COMMITMENT TO SUSTAINABILITY: IBEROSTAR AND THE SEA TURTLE PROTECTION AND CONSERVATION PROGRAM

The beaches of Cancun and the Riviera Maya bear witness to one of nature’s most impressive spectacles: sea turtles make nests and lay their eggs, the hatchlings subsequently emerge and make their way out to sea.     At IBEROSTAR Cancun and IBEROSTAR Playa Paraíso, we receive loggerhead turtles (Caretta caretta) and both white and green sea turtles (Chelonia mydas).

As part of our commitment to protect the environment, flora and fauna of the locations in which we operate, IBEROSTAR collaborates with the municipal authorities on the “Sea turtle protection and conservation” program, which involves the creation of a Turtle Camp on our facilities.

The turtles nest on land between May and October, each laying between 100 and 150 eggs before returning to the sea. Most turtles generally return every two years to lay their eggs on the same beaches on which they were born.

Nesting takes place at night, so we have to bring in the deck chairs, keep the lights switched off and keep noise to a minimum on the beaches. Hotel and program staff keep watch and mark nests in order to protect them.  The incubation period is between 50-60 days.

The nests are monitored until hatching and the number of hatchlings are then recorded. The turtles are extremely sensitive to sunlight, which is why they wait until nightfall to make their way to the sea.  This moment is hugely important, since the turtles remember features from the beaches of their birth so that they can return to nest there years later, meaning everything should be kept as natural as possible.

Up to now, the IBEROSTAR Cancun camp has protected 117 nests and 13,410 eggs, while the IBEROSTAR Playa Paraíso has looked after 46 nests and 4,979 eggs.

The aim of these activities is to make our guests and collaborators aware of the importance of protecting these species, as well as providing you with a unique opportunity for get closer to nature during your vacation.

Fact:

Of the 7 species of sea turtle in the world, 6 nest on Mexican beaches. The state of Quintana Roo mainly receives 2 of these: the white sea turtle and the loggerhead turtle.