Years ago, fishermen converged on the island nightly from May to September to capture turtles when they came ashore to lay eggs. Then a concerned fisherman, Gonzalo Chale Maldonado, began convincing others to spare the eggs, which he protected. Following his lead, the fishing ministry founded the Centro de Investigaciones Pesqueras to find ways to protect the species and increase the turtle populations. At the Tortugranja, as the Turtle Farm is called in Spanish, visitors walk through the indoor and outdoor turtle pool areas, where green, white, and loggerhead turtles paddle around. Turtles are separated by age, from newly hatched up to 1 year. Although the local government provides some assistance, most of the funding comes from private-sector donations. Turtle babies are released to the sea in August and September, and visitors are invited to take part. Inquire at the center. You’ll need a taxi to get there. The small gift shop sells cold drinks and restrooms are available.
Isla Mujeres› Attraction
Carretera Sac Bajo no. 5, on a spit of land jutting out from the island’s west coast
Our Rating Hours Daily 9am to 5pm Phone 998/877-0595. Prices 30 pesos entrance fee
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