|La Granja de las Tortugas
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The turtle farm also known as the « Granja de las Tortugas » and now « Centro de Rescate de Tortugas Marinas » is located near the marina Cayo Largo.
When you enter the village from the main road (there is only one!) you turn left. You will see the clinic (on right), the Casa del Habano (on left) then you will arrive at the turtle farm on your left. There is a sign.
This project is part of the conservation and protection programs of the natural resources of Cayo Largo del Sur tourism.
A 2 CUC fee is charged to visit the turtle farm (payable to the marina before the visit). Open from 9h to 18h everyday. Click to see a satellite photo of the village of Cayo Largo. It will be easier for you to identify these places for your next trip to the village. It is good option to rent a scooter for a day and then visit the island, a day is enough to see.
Here are the employees of the turtles farm. They are doing a great job in protecting this endengered species.
¡ Muchas Gracias a los trabadores de la Granja de los Quelonios !
For many years, this work has been done by Octavio. In 2004 he left Cuba for Germany. We would like to thank Octavio for sharing his love for this endangered species. We learned a lot about sea turtles from him and are very grateful. Muchas Gracias Octavio! In 2015, Ruben and Antonio left the turtle farm.
Each year they collect hundreds of turtle eggs from the most vulnerable beaches, and brings them back to the breeding farm for incubation (~ 2 months). After the eggs have hatched, the baby turtles are kept for a little while in the pools and then released back to the sea on a safe beach. The release of the baby turtles is a very special event which the tourists are invited to take part.
Statistics: 2011 / 2012 (courtesy o Élaine).
Visit our bulletin board to learn more about the help for the sea turtles.
Since 2008, there is a fee of 3 CUC to participate at this activity to release the baby turtles in the sea, payable to the marina or the lobby of the Sol Cayo Largo hotel (cause it is the beach of this hotel the release happens). You have to consider this fee as a contribution to the turtle farm.
If you are lucky, You may be invited to see an even more outstanding spectacle ... turtles laying eggs on the beach! However, you will have to be prepared to stay up late. This event occurs at night. You will have to crawl quietly up beside the turtle's nest, and, by the weak illumination of a small flashlight, actually see the small eggs falling down into the pit that the turtle has excavated in the sand.
We took part of this event in 2002 with Octavio.
It is not recommended to venture during the night searching for turtle nests without the presence of an experimented guide.
Between April and September, three different kinds of sea turtles come to The beaches in Cayo Largo to lay their eggs:
Carreta-Carreta turtle (Loggerhead or Caguama)
Hawksbill or Tortoiseshell
The eggs are then collected and brought to the turtle farm for an incubation period of about two months. During our many visits at Cayo Largo, we were lucky to witness events.
The first baby turtles of 2000
Tagging of hawkbill turtle
Turtle laying eggs on the beach.
Click HERE to read our story of that wonderful event in the evening of July 2002.
Click HERE to access the site of our photo albums of Cayo Largo.
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