Tortugranja (Turtle Farm), Isla Mujeres

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Meet young turtles preparing to embark on their oceanic journey at Tortugranja (Turtle Farm). The center dedicates itself to providing a protective environment for the majestic creatures, who will eventually mature and be released safely into the sea. Learn about the life cycle of these fascinating creatures on a short guided tour of the centre, and observe them at close quarters in pools. You’ll see various species, at various stages in their life, and you'll also have the opportunity to buy food to feed them by hand, an experience children will love. Plan your visit to Tortugranja (Turtle Farm) and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Isla Mujeres road trip planner.
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  • Farm turtles is located 5 km south of the city. Open every day from 9 am to 17 pm sea turtles lay their eggs on Isla Mujeres beaches between the months of May to September. It is said that they return to spawn in the place where they were born but only one of every hundred succeeds. This speaks of high rate of mortality due to various predators, among which is man hunting them for their meat, their eggs and their carapace. This happened for many years so are currently protected by a Federal law, the eggs are protected in their nests to keep them safe from predators. When the turtles hatch, it kept in ponds within wire cages for some time, then be placed on the sea by children and tourists. It previously marks is for their vigilance and to learn more about their life cycles. On the farm there is an aquarium with different species of turtles from the very small to some of a meter and a half in length. In a very large pond, there are some sharks where coexist with some sea turtles
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  • What a great opportunity to see and interact with one of the most majestic sea creatures in the ocean. This location allows you to see the turtles from egg to adult and in between. You learn how impor...  more »
  • A visit to Isla isn’t complete without a trip to see the turtles. Be sure and buy food to feed the turtles, they are cute to watch.  more »
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  • I really enjoyed this place. I have never been so close to sea turtles. I took some great photos.
  • We visited in April 2017. They charge $50 pesos to enter or $3usd. It's not a very large area, includes small indoor aquarium with a couple fish and some younger turtles in small pools. Outside they have larger pools with some bigger turtles and then an enclosed beach section with a few large turtles. I recommend NOT buying any food for the turtles, it's an additional cost and turtles didn't even like it, probably because tons of people feed them throughout the day. We ended up only spending about 30 min here and wasn't the best experience.
  • These turtles are not injured, they are not being rehabilitated, they are simply trapped. The dolphin they have has a scarred nose from trying to get out. No one is watching the tourists and keeping them from picking up the turtles, which happened several times while i was there. It was very sad to watch, there are no educated people spreading awareness or conservation efforts. This is a tourist trap at the expense of the animals.
  • Great turtle farm to explore! 3$ to get in and self exploration, Beautiful scenery and supporting the release of turtles!
  • The attendants were very nice, and although it was great to see the turtles and see some albino tortoises it needed bigger tanks for the turtles to swim. This is a rehabilitation place for the turtles from what I understood but still could use a larger tank. I did enjoy seeing them up close though because I do not snorkel.

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Isla Mujeres brims with accommodations catering to visitors looking to indulge in the region's excellent diving options. Budget-conscious travelers can find a selection of hostels and small guesthouses--many of which only accept payment in cash--just back from the beach. A larger selection of mid-range and luxury hotels offer views over the water, with the northern tip of the island serving as the most popular place to stay. Make sure you book your accommodations well in advance if visiting in peak season, from December to April.
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