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From the month of May through September, thousands of female sea turtles surface on the beaches of the Nayarit Riviera, on the Pacific coast of Mexico, to lay their eggs and bury them in the sand. It is surely something you’ve seen on television but it pales in comparison to watching it happen right before your eyes.

A destination such as the Nayarit Riviera, where environmental awareness is a staple, makes it a point to protect all the life forms inhabiting this stretch of 307 kilometers of coastline, therefore huge efforts are put forth for the protection and survival of this species and of the surrounding habitat. In response to the importance of protecting all coastal life forms, many turtle farms are dedicated to incubating the eggs and subsequently releasing the hatchlings into the sea.

The sea turtle is the official image of the Nayarit Riviera. Four different species are born on this coast: the olive ridley turtle, the green turtle, the leatherback turtle and the hawksbill turtle. Each generation of these turtles, when reaching maturity, returns to the beach where it was born to lay its eggs in new nests, and it is a tradition among visitors at the Nayarit Riviera to watch this process.

There are several turtle release programs at the Nayarit Riviera, and one of them includes a visit to El Quelele crocodile farm, a swampy lagoon where these reptiles live protected and safe in their natural habitat.

Watching thousands of turtles hatch and make their way to the sea on the beaches of Litibú is an experience for visitors, who will take away much more than just a nice picture. Don’t miss out on this!

 

 

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