Sea Turtle Conservancy Visitor Center, Tortuguero

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At Sea Turtle Conservancy Visitor Center you'll get an in-depth look at Tortuguero turtles and the challenges they face with extinction. As you tour the site, visit the small building to see a video presentation of the history of the conservatory and a display of information explaining the different nesting areas and how they are monitored. Take a guided tour and explore the different nesting spots, with a chance to see hundreds of turtle eggs. To visit Sea Turtle Conservancy Visitor Center on your trip to Tortuguero, use our Tortuguero trip itinerary builder site .
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  • The Museum is about 300 meters North of the village, take the footpath immediately next to the beach. It is a very small museum, but within 30 minutes, you have very many and great information on the protected animals and their projects. The short film is very good. It is here worth a short visit.
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  • A small museum with explanations of the turtles and the local wildlife. A 15 min film on the actions of the centre (in English or Spanish) interesting but not essential. Our lodge offered a tour of the village with free time and this visit has still very busy us because the village n is not necessarily very interesting
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  • Small museum about the history of the conservation of turtles in Tortuguero with a film presentation of 18 minutes, a small garden with names of plants (5 min) and a museum on the importance of the preservation of wildlife and flora in general and especially turtles. At 1200 colones (less), you should not miss.
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  • Very informative
  • Sea Turtle Conservancy does wonderful work at the John Phipps research station. The visitor center has a short informative film about sea turtles, then a helpful staff or volunteer gives a guided tour of the education information available. The few staff members and volunteer researchers do wonderful work surveying this important stretch of nesting beach. They are not involved with any nesting tours, they are a research facility that is dedicated to Sea Turtle research continuing the work of Dr Archie Carr started in the 1950's.They do it in oppressive heat, often dangerous shoreline surf and with many hungry bugs awaiting them. All for their love of and dedication to sea turtles. The small ($2) entry fee and the money from the purchases of the small gift shop all go to helping the turtles and helping to continue the valuable research done here.
  • Visited the Sea Turtle Conservancy Visitor Center and gift shop, and was greeted by Mary, who was very knowledgeable about the Sea Turtles that nest in the area. She showed a very informative video, followed by a tour of the small educational facility. The Sea Turtle Conservancy is an amazing organization, that has been working in Tortuguero since 1959 to educate people, help eliminate the threats to sea turtles, such as poachers, and to do what is necessary to help bring these beautiful creatures back from near extinction. The research station is manned year-round, with additional research assistants during nesting season. The staff surveys the 18-mile stretch of beach, documenting Sea Turtle nesting events. This organization does NOT offer tours to the public. They are involved in continuing the 50+ years of research that has taken place at this site. If you go you the visitor's center, please note... You will NOT see turtles. The gift shop is great, and purchases go to help the local STC site.
  • Great story, doing important work, enthusiastic and helpful staff!
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