Conservation Tours and Certified Hotel Programs Allow Travelers to Lend a Helping Hand and Experience a Natural Phenomenon
Los Cabos, Mexico’s premier resort destination, is currently preparing for one of nature’s most phenomenal events; the return of the sea turtles to the tip of the Baja Peninsula. Each year, five species of sea turtles return home to the beautiful beaches of Los Cabos to lay their eggs on the exquisite sand where they were born. In order to protect and observe this instinctive tradition, guests in Los Cabos can take part in special eco-tours and hotel programs offered throughout the destination and lend a helping hand to the sea turtle conservation effort.
Travelers can participate in the conservation effort with Baja Outback by adopting a baby sea turtle from the nursery camp and releasing it back into the ocean. Through the “Turtle Release” tour in San Jose del Cabo, guests will help to preserve the sea turtles and learn about their incredible life journey and habitat. This three-hour tour additionaly includes transportation via Hummer H2s, guidance from experienced naturalists, adoption certificates and healthy refreshments. For more information or to book an excursion, please visit www.bajaoutback.com.
Another popular tour operator, Baja Wild, invites visitors to experience the liberation of baby sea turtles back into the Sea of Cortes through their “Adopt a Turtle” program. Participants watch in awe as the baby turtles start their new life in the wild, and assist in protecting one of nature’s most magnificent endangered species. This once in a lifetime experience includes bilingual naturalist guides, transportation and more, all within an unforgettable two-hour adventure. For more information or to book an excursion, please visit www.bajawild.com.
In addition to the turtle release tours, many hotels throughout Los Cabos participate in the conservation effort by becoming certified as Sea Turtle Watch and Rescue Sites by PROFEPA (the federally funded organization dedicated to ensuring environmental justice in Mexico). Achieving this certification is an extensive process requiring numerous applications, workshops and close supervision by PROFEPA. Once certified, the participating hotels are able to ensure the safety of the turtles by safeguarding and relocating nests, recording numbers of eggs and varieties of species, registering dates of births, and warding off sea and land predators. Guests of these hotels are encouraged to help in the Sea Turtle protection process – from the incubation of the eggs to the birth and release of the healthy baby turtles.
Hotels and resorts hosting certified Sea Turtle Rescue programs include Casa Dorada Los Cabos, Crowne Plaza Los Cabos Grand Faro, Dreams Los Cabos Suites Golf Resort & Spa, Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort, Hotel Finisterra, Grand Mayan Los Cabos, Marquis Los Cabos, One&Only Palmilla, Presidente InterContinental Los Cabos, Pueblo Bonito Los Cabos, Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Holistic Retreat & Spa, Pueblo Bonito Rosé Resort & Spa, Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach Resort & Spa, Royal Solaris Los Cabos, Sheraton Hacienda del Mar, Solmar Hotels & Resorts, Villa de Palmar, Westin Resort & Spa Los Cabos and Zoetry Casa del Mar Los Cabos.