Sea Turtles have been around for over 150 million years. Six of the seven species can be found in the waters around Mexico. Although they swim great distances around the world, female turtles (who make it to breading age) always return to the beach where they themselves hatched to lay their eggs! So we have them back to Tulum every year!
Between May & October, many Green (Tortuga Blanca) and Loggerhead Turtles (Tortuga Caguama) return to lay their eggs in the white sands of Tulum. On average around 300 nests are made each season between the Tulum Ruins and Turtle Bay where El Pez is situated.
All species of sea turtles are protected by federal laws and international agreements, but all are unfortunately now classified as Vulnerable or Endangered.
At Colibri Boutique Hotels we work closely with local organisation Kanan Aak and their Program for the Protection & Conservation of Turtles of Tulum. Their aim is to give the Turtles who hatch in Tulum the best chance of survival. In coordination with hotel El Pez, they patrol the beaches each night of the nesting season, marking nests and moving eggs to a secure location if the nest is to exposed. Then when the eggs hatch, they help the little guys get safely to the water.
During July & August our guests can request wake up calls when there is a Turtle laying eggs or eggs hatching on the beach by the hotel. One of the Kanan Aak staff will take you to watch from a safe distance (for the turtles) and answer any questions you have.
There are information cards in each room of El Pez and also available at all our Colibri Boutique Hotels to show how you can also help increase the chance of survival of these amazing creatures in Tulum.
This interesting short TED video shows the miraculous journey of infant sea turtles as they run the gauntlet of predators and harsh conditions. It also shows how human behavior has made their tough lives even more challenging.