Adventure Tags: Sea turtles
The Tora turtle (Dermochelys coriácea) is an endangered species due to the fact that its population has declined by 80% in the last 10 years. The turtle population located in the Pacific Ocean (from México to Chile) has suffered a particularly severe decline in numbers and most colonies here have disappeared. There are three beaches on the west coast of Nicaragua key to the protection of the Tora turtle, as they are the main regional spots where nesting colonies arrive. The number of nests in this part of Nicaragua is the highest amongst all Central American countries for this particular species. Various actions have now been set up on the beaches to monitor and protect the nests, encouraging community participation and working to raise awareness.
With Caribbean beaches, lakes, volcanoes, colonial cities, old colorful houses, cloud forests, frothing waterfalls and outstanding coffee, this incredible country has many attractions to offer its visitors. However, Nicaragua has suffered a troubled past of economical instability, war, and revolutions; these ended over 15 years ago, making Nicaragua now one of the safest countries in the Americas, though it remains a nation struggling to overcome its past reputation. Despite efforts made in recent years in the areas of economic growth and poverty reduction, Nicaragua still has highly unequal income distribution and development levels. This program combines voluntary work with a small rural village, educational activities related to the environment and sustainability, a visit to a turtle sanctuary, a volcano climb ╴and time to relax on the long sandy beaches!