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Cuyutlan Endangered Turtle Sanctuary

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Cuyutlan Endangered Turtle Sanctuary

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Come meet some of Manzanillo's most important residents.

This tour includes:
• Admission to Turtle Sanctuary in Cuyutlan
• 40-minute boat ride
• Wildlife viewing in lagoon
• Visit to salt flats and the salt museum
• See how bricks are made by hand
• Option to purchase lunch ($8/person)
• Lots of great photo opportunities

We will visit the largest sanctuary in Cuyutlan where several different species of turtles are held and cared for. Hear about what this sanctuary is all about and see the cement pools where the turtles live until they can be released in the wild.

The center protects alligators and iguanas, too, which also are in residence. The eggs of both species are incubated at the sanctuary, and once the babies reach a size where they are likely to survive, are released.

Next, we'll enjoy a 40-minute boat ride through the 32-mile-long Cuyutlan lagoon where you'll be treated to an incredible vista, and great photographic opportunities of all the wildlife in this protected wetlands area.

Also, visit the salt flats and the salt museum. The museum serves as a tribute to both the 16th century salt harvesters and the modern salt producers, the salineros, who work from March to June in the salt flats in the Laguna de Cuyutlán.

We'll also make a brief stop to see how bricks are made by hand and make time for lunch at a seaside restaurant (on a black sand beach). The cost of lunch is not included (approximately $5-$8 per person). There is usually fish, shrimp, and octopus, prepared any way you like it.

• You must take a taxi to the starting point of this trip. The ride costs approximately $12-$14 per taxi for up to 4 people (each way) and takes about 15 minutes from the cruise ship pier. Specific directions will appear on your voucher.
• Bring/wear sunblock and a hat. Not all of the sanctuary is shaded, nor do all boats have awnings.
• You will be dropped off back the ship, near the taxi stand and walking distance from your ship.
• Lunch will be anywhere from $5-$8, depending on food and drinks. Usually includes seafood, rice, beans, and quesadillas. Salad is also available for vegetarians.
• Admission at the salt museum is donation only, so if you'd like to make a donation, please bring extra coins/cash.

Days offered: 7 days a week

  • 08:30 AM, duration: 6 hours Please leave the pier by 8:30, need to be at office by 9:00. Tour duration is approximate.