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Centro Mexicano de la Tortuga

Centro Mexicano de la Tortuga Review

The Centro Mexicano de la Tortuga is at Playa Mazunte. The local economy was based on catching the golfina (olive ridley) turtle until the government put a ban on turtle hunting in 1990. Poachers aside, Mazunte is now devoted to protecting the species. Four of the world's eight species of marine turtles come to lay their eggs on Oaxaca's shores. July through September is peak nesting season. A dozen aquariums are filled with the turtles that flourish here: green turtles, hawksbills, leatherbacks, and olive ridleys. Tour guides give explanations in English and other languages.

    Contact Information

  • Address: Carretera Puerto Ángel–San Antonio Mazunte, Km 10, Zipolite, Oaxaca 70902
  • Phone: 958/584–3376
  • Cost: $2
  • Hours: Tues.–Sat. 10–4:30, Sun. 10–2:30
  • Location: Zipolite

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