The Pacific Lowlands Travel Guide

The Pacific Lowlands Sights

CECON (The Center for Conservation Studies)

  • Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

Published 01/19/2017

Fodor's Review

CECON, based at Guatemala City's Universidad de San Carlos, operates the Biotopo Monterrico and an interesting in-town visitor center that documents the life cycle of the turtles, as well as iguanas and caimans. It also manages Monterrico's most popular event, and one of Guatemala's most fun: the weekly turtle release during the July to January nesting season. Each Saturday at 5:30 pm the week's hatchlings return to the sea in a well-attended event. For a Q10 ticket you can sponsor a turtle, and release it at the starting line, and watch it scurry across the sand and make it to the finish line. The tide is the goal, of course—whoever said turtles are slow never witnessed this race. Win or lose, your Q10 goes to a good cause.

Sight Information


2 blocks east of Calle Principal, Monterrico, Monterrico, Santa Rosa, 06024, Guatemala


/5847–7777; /2331–0914-in Guatemala City

Sight Details:

  • Q8

Published 01/19/2017


Book A Trip



  • CARS

What's Nearby

  • Restaurants
  • Sights
  • Hotels
Subscribe to Newsletter
Sign up for Travel Tips & News
I want emails from Fodor's Travel with travel information and promotions. I can unsubscribe any time using the unsubscribe link at the end of all emails.

Thank you for your interest!

Look our for our newsletters with travel tips and special offers.