly captivate you with the wonders of nature. Notably, the arribada phenomenon is an exceedingly rare occurrence, happening at only 12 beaches worldwide. Among these, Escobilla and Morro Ayuta in Oaxaca stand out as the most significant and awe-inspiring, hosting over 1.5 million turtles every year.

Here are some of the key activities you'll be involved in:

- Nighttime beach patrols to protect sea turtles and collect eggs for safe incubation.

- Educational sessions with children through environmental brigades.

- Boat trips to monitor marine fauna, including dolphins, whales, and rays, with the opportunity for snorkeling to explore coral reefs.

- Planting fruit and medicinal trees in the jungle.

- Jungle hikes and camping adventures.

- Placing and collecting photo-trap cameras to monitor wildlife in the jungle.

- Caring for rescued white-tailed deer.

- Overseeing the development of baby crocodiles during their crucial first year.

- Participating in ecotourism activities that fund conservation efforts, such as observing the Arribada phenomenon and boat trips in the Chacahua Lagoon National Park.

- Assisting in rural entrepreneurship projects, including traditional bread making in wood-fired ovens and preparing typical Mexican cuisine.

- Contributing to the well-being of horses through various activities.

Depending on the season, you can experience:
  • Arribada, when thousands of sea turtles are nesting massively (few days mostly during waning moon effect from July to March)
  • Newborn sea turtles in natural habitat. After 45 days of an arribada, millions of sea turtles born in order to start their lifes in the Pacific Ocean (few days per month from July to April)
  • Leatherback sea turtle nesting, the biggest turtle in the world (from December to February)
  • Whales (From November to February)
  • Crocodiles hatching (June)
  • Bird breeding, signing like crazy (April, May)
  • A green, full of butterflies, Mexico (from June to December)
  • A 100% sunny Mexico (from January to May)

This is an opportunity to live a unique experience that combines conservation, learning, leisure, and adventure in a paradisiacal environment: the lesserknown Mexico. We will travel along the entire Oaxaca coast, participating with groups dedicated to conservation, ecotourism, and sustainable development of their communities. Protection of sea turtles, tree planting in the jungle, monitoring of marine fauna by boat, environmental education workshops, beach clean-ups, among others, will be just some of the activities we will carry out.

Giornata tipica

Every Day unveils a New Adventure!

We understand that time can be limited, and experiencing the true essence of Mexico may seem daunting. That's why we've carefully curated a diverse array of activities that highlight the incredible beauty of Oaxaca's coastline.

*Please note that Our itinerary may be ...

Giornata tipica

Every Day unveils a New Adventure!

We understand that time can be limited, and experiencing the true essence of Mexico may seem daunting. That's why we've carefully curated a diverse array of activities that highlight the incredible beauty of Oaxaca's coastline.

*Please note that Our itinerary may be subject to change due to biological cycles, number of the group or social reasons, as well as natural conditions. Flexibility is key as we adapt to the dynamic environment around us.

Arriving in Manialtepec: Horse Connection in a Mexican Paradise

On the first day, we will take you to Manialtepec, a town known for its strong connection with horses and its typically Mexican rural environment, surrounded by lush forests and rolling hills.

2 A Soothing Escape: Explore Manialtepec's Natural Hot Springs

On the second day, we'll embark on a scenic one-hour hike, tracing the path along the river, occasionally crossing its currents. Our destination? The soothing hot spring waters, a place that has been cherished by the indigenous Chatino communities.

Cooking, Cleanups, and Celestial Views: Your Day in Oaxaca

On the third morning, we'll dive into the local culture as Eneida teaches us how to make tortillas and traditional Mexican dishes. 

Later in the afternoon, we'll head to the beach, crossing the river by boat. As the sun sets, we'll join together for a beach cleanup at Puerto Suelo, followed by a beachfront bonfire, providing a chance to stargaze beneath the brilliant night sky.

A Boat Expedition to Remember: Lagunas de Chacahua's Beauty

On the fourth day, we'll visit the stunning Lagunas de Chacahua National Park, which spans a vast area of 132 square kilometers. This place is a natural wonderland, with lush mangrove forests, calm lagoons, and a diverse range of wildlife. 

Day Off in Puerto Escondido: Surf, Turtles, and Cuisine

Day 5 marks your first free day! A fantastic choice is exploring Puerto Escondido, where you can bask in the beauty of Carrizalillo Beach or Coral. Take a dip and spot turtles feeding among the rocks! And don't forget to try a delicious meal in this vibrant surfer city.

Releasing Turtles at Escobilla Beach

On the sixth day, our journey takes us to Escobilla, where we'll witness the mesmerizing arribada phenomenon, a breathtaking spectacle, where thousands of turtles nest simultaneously. We'll release baby turtles into the sea as the sun sets.

Connecting with Escobilla's Future: Kids and Turtles

On the 7th day, we'll team up with Escobilla's young environmental brigade, participating in an engaging environmental awareness workshop and taking part in sustainability initiatives. As the night falls, we'll lend our support to the local group, aiding in the protection of sea turtles.

Ventanilla's Wildlife Oasis and Conservation Efforts

On the 8th day, we'll journey to Ventanilla for a day of exploration. We'll embark on a small boat to discover their ecotourism project, an area dedicated to wildlife management. 

Chasing Whales and Sunsets at Punta Cometa

On the 9th day, we're joining Azul Profundo, a local ecotourism group, along with passionate young biologists from SICEA to monitor marine life, with a special focus on whales.

In the morning, we'll hop on a boat, spotting and documenting various species. Plus, we'll take some time for snorkeling in a beautiful Puerto Angel bay. The day wraps up at Punta Cometa, Mexico's most breathtaking cliff, where you can witness both sunrise and sunset.

Free day: Discover Huatulco's Natural Wonders

On the 10th day, you'll have the incredible opportunity to explore Huatulco and its stunning bays, national park, or enchanting waterfalls during your free day.

Into the Wild: El Gavilan Jungle Expedition

On the 11th day, we'll venture into El Gavilan Jungle, a sprawling evergreen forest covering 1,130 hectares and guarded by 70 individuals born in this very land. After a full afternoon of hiking and conservation activities, we'll camp surrounded by the jungle. At night we will walk for wildlife monitoring.

From Jungle Brew to Coastal Views

As the 12th day dawns in the jungle, we'll taste freshly brewed coffee by the morning fire. After packing up, our path leads us to Morro Ayuta, a wild and breathtaking beach, where we'll rest for the afternoon and connect with the last community on our adventure.

History and Dunes: A Day off in San Pedro and Chipehua

As our last free day, we propose an enriching tour that takes you through two additional communities. Starting in San Pedro de Huamelula, a community brimming with history. Later, we head to our final destination: Chipehua Dunes. Here, you'll be treated to a surreal landscape: a coastal desert of sand dunes next to the sea.

Baking with Huamelula's Bread Bakers and Turtle Farewell

On our final day, we'll spend it with the traditional bread bakers of Huamelula, right in the Río Seco community. As the day turns to night, we'll head to the beach for a heartfelt farewell to the turtles.

Journey's End

Attività del tempo libero

Close to Morro Ayuta Project:

  • Huatulco. It’s a city full of wonderfull things: coral reefs, beautiful beaches, waterfalls, a national park, … It is a place full of possibilities
  • Chipehua Dunes, a little-known beach very close to Morro Ayuta. There are some impressive dunes, it seems the Sahara but ...

Attività del tempo libero

Close to Morro Ayuta Project:

  • Huatulco. It’s a city full of wonderfull things: coral reefs, beautiful beaches, waterfalls, a national park, … It is a place full of possibilities
  • Chipehua Dunes, a little-known beach very close to Morro Ayuta. There are some impressive dunes, it seems the Sahara but with a beach.
  • Barra de la Cruz, a small surfer village for their nice waves.

Close to Ventanilla Project:
  • Mazunte, certificated as pueblo mágico is full of life, in the mornings it is possible to do tours to see dolphins, whales, rays, etc.
  • Tours in Manialtepec, during the night is posible to see bioluminiscence. It’s like the water is shining in the dark! They also offer riding tours.
  • Puerto Escondido, a surfer city, full of travellers people who loves meditation and yoga, … It is a coastal city with a lot of beautiful beaches: Zicatela, Carrizalillo, Bacocho, etc.



Età minima: 18 anni

Per partecipare al programma è necessario avere almeno 18 anni alla data di inizio del programma. Potrebbero esserci delle esenzioni se si è in grado di fornire il permesso del proprio tutore legale o se si è accompagnati dai propri genitori.

Competenze linguistiche

È necessario parlare di Inglese (livello intermedio) o Spagnolo (livello base)

Documenti necessari

Travel insurance, Passport copy, flight tickets and volunteering commitment signed

Restrizioni sulla nazionalità

Nessuna restrizione. Gli aiuti da tutto il mondo sono benvenuti.

Altre competenze

Education; environment; anthropology; Marketing; Bussiness administration; Art; ...

Impegno di tempo

Il vostro aiuto sarà richiesto martedì, mercoledì, giovedì, venerdì e sabato da 15:00 - 20:00

Servizi inclusi

Servizi inclusi

Servizi per Tartarukus

  • Shared cabañas in the indigenous community of Ventanilla, Morro Ayuta and Escobilla. 
  • Camping in the middle of the jungle.
  • Transport to the projects from the airport.
  • 2 meals per day elaborated by an Oaxacan cook and a simple breakfast (coffee or tea, fruits, bread or mexican tortillas)
  • Local guides who will teach you to understand nature in a completely different way. 
  • Activities coordinator to unlock your full potential. 
  • Basic material to work and for common using.

Prelievo dall'aeroporto a Puerto Escondido Airport

It's possible to pick up you from 9 to 15:00 from Puerto Escondido airport. 

To come back from the last project, the best airport is Huatulco, since Puerto Escondido could be far (from 2-4 hours). We don't include drop off, but as we travel by public transport, it will be very easy for you to get back to the airport


Rooms are called "Cabañas". 

The rooms have three double beds and one bathroom in Escobilla. In Ventanilla, the bathroom is for common use and the have two double beds. They will be shared with part of your team, if you come in the 15 days group volunteering program :)

If you come during the individual volunteering, it's possible that you have to share your room with another volunteer.

Cibo e Bevande

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner will be provided and it's possible to serve vegetarian food.

The breakfast will be basic, some fruits, toasts, coffee/tea, maybe some seeds such as peanuts... The lunch and dinner will be prepared by a oaxacan cook and she will prepare us the traditional food (also adaptated to vegetarians when possible). In Ventanilla, our cook is Edi, a lovely and incredible woman who cooks very nice dishes! And I have to say that she loves zucchinis to make an amazing soup :) .

Accesso a Internet

Accesso limitato al sito del progetto

Cosa NON è incluso?

Cosa NON è incluso?

Biglietti aerei

L'aeroporto più vicino è Puerto Escondido Airport (PXM) a Puerto Escondido. Vi aiutiamo a trovare voli economici per Messico. TROVARE VOLI ECONOMICI

Assicurazione di viaggio

Andare all'estero è un'avventura ed è sempre meglio essere preparati. Malattia o infortunio improvviso, annullamento o furto: un'assicurazione di viaggio per Messico offre sicurezza ed è un vantaggio da avere. OTTENERE UN PREZZO


Se avete intenzione di fare volontariato a Messico dovete chiedere un parere medico prima di iniziare il vostro viaggio sociale. Controllare le vaccinazioni richieste per Messico. CHECKER PER I VACCINI

Dettagli all'arrivo

Calls for volunteering groups in 2023:

🔆25 of October to 8 of November🔆 Special call: Día de muertos*

🔆24 of November to 8 of December🔆

Calls for volunteering groups in 2024:

🔆23 of January to 6 of February🔆 - Whales and leatherback sea turtle season*

🔆22 of February to 7 of March🔆 - Whales season*

🔆23 of July to 6 of August🔆 

🔆16 to 30 of August🔆

🔆17 of September to 1 of October🔆 - Best olive ridley sea turtle arribadas of the year*

🔆19 of November to 3 of December🔆 - Best weather & landscapes of the year*

Pick up by public transport on the first date from 9.00 am to 15.00 in Puerto Escondido airport or bus station.

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Tariffe del programma

1 settimana (soggiorno min.) 599€
2 settimane 1.180€
3 settimane 1.499€
4 settimane 1.976€
6 settimane 2.929€
8 settimane 3.883€
15 settimane (soggiorno max.) 7.221€
Tariffe medie 540€/settimana

Tariffe del programma

540€ tariffe settimanali 1 - 15 settimane Età 18 - 50+

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Conservation of millions of sea turtles by patrolling the beach, relocating nests and monitoring sea turtle females on the beach.

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Numerous local groups are developing their own projects to preserve important natural areas or endangered species in Mexico. Many of them are well focused or have an enormous potential to develop ecotourism (or sustainable tourism), raising money from visitors to continue their work. 

For this reason, Tartarukus was born to strengthen these conservation groups by offering them environmental technical consulting and promotion or their work, using digital media, social networks and developing a web platform to demonstrate the environmental work of the local groups and the services that they offer to visitors.

Our main objectives are:

  • to maintain and improve conservation activities in the groups such as vigilance and patrolling of natural areas, monitoring species, protecting nests or reproductive areas of specific species, developing an environmental education program in the communities, etc.
  • to enhance intercultural exchange in order to give a new perspective to solve environmental and social problems,
  • to raise awareness worldwide of the environmental situation in the natural areas in the South of Mexico,
  • to show the importance of the work of the local people for its conservation,
  • to demonstrate how people can fund these conservation projects through ecotourism.

Our allied local groups are:

  1. Centro Ecoturístico Escobilla. This group of 13 people from the Escobilla community in Oaxaca have been working for the conservation of sea turtles by relocating nests and monitoring the females on the beach. They have been protecting the Sanctuary Playa Escobilla for 17 years in which more than 2 million sea turtles are nesting every year, doing everything without almost no income, showing their incomparable perseverance and will for the conservation.
  2. Servicios Ecoturísticos La Ventanilla. This group is certificated as Paraíso Indígena, and they dedicated their efforts in the conservation of the american crocodyle, whitetail deer, three species of sea turtle (green, leatherback and olive Ridley sea turtle) and the mangroves of the lagoon.
  3.  El Gavilán ADVC. El Gavilán is a Donated Area to the Conservation (ADVC) in Cozoaltepec community, Oaxaca, composed of the land of more than 30 people of the community. Since 2014, they are monitoring, patrolling and reporting incidents in the jungle of El Gavilán in order to avoid poaching and deforestation.

Here, you have the possibility to join us into a wild experience, protecting thousands of sea turtles nesting at the same time, monitoring hundreds of crocodiles, in a very safety way, and walking in a jungle full of wildlife (cougars, ocelots, toucans, ...) by our hands and the hands of indigenous conservation groups. 

We are looking for people, groups or organizations who want to take actions which regenerate the environment, Always being flexible, open minded and willing to live together in a very different people and environment. It is required to have a physical condition enough to patrol the beach

23 recensioni · rating5

Une des meilleures expériences de ma vie ! Le programme est complet, très intéressant et bien organisé. Nous vivons chez les locaux au cœur des communautés et pouvons approcher et protéger différents animaux. Je recommande fortement ...
I am so happy I signed up for this programme. Beatriz is an amazing women and she really did her outstanding best to make the trip great. I did things I never did in my life with all sorts of animals and I met the most amazing sweet Mexican people. I can recommend this to everyone! ...
Tiphaine EUGENI rating5

2022 at Sea turtle and wildlife conservation trip

Quand vous arrivez à La Ventanilla, Beatriz vous présente aux personnes de la communauté, toutes chaleureuses et bienveillantes. Les activités que Beatriz a mise en place sont toujours juste de sens pour protéger ce bel environnement et les espèces qui y vivent. Je n'ai jamais vu un lieu ...
Thank you very much Beatriz, for this great trip. I had a great time and you helped to manouvre us through all the dificulties coming in our way. I hope to see you once again some ...
Beatriz is doing a wonderful job running a complex and worthwhile program to help protect the turtles. Everything was organised well with a warm and friendly team. It was awesome to be able to help the baby turtles have a greater chance of surviving. Also incredible to see the mothers lay eggs and ...
Estefania Rodríguez rating5

2022 at Sea turtle and wildlife conservation trip

Google Translator: Super important life experience. I loved enjoying a deeper and more authentic Mexico. Living more with the people there; participating in the activities with turtles, everything 10... ----------------------------------------------Original review: Buena experiencia! Experiencia ...


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