What is Turtle Trax
Turtle Trax S.A. thrives to foster rural ecotourism initiatives that result in the protection of biodiversity and empowerment of local communities in Costa Rica’s southern Nicoya Peninsula. Headquartered in San Francisco de Coyote, Nandayure, Guanacaste, Turtle Trax S.A. works under contract by the Costa Rican non-profit Rescue Center for Endangered Marine Species, or CREMA (cremacr.org), its Spanish acronym, managing all national and international volunteers and interns who wish to work alongside CREMA´s efforts to protect the region’s nesting sea turtles and promote sustainable coastal development.
The support of volunteers is essential for the long term operation and success of sea turtle conservation projects on nesting beaches, mainly in terms economic sustainability. Since 2013, Turtle Trax S.A. operates a volunteer program that services four of CREMA’s (our scientific partner) sea turtle community based sea turtle conservation projects along the southern Nicoya Peninsula of Costa Rica: San Miguel, Costa de Oro, Bejuco, and Corozalito. Funds generated through these programs help provide an income for local community members (beach monitors, cooks, transportation and other services) and fund 100% of direct operational costs. Your direct contact as a volunteer with the community helps spark awareness regarding the importance and benefits that come from protecting sea turtles—the true definition of sustainable tourism. Participants become immersed in the conservation project and the local culture, and speaking Spanish, while helpful, is certainly not a necessity (though you’ll have plenty of opportunity to practice!). We also support rural ecotourism initiatives, such as a mangrove tours, bird and wildlife watching, reforestation, or sustainable fishing tours, all operated by coastal community members and local fishers. Visits may have an academic component upon request (lectures by scientists).
San Miguel. This was our first community based sea turtle conservation site. Operating uninterrupted since 1998, several hundred olive ridley sea turtles nest here per season (Jul-Dec).
Costa de Oro
Costa de Oro. Located just south of San Miguel, also hosts several hundred nesting olive ridley sea turtles per season. Occasional hawksbill and green turtles nest here too!
Bejuco. This project is operated under close collaboration with the small scale fishing community of Bejuco, as it represents a sustainable supplemental source of income.
Corozalito. Arribada! If lucky, you may presence the occurrence of an “arribada”, the massive synchronous nesting event that may involve several thousand turtles!
Turtle Trax runs four sea turtle conservation beach projects located on the Pacific side of Costa Rica’s southern Nicoyan Peninsula. Volunteers can participate at Costa de Oro and San Miguel projects while internship positions as Research Assistant and Coordinators are available at all four projects.
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