Take part on an unforgettable hands-on experience participating in a sea turtle patrol. On this tour you will go for a nighttime walk on the beach of Los Brasiles island (León) to look for endangered sea turtles coming ashore to lay their eggs. Now you can join us, put your hands on conservation and admire one of the most endangered creatures on Earth.
- Trip Outline
- What is included?
- What to bring?
Visit Los Brasiles island for the chance to observe sea turtles nesting —and in some cases, hatchling releases— in their natural environment. Before the walk begins, guests will take a briefing on sea turtles, and the amazing natural phenomena that is sea turtle nesting. After dinner, you will enjoy a night time turtle walk led by trained naturalists. More than a tour, you will experience an overnight adventure together our team letting you the opportunity to understand how works a real community-based conservation initiative.
- Together with Sos Nicaragua and in accordance with the Turtle Watching Code of Conduct, you have the unique opportunity to visit the nesting area of four different sea turtles. In accordance with the guidelines, all observation is managed by guides qualified in sea turtle biology. Participants on the tour must wear dark clothing and refrain from using flash cameras to avoid disturbing the turtles.
- Between october and january we have hatching season and it is possible to find baby turtles in addition.
- This tour is conducted around the tide cycle. High tide and mid tide up are the best times to see the turtles. Nature dictates your experience and return time – the females usually come up during the night, although there are no guarantees. Note that nesting turtles or hatchlings cannot be guaranteed on any tour though in 2019 70% of our guests experienced a turtle encounter.
The tour is divided into the following program points:
1. Welcome at the project station (Los Brasiles)
2. Brief introductionBrief introduction about the community-based sea turtle conservation project, sea turtle conservation status and tour logistic (20’)
3. Guided visit to the hatchery project (20’)
4. Dinner together with project team
5. Night walk guided along the beach (2-3h; 4 km)
6. Overnight at the project station
7. Breakfast at the project station
- Fresh local dinner and breakfast
- Qualified guide(s)
- Drinking Water
- Private transportation*
* See FAQs
- Close toe shoes or sandals
- Light rain jacket
- Insect Repellent
- Refillable water bottle
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This tour is conducted around the tide cycle – high tide and mid tide up are the best times to see the turtles. Nature dictates your experience and return time – the females usually come up during the night, although there are no guarantees. The tour will return later if babies are hatching. Note that nesting turtles or hatchlings cannot be guaranteed on any tour though in 2017 70% of our guests experienced a sea turtle encounter.
This tour is not advised for people who are pregnant, or who have existing neck or back injury. Sos Nicaragua reserves the right to cancel or vary trips subject to weather or sea conditions.
SOS NICARAGUA is family friendly however this adventure is not suited to children under the age of 6.
Yes you can, but please make sure you swich off your flash.
We pick you up at your hotel in Leon and drop you off the next day at the same place. At your arrival in Poneloya, you need to take a motorboat to cross the estuary to Los Brasiles island (10min - 1USD). From the other side, you will need to walk aproximately 1,5 km until our project station. We encourage to not carry heavy luggage. If you have not chance to let away a heavy luggage, please contact with us in advance and we can organize a horse-drawn cart to carry your luggage for 5USD extra (one way).