El Salvador Sea Turtles
El Salvador is the smallest country in Central America. Its Pacific coastline has beaches where four species of sea turtles - hawksbills, olive ridleys, leatherbacks, and greens - nest on its beaches or forage in its waters.
El Salvador Sea Turtle Species
Hawksbill: Jiquilisco Bay is an important area for the critically endangered Eastern Pacific hawksbill, who nest from June to October.
Olive Ridley: This species nest widely year round; the peak nesting season is July - December.
Green: These turtles forage in Jiquilisco Bay and also nest in small numbers here on a handful of beaches between June and December.
Go SEE Turtles!
Sea Turtles & Community Deveopment - July 19 - 27, 2014 / $1,295 pp
How Conservation Tourism Helps
- Tour guiding provides an alternative to fishing, which accidentally catches thousands of turtles every year, and to poaching of turtles and their eggs.
- Supporting conservation efforts builds support to protect important habitat from unsustainable coastal development.
- Income from visits helps fund research and conservation efforts.