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Operator: SEE Turtles
Price From: 2,495 USD
Ideal Age Range: Suitable for Children (under 15), High School (15 to 18), 19 to 30, 31 to 50, Over 51
Fitness Needs: Light Impact
Program duration: 7 days
Trip Dates: 27-07-2019
Join SEE Turtles for their first visit to Colombia’s beautiful Caribbean coast to explore the historic and vibrant city of Cartagena. On this trip, you’ll participate in sea turtle research efforts, and so much more.
You will work with local researchers to study hawksbill and green turtles, stay at a beautiful island resort, and experience the unique culture, history, and natural beauty of this region.
Some other highlights include:
Visit the National Aviary of Colombia
Visit Rincon del Mar and Palenque
Kayaking, Snorkelling, Exploring
Visit Mucura Island
Assist with Mangrove Restoration
Explore San Felipe Castle
SEE Turtles President Brad Nahill will be leading this trip.
Profits from this trip support sea turtle conservation programs and will help save at least 200 hatchlings per person.
Today you'll arrive and be picked up at the Cartagena airport. You'll arrive at Casa de los Reyes for the next two nights.
Tonight, meet for dinner to discuss the coming days.
After breakfast, you'll visit the National Aviary of Colombia. Explore 6 different environments expanding over seven hectares. Keep an eye open for more than 138 types of birds!
After lunch, you'll enjoy a historic walk of Cartagena. Explore beautiful plazas, and learn about the vast history of the city.
After breakfast, board a private bus and depart for the coastal town of Rincon del Mar. You'll stop at Palenque, a wonderful town with an interesting history as it was founded by runaway slaves in the 1700s. This became the first free town of Spanish America in 1713.
When you arrive at Rincon, you'll have some free time to explore the town or visit the beach. Later, head out for the first turtle research activity. Watch for turtles and help collect data, then release them back to the water.
Tonight enjoy the town and spend the night at Hostel Beach House.
After breakfast, head out to the beach to work on a cleanup with a local kids ecology club. After lunch, you'll head out for another turtle research excursion, looking for green and hawksbill turtles.
The remainder of the afternoon will be open and you can enjoy fun activities like snorkelling, kayaking, hanging out at the beach, or exploring the town.
Tonight, dinner is at a local restaurant. This evening enjoy a traditional dance performance by local students.
After breakfast, take a short boat ride to Punta Faro. This spectacular resort is a socially-conscious company that has many programs that are supportive of the local community and wildlife. They also work with Fundacion Tortugas del Mar to study turtles and educate travelers.
You'll head out this afternoon for a third turtle excursion and some snorkelling if you wish. Relax on the beach and then enjoy a buffet dinner before heading to bed early for an early morning.
Early this morning (about 6 AM) you have the option of a birding expedition with a local student environmental club. You'll explore the islands of Rosario and San Bernardo Corals National Natural Park.
After lunch, assist with data collection of turtles and assist with their release.
Later, you'll participate in mangrove restoration with the students. Late afternoon feel free to take a dip in the Caribbean or go for a kayak.
Tonight enjoy a swim with the bioluminescence.
After breakfast, take a boat back to Cartagena. Drop your luggage at the hotel and then head into the walled city for lunch and a tour of the San Felipe Castle.
Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner and a free night to enjoy dancing or relaxation.
Enjoy breakfast and then a transfer to the airport for your return flight.